Hoaxes & Myths - there is a wealth of investigative sites on the web. Here are my favorites:
Snopes - Mikkelsons really do their homework:: they search trustworthy online databases, they search newspapers, they get on the phone and call local law enforcement, they interview business owners. In other words, their site is authoritative. They can generally be counted on to print the truth.
In short, if it has been forwarded to you as a chain email it is very probably baloney! I’ve been using the internet for over 25 years and I can literally count on the fingers of one hand the number of forwarded emails I’ve received that turned out to be true. Many of them are re-tellings of old (some very old) jokes.
It is just amazing how many people are STILL willing to believe that Bill Gates (or anyone else) can track email forwarding and will give money for it. Or that a bill pending before Congress will allow long distance companies to charge you for using the Internet. Or that signing an email petition will help raise money for causes or convince politicians to vote a certain way.
Women really are suffering in Afghanistan and disabled veterans really do need help, but forwarding an e-mail or clicking "Like" on Facebook won’t help their causes one little bit! If you really want to help, contact your local Legislative Representative, Amnesty International or the Red Cross, or sign up for the HungerSite. They’ll send you a daily reminder to go to their site. When you click every day, the money generated by their site sponsors goes directly to help with these causes.
Copy the subject of the email or keywords from the message and paste it into the search field of the hoax-checking site. Check on a couple of sites. Keep a collection of hoax-checking links bookmarked in your browser and you, too, can become your family’s central clearing house for email junk!
ALWAYS assume that ALL medical or first aid messages or Facebook posts are B.S. It's rather like assuming that all firearms are loaded. That way you might not shoot yourself in the foot.
Health-related email chain-letters are almost always untrue and are often downright dangerous. For example, using fast-dissolving aspirin for a heart attack could KILL you - even Bayer, the manufacturer, does not recommend it (http://www.wonderdrug.com/faq.htm#q0.) And using egg whites for burns can result in a dangerous infection. Use common sense and real first aid (http://www2.massgeneral.org/burns/patients/) rather than household products when dealing with burns.
PLEASE DON'T PASS THE CRAP ALONG!
One of the best sites to learn about real, evidence-based health-related information is the Cochrane Library - http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/view/0/index.html The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit network that reviews research studies and other health and medical information. Over the last 20+ years, they have compiled the world's largest database of randomized controlled trials and their work is recognized as the gold standard for high quality information about the effectiveness of health care.