Finding threads on the HSI forum

Not About Sewing

When does a thread have nothing to do with sewing?

When it’s a thread in an online forum.

Which is a little confusing. A forum discussion about a topic is called a “thread” because in the table of contents for each topic you can follow the thread that shows exactly who is responding to specific comments. This is called a “threaded discussion,” and once you read one of these discussions, it makes perfect sense. But how do you find a discussion?

That’s a question posed by a member named Loraine, who writes:

“I want to find the ‘threads’ related to restless leg syndrome. How do I do this? I tried to log on with my password but was not able to find what I was looking for.”

First of all, it’s not necessary to use a password to access the HSI Forum. Just go to our web site (, and click on “Forum” in the upper toolbar, just below the maroon banner.

When the Forum page comes up, all of the threads that have been active with new comments in the past 14 days will come up. But if you can’t find a topic you’re interested in, it’s easy to browse through threads that haven’t had recent activity.

In the toolbar in the gray banner at the top of the page, click on “Options.” When the Options page comes up, look for “Listed Threads” in the left hand column. “Last 14 days” appears in the box. If you click on the arrow, you’ll be able to expand the range of active threads up to 730 days.

There’s a good chance that Loraine couldn’t find the “Restless Leg Syndrome” thread because it may not have received a comment over the past 14 days. But by expanding the active threads range, she’ll be able to find five different threads that have been devoted to restless leg syndrome over the past two years. (The Options page also contains a “keyword” feature to make the
search even easier.)

If any of this sounds complicated, believe me, it’s not. After one try you’ll be an old hand at it. And best of all, you’ll have access to a wealth of information from other HSI members who have useful tips and information to offer on a wide variety of health and nutrition topics.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson
Health Sciences Institute