by Ron Kurtus (revised 19 November 2018)
The following material consists of health related resources.
- Asbestos and mesothelioma
- Basic health information
- Colds and flu
- Drug hazards
- Fat in diet
- Government health sites
- Heart health
- Insect bites
- Medical organizations
- Migraine headaches
- Senior citizen health issues
- Special needs - Disabilities
- Water safety
- Waterless cooking
- Other health
Use these resources to help your understanding of the material.
Warning about health websites
There are a number of websites that specialize in providing information about human health information. Some of these sites provide good information, while other sites may provide misleading or outdated advice. There is also the concern that some so-called health sites are really fronts for companies selling medical products or services.
The reason to use an health-oriented website should be to get some preliminary information on a health issue before you go to the doctor. You should always check several sites for the same information to get a broader view of the opinions offered. Considering the mistakes that doctors often make in some diagnoses, you can expect even more possible misinformation when something is offered for free.
Still, I feel you can get some good information from many of these health Web sites.
Quack Watch - Site about medical fraud and quackery
Addiction Center - Information on the problems of various addictions
Addiction and Recovery Rehab Centers - List of centers
Alcohol Rehab Guide - Information on overcoming alcoholism
Recovery Village Blog - articles on addiction recovery
Drug Rehabs - Solutions for substance abuse
Rehab Spot - Information on addictions and rehab
See Mental Health Resources for a comprehensive list
Arthritis Foundation - Information, plus details on research for a cure
Arthritis.com - Commercial site with good arthritis information
Doctor's Guide - Arthritis - Site for medical professionals
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Good information from HealthLine.com
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Resource Center - Comprehensive resource on the topic of asbestos and its health effects
Mesothelioma.net - Good information on mesothelioma and its treatments
Mesothelioma Resource Online - Information about the disease
Mesothelioma Survival - Information about the disease
Mesothelioma Treatments - Support community
Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center - Information and help on mesothelioma
Mesothelioma Veterans Center - Information on mesothelioma for veterans
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance - Resources for patients and families
Mesothelioma Fund - Information on getting payment for treatment
Mesothelioma Lawsuits - Information on filing a mesothelioma lawsuit
Mesothelioma Guide - Treatment and support information
Mesothelioma Advocate - Information
Basic health information
Discovery Health - Gives clear, simple information
iVillage > Health- Stories and articles on health issues
Mayo Clinic - Clear explanations plus depth
On Health - provides basic information
Web MD - Very comprehensive information
Sama Hospital blog - Good health-related articles
Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease - Financial issues
Consumer Safety on Health Issues - ComsumerSafety.org
Health Benefits of Having a Dog - From WileyPup.com
Guide to Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment - Hair loss in women website
Cancer and Sleep - Sleep Help Institute
Mesothelioma Help - Assistance on mesothelioma form of lung cancer
Breast Cancer - National Institute of Health (NIH)
Breast Cancer Health Center - WebMD.org
Susan Love MD - Online community with emphasis on taking charge of your life
Articles on Breast Cancer - Healthline.net
Keeping Your Kids Safe & Healthy - Articles from SafeKids.co.uk
Cord Blood Stem Cells - Using baby's stem cells to treat diseases
Talking To Your Kids About Your Terminal Illness: A guide for parents - ACLS Training Center
Colds and flu
The Common Cold - British site dedicated to cold treatments
National Foundation for Infections Diseases: Influenza - Advice on treating the flu
What You Need to Know About the 2012-13 Flu Season - From Online Nurse Practioner Programs
Are You a Lifesaver? - Article on the importance of CPR
TMJ Disorder - HearNet.com
Symptoms of TMJ - HealthCentral.com
Type 2 Diabetes - Extensive information from HealthLine.com
How to Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes with Diet - From JenReviews.com
Diabetes Council Resources
Addiction Library - Listing of articles on drug addictions
Drug Dangers - Provides information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications.
The 45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse - From DrugRehab.org
The following resources can be used to find out more about eye care:
10 Foods for Eye Health - Eat This!
Feeding Your Eyes Will Help Protect Your Eyesight - Protect-Your-Eyesight.com
Good Foods for Eye Health - WebMD
Floaters in the Eyes: There is Hope - by Dr. Marc Grossman - Holistic approach, with suggested vitamins and herb that will help
Fat in diet
The following resources can be used to find out more about fat and trans fat:
American Heart Association Information about heart disease prevention and treatment.
Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol by Mary G. Enig. Bethesda Press, 2000, $29.95. Well-researched guide, answering questions about fats.
Eater's Choice: A Food Lover's Guide to Lower Cholesterol by Ron Goor, Nancy Goor, and Barry Estabrook. Houghton Mifflin, 1999, $17.00. Provides useful information about diet and heart disease, including a discussion of trans fats. Includes collection of low-fat recipes.
Government health sites
Food and Drug Administration - Health news and topics
Med Line Plus - Health information from the National Institute of Health
The following resources can be used to find out more about heartburn.
American College of Gastroenterology Information about gastrointestinal conditions.
HealthBoards.com Message board lets you share information with others who have digestive disorders.
Stop the Heartburn: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Symptoms of One of America's Most Common Health Problems by David S. Utley, M.D. and Kathryn M. Utley. Lagado Publishing 1997, $8.95. Guide offers practical advice for preventing and managing heartburn and GERD.
Good Food for Bad Stomachs by Henry D. Janowitz, M.D. Oxford University Press, 1998, $13.95. Examines relationship between field and digestive disorders and offers diet plans to help alleviate symptoms of heartburn, GERD, and other conditions.
Gastrointestinal Health by Steven R. Peikin, M.D. HarperCollins, 1999, $15.00. An approach to reducing heartburn and GERD that combines a healthy diet, exercise, stress management, and medication.
Guide to Congestive Heart Failure - ACLS Training Center
Heart Health and Stroke - Resources for Women
Risk Assessment Tool: Estimate Your 10-Year Risk of Having a Heart Attack
Heart Disease: Angina Pectoris - MonitorTech.org
Cardiac Disease in the Young - ACLS Training Center
Heart Disease in Women - Facts and Statistics - ACLS Training Center
Flea Bites on Humans - From fleabites.net
Flea Bites on Humans - From flea-bites.com
American Botanical Council - Information on the use of herbs
The following resources can be used to find out more about migraines.
National Headache Foundation Resources for headache sufferers, along with information on treatment options and support groups.
American Council for Headache Education Current headache news, information, and discussion forums. You can set up your own online headache diary to help your doctor diagnose your condition.
Migraine Awareness Group The National Migraine Association offers tips for living with migraines, a discussion of treatments, and a section that debunks common migraine myths.
American College of Physicians Home Medical Guide: Migraine and Other Headaches edited by David R. Goldmann, M.D., and David A. Horowitz, M.D., Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000, $6.95. A primer on various types of headaches, this book describes causes, symptoms, and remedies.
Holistic Seniors - Holistic approach for seniors
Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging - New York University
National Sleep Foundation - Raises awareness about sleep
Sleep Cycle Calculator - Hours needed for sleep plus other sleep information
All About Sleep - SleepDex Resources on Better Sleep
SleepNet - Guide to sleep disorders
Young Adult Sleep Disorders - Focused on young people with sleep problems.
Sleep Disorders - Listing of various disorders
Sleep Health - Numerous sleep-related resources
Creating a Wheelchair-Friendly Home - A complete guide
Many Methods of Water Purification - Article from Berkley Filters Co.
Websites about bottled water
Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype? - Natural Resources Defense Council
Healthy cooking with waterless/greaseless cookware:
Healthy Meat and Potatoes by Charles Knight, H.P. Books (2001) $16.95. Cookbook on using waterless/greaseless cookware from creator of Health Craft cookware.
Radiation Exposure in X-ray and CT Examinations - RadiologyInfo.org
X-Ray Risks - Mayo Clinic
Are X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy? - FamilyDoctor.org
Radiation, how much is considered safe for humans? - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News
Occupational Exposure to Radiation - Health Canada
Radiation Exposure Limits - Nondestructive Testing Resource Center
Cabinet X-ray Systems - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Health Effects of Radiation - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
X-rays - Physics of x-rays
- Cancer Center
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Down Syndrome
- Eating Disorders
- Heart Failure Society
- Hurried Woman Syndrome
- Juvenile Diabetes
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Understanding Chemotherapy
- West Nile Virus Alert
You can use these resources to find out information on health issues, before you see a doctor.
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