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From the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients
November 2004



Web Page Potpourri
by Marjorie Roswell

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We know the internet is an amazing resource. Don't let the internet fool you into thinking you know everything about something, though—don't forget to talk to people, too! This column uses a different format than usual. It's a "Baker's Dozen" list of tips and great web pages.

1. You can find phone numbers and addresses on, using this format:
Firstname Lastname, City, ST. This will also link you to street-level maps.

2. You can also easily get maps by entering a street address, or a City, State combination into

3. Many search engines find phrases more easily if you use quotation marks in your search term. For instance, "estrogenic hormone". (A note on formatting for print: In the United States, punctuation is generally required to go inside the quotation marks, "like this." I make exceptions to that rule for items to be typed, such as web search terms.)

4. Good key words for finding educational content on the web are, "syllabus" and "primer."

5., a subsidiary of, is an interesting search engine. It can quickly show you your website's traffic rank, and how many sites link there. (This can be depressing or exhilarating depending on the site!) Another neat feature shows you what sites "people who visit this page also visit." also offers a website review feature, similar to book reviews. One reviewer of on's own site calls to our attention that stored data may "link a user's search history with his or her purchasing history." The reviewer adds that "the site can be used generically, without logging in, to avoid privacy concerns."

6. One of my favorite unusual search engines is (Those are two letter Os, as in "Orioles." Lower-case letters will also work.) graphically displays subtle relationships between found sites. For instance, a search for "menstrual cramps" relates the websites results to such topics as "dysmenorrhea" or "natural" (in this case, effectively sorting out alternative health sites from allopathic ones). I don't routinely use KartOO, because it's a little slow, but it can be a very valuable tool; Do check it out. (You'll need to have Flash installed to use it.)

7. is a collection of many of the best sites on the web, arranged by topic. Check out:, for instance.

8. Here's a good list of additional search engines:

9. is a terrific site for when you want to write a poem. It can also help you to find synonyms, antonyms, and even similar-sounding words. A related site,, can help you cheat on crossword puzzles.

10. Don't miss the Wayback Machine (, the resource that will show you how almost any website looked in the good old days (or possibly how it looked just last month). I'll spend more time on this resource in a future column.

11. The Tampon Safety and Research Act never passed Congress. Neither has its successor, the Robin Danielson Act (named for a 44-year old woman who died of Toxic Shock Syndrome). Links to the bills are here: More info can be found here:
Representative Carolyn Maloney, primary sponsor of the two bills, was told by the FDA that even she, a Congresswoman, was not entitled to know the level of dioxin found in tampons. The data is researched by the manufacturer, but it's considered to be proprietary information. The fox, she notes, is guarding the henhouse! Check the bills for their other sponsors—these are key folks in Congress who understand the importance of environmental health. (I notice the Tampaction site also features links to "Menstrual Art" websites.)

12. Here is a helpful discussion group for women who suffer from menstrual cramps. These three links are also quite helpful:
The latter article focuses especially on magnesium, the atom in the center of every molecule of chlorophyll. I sincerely wish doctors had told me years ago about the value of magnesium in relieving cramps. (Out of more than 14,000 Google results for "Primary Dysmenorrhea" only 66 mention the word "greens" and zero mention "organic greens." Note, importantly, that organically-grown produce has 29% more magnesium than conventionally-grown produce.)

13. How could I not include a link to the Museum of Menstruation, now only the web, since the building has closed.
It's a treasure-trove.

Congratulations to Alan Yurko and family! Readers: This may not be news by the time you read this, but this is hot off the press as I write it now: Yurko Murder Conviction Overturned; Goes Home Tonight. More info at on a man wrongly convicted of Shaken Baby Syndrome—now free after 6 ½ years in prison. Readers interested in understanding this case, will also be interested in my February/March 2003 Web Page Potpourri column on vaccination, available at or

Marjorie Roswell is a web developer at a health policy organization in Baltimore.
3443 Guilford Terrace · Baltimore, MD 21218 USA
Phone: 410–467–3727 · Email:


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