Doctor Moolani uses Facebook to educate

When Dr. Mahesh Moolani wrote a Facebook post about seven medications local residents can receive free of charge at a local pharmacy, his social media post received 1,000 shares.

That amazed Moolani, an Owensboro internist whose office is at 1200 Breckenridge St.

“I know so much that I can share with patients,” he said.

Earlier this week, more than 2,300 people had liked his Facebook page, and his posts receive lots of shares and comments.

Moolani posts about a wide range of medical topics. He recently wrote about a Food and Drug Administration recall of levothyroxine and liothyronine — taken for problems with the thyroid — marketed by Westminster Pharmaceuticals.

More than 30 people shared that post.

In another message, Moolani told readers the best cough medicine is locally sourced honey. Readers shared that post 38 times.

He wrote two messages recently about anxiety.

“Thank you for your blog-post yesterday and today on Generalized Anxiety Disorder,” one reader wrote. “It is very informative.”

Another fan replied to his post: “Dr. Moolani, thank you for the posts. I love to learn about medical issues and read your blog. Here’s a question for you …. What if I know someone with moderate to severe anxiety? Other than telling them to go to the doctor, especially when they don’t think they have massive anxiety and don’t believe they need medication, what can I do as a friend?”

Moolani doesn’t give medical advice on social media. When readers post a lot about their experiences, Moolani sometimes reminds others that those are not his viewpoints or opinions.

His posts would be considered tips and ways to get readers to think about medical issues.

For improved health, Moolani started a sugar-free diet about two months ago. He posted a seven-day challenge for his Facebook peeps, encouraging them to join him for a week.

He’s been sugar free now for two months. About 200 people accepted his challenge.

“I don’t think all of them completed it, though,” Moolani said.

But as many as 30 may have, he said.

Moolani posted about the new fad — CBD oil, or cannabidiol — that sells at several local stores. It is a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis plant. CBD is a key component in medicinal marijuana.

“Everyone likes CBD oil, but there’s no research behind it,” he tells readers.

He doesn’t tell people whether to use CBD oil or not. Moolani is not against herbal remedies, but just because something is natural does not mean it is good for an individual, he said.

Up to four years ago, Moolani started a personal Facebook page, but he found himself wasting time on it. That’s when he first got the idea to do something positive on social media.

He has found many patients and area nurses relate to his posts.

He posts two to three times a week. It’s not as easy as people think, he said.

First, Moolani thinks of a subject about which to write. Then, he researches it.

“I cannot just come and start writing,” he said. “It takes me two to three hours.”

Even a short post takes time to convey the right message, Moolani said.

He refrains from using doctor lingo. He keeps messages short, simple and reader-friendly.

“I like it that people appreciate it,” he said. “That appreciation keeps me doing it.”


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