I’ve had a few patients relating that they want more information about nutrition and how to determine the difference between good information and hype. Well, my first question is what are they trying to sell? Is it a cure for “every disease known to man” product? Is it something that makes sense and is believable or meets a need? We offer a whole-food product that is quite amazing but it is not a cure-all, magic bullet, or wonder product. It is a simple idea based on good science and tested in many different prominent institutions. If you are being sold a product ask if the product is:
- tested by a 3rd party-a prominent institution that gives an unbiased opinion about the product
- randomized- computer generated study subjects
- blood tests to measure baseline of subjects
- double blind -one group of test subjects takes the product being tested and one group takes a placebo
- placebo- a look alike product to the real one being tested
- cross-over – the subjects are given the actual product for a period of time then switched to the placebo
- reproducible- another credible institution could likely get the same results if tested similarly
- peer-reviewed-is a process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work, research or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field.
- peer-reviewed journal- a scholarly periodical which requires that each article submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel of experts.
If the product doesn’t have the research to back it up then the claims are just that, “claims”. If it does have the research and is “proven” then you are likely to gain the same results as most everyone else. To learn more about the whole-food product I am talking about go to my website and click on “nutritional products” or click here.
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If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers.