This week the Health Lotería continues with the saying:“Da acá la pata y empiézame a platicar / los trabajos que pasabas cuando no sabías hablar.” ["Sit down over here and chat with me / about how hard your life was before you knew how to talk."] To whom does the saying refer? Of course, to… ¡¡¡el cotorro!!! [the parrot!] And if we’re talking about chatting and conversation, certainly health is one of the things that we find ourselves discussing the most — one’s own health, health of family and friends, concerns, successes. Our friends ask us, “What’s up? How are you doing?”, the radio and TV talk constantly about health, many parts of the Internet are huge conversations about health. And with all this talk that surrounds us, there’s always advice — advice from our loved ones who worry about us, advice from public and private organizations, from the government, from advertisements, from everywhere.
But which advice, which information should we trust? Here are some suggestions for evaluating the information that you read, hear, or see about your health. First, here are two that have to do with any source of health information:
- This page from MedlinePlus offers links to guides that explain how to evaluate health information. [In case you haven't noticed, MedlinePlus is a source which we recommend a lot here in the Health Lotería, because it always has complete, clear and trustworthy information.]
- “Is this health information good for me?” is a page from one of the Regional Libraries of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The following links are have more to do with evaluating Internet health information, but often the same questions can help you evaluate health information in other media as well:
- “Health Information on the Web: Finding Reliable Information” from the American Academy of Family Physicians
- “Your health, in your hands” from the findingDulcinea guide to the Internet
- The Health on the Net (HON) Foundation evaluates and accredits health-related websites, on the basis of their trustworthiness, and offers a search of trustworthy sites.
- “10 Things To Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web” from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
- “Diez aspectos que debe conocer al evaluar los recursos médicos en Internet” del Centro Nacional de Medicina Complementaria y Alternativa (NCCAM)
Next time in the Health Lotería: “¡No levantes esa piedra, / que te pica ese animal!” ["Don't lift up that rock, / because that animal will sting you!"] Can you figure out the clue?