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Posted by Deirdre (EC) on 12/26/2018

Happy holidays to our amazing worldwide community!

Apologies for the glitches you are experiencing lately. If, when you visit EC, pages are overly slow to load or you get a message that the server lost it's connection, can you please either send us a post or an email ([email protected]) with the words:

Please Reboot the Server!

When a lot of people start searching on the site, it ties up connections between databases and things can go south. Hopefully we won't have this constant issue with the new site. Rebooting the server takes the site offline a few minutes but speeds everything up.

Now for news on the new site...

We finally figured out how display all your amazing posts by creating sub-pages for them on the new site. Once we create a sub-page for every remedy listed on an ailment page, we then have to gather all the posts with the same title (ie, "apple cider vinegar") and move them onto the new sub-page. Well over 100,000 posts are being moved, a few at a time. Because it's very easy to make a mistake and lose posts with just one click, I am the one moving most posts. I have managed to finish about 10 ailment and remedy pages so far since Sunday. That may not seem like a lot, but a total of several hundred sub-pages have been created and over 5,000 posts have been moved! A daunting job but it keeps moving forward.

Our plan is to go live with the new site as soon as we can and then keep moving posts onto the new sub-pages. Otherwise you guys will be waiting a few months for me to finish moving all the posts onto their own special new pages.

Thanks for all your positive vibes. Wishing you a very happy holiday week!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
12/27/2018

Deirdre, et. al.,

Thank you SO MUCH for the awesome work you all at EC are doing on the site! I have a question: Will there eventually be an expanded search feature, e.g., to allow one to search for their own posts (maybe search by that person's EC UserName)? I can't remember if your original notification re the upgrade included all the benefits of the upgraded site. Would you, or someone at EC, be able to list the benefits of the upgrade?

Many thanks again!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
12/27/2018

Deirdre, 10 THUMBS UP!!!!! Pls work slowly and comfortably!! We're all cheering you on!!!

Replied by Deirdre
EC
12/28/2018

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your email. Yes, search will improve... however we have to find the right plugin for that and will probably be using google search to begin with as we have tested the one that comes with Wordpress and it doesn't do a very good job. We're solving one giant problem after another one at a time!

A few immediate benefits:
Pages will load much faster on desktop and mobile.
Design will look significantly more fresh and modern.

After a week or two once we go live:
Member accounts will be migrated and connected to posts. Once they are migrated you will be able to click on user name and see their posts (I think).

Note: People will still always be able to send in a post without logging in as before.

After a couple of months:
All reader posts will be separated by remedy name into their own pages.
Lovely photos will be added to all pages/sections (half have been added at this point).

Everything happens quite slowly on a shoestring budget. But the good news about that is that fewer mistakes are made!

We're hoping the giant phase 1 move happens in the next few days. Of course, I've said that before so we'll see! Will update right before that as there may be a number of hours when the site will be offline. Have a great weekend!

Replied by Deirdre
Los Angeles
12/30/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Hello everyone,

Unless something happens where we have to retrace our steps, we will be moving over to the new platform this morning (Dec 31) so Earth Clinic may not be accessible for a few hours or more today. Sorry about that!

As I have mentioned previously, please be patient with us while we get up to speed in the next couple of weeks. We will have to deal with thousands of error messages from pages that have been renamed all over the site and other issues that will come up once we move over that will have to be addressed first.

To begin with, the site will be simplified. You will only have a REPLY button under each post. We will start adding components to comments one by one. But every time we add a new feature, we slow down the site, so we need to be very cautious about adding new components and do a lot of testing first. Also, you will not be able to login on the new site until after we have migrated user accounts in January.

Additionally, the latest posts page has to be created on the new site and we're not sure when that will be done. It's a programming issue.

Approved posts from November 2018 until now will NOT have been uploaded to the new site. No worries, we'll get them uploaded soon. However, every post from the main site from 1999 - November 2018 is uploaded.

Ted's site and our Q&A site will stay the same until we create new websites for those two sites. This means any questions from either of those two sites will not flow through the new EC site as they are no longer going to be connected. More problems for us to solve in the coming months.

Thanks for your patience while we get up to speed. If you are not on our mailing list, please send us an email at [email protected] and request to be added to it. We will probably communicate through email to our community with announcements.

See you very soon on the new site.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year With MUCH LOVE.

Deirdre

P.S. We will most likely have a Latest Posts page set up for new comments as soon as we go live... woo hoo!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
12/31/2018

Hi Denise (and everyone else! ), something I just noticed! I have the option of getting on the earthclinic site, using a laptop, and using either Microsoft Internet Explorer OR Google Chrome. I discovered that Chrome is SO much better at displaying various options, e.g., the "Open Thread" button, the "Research", "Share", and "Love" buttons actually show up! My question is, will these, and other, options be included in the upgrade benefits, AND extend to all internet platforms?

EC: Hi, no not to begin with. As mentioned above, we will just have the Reply button and will add other components one at a time. 


Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
11/22/2018

Best of luck in this new move, Deirdre. And for those of us who are rather addicted to reading the Latest Posts, if it doesn't work for a while, well, we'll just have to come up with some "grandma's home remedy" for that!

Replied by Deirdre
Earth Clinic
11/30/2018

Hi Everyone,

Well, we thought we'd be ready to move the site to the new platform this week, but we still have quite a few things left to do before we feel it is good enough to launch. The most challenging part has been how to organize and display hundreds of thousands of posts from our readers on the new platform. Currently in the new design, the posts are showing up by most date on each page and cannot be sorted by remedy title, which a big problem. I know you all will be VERY frustrated and pissed off with me if we launch the site looking like this! So we're working on the post organization issue with a specialist, along with ten thousand other clean-up details like renaming pages, creating tags for each page, fixing font issues and broken links and adding a photo to every page.

Below is a screenshot of two posts from the sinus infection page on the new site so you can understand the issue we must fix with the posts. There are 1,300 posts just in the Sinus Infection section dating back 15 years. Can you imagine how irritated you would get scrolling through them one by one?

In good news, the article pages are looking very nice on the new site and should display well on desktop, tablets, and mobile devices, a huge improvement!

In the meantime, please post away. The contact us form has been fixed and is working again. I'm guessing we're still 1-2 weeks out from launching the new site but will post an update again. Have a wonderful weekend!


Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
11/30/2018

Thanks to ALL of you for working on this monumental task! I'm sure the site will be great!

EC: Thank you so much, Wendy!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
12/01/2018

Deirdre, pls don't rush, EC maintains that stress is unhealthy!!! As long as we can keep reading and posting we're good.

Pls go about this monumental change slowly and comfortably!

EC: Thank you so much for your kind support!

Replied by Kt
Usa
12/02/2018

Yes Mmsg, I am in agreement with you and would like to encourage Deirdre the same and thank her so much for her personal replies.

KT


Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles) on 04/13/2017

Yea! We fixed our "Cures Reported" counter just now and you'll see that the number has jumped from 34,700 to 36,976 because several thousand 5 and 4 star-rated posts were missing from the total number due to a programming glitch that tallied our old rating system of YEAS instead of our new-ish 5 star rating system.

KT from the USA, thank you so much for noticing and reporting that not only was our Cures Reported number NOT going up, but was occasionally going down!


Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles) on 12/22/2016

We are thrilled to tell you that you can now login to Earth Clinic using your Facebook account!

If you have already created an account on Earth Clinic and want to make sure all your posts are in the same place, please make sure to use the same email address that you use for your Facebook account.

If you are using another email address and would like to change it to match the email you use for Facebook, login to Earth Clinic the usual way (don't use the Facebook button) and request an email change under "My Account".


Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/05/2016

30 Second Cure for Allergies


Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/21/2016

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that Ted's site has been redesigned and now matches the design of EC main site instead of being confusingly different! We hope you think it's an improvement as we tried to tidy it up. If you find any glitches (especially on your mobile devices), please let us know! Thanks much.

http://ted.earthclinic.com/


Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles) on 09/18/2016

We are pleased to announce that we have just uploaded our new desktop design which has been several months in the making! We hope you will like the new design and be able to find important information quickly.

If you are having issues with how things look on your browser, please try clearing your browser history and cache. If that doesn't help, please let us know what problem you are having. There may be a few glitches here and there this week, so apologies in advance while we tidy things up!

Ted's site and our Q&A site will upgrade to the new design and we hope to have those sites ready soon.

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
09/18/2016

Congratulations to the Team on the new look! Well done! However, I have a tedious affection for reviewing the past postings I have made but they seem to have all been removed from my account in a puff of smoke! Is this the price I am required to pay for progress?? Do I have to get a grip? Have they gone to the "Cloud"?

Cheers, Michael from N.Z.

EC: Yikes, no, they should not have disappeared in a puff. Thanks for letting us know. We'll have them returned to thee!

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra
09/19/2016
188 posts

Hi EC,

Just to bring in to your notice, when we click on the eye at the end of any post to follow the chain, nothing happens and it even does not go in to my account. Earlier an other screen used to come and we use to confirm to be notified through email. That was a great help, if you could sort it out. Thanks

Baldev

EC: Thank so much, Baldev. We'll fix it!

Replied by Earth Clinic
Los Angeles
09/19/2016

Hi Michael and Baldev,

Thanks again for letting us know about the issues. We have been testing the site and can't replicate your issues. Can you both please clear your browser cache and try again?

Michael, please log out and log back in and see if that works. If you'd like to have a link on your name in posts that opens up to a table of all your posts (see Art and Baldev's posts on our Recent Posts page), please click Yes in the Member Page area in your account.

If you guys are still having issues after clearing your cache, please write us again and we'll contact you privately to resolve your issues!

D

Replied by Anon
US
09/19/2016

Hello! I'm a LONG time reader here. Today I noticed your new page format. It looks very nice but the scrolling is a bit wild. Using a laptop, scrolling just a teensy bit makes the whole page jump way too far down and it's hard to move just a little at a time. Just wanted to offer that feedback. Thank you!

EC: Thank you, very helpful to know! Looking into it and will fix the problem.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
09/19/2016

Responding to Anon...

I really like the new colorful look and using my laptop didn't run into the problem Anon had.

EC: Thanks for the feedback, Dave! 

Anon had a Mac issue we think is now fixed, thankfully!

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
09/19/2016

Hello Deirdre, Thanks for taking an interest. Nope, been there, tried that - posts disappearing faster than I can write them!! Darn, such fleeting, ephemeral musings of mine - I mourn their sad loss. You must have given them the Karate chop I think? M

EC: Michael,

Thank you for your patience and much appreciated humor.

We are pleased to tell you that our programmer has likely fixed the glitch and that your missing posts will now appear in your account as soon as you click your heels together and say Otorhinolaryngologist 3 times fast.

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
09/19/2016

Great! Got the posts back. Thanks a bundle. Was worried. I shall ask them where they have been hiding: naughty, disobedient children! Status quo restored. Do I get an "Editor's Choice" for the Rawleigh's Secret then? About time I got one of those after all the work I have put in. Ha!

EC: Glad they are back! Keep working on that Editor's Choice post... We usually award it to posts where someone has cured themselves of a condition and written in detail about it, fyi... But your Rawleigh's Secret post was very interesting indeed.

Replied by Violetlanc
Englewood, New Jersey
09/21/2016

I cannot read any of the earth clinic posts on my laptop because the screen moves too fast. I cannot hold it steady to read it.I hope that your website can get this corrected soon because I love your website.

EC: Thank you so much for alerting us to this issue, which we thought had been fixed. Our programmer is looking into it.


Posted by Sunny (La, Ca) on 08/03/2016

Can you please make a category for menstrual migraine. I feel it needs it own category because it's a different type of migraine. Thank you!!

EC: Thanks for the suggestion, Sunny! New page is here... remedy feedback requested!


Posted by Earth Clinic (Southern Cal) on 07/14/2016

Dear all,

After a decade in Atlanta, Earth Clinic has recently relocated back to Los Angeles. We're very happy to be back in warm and sunny Southern California!

Additionally, our wonderful programmer has made recent changes to the account section of Earth Clinic, so when you login to your account, you should now be able to sort through posts you've saved by ailment, remedy, or by ascending/descending date. If you have any additional requests as far as what you'd like to see in your account, please tell us. It's very helpful to get your feedback!

Replied by Patricia
Downsville
07/15/2016
42 posts

Account? what account?

EC: Access your account if you have already signed up here: https://www.earthclinic.com/signin.php

Register for a new account here: http://www.earthclinic.com/register.html

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
07/15/2016

HI U DEIRDRE,,,,,,,,,,, sorry to see you leave the Sweat South. Think you will learn that times have changed in Calif. Hope you are happy with your move.

Myself, I'm happy to live on the frontier.

=======ORH=========


Posted by Earth Cinic on 06/29/2016

Many thanks to our long-time contributor Larry from Fairfax, VA for asking us in early June to add the email function back to posts. Besides emailing a post to a family member or friend, you can now share individual posts on Facebook and Twitter!


Posted by Earth Clinic on 04/23/2016

Good morning everyone! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

We've decided to move Earth Clinic's rating system to a 5 star system. Our current rating system has become outdated after 16 years and can be very confusing to first-timers to the site. Some of our EC's friends have told us recently when we asked that they've always hated YEA/NAY but didn't dare to say! Ha ha. Well, we're now ready to make a change!

With a 5 star rating system, we'll need to convert all posts that have Yea/Nay/etc ratings on the site. Would you please let us know if you agree with the below? Your help will be greatly appreciated!

These are the ratings we currently have on EC:

Yea
Nay
Better But Not Cured
Better But With Side Effects
Side Effects
Worked Temporarily
Warning!
Death Reported (pets vaccination section only)

We would convert as follows:

5 Stars - all "Yeas" on the site
4 Stars - all "Better but not Cured" on the site
3 Stars - all "Worked Temporarily" and "Better But With Side Effects" posts
2 Stars - all "Nay" posts
1 Star - all "Warning! " or "Side Effects" posts

Create a Skull and Crossbones symbol - for "Death Reported"

Our contact us form would then offer the following simple choices:

5 Stars Cured
4 Stars Better but not cured
3 Stars It's okay
2 Stars I don't like it
1 Star Side Effects/Warning!

Please let us know what you think or if you have any other ideas. We're very open to suggestions before making this huge change.

Many thanks.


Posted by Earth Clinic (Atanta) on 04/18/2016

Earth Clinic's very first app for Android devices is now available and it's FREE! Be the first to download our new app and let us know what you think! In a couple months we'll have an app ready for iPhones.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.earthclinic.app&hl=en


Posted by Kt (Usa) on 02/23/2016

Dear EC,

It appears I've missed some information about the "Research" option now available by the "Follow" option. Could you please advise about this??

Thanks,

EC: Hi KT,

Yes, last week we added a link button under each post to Amazon.com. Please read why we did it here.


Posted by Earth Clinic on 10/10/2015

Our programmer made an update to Earth Clinic yesterday and if you are logged in, you can now indicate if you love a post! Clicking on the heart is not meant to be a Facebook "like", it's meant to be a "I love this post!", which is why it's a heart and not a thumbs up icon.

We see lots of amazing, detailed replies on the Latest Posts page every day and have been looking forward to adding this feature to Earth Clinic so that the wonderful contributors who take time to write a reply can get a little acknowledgement for their time and effort.

Our new feature may have a few glitches, but we should have those fixed by Monday.

You will need to clear your browser history if things look "off". Flag and Follow should not be underlined. If you've cleared your history and are loading the new files, Flag and Follow will now only pop up as you scroll over a post. The only two words you should see at the bottom of a post is Like and Reply.



Posted by Earth Clinic (Atlanta, GA) on 02/12/2015

EDIT YOUR POST

Ever posted something and discovered, oops, it really needs to be fixed? Well, we are thrilled to report that you can now edit your post! To do so, you must be logged into your account. Go to "Your Feedback" and locate the post to be edited. You will see an edit link by your post. Edit and click submit.

The newly edited post will have to be approved again by our moderators (to prevent spam and dangerous links), so your revised post will not appear instantaneously.

Thank you Bill Thompson for requesting this feature!

SHOW THE LOVE

Ever wanted to thank one of our frequent contributors who help people tirelessly, day in and day out? Now you can via a PayPal Donation. In case you haven't noticed it at the top of the site where there's a dropdown menu, we have a donations page where you can make a PayPal donation in any amount to TimH from Kentucky, Mama to Many from Tennessee, Ted from Bangkok or Bill Thompson from the Philippines.

Yes, there are a few frequent contributor names missing on this page. That's because the contributor either declined the offer to be listed or has never submitted a post with an email address, so we have no way of contacting them. Yep, that's right, there are some contributors on Earth Clinic who have sent in hundreds of posts over the years without ever adding an email address to a post!

Here's the page: http://www.earthclinic.com/donations.html


Posted by Earth Clinic (Atlanta, Ga) on 02/08/2015

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that we just added a new feature to Earth Clinic called "Editor's Choice". Ailment by ailment, we will be reviewing and selecting the most positive, detailed and informative cures on the site and giving them the Editor's Choice label. You will see Editor's Choice links appearing at the top of our Table of Contents menu once we locate the outstanding posts.

If you see happen to come across an amazing post on the site detailing a cure, please nominate it for Editor's Choice by clicking on the icon located at the bottom of the post (next to Print, Email and Watch). Once you nominate a post, it will be placed in our database for the moderators to review. We have hundreds of thousands of posts on the site to be reviewed, so any and all help you can give us in identifying superb posts will be greatly appreciated!

Please note that you will need to be logged in to nominate a post. Also, the "Nominate for Editor's Choice" icon will only be visible on the first post in a thread. Responses to a parent post cannot be nominated for Editor's Choice. Hope this makes sense.

Thank you!



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