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Posted Jan 02 2012 4:50pm
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” —Mark Twain

For me, one of the hardest things about learning and growing with a chronic illness is deciphering between the so-called truths around your disease and the cold, hard facts. What is the right treatment (for you)? How do you balance the opinions of your friends and family with your doctor’s expertise and your personal instincts? When should you turn off the internet, close your medical dictionary and take the next step?

Honestly, I’m not sure. I only know that everyone’s situation is unique. Personally, I like to equip myself with as much knowledge as possible and the more tools I have, the better. With that in mind, Medify is one of the newest arrows in my quiver. I just started using the site and really love what I’ve discovered so far (it is still in beta though, so make sure and let them know if you see something that can be improved).

Medify allows you to see real patient experiences, easily discover new scientific evidence around the treatments and diseases you’re interested in tracking, and even build connections around relevant current research with physicians and other experts. My favorite part? Everything is 100% vetted by medical researchers — and that’s more than I can say for most health news these days. Mark Twain would be proud.

(Happy New Year!)

What are some of your favorite new health tools? Let me know and I’ll share my findings in the next month.
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