Those who have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, or another autoimmune condition, have most likely learned to manage their condition on their own. Most conventional medical doctors either do not test for or do not know how to adequately treat Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks and damages the thyroid gland, causing weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and other symptoms. Unfortunately, Google censorship, or blacklisting, is making it even harder to find health advice backed by peer-reviewed, scientific literature. Google search results are increasingly censoring legitimate information and instead sending people to conventional medical, pharmaceutical-oriented sources of information such as WebMD.
There is no drug for autoimmunity which is why most doctors do not adequately test for or treat autoimmune disease. In the case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, many people are prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication, which is often necessary. However, the ongoing and progressively worsening immune attack on the thyroid gland goes unaddressed. This explains why many people do not feel better when they begin taking thyroid hormone.
Millions of people are either misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed because of the serious lack of adequate autoimmune care in the conventional medical world. In many cases, the destruction that autoimmunity causes has to be advanced and severe before an autoimmune disease can be diagnosed. At that point, the only treatment options are steroids, surgery, or other invasive methods that have their own side effects and problems. For instance, nerve damage has to be significantly advanced before conditions such as multiple sclerosis or type 1 diabetes are caught, leaving patients to suffer for years.
Women make up more than three-quarters of autoimmune patients. Yet, because of the inherent sexism in conventional medicine, women who go to their doctors complaining of autoimmune symptoms are not adequately tested. Instead, they are told that they have anxiety or depression, that they need to exercise and lose weight, that they are imagining their symptoms, or that it’s just part of the aging process.
Unfortunately, medical doctors may not be aware of or support information published in scientific literature. The gap between the doctor’s office and the scientific literature is made even wider by the powerful influence that pharmaceutical companies have over doctors’ practices and education.
In the past, millions of people could turn to online sources based on peer-reviewed science to learn how to successfully manage their Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and other autoimmune conditions. They have also been able to locate knowledgeable healthcare practitioners who know how to apply this science to help manage chronic conditions.
Google is now restricting access to legitimate information and redirecting searches to conventional medical sources, which are extremely limited when it comes to chronic illness.
Of course, consumers must take responsibility to research valid sources of information and helpful communities that can support them on their health journey as the internet is full of opportunists and snake oil salesmen.
Vitriolic corporate-driven public controversies lend a hand in the Google censorship. For instance, rather than looking at the peer-reviewed research which shows the links between environmental toxins and brain inflammation in the developing child’s brain, complex neuroimmune topics have been reduced to crude black-and-white arguments that have no basis in relevant neurophysiological mechanisms.
While Google is penalizing many science-backed integrative health sites so they no longer show up on the first page, other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia (a search engine that plants trees based on searches) are still ranking sites legitimately.
Google is now routing the one billion health questions that come through every day away from such well-known sites such as Mercola, PaleoHacks, Bulletproof, GreenMedInfo, Self-Hacked, Kelly Brogan, and many more.
Instead, searchers are being directed to sites such as WebMD, Healthline, Mayo Clinic, and other institutional sites. These sites may offer some valuable information, but they are still not yet up to date with the science surrounding the many chronic illnesses that have become so common today. In some cases, they may even provide false information, especially related to nutritional compounds.
The EU levied its third antitrust fine against Google earlier this year after the search engine unfairly threw its weight around in other industries as well.
If you don’t want to get funneled by Google into Big Pharma’s pipelines, try alternative sites such as Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia. It will be easier to find legitimate health information that has been blacklisted by Google.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I regularly attend educational conferences to stay up to date on the latest research and clinical protocols. The field of functional medicine is always evolving and it’s important to stay informed of current developments so I can help my patients manage their autoimmune and chronic conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
Contact my office to learn more about how I can help you manage your chronic health condition.