Deadly Diseases which are Internet Hoax
The days of rushing to the nearest doctor when you experience possible symptoms of a disease, are over. The first response to a possible symptom today, is to Google it. This may remove the need for you to the doctor. So , there is always the chance that you might arrive at an incorrect diagnosis. Worse, you may end up believing that you have one of the many Munchausen Syndromes floating around on the internet these days. Munchausen Syndrome are nothing but factitious disorders. People pretending to have contracted these disorders, fake illness to grab the attention of others. What’s worse is that they are easy to believe, considering the manner in which they try to gain the sympathy of people.
Even you can fall prey to such stunts! Hence, it is important for you to know about these Munchausen Syndromes, some of which has been described below.
- Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is a term which has been gaining popularity all over the globe. This has resulted in the drop of call rates too. It a condition that produces adverse medical complications in you, due to prolonged exposure to electromagnetic waves. EHS has caused a decent amount of paranoia in the recent past. As more and more people have started believing that all electronic devices around them are potentially capable of creating ‘death rays’. Therefore, it important that the general public, like you and me, be informed that EHS is NOT serious. Given how an individual is always in the presence of electromagnetic waves that come from solar radiation, it seems unlikely that the same can go far enough to cause medical complications. Extensive studies on the condition have also shown that the supposedly afflicted individuals have a variety of non-specific symptoms, or cannot show consistent symptoms to repeating tests. This proves that the condition does not exist.
v Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is supposed to be the condition where your adrenal glands become incapable of producing the required quantities of hormones, which is essential for the proper functioning of the body. This is said to happen due to excess stress, resulting in decreased productivity and other sleeping disorders. In reality, Adrenal Insufficiency is a real medical condition that can be diagnosed through blood test, and treated with hormonal supplements. Adrenal Fatigue has no practical testing method and has often been diagnosed by looking at the symptoms alone. The treatment and medication for the same has produced less than satisfactory results to none. It is important for youto note that there is no definite proof that chronic stress can slow down the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, making this condition a questionable one.
For lack of a better name, this was chain forwarding text that went viral on the internet. It showed a new insect that had surfaced in parts of India. The insect supposedlycarried a bacteria capable of making your skin that came in contact, turn into small irregular holes. While this ‘disease’ made people who saw the forwarded images,uneasy on the inside, this new ‘disease’ was nothing but a play on the irrational fear of irregular holes in the flesh. Trypophobia is believed to not exist at all. Moreover, all the pictures were said to be edited using Photoshop. What had been shown was nothing but the picture of a Water Bug with eggs on its back, and the eggs photoshopped on different body parts. It may have been exposed pretty soon, but the e-mail forwards made people’s minds go for a toss.
v Blue Waffles
Blue Waffles is supposed to be a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) that affects only women. It is seen to cause infections, welts, and bluish discoloration of the female genitalia. It is also said to be painful as it causes swelling of the abdomen, and gives rise to a vaginal discharge that can be infectious. Many sources report that the disease can also be seen in males although very infrequently.This supposed medical condition cannot be treated by common medication. Blue Waffles, is also a Munchausen Syndrome, meaning that it is factitious, or made up, despite the many websites continuously to propagated its existence all over the internet. Much like the other conditions you read above, Blue Waffles is nothing but an internet phenomenon that originated in 2010, after a picture of a vaginal yeast infection had been edited using Photoshop.
v Lamprey Disease
As the name describes, the Lamprey Disease is a condition where your fingertips become damaged and look a lot like the mouth of a Lamprey (a toothed parasite found in water bodies). This is supposed to happen to youdue to excessive mouse and keyboard usage. What raised questions was the fact that soon new images surfaced, showing that the lamprey disease also affects the soles of feet andyour eyes as well. Moreover, the new pictures showed anappearance of the disease that was much different from the original pictures that went viralpreviously. Like Blue Waffles or the Water bug bacteria, this too was a case of editing the mouth of a lamprey on fingertips, and later on, eyes, making a lot of people furious.This essentially happenedbecause the people had been blind enough to believe the hoax. The most dangerous thing about the Lamprey Disease, was perhaps the severe throwing-up it caused when people like us, saw the Photoshopped pictures!
v Vaccine Induced Diseases
The possibility that vaccination is actually harmful, and can cause severe complications in the near future, became a rage in and around 2009. Even today, there are people who do not vaccinate their newborn children and would also ask you to not go for vaccinations. Never listen to it! It is believed that vaccinationsare the cause of inducing more damaging medical complications in the long run. This was mostly advocated by the curious case of a woman by the name of Desiree Jennings, being afflicted by Dystonia, after getting a shot during the height of the swine flu scare in 2009. The symptoms shown by the woman turned out to be extremely inconsistent. This made experts question if her supposed Dystonia was really the side effect of a vaccine! Further study into the effects of vaccines have shown that there is no direct relationship between a tested vaccine (one that is cleared for clinical use) and a long-term illnesses. According to the Centre for Disease Control in 2016, “the likelihood that a vaccine will cause unanticipated long-term problems is extremely low”.
These few examples tells us how easy it is for you to fall prey to any internet hoax and take wrong decisions on something as serious as personal health and hygiene. By the first rule of thumb, information on social media and the world wide web, should be to treated with extreme skepticism. You should only believe it when it is vetted and verified by more trustworthy news sources. There are quite a number of websites dedicated to expose the fake illnesses, and you could refer to them for assistance. Therefore, any such medical condition that raises a slightest doubt in you should be researched, before you believe it. Moreover, it is always more advisable to go to an experienced medical practitioner, instead of looking up symptoms and misdiagnosing yourself. This would provide you with the best and the most accurate diagnosis. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry!