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Using The Internet for Health Information

  The Internet is a valuable resource in promoting health and fitness. With so much information available, it is often difficult to separate reliable information from information that is false, misleading, or predatory.  The following “warning signs” should alert the reader to use precautions when making health related decisions.

            - Products are for sale on the site, and personal information is requested

            - Patient testimonials are used that can not be verified

            - Credentials and identifying information about the site “experts” are missing

            - Resources showing where the information was obtained are not listed

            - Dates are not given for the information provided

            - Only the benefits are listed without mention of potential risks

            - Sensational or “impact” words with non-scientific, vague meanings are used                (toxins, heavy metals, detoxification)

  Do your research carefully; there is plenty of reliable information available. Unfortunately, fraud, myth, fallacies, and fads are cleverly disguised

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