♻ from @_doctor.g_
Via @doctor.espo ・
One of my personal rules: 1️⃣Transparency. I am completely open with you and my patients. Another rule: 2️⃣When I don't know something, I won't pretend I do. But, it seems everyone on Instagram is an expert. Inaccurate and misleading information on IG sets up false expectations and people buy (often with their money and hopes) into these claims that are either opinion or have ZERO evidence.
@_doctor.g_ and I constantly come across a ton of Instagram accounts of people who claim to be experts but actually have no credentials. So we came up with a guideline to help you to sort out trustworthy accounts.
☑️Formal Graduate Education - Check where they went to school and if their degree actually fits. If they have a degree in marketing and try to sell you nutrition advice, think twice. A few degrees we look for: ND•MD•DO•DC•LAc•PhD•NP•RN•RD•IFMCP•CNS•MSc
❗️Assure they are LICENSED❗️
☑️Continuing Education: If you notice they're going to conferences, gaining post-doctorate education, attending CE events and being involved in the latest healthcare events, then they're doing their part to stay relevant and knowledgeable.
☑️Reliable Cited Sources: See if they cite Pubmed articles or articles from reputable journals or sources.
☑️One-Size-Fits-All: If they are offering advice that requires no personalization, be skeptical. Of course some things are standard across the board (Ex: Sugar is Bad). If they claim 1 change, 1 ingredient, 1 pill will fix you... run🏃💨
☑️Transparency: Beware if they are not clear about what they do, their training, if they practice/see patients, their financial connections, and their education.
☑️Affiliated Organizations: See if they are affiliated with accredited organizations such as educational institutes, professional organizations or national organizations.
Of course these criteria are not fool proof but it's a great start. You want to be able look at their website, profile and Google search them and be able to find consistent, accurate information. My patients always come to me with new and often odd diets/supplements/programs that I have to debunk. But now you KNOW.