Long before the days of the internet, Australia had Dr James Wright.
Most countries of the world probably had their own Dr Wright.
It seemed that no matter what time of the day or night, Dr Wright would be on the radio or TV dispensing free medical advice with evangelical enthusiasm.
He wrote the Family Medical Guide which was an essential part of the furniture in most homes. A hard cover manual of monumental proportions which contained vivid details of most diseases known to humans in the 1970's.
I once read through his Manual and suddenly discovered I was suffering from 17 illnesses which I did not have before opening the book.
With the advent of the internet, I could easily be convinced that I have several hundred ailments. Indeed right now I think I might have pernicious infectious splodge of the anterior sibongle, which can only be cured by intravenous oil of hedgehog. (No, don't bother googling it).
I have resolved to only use the internet for medical opinion when I really seriously require it, and to accept only that information which appeals to my common sense.
Actor Orson Bean in his autobiography gives sage advice about dealing with most minor ailments. "If you don't think about them, they go away".
In Australian aboriginal custom the procedure of "pointing the bone" was sometimes meted out to those who seriously offended custom, immediately inducing psychosomatic illnesses in the recipient who often died after a short period of time.
The ultimate example of the power of mind over matter.
But is this process limited to native cultures?
Could not an unexpected medical diagnosis of cancer have precisely the same effect on someone who had, until that point, considered themselves healthy?
Too often, in matters of health care, we happily surrender our individual power and intelligence to the medical profession.
Are all those blood tests really needed for the patients benefit, or are many conducted simply to keep the machinery of medical industry running quiet with a constant and excessive application of monetary lubricant?
Perhaps we underestimate the capacity to control our own health outcomes through sensible lifestyle and dietary choices, and the healing power of the mind.
And I hope you don't catch my splodge when reading this blog.