Few of us are fortunate enough to avoid entirely any illness or accidents of some kind. That is part of living. 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.
Reliable medical conditions information
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.
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.
Health News Daily Update
Health and Fitness Calculator
Personal medical conditions information: Calculate your Body Mass Index, body fat percentage, your ideal heart rate zone during cardiovascular exercise, blood pressure, or optimal body weight range.
Note regarding body fat percentage calculations: Nearly any method of measuring body fat has limitations and margins for error. Generally, underwater weighing is considered the most accurate. However, comparing two or more methods, such as those offered by FitWise, should provide enough accuracy for most people's needs.
Know CPR and Save a Life
The new recommended CPR is so quick and easy to apply everyone should know how to do it. Special training is not needed. The short video will prepare you to act to save a life.
Other Medical Conditions Information Resources . . .