Case: In 2015, Cherie Ackert, an American woman, had her blood tested. The rapid test Sheri bought was a breakthrough test that promised to give comprehensive information on just one drop of blood. The woman used it and got an unexpected result - cancer has reached an active stage. After consulting with her doctor, Cherie took another blood test at a different lab. This time the cancer markers were normal - Ms. Ackert was healthy. That same year she sued Theranos, a company that manufactured defective blood analyzers.
Method #1: Use a variety of diagnostic tools, both new and traditional. While testing high-tech novelties, do the same thing the usual way - visit the nearest laboratory and order the test there. In any case, consult your doctor. Trust sources credible in medicine.
Case: In 2013, Ray Dalio found out that he had dysplasia. According to a doctor at Hopkins Hospital, where Ray came for his annual checkup, Ray had three to five years to live. Surgery was contraindicated for him. Ray went to another expert, the head of the department at the oncology hospital. She said that Ray would have the affected part of his esophagus and stomach removed and the surviving part would be connected to his intestine. Ray went to a third expert. He was assured that in case of dysplasia, endoscopic examinations were enough every few months to make sure no metastases entered the bloodstream. The doctors, whose opinions on prognosis and treatment options were clearly contradictory, sent Ray for an additional examination (biopsy). The results were shocking - the esophageal tissue sample was "clean”.
Method #2: Make appointments with different specialists from different medical institutions to confirm or deny your findings. Gather and compare expert opinions. Go through all the research you can.
Case: In 2018, a man came to an orthopedic clinic in Busan, South Korea, complaining of shoulder pain. His tendons were inflamed, resting on his scapular bone and rubbing against it when he walked. To relieve the malaise, an operation was performed but the man died on the operating table. It turned out that he had been operated on not by an orthopedic surgeon, but by an endoscope sales manager. The surgeon said he was busy with other patients, which is why he entrusted a simple operation to a manager who supplied their clinic with endoscope parts.
Method #2: Before you go into surgery, do a fact check. Gather a file on the doctor who will operate on you. Study the experience, rating, and patient reviews. Remember, you can always ask for documents about the doctor and clinic where you are going to go through with surgery - certificates, licenses, award certificates, etc.