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Searching for Natural Health Alternatives

 

 


As someone who has been interested in natural health alternatives for over twenty years, I've read many, many books on subjects such as vitamin & mineral benefits, herbs for specific health conditions, nutritional effects on health, and healing energy therapies. But since the internet is now flooded with health information, it's difficult sometimes to discern the good advice from the bad advice. Consequently, over the years, I've found quite a few trusted sources of helpful information that I use and share with my family. 


Bad health advice?

To avoid losing one penny of their billions of dollars in profits to all the helpful natural health advice out there, it has been reported that the pharmaceutical companies have started up websites with misinformation to discourage and scare people from trying alternative therapies. And to keep the average consumer from knowing the true source of that misinformation, these companies have disguised their websites to look as if they belong to some natural health expert. 

Most recently, RealAge.com, which appears to be helping you find out your "Real Age" by asking many personal questions about your health conditions, family history, and health habits, was found to be taking your personal health information and forwarding it to the pharmaceutical companies, according to a New York Times article. To date, RealAge has not disputed the facts exposed in that article, But since that article was published, at least they now allow you to delete all your personal information on their website (if we can trust an already deceptive company to actually do that). 


Where do I find good health advice?

Since massage therapy is considered a part of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), I figured that my massage website could also be a place where I can help point you in the direction of some of the natural health experts whom I trust. Armed with their information, you can make decisions about your health and natural alternatives that your doctor probably has minimal knowledge of (unless he or she is considered an "Alternative MD"). 

What works well  for information on a topic you'd like to learn more about is to search trusted sources of alternative health information. If you ask any successful person in any field how they became so successful, they will tell you that didn't get all their information to make decisions from just one source--they found sources that they trusted and extracted and combined the advice that was best for them. So why should we take our health advice from just one source--if our doctor was only trained in one method of treatment (pharmaceuticals & surgery), that may not be the healthiest choice for us. Most important of all is that we are successful at staying healthy, so why should we trust just one source of information on what's best for us?



How do I search for a topic that I need more information on?

On my Products and Health Info web page, you'll find a custom Google Search in the left column. Google limits each search box to just four websites--the Web (default) plus three custom websites. Since I have six sources of natural health information that I trust, I had to set it up into two separate search boxes. Here is what the search box looks like:

                                               

For any condition, vitamin, supplement, therapy, or topic that you'd like more information on, just enter the word or words into the search box that's just above the buttons, then select the button next to one of the three natural health websites, and click on the Google Search button. 

For example, let's assume that your doctor has told you that you have "high cholesterol" and wants to put you on one of the dangerous statin drugs (e.g., Lipitor, Vytorin, Zocor), but you'd like to research other natural health options before you start that drug therapy. You could simply type statin in the search box, click on the Mercola.com button, then click on the Google Search button. Google will then give you a search r
esults page with links to all types of statin information from Joseph Mercola MD, such as The Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Statins) or Lower Cholesterol Naturally without Statins, which, by the way, are both very educational and informative articles that he wrote.

Once you've learned what Dr. Mercola has to say about that topic, you can then go back to the Google Search on my web page and with the same topic (statin), click on another one of the sources, such as DrWhitaker, to read what Julian Whitaker MD has to say about the same subject.


What if I get conflicting information from these trusted sources?

Much like a visit to multiple doctors to get advice on a single health challenge (e.g., a second opinion), you may find different or even conflicting information from the trusted sources that I use. So it will take researching the information as much as possible to decide which information feels right for you. As with most therapies, natural or traditional, one that helps one person may not help another with the same condition. The good thing about most natural alternative therapies is that they are safe to try on their own. But some natural therapies do have warnings, especially about interactions with pharmaceuticals, so do your research carefully and check with your doctor if you don't feel comfortable trying something.


Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and do not give medical diagnoses or recommendations.  I only provide an easier method to search sources of online natural health information that are readily available to the public. Each person who uses my search tool is responsible for making his or her own health choices.


Howard Northrup, LMT
(321) 258-1201
MA# 35627