St. John Ambulance.

For first-aid information, you might want to visit the St. John Ambulance Society at http://www.sja.ca and find out where you can get the training.

Health Concerns of Women.

http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Topic used to have an accessible page with information and links related to "Health Concerns of Women". Their health-related pages got reduced to one page at "http://www.inform.umd.edu:8080/EdRes/Topic/Health/". There seem to have been some more changes made to their site and you now apparently have to log in to a secure page to get access to their medical information.

As a replacement, I offer the following two links that were sent to me by a visitor to my site. Men, you don't want to go there if you are easily embarrassed!


I was shocked when I found out how many women are afflicted by this terrible disorder. Find out more from these links (some swiped from Yahoo and some supplied by a Swedish BOFH named Jenny (with the Axe, and the Temper) <"Thanks, Jenny!">.

Mary's "Fight Your HMO" Site

A guide to dealing with insurance companies. (also supplied by Jenny.)

Suggestions for your gynecologist

... or "Ooooh! That's cold!"

And while we are on the subject of women's problems...

The home page of another CCN user, Robert Harnum, brought to my attention an alleged "medical practice" in some countries that ought to be stamped out, "Female Genital Mutilation". A search on this topic
   *  on AltaVista and
   *  Yahoo!
is a real eye-opener. Perhaps you can add your voice to the chorus of protest.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Clytie Siddall in South Australia has this to say in her signature block:

Moira has very kindly put some of "my story" and a couple of photos, on her great website. You're welcome to visit ;-)
So why not visit this little corner of Moira's Canberra FM/CFS page called "I can see sunsets"?

Huntington's Disease.

Visit the Huntington's Disease Society of America to learn more about this tragic genetic disorder.

Silicone Implants

Those with silicone implants of any type, especially those with implants from DOW Corning, who have problems may want to visit one of these sites:

I have also learned of a newsgroup that might be of help, alt.support.breast-implant.

Those interested in the legal aspects of the implant claims against Dow Corning or their bankruptcy might want to visit:

There is some information on the Bankruptcy Claims web site at http://www.implantclaims.com but, now that the deadline for filing with the bankruptcy court has passed, I don't know how much longer the site will continue to be there.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

English: The Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Français: La Fondation canadienne du rein.


I thought about whether it was suitable to include this here but remembered an incident from my late teens....

The foster parents at the foster home I was in had gone out for the evening and so had most of the older foster brothers and sisters. I was left to mind the younger children with help from a new foster sister who had just recently became part of the family. Calm and quiet in the house was shattered by a panicky cry from the bathroom. My new foster sister thought she was dying! She was having her first period and had NEVER been told the "facts of life", something my foster mother WOULD have corrected soon but had not yet had time to. I got her calmed down, told her it was normal, and spend an hour showing her articles about sex from an encyclopedia, MY only source of information. Imagine the difficulty of a teenage boy trying to educate his sister about sex without causing any embarrassment and without giving any misinformation when the boy doesn't know all that much either.

This site would have been the answer if Internet accounts had been available to the general public in the late 1950s. They even have a page on the topic: "When Dad has to be Mom...". (Sorry, nothing on "When Brother has to be Mom") Allright, so what if they are pushing a product! The Tampax web site is still worth a visit by parents AND daughters. You might also want to visit their other site called, "Tampax community for women/teachers". Among the things discussed there is a potentially fatal problem associated with some tampons called "Toxic Shock Syndrome". (I used to have a different link to it but the address changed and the link was broken. I just recently found the new URL.)

World Health Organization


Canadian Cancer Society


Canadian Red Cross


Canadian Diabetes Association


Epilepsy Information

Sarah Pleasant maintains several pages related to physical or medical problems including the most comprehensive collection of Epilepsy Resources that I have encountered so far.

The Muscular Distrophy Association, USA


Disability Resources


Abilities Foundation



http://indie.ca/ (Integrated Network of Disability Information & Education)


Web-ABLE is an on-line resource centre and magazine for the disabled. Their site at http://www.webable.com is no longer valid. The new address is http://www.yuri.org/webable/ so you might want to update your bookmarks. (Thanks to Dan Comden and Linda Baker at the Adaptive Technology Lab, University of Washington for helping me find it again.)


I finally found the site for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. They can be found at http://www.cnib.ca/.


You can also visit their British counterpart: http://www.rnib.org.uk/ (the Royal National Institute for the Blind)

Accessability site in French Belgium

I cannot read French so cannot judge this site but if YOU speak French, this site in Belgium that I picked up from a newsgroup might be useful or interesting:

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1996 00:18:15 +0000
From: Cleon ANGELO <autonomia@arcadis.be>
Newsgroups: misc.handicap

please visite our site

The main objectifs are (in french)

Autonomia / @ uto/nomia.  
Etablir un mouvement entre tous ceux qui sont sensibles à l'autonomie 
des personnes handicapées. Partager des informations en vue de 
favoriser : l'emploi, l'accessibilité, le maintien à domicile, une 
meilleure mobilité, les aides techniques, les loisirs,... Mots clefs : 
Informations, Personne handicapée, Adaptation, AVJ, Education, 
Informatique, Logement, Société, Transport, Allocations, 
Communication, Europe, Justice, Loisir, Prise de conscience, Sport, 
Vie pratique, Association, Culture, Handicap mental, Législation, 
Médecine, S.o.s, Tourisme, Vos droitsPlease can you retain our site in 
your list of site? 

The Cornucopia of Disability Information

The name says it all. From legal matters to design criteria, from technology transfer to support information, this is a treasure-house of information on subjects related to disabilities. A search engine is available for finding things on their site and both graphical and text-only versions of their site are available. They moved recently to http://codi.buffalo.edu/.


Visit the Enablenet Home Page in Singapore or check out the resources they have at HREF="http://dpa.org.sg/. Apparently, from the amount of information there, they take access for the disabled very seriously.

Medicine on the Information Highway


The Virtual Hospital


The National Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Foundation.

A letter to me read:

There's another site that it would be great if you linked to. It's http://www.ednf.org/ - the website of the National Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Foundation. If it weren't for their website, I wouldn't have found the info I needed to realize that I have EDS myself, and that EDS is the main reason for my disability/function problems. Through the info on their site, and also attending the eds-mailinglist, I figured it out myself and then contacted the right doctor who could diagnose me when my own doctors didn't have a clue. Since so many docs don't know a thing about EDS, many people get diagnosed more or less by coincidence, because they "stumble" upon info somewhere. A link from your site could cause more people to find info.

"Quack" doesn't always mean it's a duck.

How can you distinguish the legitimate medical treatment from the phoney one designed just to take your money? For one view on this subject, you might want to visit The QuackWatch Home Page. Make sure that that next diet plan you follow isn't designed to reduce the size of your wallet more than your waistline. Perhaps that "medical miracle" touted by that e-mail that sounds too good to be true is just too bad to be true.

Do you have a Skin Problem?

One source of help is the Skin Diseases Newsgroups Archive page which also has links to other resources.

Health and Computers

PRIO Vision Tester

If you find that extended use of your computer leads to headaches, you may be interested in learning about the PRIO Vision Tester. I found out about it from Jim Seymour's column in the October 24, 1995 issue of "PC Magazine" (pages 93, 94). I later saw another recommendation for this system in the February, 1996 issue of "PC World" (page 334). It seems that special testing equipment is needed to determine the focal distance that your eyes drift towards when they relax. Normal sharp images enable you to focus on them so tests with them only say whether you CAN focus on them, NOT whether your eyes would naturally drift TO that focal point. Computer screens do not have the sharp and steady character of physical things you look at so your eyes tend to drift away from focus on them towards the normal resting focal length. You then unconciously pull your eyes back in focus on the screen, your eyes drift again, .... With this constant focusing and de-focusing going on, your eye muscles get tired after a while. The PRIO tester is designed to simulate an eye chart with the characteristics of a computer screen so an optometrist can measure where your eyes REALLY want to focus. Glasses can then be prescribed for computer use that minimises the amount of focusing and refocusing your eyes have to do.

The company that markets this equipment to optometrists has a site on the internet. Their main site is VERY graphically oriented BUT they now have a link at the top of their page to a text-only version. You can also contact them by Email at: priojt@teleport.com to get them to E-mail or FAX you more information.


This site (found referred to on the PRIO site) is a blatent advertisement for a book. The book, however, is one that users concerned with health aspects of computing and ergonomics may find interesting or even necessary if they suffer from work-related discomfort or worse. That said, check out the ZAP site.

By the way, in all my looking at the ZAP site, I DIDN't find anything about the PRIO tester so I don't think that PRIO included this site as a "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" act but as a public service.

Pets have health problems too.

An anti-spammer who is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine sent me these links. ("Thanks, Mort!")

Know Thine Enemy

Insect pests spread disease. Everyone knows that! But not everyone knows much more about the beasties. Here's your chance to learn more than you ever wanted to about one of the most successful species on Earth, cockroaches!

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