The internet is a vast resource that can, at times, be overwhelming to search. How do you know which sources are legitimate and which ones are simply a waste of your time? We have compiled a list of sources, each unique in their approach to solving food, diet, health questions and more, and broken them into different categories. Some of the most powerful resources in cyberspace are available right here at the touch of your fingertips. Here are some health-related resources for you:
Medical Research Organizations
Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. As a not-for-profit hospital, Cleveland Clinic serves its community with charity care; extensive medical, educational and community service programs; and civic education initiatives. In 2009, Cleveland Clinic and its health system of community hospitals and family health and ambulatory surgery centers proudly provided $497.7 million in benefit to the communities they serve.
Mayo Clinic’s mission is to empower people to manage their health. They accomplish this by providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic. A team of Web professionals and medical experts working side by side produces the site. Through this unique collaboration, they give you access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,700 physicians, scientists and researchers of Mayo Clinic.
The overarching mission of the Harvard School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication.
To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policy makers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.
Their objectives are:
- To provide the highest level of education to public health scientists, practitioners, and leaders
- To foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of this country and all nations
- To strengthen health capacities and services for communities
- To inform policy debate, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of health as a public good and fundamental right.
WebMD has created an organization that they believe fulfills the promise of health information on the Internet. They provide credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you. A source for original and timely health information as well as material from well known content providers.
- Health news for the public
- Creating and maintaining up-to-date medical reference content databases
- Medical imagery, graphics, and animation
- Live web events
- User experience
- Interactive tools
At EWG, a team of scientists, engineers, and computer programmers pore over government data, legal documents policy experts, lawyers, scientific studies and their own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Their research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. Provides up-to-date information on health risks. Free guides.
The mission of the AHMA is to help transform medicine to a more holistic model. They do this by increasing awareness of the principles of holistic medicine and by uniting doctors and other healthcare professionals who can help you integrate the best of complementary and alternative therapies with the best of conventional/allopathic medicine.
Disease Specific Organizations
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
As the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. They are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays – a world where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life. They combine their relentless passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience to make this vision a reality, and they get results. They save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back. Thanks in part to this work, 11 million cancer survivors and countless others who have avoided the disease will celebrate a birthday this year.
Welcome to the leading online diabetes resource. dLife is the place for all aspects of your diabetes lifestyle, offering information and community support for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and caregivers. From questions about blood sugar to delicious diabetic recipes, they’re here to help. The leading online diabetes resource. They have DLife TV (online videos, and on CNBC weekly). Lifestyle site with extensive resources.
Experts now agree that an anti-inflammatory diet is the best way to lose weight, reduce the signs of aging, and prevent a wide range of diseases. But it’s hard to know which foods to choose. There’s nothing on the nutrition label to tell you how a food affects inflammation. In fact, some of the foods we think of as healthful can actually make inflammation worse!
The IF Rating™ system makes it easy by estimating how various foods and combinations of foods are likely to affect inflammation in the body. Foods with negative ratings may contribute to inflammation, especially when consumed in excessive quantities. Foods with positive IF Ratings support the body’s anti-inflammatory processes. The higher the number, the stronger the effect.
Mental Health Resources
Research and awareness surrounding mental health have grown in the last few decades, highlighting its crucial place in the betterment of overall quality of life. That said, as unprecedented stressors arise from the pandemic and an increasingly divisive political climate, mental health self-care has arguably never been more important. Advancements in digital technology have created a multitude of resources for mental health betterment.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, use these resources to find help.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Includes a searchable database of support groups across the country and offers a list of questions you should ask potential counselors, including practical ones (“Do you accept my insurance?”) and more clinical ones (“What is your treatment approach?”).
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
Get free support 24/7 by texting “NAMI” to 741741.
- Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
Up to 13.5 percent of elderly people suffer from mild to severe depression.
- Mental Health America
Mental health screening tests, educational resources and a search tool for finding an affiliate in your area who can help you locate a therapist and/or support group.
- National Institute of Mental Health
Educational resources, outreach programs, and information about clinical trials and studies; 866-615-6464
- University of Texas The University of Texas has created a targeted list of resources for adults, teens, and younger children.