World Wide Web Review
[From Feminist Collections, vol.21, no.3 (Spring 2000)] A Look at Women's Health on Alternative Medicine Websites
by Ann Boyer
With interest in alternative and complementary medicine growing yearly, one can now find thousands of websites addressing this topic. True, it's more difficult to turn up sites focusing exclusively on women's health issues - and those one does find are often geared to selling a product.
Yet websites of a primarily informational nature do exist. In the sampling below, I've tried to include sites of integrity, that show responsibility in the way they present information, and that lead the user to additional useful pages.
Maintained by: Ann Fonfa
Last update: weekly updates
Reviewed: January 17, 2000
This is the page of a breast-cancer patient and activist, Ann Fonfa. A fairly extensive site geared towards cancer patients, it "acts to spread news, views and information about access to alternative cancer therapies." The introduction continues: "The contributors of the various reports are primarily patients. . . . Patients need to know how to make valid choices now. We offer no obvious answers but many possibilities. If it has worked for someone else, it may work for you."
This is the most extreme of any of the pages reviewed here; it's a good example of a very personal site. The various sections include studies that help explain the value of natural and nontoxic substances, explore multicultural issues, summarize meetings/advocacy issues, and discuss specific alternative treatments from the patient's perspective. Ms. Fonfa stresses that she is not a doctor and has no medical training. She is very committed to this issue, and her intensity comes through in her well-done website.
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