Some information on the web is great. And some isn't. Since the internet is not regulated, websites can say anything they like. As a result, some websites have accurate and reliable health information, but others do not.
A trustworthy website has these features:
- Tells who is responsible for the site and how you can contact the site.
- Gives you information and isn't selling anything. Notice whether it includes advertisements.
- Tells you what it will (and will not) do with personal information it collects from you.
- Is reviewed regularly and the date of the last update is given.
Look for health information that is:
- Based on results from medical research and backed up with references to the research and approved by medical experts.
- Unbiased, objective, and balanced. The information seems reasonable and believable (no promises of "miracle cures").
Be sure to talk with your doctor about health information you find on your own.