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Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Digestive Concerns

Annotation:Describes the training and experiences of these physicians, who specialize in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver and how they can help you. It provides a locator to find one of them near you. The site includes many informational documents on GI diseases.

Annotation:Consumers’ Union of the U.S. - Suggestions on which laxatives are available, both over the counter and by prescription, and what are CU’s recommendation, based on safety, efficacy and price.

Annotation:Provides information on nutrition and health topics, and how diet can help in managing or preventing disease.

Annotation:This non-profit organization is dedicated to informing, assisting, and supporting people affected by gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. The website provides many informative articles, as well as suggestions for books and videos, and links to research and clinical trials, and support groups.

Annotation:This patient advocate group supports self-management for those who suffer from IBS, those who are looking for support for someone who has IBS, and medical professionals who want to learn more about IBS. It provides a variety of informational materials, and an online community with the ability to create local “meetups”.

Annotation:This is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). It provides a variety of documents (online and available for ordering in print in some cases) and links to research and further information. They can be reached by Phone: 1–800–891–5389 TTY: 1–866–569–1162 Fax: 703–738–4929 and Email:

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.

Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.

Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.


Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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