TITLE: Alternative Care Homepage

ACCESS: http://www.altcare.com/

Some of the marks of a good homepage is the ease of use and the ability to interest people from the novice to the professional. The Alternative Care homepage is an informative page that would be of intrest and assistance to all involved in alternative care. The site coordinator is Neil Tarvin, a student at Cleveland Chiropractic College. It is well written and the topics can hold the intrest of its readers. The alternative care that is featured includes Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Rolfing, and Osteopathy. Brief explanations of the origins and use of each is provided. The Alternative Care homepage provides interesting information to the consumer, the student and the professional practitioner.

The consumers section contains articles and frequently asked questions for those exploring the world of alternative therapies and care. These articles, ranging from midwifery to herbal dosing, are 3 to 4 pages long and contain references. Additionally, this web site contains information about alternative care that may help someone seeking a career in the field. The generality of the information makes it easy to understand by first time users of alternative medicine.

The student section can be used throughout the student's academic career, providing study tips and advise, information on obtaining funds for tution, and alternative school listings. The titles of the sections are self explanatory. "How to Remember All this Stuff in the Basic Sciences even if the Velcro in your Brain is Shot, and You Haven't got a Whole lot of Empty Neurons Left Anyway," the study advise section, gives all the basic and not so basic tips on remembering medical facts. "The Ambitious Students Guide to Financial Aid" is truly helpful in locating those hard to find grants and scholarships. "Alternative School Listings" contains the names and addresses of schools Internationally and in the United States.

The professional section is tailored primarily for the practicing chiropractor. This section offers text on upcoming seminars and events as well as current articles about the profession. The listing can help the professional stay up to date with credentialling and new state licensure rules and regulations. The state by state chiropractic information includes information on state laws, exams, and contacts.

The two complaints I have with this homepage are some parts are under construction and it is not updated frequently. However, the user must understand the site coordinator is a student with limited time, therefore the updates will be slow coming out. Overall this homepage covers all the bases. It is well laid out, easy to navigate and interesting to the consumer, the student, and the professional.

Charles A. Bradsher
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic

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