APRIL 2012, TABLES OF WEBSITES FOR HEALTH-RELATED RESEARCH
The PDF pages referenced below contain pointers to useful resources on the Internet. They take the place of the tables printed in the books. However, they are more useful because the referenced hot links are active in the PDF file that is viewed.
Tables 6 and 7 in RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: The Infection Connection are updated as Tables 7 & 8 in ARTHRITIS AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE: The Infection Connection. They display Research attributes and practical Resources found at the listed sites, respectively. The first column in each table shows the website’s top-level Home Page.
An “X” in a box for a given Home Page means that the information in that category is well worth reading. For example, the site www.stanford.edu has an “X” in the Arthritis and Lupus categories. Of course, much more than this specific information on a few illnesses is available on this Stanford University medical library site. It is just that for research pertinent to topics covered in this book, that set of data is judged to be authoritative and outstanding.
Note that this website also has an “X” in the box for “Autoimmune Diseases” and “Rheumatic Diseases.” This means that the site is comprehensive, providing information on many other illnesses in those categories, too many to list individually.
Any site with an “X” in the “Topic Search” category has a local keyword search feature leading to subcategories of useful information within the site. The lack of an “X” does not mean to imply that the site has minimal data on a particular topic. It only means that the topic area was not fully explored as part of the research done for this book. The reader is encouraged to visit these websites, find the search box and type in topic keywords of personal interest.
Certain websites, like those of Drs. Gabe Mirkin, Andrew Saul, and Joseph Mercola, are so stellar that an “X” appears in nearly every category.
Appendix IV PDF Tables as of April 2012
An overwhelming amount of information is available on the web, but not all of it is accurate or founded on solid scientific investigation. Some information is artfully constructed to mislead for sales and marketing purposes. Some data is intentionally bogus, placed there by mean-spirited individuals to deceive or by others who crave attention.
Every effort has been made to separate the wheat from the chaff and to provide the reader with the cream of the Internet crop of credible health-related websites. This book is written for those who wish to take an active role in achieving good health. The more informed the patient, the better s/he is able to enter into a partnership with a health care provider. Dealing with illness then becomes a stronger, more focused team approach and the probability is increased for a positive, rewarding outcome.
Caution: Websites and information on sites are subject to change. Site names and URLs (Universal Resource Locator) listed here may sometimes be case-sensitive. First look up the website directly to get the current, exact URL spelling. For categories of health interests, use a powerful search engine such as Google or Yahoo using well-chosen, definitive keywords. One simple keyword like “arthritis” or “lupus” will result in thousands of hits (i.e., websites located). Google will often prompt you about misspellings. Try to refine your search as much as possible with additional specific keywords.
Apologies are extended to the reader for any pointers that may have changed since these tables were updated. The Internet is a dynamic and evolving resource. What appears in the above tables are snapshots in time. Some websites, like Dr. Joseph Mercola’s, are well established and continue to provide a wealth of information while other sites may be ephemeral, static or contain dated information still historically useful.
However, the most important sites an individual can visit are probably the offices of thoughtful, caring physicians who take a (w)holistic approach to treating their patients’ complex maladies.
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