Medical Issues : The Internet, Cancer and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Posted by Chapster on Aug-14-2004 (2660 reads)

(Health on the Internet Foundation) - In a newsletter we received today from the Health on the Internet Foundation there was an article that addressed the quality of health information to be found on the internet, specifically information on cancer. and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Quote:

According to a scientific study assessing the quality of web sites on CAM for cancer published on the Annals of Oncology by experts in complementary medicine from the universities of Exeter and Plymouth directed by Professor Edzard Ernst, nearly 50% of the 32 most popular web sites on CAM for cancer are not good quality....And "the cancer cures discussed on these websites are not supported by good scientific evidence". Even worse, 3 websites were qualified of "outright dangerous". These 3 sites have applied for HONcode accreditation but have been rejected for HONcode accreditation by Health On the Net Foundation (HON: http://www.hon.ch/).



This quote is from the most recent newsletter of the Health on the Internet Foundation. It refers to an article in the Annals of Oncology ( Assessing websites on complementary and alternative medicine for cancer). The article addresses a number of sites that offer information that may cause harm to individuals by offering unproven cures, false information, or encouragement to abandon or underutilize conventional medical practice.

However, the article also points out, as well, that there are a number of sites that do yeoman's work as truly and factually educational. They offer information that can genuinely help individuals learn about cancer treatment and options. Those sites are listed below. Appropriately enough, three of the sites are honCode certified. This serves as a further indicator that the HONcode certification is your best bet that information is reliable.

Incidentally, it should be noted that ElderHope is HONcode Certified.

Good sites as mentioned in the Health on the Internet Foundation newsletter article and the Annals of Oncology article:

Bandolier - not HONcode certified, but the article likes the site.

QuackWatch.org - HONcode certified.

National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - HONcode certified. While there, you might also check out the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Fact Sheet.

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - HONcode certified.

All of these sites have ratings, according to the article, of "no harm conceivable." Link to table

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