discussion question 1352
When reading about nutrition topic, it is important to evaluate the content before using the information to make personal health decisions. In this discussion you will compare and contrast two sources of information on the same topic.
Before preparing your INITIAL POST you should:
- View Navigate Safely HON video
- Read the assigned Chapter 2 section 2.2, Nutrition Information: Fact or Fiction.
- Read the two articles at the links below.
Compare and contrast the reliability of the information in the articles using text information. Refer to the red flags listed in Chapter 2. Choose and discuss one red flag which helps indicate Article #1 is an unreliable source. Next, choose and discuss one of the tips from Table 2.1 which help you to trust that Article #2 is factual.
Finally, demonstrate use of Health on the Net (HON) website by searching for any nutrition topic you choose (do not use WebMD). In a sentence or two, briefly describe your topic. Provide a link to the HON code certified website on your topic.
Article 1: Benefits of Acai Berry Supplements: Retrieved 9/6/14 from http://www.acaiberry.org/benefits.html
Article 2: Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD. (8/3/2014) WebMD. Acai Berries and Acai Berry Juice – What Are the Health Benefits? Retrieved 9/6/14 from http://www.webmd.com/diet/acai-berries-and-acai-berry-juice-what-are-the-health-benefits
Search the HON website: http://www.hon.ch/HONsearch/Patients/index.html
Please include your name in the subject line of your initial post. Lastly, reply to at least one other student with an substantive comment.
1. Promises of quick and easy remedies for complex health-related problems: â€œOur product helps you lose weight without exercising or dieting,â€ or â€œGarlic cures heart disease.â€
2. Claims that sound too good to be true: â€œOur all-natural product blocks fat and calories from being absorbed, so you can eat everything you like and still lose weight.â€ Such claims are rarely true. Remember, if the claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true.
3. Scare tactics that include sensational, frightening, false, or misleading statements about a food, dietary practice, or health condition: â€œDairy products cause cancer,â€ or â€œEating sugar causes hyperactivity.â€
4. Personal attacks on the motives and ethical standards of registered dietitian nutritionists or conventional scientists: â€œDietitians and physicians donâ€™t want you to know the facts about natural cures for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease because theyâ€™ll lose money if you get well.â€ Such statements indicate unsubstantiated biases against bona fide nutrition experts and the scientific community.
5. Statements about the superiority of certain dietary supplements or unconventional medical practices: â€œRussian scientists have discovered the countless health benefits of taking Siberian ginseng,â€ or â€œColon cleansing with herbs is the only cure for intestinal cancer.â€
6. Testimonials and anecdotes as evidence of effectiveness: â€œI lost 50 pounds in 30 days using this product,â€ or â€œI rubbed this vitamin formula on my scar and it disappeared in days.â€ Reliable nutrition information is based on scientific evidence, not testimonials and anecdotes.
7. Information that promotes a productâ€™s benefits while overlooking its risks: â€œOur all-natural supplement boosts your metabolism naturally so it wonâ€™t harm your system.â€ Anything you consume, even water, can be toxic in high doses. Beware of any source of information that fails to mention the possible side effects of using a dietary supplement or nutrition-related treatment.
8. Vague, meaningless, or scientific-sounding terms to impress or confuse consumers: â€œOur all-natural, clinically tested, patented, chelated dietary supplement works best.â€
9. Sensational statements with incomplete references of sources: â€œClinical research performed at a major university and published in a distinguished medical journal indicates food manufacturers add ingredients to their products that make you hungry and fat,â€ or â€œMillions of Americans suffer from various nutritional deficiencies.â€ Which â€œmajor universityâ€ and â€œdistinguished medical journalâ€? What study reported that â€œmillions of Americansâ€ are deficient in nutrients?
10. Recommendations based on a single study: â€œResearch conducted at our private health facility proves coffee enemas can cure cancer.â€
11. Information concerning nutrients or human physiology that is not supported by reliable scientific evidence: â€œNow, you can combine certain foods based on your blood type,â€ or â€œMost diseases are caused by undigested food that gets stuck in your guts,â€ or â€œPeople with alkaline bodies donâ€™t develop cancer.â€
12. Results disclaimers, usually in small or difficult-to-read print: â€œResults may vary,â€ or â€œResults not typicalâ€ (Fig. 2.7). Disclaimers are clues that the product may not live up to your expectations or the manufacturerâ€™s claims.
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