Don’t trust any random website you find and assume the information is correct. Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t automatically make it true.
It’s important for you to know if a website is trustworthy or not. The Internet is full of anonymous fearmongers who have nothing better to do than make you distrust a medication or therapy that could very well work for you just because it didn’t work for them. Health information sites are accredited by the good people at Health On the Net. To be accredited a site has to live up to their Code of Conduct. If a site bears the seal of HON accreditation, then you can trust the information presented there.1 The information may be out of date or incorrect, we’ve got plenty of that here, but at least it’s an honest effort and probably no more wrong than most doctors.
Even if a site doesn’t bother with HON accreditation, or is about something else entirely – although there are plenty of organizations that certify accuracy for all sorts of things – there are a few things you can check to know if a website is as good, if not better, than the latest self-help book2. This is what you should ask, along with our answers:
Why do they think they know so much? Our general background source material, in addition to specific books, papers, etc. cited on each article.
Is their ‘science’ any better than witchcraft? Evaluating research material.
Where does their money come from? Including our advertising policy.
How do I get past their anti-telepathic mindcontrol tinfoil hats? Or: how to contact us.
Asocial Media. Our Net.Presents. Where to follow us for announcements.
Also other crap that may be of interest and/or to district you from your crappy existence