About.com: Headaches and Migraines Strikes Out Again
Posted Sep 03 2009 2:10pm
We NEED more good Migraine sites. So, I’ve kept hoping that the About.com site for Migraine and headaches would get better. But, it hasn’t, which is especially sad considering that it used to be THE best. Over the last couple of years, however, it has gone downhill…
For a rather long period of time, perhaps two years, there was no “guide” for the site. Nobody keeping it running, adding anything new, blogging, reporting news in the field, sending newsletters, etc.
Their forum, as the rest of the site, used to be THE best. No longer. There seems to be no moderation. Nobody is there to help members find good information. Spammers and scammers run amok. This is actually quite irresponsible. Migraineurs are often so desperate for relief that they’ll try pretty much anything. That leaves them very vulnerable to these spammers and scammers.
Some of their articles leave me shaking my head. For example, from their newsletter today, All About Basilar-Type Headache. Now, come on! They’re not Basilar-Type Headaches; they’re Basilar-Type MIGRAINES! When you look at the sources for this article, you see “Migraine,” not headache. This article isn’t written by the “guide,” Dr. Foley. It appears to be some kind of licensed article. This is what it says at the bottom of the article: “ LifeWire, a part of The New York Times Company, provides original and syndicated online lifestyle content. Betsy Lee-Frye is an independent journalist living in Kansas City, Mo. Her work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications and the St. Joseph News-Press. “
Interestingly enough, when you click on one of the related searches, “basilar headaches,” the results that come up are articles containing conflicting information:
First in the search results is the article written by Betsy Lee-Frye.