Tag Archives: scientific literacy

Testing the Bunk – Credibility Checking Online

This is the number one question I get, right after “why are you so skinny if you eat 85% of your calories from fat?” (that answer is a different post altogether). The question is – “how do you know if something you read online is credible?” This is not a trivial problem, particularly if the advice […]

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Dropping the gloves in health debates

If you are a frequent follower of health related blogs and media, I think there’s one thing you and I can agree on, which is the frequency of disagreements. I’ll state my biases up front. I tend to follow sources in two categories: either personal journey, autobiographical writing that I find inspiring or creative, or […]

Critical Thinking on the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

If we’ve learned nothing else from how researchers and nutrition professionals are beginning to re-examine recommendations that were set in stone for the past thirty years, we should at least take away that no one knows everything. I am a passionate proponent of critically thinking about science and public policy, especially around healthcare. It surprises some […]

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Health Illiteracy Epidemic?

I have received a great deal of advice from well-meaning friends and colleagues regarding what one must do when speaking to doctors and specialists. Take a friend for support. Have your friend take notes, because you won’t remember everything said later on. Even if the doctor seems ready to move on to the next patient […]