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There's lots of medical information all over the Web. How do you know which you can trust?


Here are my rules of thumb (or rule of thumbs):


(Note: None of the medical resources formally recognize prolonged withdrawal syndrome.)


Take these with a grain of salt:

- Any site selling a supplement

- Any site sponsored by a supplement or drug company

- Any site sponsored by a doctor or other practitioner

- An article that's a press release

- A blog, unless it contains references to an original article and is from an expert

- Any article that does not contain specific references to where the information comes from


Here are some sources I trust:


General medical information

- Pubmed (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ Publishes extracts and some articles from scientific journals and is very comprehensive. However, the primary research articles are difficult to read and understand. What seems to be scary may in fact mean nothing.


- Medline Plus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ This is the lite version of Pubmed, written by consumers


- Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com/ Consumer-oriented, helpful tips, recognizes value of complementary medicine and supplements


- Harvard Health Publications www.health.harvard.edu/ Also consumer-oriented; the psychiatric information is very conservative and pro-drug, as are researchers associated with Harvard Medical School.


more to come


Drug information

- PDR Health http://www.pdrhealth.com/home/home.aspx Lite consumer version of the PDR. Doesn't tell you everything you need to know, you need a subscription to the PDR itself.


- Drugs@FDA http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm A little burrowing will give you US drug label (package insert) history for any FDA-approved drug.


more to come


Health news

- New York Times

- Washington Post

- Wall Street Journal

- Times of London


more to come

Edited by Altostrata

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Great list!

I also try to find Discosure Statements of pharma companies that an investigator has ever worked with. Not certain where that is listed, but I bet you do know…

EX: researcher publishes study/case review about drug that is not affiliated/funded by that drug company. Researcher IS on payroll of competitor. Obvious bias, but may not be required to disclose for publication.

This may have changed since I last dealt w it. If so, please delete this message!

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The FDA site has histories of all the drug company applications, label changes, etc.


Bara, sounds like you have the makings of an investigative journalist.

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