Every so often, an experimental medical technique gets undue hyping prior to going through the rigor of scientific proof of benefit. Medical safety concerns usually arise fairly quickly if early converts get themselves into the mix of unproven therapies. But there is little medical regulators can do to stop do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts when a new fad comes along.
Self-medication is a form of human behavior in which individuals use unprescribed drugs to treat untreated and often undiagnosed medical ailments. It is a common habit, which almost all of us are guilty of. But it is a habit that can have grievous untoward effects to our health and is best avoided if at all possible.
If you look around, you will see novel innovations in healthcare that are changing the way your care gets delivered. The list of innovations is long, ranging from gadgets to health delivery processes. But who drives such innovations? It shouldn’t surprise you to know that healthcare consumers, that means you, play a big role in medical innovations.