Virtual Health Info: My Short List of Reliable Sites

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Virtual Health Info: My Short List of Reliable Sites

 

I was looking for a #FridayFact health stat to post on my Facebook page when I chanced upon an article that said that 1 in 20 Google searches are health-related. Frankly, I’m surprised that the number isn’t higher. Since more and more netizens are turning to Dr. Google nowadays for answers, I thought of creating a short list of reliable health websites. Before I present my list, let me just offer a cautionary note first:

 

Not all virtual health information is accurate and applicable to you. Nothing beats a personal consult with a trusted physician.

 

That said, here’s my short list:

 

General Sources

 

Foreign

 

Mayo Clinic – The first health website I ever trusted. Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Their website’s approach to health may be a bit dry, but it’s top-notch.

 

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Image from Wiki Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MayoClinic.jpg.
The actual Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Image from Wiki Commons.

 

Cleveland Clinic – See: Mayo Clinic.

WebMD – This brand is one of the more well-known health sites in cyberspace. Their articles are straightforward and the site itself is very navigable. I asked a friend’s opinion about his use of the website once, and I’ll always remember what he said: browsing and reading WebMD always made him feel like he was suffering from a head tumor or a cancer or some other grave disease. That’s one more reason why you need to check with your doctor: to validate or negate any symptom you might have. At the very least, it’ll save you from unnecessary stress. 🙂

 

WebMD website screenshot.
WebMD.

 

Local

 

MIMS Philippines – A recent and pleasant discovery. I don’t know if it’s just the preventive health enthusiast in me, but I enjoy the topics of the articles they regularly churn out. If you’re not into healthcare, you can still benefit from their General News section. Here are some samples of the types of stories you could read there: “Respect, appreciation for doctors felt more in rural areas” and “The role of art in helping patients heal.”

 

MIMS Philippines website screenshot.
MIMS Philippines.

 

Fitness

 

POPSUGAR Fitness – My go-to resource for short, sweet, and sweaty fitness routines. Some of these routines are really hard, but there are options for beginners. Check out one of their videos below.

 


 

Women’s Health – When I decided to start exercising more several years ago, this was the first online resource I turned to. I didn’t even think twice: their brand name is so popular even people disinterested about health know of them. Their tone is very Cosmopolitan meets WebMD. It’s information served in a pop-ish way.

Tone It Up – See: POPSUGAR Fitness.

 

Tone It Up website screenshot.
Tone It Up.

 

Nutrition

 

Food and Drug Administration Philippines – Wanna know if the supplement you’re using is safe? You can go straight to FDA Philippines’s Consumers Corner for their lists of registered drugs and food products. It’s also a good resource for public health warnings. Their latest advisories include warnings against the use of this unregistered food product called Best Life Herbal Syrup (said to help with vein blockage with regular consumption) as well as the counterfeit beauty product Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara (the company authorized to carry the brand locally does not distribute the said product). Caveat: its website is very slow.

 

FDA website screenshot.
FDA.

 

Dermatology

 

American Academy of Dermatology – I like that they have a section that’s dedicated to the general public. Examples of the type of info you can find there include tips on how to prevent rashes as well as educational handouts on skin cancer and body moles. They also have accompanying videos for easier understanding.

 


 

Health Stats

 

World Health Organization – The mother ship. Can’t be more official than this. There are fact sheets in the site for common concerns like depression, diabetes, and malaria. There are also infographics on hepatitis, nutrition, reproductive health, etc. The one attached below gives stats on foodborne diseases in the Southeast Asian region.

 

WHO website screenshot.
WHO.

Stats on foodborne diseases in the Southeast Asian region. Infographic from WHO: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/foodborne-diseases/infographics_sear_en.pdf?ua=1.

 

Department of Health Philippines – They have an official website, but I suggest checking their Facebook page first for general announcements. It’s more layman-friendly.

 


 

E-zine

 

Well+Good – stylish layout and easy-to-understand text, though some of the feature articles (like the one about Gwyneth Paltrow’s morning smoothie enriched with cordyceps powder and Moon Juice Dust) have a distinctively First World appeal.

 

Well+Good website screenshot
Well+Good.

 

The Internet has made it easier to improve one’s health literacy, but it’s a double-edged sword. Its affordability ease-of-use has also allowed the proliferation of dubious health sources. When checking out online sources, always apply critical thinking and follow up with healthcare professionals you trust.

 

Will update this short list of reliable health websites continuously. Do you know of any others? Please share them here so I can add them to the list after I vet them. Note that I am not affiliated with any of the above organizations and publications. These are just sources I personally and professionally trust.

 

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Mayo Clinic photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Videos from POPSUGAR Fitness and AAD. Infographic from the WHO.

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