I'm blessed with having close to 5,000 friends on Facebook.

(Thank you!)

At times it's very interesting to page through by news-feed and see what others are posting. My reaction sometimes includes thoughts like "You've got to be kidding!" and "Why are you posting your personal dirt on Facebook?"

Different strokes, I guess.

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Now, I admit, Facebook is a good place to ask questions, especially of your local friends and acquaintances. Recommendations for handymen, contractors, dog trainers and such can be valuable from the Facebook community.

What I don't understand is people who look for recommendations for physicians and surgeons in community Facebook groups. Come on people, there's got to be a better way!

I've seen these type of posts in groups centered in Galloway, Linwood, Millville, Tuckerton, Egg Harbor Township, and more. I did a 24-hour review of an Egg Harbor Township group and found three different people looking for medical recommendations.

One person was searching for recommendations on a back surgeon, while another person was looking for an ear/nose/throat doctor. Still another requested recommendations on an eye doctor.

No offense to the people of Facebook, but there's gotta be a better place to look for recommendations, right? I mean these are people who can't even agree on the color of a dress or a sneaker. These are the people who argue over political candidates, and argue against each other on the "Should I get the vaccine" question.

Why are you trusting these people (often strangers) with helping you decide on a person that might be carving you up in an operating room?

Honestly, if you want a medical recommendation, call your health insurance company. Check with family and close friends. Check with EXPERTS! Check with online reviews sites. Here's a great article from Consumer Reports.

Do yourself a favor. Stop asking strangers for medical advice! (I haven't even mentioned the posts where people post a photo of a rash or injury and ask, "What should I do? Should I see a doctor? Should I go to the hospital.")

People! Take charge of your own lives! Make a decision! If you're going to err on one side or the other, always err on the side of getting more medical attention that you need, rather than less!

When you ask people on Facebook, you don't know their agenda. You don't ever know if they're being honest!

Wake up, America!

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