Dearest EC-ers and Francisca, who has been asking since May....
We have just gone live with a new feature that can notify you via email when someone replies to a post that you are watching in your account.
1. You must be a registered member to use this option.
2. After logging in, click on the watch (eye) icon underneath a post of interest. A box will pop up that asks you if you'd like to be notified when someone replies to a post. Click yes!
3. Make sure that emails from earthclinic.com are not blocked in your email account.
Any questions or issues? Please let us know!
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
In the wee hours of the morn, my web designer added a new navigation tab at the top called "Marketplace". If the page you are viewing looks funny, just refresh it a couple of times to bring it up to date. Right now we are just selling our apple cider vinegar book on the Marketplace section, but plan to add Earth Clinic t-shirts (and perhaps some other cool items) in 2011. We also plan on refreshing the look of Earth Clinic in 2011.
Additionally, our revamped book review section is supposed to be completed today, so once that is up and working, we will be transferring all of the book reviews from Francisca et al.(and a new one from Pam that has yet to be posted) into the section. We'll let you know when that's live.
Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!
Recent updates to Earth Clinic:
1. For those of us straining our eyes to read posts on Earth Clinic, you can now increase the size of the text on each page by clicking one of the three blue [A] buttons at the very top, right hand side of the content area.
2. A couple of weeks ago we added google's anti-spam program called ReCAPTCHA to our feedback/contact us form so that those with sight issues can submit posts and sign up to become members by using Recaptcha's audio link. Many thanks to Kelly from Clarkston, Washington who brought this to our attention earlier this month.
RECENT CHANGES TO EARTH CLINIC
1. We fixed the url issue on the submission form. It's now just as easy to submit a url as it used to be! Please note however, that we typically end up deleting most urls because they lead to questionable websites. We are tightening our policies about url submissions due to daily posts from product spammers. (Note to T from Maryland, many thanks for recent heads up. Great sleuthing!)
Registered members - please remember that you can also flag any posts you deem to be suspicious. Thank you!
2. On the submission form (https://www.earthclinic.com/contactus.html), the comments/feedback box now EXPANDS as soon you type into it. Earth Clinic works best in the most updated browser version, so if you are having issues on our submission form, please consider updating your browser to the most recent version (example, Internet Explorer 8.0).
RESULTS FROM OUR RECENT SURVEY
Many thanks to those who took our survey last and added suggestions on how we might improve the site!
79% found that Earth Clinic was fairly easy to figure out when they first came to the site.
80% are interested in seeing a conrtibutor book review section, per Francisca's request. You got it! We'll have the programmer work on designing a new section soon.
SITE IMPROVEMENT SUGGESTIONS
"Ted is one of the very important writer on this site and it is a treat to read his explanations on any subject he takes. Some times one wants to read his explanations, no matter what ever may be the disease, but I notice, there is no way to get there. I would like, with one click I should be able to go to the section where I can read all the posts he has written so far on this site. WILL MY WISH COME THROUGH."
"Maybe a place/way to post pictures so we can know what people are treating or before/afters?"
"I'd like to see at the top of each diagnosis a summary of best cure (or cures if others come 10% close to votes as the number 1 cure) and exact measurements and frequency and duration to take it. Usually I just see a list of the names several cures and the votes they got and then lots of people writing and varying it that I get lost which is the ultimate solution to do down to the tee. Also it'd be nice to have a summary of what Ted from Thailand says under the general EC community choice. He writes so much and adds more and more that I can't keep up what remedy I need and how much and how often to take for how long. Sometimes he adds besides the main remedies, he lists lots of additional remedies that MAY help. I wish the summary for Ted on each particular disorder would summarize it all up to date if possible.
The site is great but sometimes its easy to get lost and apply the remedy.
For example, I'd like to see under say "Skin" a summary at the top before everyone is jumping with there random posts, some that leave out important details and some that go on an on and on...
Drink 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar & 1/4 tsp Baking soda in 1 cup of water 2-3X/day, 4-5 days/wk
(Add the BS to the ACV, after it stops fizzing, add water and drink)
(If you have any sodium issues, you may want to add 1/8 tsp Potassium Bicarbonate)."
Now its very clear to me the remedy and additional details and I can do it right away.
If Ted had something to say, it could be summarized too below it because sometimes Ted's remedy choice is different than EC community's choice.
Then if I want more details, I can scroll through what all the people's feedbacks.
Like you could do this for the top 10 killers (e.g. heart attack, stroke, septicemia), then the top 100 common diseases (e.g. strep throat to STD, high cholesterol, myopia, autism, candida) that we go to the DR for, then for every day health and beauty remedies (e.g. acne, moles, athlete's foot, dry lips, heavy mense) , then maybe specialized ones (e.g. mad cow disease, bird flu)
Also its hard to find Teds one hour flu remedy I once saw on this site. When I type in the search box, I'm surprised it didn't come up.
*There could also be a section on the basics of health (e.g. alkalizing, chelating, supplementing [especially of deficiencies] & a protocol for getting rid of candida [e.g. H202, borox, etc]).
*Also sometimes Teds comes up with cool ways to tell if someone is deficient (e.g. if skin is oily one may be deficient in zinc. If one has myopia, one may be deficient in chromium and/or vitamin D. There were ones for peeling lips, as well as dandruff, etc.). And also his heavy metal tester. What would be great is to maybe even have some videos of demonstrating how things like the heavy metal tester are done or the protocol for removing foot fungus (e.g. Have the ingredients out like a cooking show [e.g. the ACV and H2O2, then the Bleach and water, then the Tea Tree Oil and Vaseline and show it being demonstrated and the nail fungus clearing]). EC or Ted could make them or even open it up to the community to show well, document and have a video section and even an EC youtube channel with the best ones.
Thanks for asking and caring for our feedback! Thank you!
Any thought to Earth Clinic bumper stickers, pins, mugs, tshirts, etc? Xmas is coming up but needs to be good quality and good price, hope in these economic times that is possible."
"I would like to see an index so I can easily find anything I want to find such as Website Comments, Book Reviews, Latest Website Updates, Where Deirdre and Ted Bio's are etc.
Because we have been receiving post after post with grammatical issues that not only drive a good number of us crazy, but also makes it difficult for foreigners to read our site (i.e., "i have been using acv to treat sinusinfections,it was fatastic,and worked within a few minutes.yahoo.i love acv,,,"), yesterday our genius programmer built and installed new code on our database that now fixes many grammatical problems after you click the submit button. You can see this cool new feature at work by clicking on the Preview button on the Contact Us form. He also installed a Spell Check feature. Needless to say, we are totally thrilled as it has become very time consuming trying to fix these posts.
Thank you, Tomer!
(Garden Grove, Ca Usa)
Wow, lots of questions being addressed to Ted now that he is back in the Skype-ing swing of things and has a faster internet service!
From now on, all questions to Ted will be posted on Ted's Latest Q&A page, as well as the Q&A section for the applicable ailment. A few threads from the past 2 days will continue on the Real-Time Posts page, but if you don't see it here, we may have moved it over to Latest Q&A.
Remember, the icon for Ted's Latest Q&A is at the top of this page - it's the one with the ?
In order to make it easier for people who are having trouble reading their feedback as they type it, we have just increased the font size in the feedback fields on the contact us/give feedback pages. Hope this helps!
So sorry for not thinking of this simple solution before now, Deanna!
A RSS feed (25 posts per feed) has been added to every Ailments, Remedies, Supplements and Pets page on the site. Rss Feeds will allow you to scan posts by date or by title. Can be very handy. I think we got all the issues ironed out. Finally!
Sorry you had to wait so long, Theo!
To prevent future spamming and to protect the privacy of our readers, email addresses are no longer visible on the website unless they have been included in the text comments section (i.e., after the name and city, state). You will no longer see a Yes/No option to display your email address on the registration form or on the Give Feedback/Contact Us form of EC.
Several contributors have been asking for a forum lately (thanks T and Carolyn!) so they can more easily communicate with the EC community while keeping email addresses private. We are now researching forum software and also how a forum would integrate into the existing setup of Earth Clinic. We definitely don't want to lose the YEA/NAY ratings sytem which has made this site so unique, so the forum will be an additional element.
If you have any ideas or visions about adding a forum to EC, please let us know! Or if you have a forum that you absolutely love and would us to check out for ideas, please send the url along.
Your comments and feedback are always greatly appreciated.
(Hobbs, Nm Usa)
(Auckland, New Zealand)
(Arcata, California, Usa)
(Hobbs, Nm, Usa)
(Citrus Heights, Ca)
(Jersey City, Nj, USA)
There have been several aggressive, attacking posts in the past few weeks that are causing distress, irritation, and ire with some of our readers who in turn have complained in private emails to us. We apologize for not addressing this issue sooner.
One of the reasons why, we have been told, people enjoy reading our Real-Time Posts section is not only because the information is interesting and informative, but that it is also a daily source of comfort and healing. In order to preserve the inherent sweetness on this site, we would like to remind those who are writing in to please read and then re-read your post before hitting Send. We love a healthy debate between our readers about these remedies and supplements, but must insist that posts be kind and non-judgmental. Don't agree with someone? Great! Tell us, but say it nicely, sweetly and gently. Thank you very much.
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa)
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA)
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
Because we know there are a few of you that have been working and experimenting with various remedies for months, we've just created a fun, new remedy page called The "Best" List.
We hope that you will send us your list of favorite, tried-and-true remedies that you discovered on Earth Clinic. Each person's list will be posted in the Table of Contents on that page under your first name or screen name (if unusual), or first name and city/state.
To see the most popular remedy pages according to recent Google analytics, please scroll to the top of the new page.
For our Earth Clinic registered users, a new feature has just been installed this evening that will allow you to view your posts and the pages they link to on Earth Clinic! Simply sign in, click the "My Account" link at the very top of the website, then click "My Feedback" and you will see your recently approved posts.
Any comments or feedback, please let us know. Thanks.
P.S. If you registered and never received your activation passcode email from us, please send me an email ([email protected]) and I will send it to you.
(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "open/close thread" option!!! Many thanks for constantly upgrading and making this site user friendly - S W A K, Linda
EC: Glad you like it - yahoo!
The up/down arrow you now see at the bottom of some posts indicates a thread. If you click on the icon, the entire thread will open in chronological order. Hopefully everyone will see this as an improvement to the Real-Time Posts page, but if you are experiencing any problems or have a critique, we'd love to hear from you!
We now have a Registration section on Earth Clinic! If you are a frequent user of Earth Clinic and wish to save time when replying to posts, please consider registering with EC. The link to register can be found at the very top of every page. You will need to validate your email with an authorization code that will be sent to your email address when you sign up.
Once you have an account, you will be able to change your account information (ie, screen name, city, state, password) at any time.
Should you have any problems with the registration process, or find it confusing, please let us know. Thank you!