youQA.com misinformation

March 5, 2007 at 6:39 pm 2 comments

What is up with youQA.com? Yesterday I was checking my blog stats and decided to Google one of the search terms that brought a visitor to this blog. The very first result that came up was this page at YouQA.com answering the question “1 hr sugar reading of 210 after eating pop tart and coffee w/ sugar 2 mornings in a row possibly diabetic?” (My one word answer: YES!). The long “answer” that follows is disturbing and dangerously inaccurate – the respondent claims (among other scary things) that water will level your blood sugar off (wow, all this time I’ve been wasting my time with expensive drugs?) and only if your blood sugars are consistently in the 200s and 300s do you have “something to worry about” (uh, yeah you have more than “something” to worry about if your blood sugars are that high at any point, ever).

I know most people aren’t dumb enough to take medical advice from sites like this, but I do worry about the few who believe everything they read and never consider the source, so I took the time to write the email address provided on the YouQA contact page to ask them to remove said page. I don’t normally advocate censorship but considering there is no other feedback or commenting mechanism, it seemed like the right thing to ask. Unfortunately the email bounced back claiming there is no such user. It bothers me that someone would create such an irresponsible site, and it adds insult to injury when they don’t provide any feedback mechanism or reveal where their questions and answers are coming from.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lottadata  |  March 7, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Email sent. Thanks for flagging this dangerous web site.

    Reply
  • 2. Lottadata  |  March 7, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Alas, the mail bounced. They note on their site elsewhere that they don’t reply to any emails about the advice. Looks like they don’t reply to any emails at all.

    This is clearly a scammy site set up to earn money from Google ads.

    Reply

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