When looking into medical info, it’s always important to review the sources. Sure random Facebook posts may have catchy titles, but has the info in the articles been adequately vetted? Does the editor at Goop or your fave influencers really care if you are optimally healthy? Or would they just like to get you to buy a product they are promoting? It’s ok to be skeptical as not all information put out there is equal.
We live in an awesome era with an unbelievable amount of information at our fingertips, but it is also an era where many take advantage of the information overload and unscrupulously share false info for financial gain. Some who also push claims and products may also have a limited medical understanding of what they are promoting.
Who Can I trust?
Choosing which websites to trust is the first step to gathering reliable health information for yourself. One thing to pay attention to is who is actually sponsoring the information. If the information is posted by federal government agencies or a well-known medical school, it is typically a good source of knowledge. If it’s a blog on a supplement company website, you may be looking at biased information. Also take note of the date of publication. Medicine is a rapidly changing field and it’s best to stay up to date with current knowledge.
Here are some general sources and links to websites that can be considered more reliable than most:
National Institutes of Health – https://www.nih.gov/
MedlinePlus – https://medlineplus.gov/
UpToDate (requires subscription) – https://www.uptodate.com/home
CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/
Healthfinder – https://healthfinder.gov/
Mayoclinic – https://www.mayoclinic.org/
NCCN – https://www.nccn.org/
WomensHealth – https://www.womenshealth.gov/
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