Credibility of a site/ Information about Cholestrol

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This is an interesting blog post related to the credibility of the website and also points out the fact that how we don't consider the information reliable these days...

Going through the tutorial and getting some information regarding how to find good internet sites there are a few areas of concerns that need much attention from the viewers. Some of these include

1). Does the site have information that is valid?

2). Is the information received from any credible sources?

3). When was the site purchased and in which year?

4). Is it free from any malware?

5). Does it get any phishing or scams warning?

6). Is it up to date?

7). Does the site need your personal information?

8). Is the information reviewed by the experts?

Regarding the medical related articles, it is important that one should not only focus on the above-mentioned questions but should also dig deep into the credibility of the site. For instance, the tutorial shows that if one is searching for high cholesterol it is important to know who writes for the content. If he or she is a doctor search his qualifications and know if he or she is related to the related profession or not.

After going through the tutorial, I searched “high cholesterol diet” on google and came up with mayoclinic and webmd sites at the top. They appeared on the first page of google. I scrolled to the second page and found a website related to this

At first glance, the site didn’t seem to be legitimate at all because there was no author and no webmaster details. A pop-up window of subscribing to the newsletter came on the screen which made no sense as for why it is appearing repeatedly even though when the viewer is not interested in subscribing. The site was full of advertisements and pop up windows. Even though the site was full of images but there was a lack of proper referencing throughout the article. The material was written without any proper citation.

The second website that I found related to the search was

In the website, the article about TLC diet was mentioned. I first saw if it was written randomly or was written by an author. I found the author of the article on the right side of the page and was glad to know that she was a registered dietician (Link, 2018). The article was evidence-based and I found it credible and valid because the material was properly cited, and proper evidence was given. A few empirical research details were also provided that added much confidence in the validity of the site. The only drawback that I found in the site was it was compelling the viewers to get enrolled in their program through newsletter sign up. I didn’t like this as it seems that they are presenting the information just to get clients is some way or another. Yet the site was helpful and provided some useful details related to high cholesterol diet.


Link, R (2018). Can the TLC Diet Help Lower Cholesterol Levels? Retrieved electronically at

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by persistent negative thoughts and actions to relive said thoughts. Obsessions are repeated, persistent and unwanted urges or images that cause distress or anxiety. These thoughts are hard to stop.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by persistent negative thoughts and actions to relive said thoughts.
Obsessions are repeated, persistent and unwanted urges or images that cause distress or anxiety. These thoughts are hard to stop. Here are some categories of obsessions:
· Fear of contamination or dirt
· Having things orderly and symmetrical
· Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others
· Unwanted thoughts, including aggression, or sexual or religious subjects
Examples of obsession signs and symptoms include:
· Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or by touching objects others have touched
· Doubts that you've locked the door or turned off the stove
· Intense stress when objects aren't orderly or facing a certain way
· Images of hurting yourself or someone else
· Thoughts about shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately
· Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions, such as shaking hands
· Distress about unpleasant sexual images repeating in your mind
Compulsions are the things one does to relieve the thoughts. However, engaging in the compulsions brings no pleasure and may offer only a temporary relief from anxiety.
As with obsessions, compulsions typically have categories:
· Washing and cleaning
· Counting
· Checking
· Demanding reassurances
· Following a strict routine
· Orderliness
Examples of compulsion signs and symptoms include:
· Hand-washing until your skin becomes raw
· Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they're locked
· Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it's off
· Counting in certain patterns
· Silently repeating a prayer, word or phrase
· Arranging your canned goods to face the same way

Symptoms usually begin gradually and tend to vary in severity throughout your life. Symptoms generally worsen when you're experiencing more stress. OCD, considered a lifelong disorder, can be so severe and time-consuming that it becomes disabling.

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