What Medical Information can you Trust?

The internet has given us access to vast amounts of medical information. But how much of it can you trust? I would suggest starting with sites that gain no financial benefit from providing you with that information. Beware of sites that are selling products.  Also be wary of medical charities as many are funded by pharmaceutical companies who have their own agenda and government guidelines on healthy eating which can be highly influenced by the food industry.

I am a member of the British Society of Ecological medicine (BSEM). The BSEM have a history of bringing up important medical issues, often years (sometimes decades) before these problems become well-recognised. These have included the way chemicals alter genes (epigenetics),  the vital role played by gut bacteria in our health, the dangers of high sugar and low fat diets, the hazards of electro-magnetic radiation and the damage caused by particulate pollution.

I can recommend the websites linked to BSEM practitioners. These practitioners typically work with patients with complex problems, often treating patients that other doctors have given up on. They have a high degree of knowledge and may use new and innovative methods. This can, of course, attract criticism from their more conventional colleagues. Dr Myhill’s website (http://www.drmyhill.co.uk) is especially comprehensive. Apart from BSEM there are other websites I would trust. Cancer Active (https://www.canceractive.com) is run by Chris Woolams who has made it his mission to provide up-to-date information about cancer and does a great job. Dr Michael Greger’s website (https://nutritionfacts.org) has a large amount of useful data on nutrition. I am sure there are also many other good websites that I am unfamiliar with.