from Atlantic-Pediatrics, LLC
Please be aware that not all health related information found on the internet is accurate. In fact, a simple web search we conducted on attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder using the Google search engine revealed that the vast majority of information found was ...... well, ......crap.
Just because someone has initials after
their name does not make them a medical authority. And
what sells TV news and books is controversy, not
accuracy. People with initials after their name
are probably guilty of more misinformation on the
world wide web than other people. Sources from social
media such as Facebook are often worse. Avoid any web
site information which tries to sell you something,
whether it's a book, a 'natural' remedy, or a medical
device. Such sources are the modern day equivalent of
the snake oil salesman.
Much of the medical information
presented on-line quickly becomes stale due to new
research. But on-line information from less than
reputable sources and rumor mills stick around for a
very long time on the Internet--long, long after the
conspiracy theories or false claims have been
When searching for legitimate health information on the internet, might we suggest that you stay away from the popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and the like. Instead, confine your search to direct links or search engines offered by major health related institutions such as medical schools, hospitals, or national stature organizations such as the National Institutes of Health or the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even information from these reputable sources may be false, misconstrued, or not applicable in your child's case. Overall, we prefer information obtained from a recent edition book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, such as Caring for Your Baby and Young Child from Birth to Five or Guide to Your Child's Symptoms. If you obtain information that is any way questionable from whatever source, run it by your pediatrician before acting on it.
The US Centers for Disease Control lists the following points to keep in mind when evaluating health related information on the internet:
Ten Tips on Evaluating Information on the Internet
ownership of the website should be clear.