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Weeding through the Web: Getting Accurate Health Information Online

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: How do you know that the information you're reading (or watching) online is accurate?
Air Date: 2/18/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 — A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.
  • Book Title: Real Cause, Real Cure
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrJTeitelbaum
Weeding through the Web: Getting Accurate Health Information Online
Can you remember back to a time when you didn't have Google as a resource? 

It's so easy to look up information, health-related or other, simply by doing a quick Internet search.

But, how do you know that the information you're reading (or watching) is accurate?

First, consider this: standard medicine is helpful for about 25 percent of all medical issues, primarily acute emergencies such as heart attacks and appendectomies. But, it's not so great when it comes to chronic issues, such as pain, fatigue or indigestion. With this in mind, you just need to know when to look and where. 

There's a concept called "trusted sources." Unfortunately, some of these sources are exclusive to standard medicine and don't have information on natural remedies or, even worse, discount them. 

Here are Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's recommendations for sites that are best for each:

Standard Medicine

Wikipedia
Mayo Clinic
Cleveland Clinic

Natural Options

American Botanical Council
Cures A-Z (iPhone and Android App)
Vitality 101
Life Extension Foundation


Tune in as Dr. Teitelbaum joins Lisa to discuss weeding through all of the health information online, as well as which sources you can trust to get accurate information.