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American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology

6/2/10
For all skin related problems, this is the site I recommend people to visit first in their internet searches. They have a section of the site dedicated to the public here
http://www.aad.org/public/index.html

One of the best self exams on the internet for melanoma detection as a guide can also be found here and if you are reading this, take a minute to read over this part of the site now and then the next time you look in a mirror do yourself a favor and do a mole check.

http://www.aad.org/public/exams/self.html
Zeno Corporation

Zeno Corporation

5/26/10
For anyone who has acne I would recommend taking a look at this product. It is a very simple device that heats up the pimple and then kills the acne causing bacteria. It might not work all of the time, but if you can get to the pimple in the early stages you have a better chance of killing it off.
Searchmedica.com

Searchmedica

5/25/10
Often times patients want to know where they can find a medical search engine rather than relying on google to find them medical information written by professionals. Searchmedica.com is a nice search engine and while it is designed for professionals, it can still be very valuable for patients researching a particular disease or condition. It might take more expertise to really understand the articles, but at the same time it provides a higher level of information for those who are interested in it.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

5/25/10
The AHRQ is the government agency for healthcare research and quality. They have a very well written section that explains health insurance to the public. In my experience as a physician, I have realized that most people have little understanding of what they are buying in terms of health insurance or what they are being given by their companies. Only when they get sick and really need health insurance do they ever bother to read their policy -- but then realize it was too late to make any changes. Everyone should have a basic understanding of health insurance as Everyone eventually will get sick and end up in the hospital as it is only a matter of time. This site does a great job of educating the public on the basic principles of health care insurance so people can make an informed decision when they choose their plan. Here is a link to the page that discusses it

http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/insuranceqa/insuranceqa3.htm
ObGyn.net

ObGyn.net

5/25/10
One of the best websites out there focusing on women's healthcare. The site has forums as well as articles written by physicians. They also have a comprehensive section of the site for physician and industry professionals, which is nice because it keeps doctors and other professionals coming back to this site and participating in forums and other parts of the site.
Philips Healthcare

Philips Healthcare

5/25/10
I have always been impressed by Phillip's commitment to home and consumer healthcare medical devices. From home cardiac monitors to their impressive array of asthma care devices I would recommend anyone with any chronic disease to see what this company has to offer to help them manage their condition.
Passport Unlimited

Passport Unlimited

5/22/10
A few years ago someone bought me a passport card and at first I never used it. Then I realized how many places I went to took the passport card and how much it was saving me. Now I buy the card for myself because the small yearly fee is nothing compared to the savings you can get just from eating out a couple times a year. Definitely worth it and I highly recommend it.
FastCompany

FastCompany

5/21/10
One of my favorite magazines along with wired as they have useful technology articles and information about the new practices in the workplace. Nice place to learn about innovative business opportunities.
Lexy

Lexy

5/19/10
Bite sized audio news delivered for free to your cell phone is perfect for when you are standing in line or want a break from listening to your music. Even better are the comedy shows that are available on lexy as well. Check it out and sign up for just a couple audio clips to see how you like it at first. Careful not to let them text you too often as that can get annoying.
XE

XE

5/19/10
Useful tool when you are traveling and want to be able to convert currencies rapidly. Best thing is they have mobile apps for iphone so you can easily convert while traveling.
Torchlight Game

Torchlight Game

5/15/10
Torchlight comes from the makers of the diablo series of games and has the same addictive feel to it. If you like diablo, you will like this....pure twitch fest. The download free trial only lasts for 2 hours, so you can demo it for free before you buy it. For 20 bucks it a killer deal. No online play and only single player but well worth it. This will keep those waiting for D3 happy until that release day.
Romertopfonline.com

Romertopfonline

5/14/10
You may wonder why anyone would waste their time researching how to cook in a clay pot, but unless you have tasted a chicken made in a clay pot you are missing out. Clay pot cooking allows for the meats to take on a very distinct flavor and texture that other methods of slow cooking cannot achieve. Romertopf is the leading brand of the many clay pots that are on the market and they will last you for years. The next time you decide to go out to dinner, instead go buy a cheap clay pot for $20 and a whole chicken for $8 and create a healthy meal for an entire family. Here is a recipe for your first clay pot chicken
http://homecooking.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/r/blpoul49.htm
Fisherbikes.com

Fisherbikes

5/14/10
Gary Fisher was one of the pioneers in the mountain biking world and also one of the first to start with the 29iners. You can check out all of the latest models on his website though usually it is a better deal to get last years model and unless they have made dramatic changes you can save some big $$$. People in the know definitely give you props for riding a Gary Fisher over one of the more mainstream brands, though Fisher bikes is now owned by Trek.
Using2.com

Using2

5/14/10
Web 2.0 meets karoke is the basis of this website. Think PS singstar but online only and you have using2.com. Seems like a pretty good site but it is not quite as good as singstar online through the PS3 right now. This may change over time as this site is free right now and if it gains momentum could get quite a bit of traffic. I'm sure other sites like this exist and with everyone using webcams and skype, hopefully this catches on. I can see Rock Band turning into a webcam and free internet based game.
Eventbrite

Eventbrite

5/13/10
Organizing a large event and collecting money for it in advance is a challenging task and using eventbrite can make things go much more smoothly. They can help organizers collect money in advance as well as promote the event for you. Definitely a useful website and easier than selling tickets on your own.
WineExpress

WineExpress

5/13/10
When you buy wine online you need to be sure that the company is actually storing the wine properly as you cannot see the bottles in advance and you want to make sure the shipping is also done well and packaged properly so the wine arrives in good shape. This company does a great job of shipping and the value is also very good. They have a wide selection of wines and if you sign up for their newsletter they send some good deals.
Healthy-aging.advanceweb.com

Healthy-aging.advanceweb

5/13/10
This is a magazine mostly meant for anti-aging physicians but it does have some very well written articles that the advanced consumer would find interesting. One of the magazines that I read every month to keep up to date on the latest anti-aging technologies.
VGChartz

VGChartz

5/13/10
VGchartz gives you the statistics of the video game industry and it shows which games are the top sellers. No fancy editorials here telling you which game is the best, it simply says which is making the most money. No surprise Nintendo is cleaning up and dominating the industry once again. I knew when my own mom wanted a wii fit for her workout that Nintendo had really done their job of engaging the non-traditional gamer.
Walker & Bowes

Walker & Bowes

5/11/10
I have purchased many glass pumpkins from Walker and Bowes and they have excellent craftsmanship. The owners of this company also created The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) which is a not-for-profit glass institute and workshop. Their pumpkins make great gifts during the holiday season.
Youthjuice

Youthjuice

5/8/10
There are many so called "super fruit" drinks out on the market these days ranging from the MLM monavie bottles to what you can buy at whole foods. The bottom line is the juice and anti-oxidants from these types of supplements are beneficial for you and it is more a matter of which one to buy. I have tried youth juice and it tastes pretty good and for the price is a solid deal and therefore I do recommend it to friends and family. I have also simply bought bottles of acai/noni from whole foods and those also cost around $30 for a months supply. When I recommend these types of things it often comes down to cost. If you can afford to have a monthly shipment of a juice come to your door then this isn't a bad deal. If you are not eating a handful of berries a day, then a juice like this is a good way to supplement your diet.

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