When I was a small child and would get sick, my mother called good ol’ Dr. Beahm and he made a house call. For those of you too young to know about house calls, Dr. Beahm (as most other family doctors) actually came to our house to examine me, left instructions with my mother, and often gave me a shot of penicillin or a friendly pat on the head as he left, depending on the ailment.
These days many of us jump online to Google symptoms and see what they may (or may not) mean. This can be useful if you discover good resources with reliable information. However, not everything on the Internet is true (duh! as my grandson would say) so solid, verified health information is crucial. Where to begin? Since this is a GODORT blog we’ll begin with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While you know they are heavy into research you may not realize a large section of their website is dedicated to Health Information. This searchable plethora of health information covers topics from handling stress and managing your cholesterol to locating local health services and how to talk with your doctor. There are even Wellness Toolkits to find ways to improve your well-being in any area you’d like.
Another great resource is healthfinder.gov with its friendly interface, a health quiz, and even “myhealthfinder” to help you know which preventive services you may need.
These websites are the perfect way to begin locating reliable health information for yourself and those around you. Here are just a few more you can count on:
- Healthy Living (CDC)
- Health Information in Many Languages (NNLM)
- Health Information from the Government (USA.gov)
- Mental Health.gov
- Consumer Health Information (FTC)