Fact Checking Claims for Nutritional Products

http://www.consumerlab.com/ Has the stated mission “To identify the best quality health and nutritional products through independent testing.” If you’re familiar with Consumer Reports, the leader for decades in unbiased testing of consumer products and services, then you understand what Consumer Lab is all about. They appear mostly to focus on products such as vitamins, herbal supplements and similar products. They have no advertising on their site, similar to the approach long practiced by Consumer Reports. They have a page on their site dedicated to a long list of various press releases, news stories and testimonials related to the foundation here. Additionally they have a “Where to Buy” page that helps people find where to buy products recommended on the site. Some online vendors pay a fee to be included on this page, but they receive no proceeds from sales through Consumer Lab. Suffice it to say, consumerlab.com appears to be the gold standard of information regarding effectiveness, safety and legitimacy of these products.

Memberships may be purchased by organizations such as libraries, or for around $40 a year individuals may subscribe to all articles on the site.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac

http://www.almanac.com/

Ever wondered what the weather was like the day you were born or when you should plant those heirloom tomatoes?  The answers to these and many more interesting facts can be found at www.almanac.com.  From this website you can find information about weather, gardening, astrology, and cookery. 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Index

www.umm.edu/altmed/

From the University of Maryland Medical Center, this site provides information on most forms of complemetary and alternative medicine, including: acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayruveda, biofeedback, chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage, mind/body medicine, naturopathy, nutrition, osteopathy, relaxation techniques, spirituality, tai chi, therapeutic touch, traditional chinese medicine and yoga.  Users can also search the site by condition.

ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

www.arkive.org

This is a wonderful collection of thousands of images and video clips of threatened and endangered animals from around the world.  Besides colorful photos, for most animals video clips are also available.  Users can also learn more about each animal: Facts & Status, Description, Range & Habitat, Biology, Threats & Conservation, and more.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database

http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/

This database indexes over 2000 dietary supplements and allows users to compare the ingredients of various brands.  Each entry will supply information such as uses in humans, adverse effects, mechanism of action, and claimed health benefit.  Information on warnings and recalls is also provided.