How Do I Know?

1crowA month ago, I hurt my Achilles tendon.  This week the downer of not being able to run drove me to admit I was injured, and seek internet advice.  The process was time-consuming, but straight forward.  First, I searched for a remedy to my problem.  Then I used the top few results to provide new key words, and iterated.  Along the way, to cull applicants, I took liberty in judging the plausibility of each author’s recommendation based on: personal experience, the reasonability of any proposed mechanisms, the author’s credentials, how often I saw the same advice, and whether or not the author bothered to proofread.  In the end, I had a course of action I could fake myself into thinking would work.  But how could I know? Continue reading