DIY doctors posting videos on YouTube

THE Internet has given rise to a new breed of DIY doctors, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reports, and their brand of backyard medicine is gaining a worrying amount of traction.

Motivated by financial hardships, long waiting times or a desire for a more active role in their own healthcare, a growing number of patients are choosing to treat their health complaints themselves - and share this knowledge with the wider public.

Clips of DIY procedures are appearing on video-sharing websites such as YouTube, and are showcasing everything from the