Medical Conditions Information

Few of us are fortunate enough to avoid entirely any illness or accidents of some kind. But our goal should be to reduce the odds of having serious problems, and getting honest and reliable information should they occur. That is what this page is about.

Aside from living a healthful fitness lifestyle, the most important proactive thing a person can do is establish a relationship with a primary care physician. Your doctor should be someone you respect and are comfortable talking with. Waiting until something goes wrong and then looking for a doctor you've never met is not the best way to go about it.

Your primary care physician should know your medical history and that of your family. Be open with your doctor. Hide nothing. If you find you cannot communicate well with your doctor, find another one that you trust and are comfortable with.

With the Internet, most people today seek further medical conditions information even when they have confidence in their doctor’s advice and care. This can be either good or bad. There is valuable medical conditions information online that allows us to be better informed and in partnership with our doctors in our care and treatment.

However, the dark side of cyberspace is an abundance of quacks, charlatans and thieves hawking dubious treatments and “cures” for practically every condition. Some merely take your money. Others can cost you your life. Be careful. Charlatans succeed in cheating people because they are clever.

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The following is a list of information sources that may be helpful to those who want a better understanding of injuries or illnesses they or their loved ones may incur. Used correctly, they can provide medical information, how specific conditions are diagnosed, what treatments leading experts recommend, and what is going on in cutting-edge research.

But please remember that even the most reliable sources should never be considered a substitute for your physician. Educate and arm yourself, yes. But never self-diagnose, receive treatment, or take substances without your physician’s knowledge. Doing so is foolish and dangerous.

Search sites for information on health risks or benefits . . .

  • UpToDate: Doctor recommended site for current, in-depth, and unbiased medical information.

  • Docs4PatientCare: An organization of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a health care system that preserves the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, promotes quality of care, supports affordable access to all Americans, and protects patients' freedom of choice.

  • Hospital Compare: Compare the quality of your local hospitals. Information from the United States Department of Health & Human Services.

  • Household Products Database: More than 5,000 products listed in this National Library of Medicine database.

  • Mayo Clinic: More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.

  • The Merck Manuals: A trusted source for medical information available free online.

  • National Institutes of Health: (Federal Government.) Information on a variety of health topics.

  • National Health Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine: The National Institutes of Health studies.

  • Quackwatch: Nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Includes information on quackery and questionable therapies.

  • WebMD: Research the latest information from the American Medical Association.



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