Health & Science

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
From the Integrative Medicine Service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This site is a tool for the public and healthcare professionals that can help you figure out the value of using common herbs and other dietary supplements backed up by evidence-based research on their use.

Alcohol Rehab I’m Ready to Make a Change in My Life. How Can I Start Treatment?
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous 
Substance Abuse and and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

American Diabetes Association
Wants you to thrive. From diet and exercise to treatment and care, there are tons of practical things you can do every day to make your life easier. 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 
Keep up to date on COVID-19 information, food born illness outbreaks, zika virus, vaccination information, flu season, and more.

Drugwatch LGBTQ Health Resources

Drugwatch Mental Resources

Gale Health & Wellness
Search medical journals, magazines, and reference works for up-to-date authoritative information on a wide range of consumer health topics including current disease and disorder information, coverage of alternative medical practices, and more. 
This site directs you, based on your state of residence, to purchase insurance through either the appropriate state or federal health insurance marketplace.
Aims to give families the tools and confidence to make the best health choices. With doctor-reviewed advice on hundreds of physical, emotional, and behavioral topics — from before birth through the teen years.

Is a health insurance program for people aged 65 and over who have paid into the system through payroll taxes on their wages. In order to receive benefits, you need to enroll. This page, getting started with Medicare, gives more information about setting up Medicare.  

Medicare Plans
Choosing the right Medicare Plan can be confusing, has a helpful guide to finding the right plan that meets your financial and medical needs. They do NOT sell or provide healthcare plans themselves, instead they advocate for solutions to healthcare coverage problems for aging adults.

Medline Plus
Trusted information for you from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Search health topics to find information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions.  Learn more about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements.  Watch video tutorials, health and surgery videos, games, and quizzes.  Find out why your doctor orders those medical tests and what those results mean.  Look through their medical encyclopedia for articles and images for diseases, symptoms, tests and treatments.  Even find healthy recipes!

Medline Plus Evaluating Health Information 
Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?  

National Council on Aging
is a non-profit organization that advocates services, resources, and initiatives to improve the lives of older Americans, find information on everything from economic security to healthy living.

National Institute on Aging 
Provides health information topics related to health conditions and wellness for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. 

NIHSeniorHealth Youtube Channel
While the NIHSeniorHealth website has been retired, the videos that were once up on the website are still available on their Youtube Channel. Watch videos on a variety of health topics that affect older adults from hearing loss to Alzheimer's.   

Plants Improve Mental Health
A study by explaining the effectiveness of having a plant-keeping hobby for one's mental health. 

ProQuest Family Health
Search journals and magazines that cover a range of health subjects including sports injuries, women’s health, nutrition, eye care, dentistry, and more.

Sea Mar Community Resource Navigator 
Can help families get signed up for health insurance and find food assistance.

Trust or Trash It?
This is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information (including websites, handouts, booklets, etc.). Click on Who said it? When did they say it? and How did they know? to guide you through the process. 

World Health Organization

* A note about health related websites: according to the NNLM, websites that end in .gov or .edu are generally more authoritative than those ending in .com.  Also, consider whether the website you are looking at for health information has advertisements, are they trying to sell you something or give you sound health advice?

Related Resources

Merck Manuals 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Skagit County Public Health