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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/vitamin-d-may-lower-cholesterol/?ref=health

 

This article was featured on the New York Times website and the title of it suggests that there is reasonable evidence to believe that Vitamin D lowers cholesterol. However, the article describes an experiment on a very small test group with doctors that are insisting that no official and permanent conclusions can be drawn from their findings. I see articles like this all the time that suggest everything and anything on health based studies, and the information overload gets very overwhelming at times. I am wondering whether the amount of experiments we do on micronutrients and dietary health are helping or hurting us by causing us to fixate on little things, as opposed to big-picture health components.

One Response to “Can We Ever Draw Conclusions from Studies”

  1. leahlanghans says:

    I think you pose a really interesting question as to whether the quantity of experiments we do on micronutrients and dietary health are doing us more harm than good. It often seems to me that studies that neither confirm nor deny any true fact and lack external validity make it into the news far too often. I think these fuel our culture of self-diagnosis and perpetuate the health fads that are so popular in our society. These things in combination with the availability of a disposable income as a result of of being a member of a industrialized country give us the option to make our own health decisions regarding diets and procedures.
    The availability of this type of information may make us feel more informed and educated, but what if it is leading us down the wrong path. Kind of scary.

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