What Worked for One Stranger on The Internet May Not Work For You

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I’m fairly sheltered when it comes to the the internet and social media. Over the years I’ve created zones free of content that triggers negative emotions or makes me want to bang my head against the wall. I’ve blocked, unfriended, or unfollowed countless people and removed myself from numerous groups. If a certain post has people making non evidence-based claims, I’ll skip to the next post.

But not everyone has created this space for themselves online. And unfortunately sometimes seeking out support online can result in receiving harmful information.
Please remember that what worked for one stranger on the internet may not work for you (or anyone else). Just because Joe cured his depression simply by rubbing his body with coconut oil and chanting underneath the full moon, doesn’t mean that will work for you.

Participating in online groups or forums can be great. You can receive support and camaraderie from people dealing with similar things you are in between sessions with your treatment team. But they are not a substitute for professionals with degrees who are not trying to sell you anything other than their continued services.

Stay vigilant and feel free to ask for references for any suggestions someone provides. Of course, not all suggestions will hurt you, but anything you’re wondering about, always consult with your treatment team before making a change in your treatment.


Struggling with your relationship to food and your body? Recovering from an eating disorder and in search of an experienced eating disorder registered dietitian in the Centerport, New York area or virtually? Send Christina an email to learn more about 1:1 nutrition therapy sessions!

Published by Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT

Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving the Long Island, New York City, and New York State areas helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.

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