Sources of Information for www.eastmeetswestnutrition.com
Several readers have inquired about my sources for my blog articles and I think the question warrants a reply to everyone who stops here to read the posts. I spend quite a bit of time researching the topic and while my opinion and perspective are motivating forces, I do feel a need to validate as many of the facts as I can. I have a process of doing this and in the next few paragraphs I share that process with you.
When I find a topic that I think has the potential to be a good read I start by researching the topic. I like to start with the review articles from some of the sources listed below, especially those I subscribe to personally such as Nutrition Today and Clinical Nutrition Insights. These sources give balanced overviews and list references that I can then use as a jumping off point. I move on to see what the government is saying about the topic. Since I am in the US, I rely on the US government sites. To get into the details of the topic I scan through the scientific literature and pull out as many peer reviewed journal articles as I can. These are primary sources; they are for the most part highly technical and provide information on very specific topics. But as they say, “the devil is in the details,” so these articles need to have a critical eye reviewing them. Primary sources are the best information stockpiles available, but they can be intense reads. When investigating the primary sources it helps if I have grounded myself in the topic by reading review articles first.
I also like to see how the lay press is presenting information so I search various newspaper and magazine articles.
Eastern sources are a little harder to find. I use my favorite yoga journals that I have listed below. At times I will utilize the ayurvedic sites that I have found online. I also keep my own library of resources that I think are important to read and reference. Some of these are listed on my website at http://www.nourishingthelifeforce.com/resources.shtml .
Finally there is my own perspective. After I gain all the information I can glean from the other sources, I will present the information through my understanding of the research and my own life experience. Sometimes I have an opinion before I begin the research and then it becomes a game to see if I can disprove my own opinion.
So there you have it. Here are some of the places I go again and again to find reliable information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome
Nutrition.gov. Nutrition.gov is a service of the Food and Nutrition Information Center at the USDA National Agricultural Library (NAL). www.nutrition.gov
National Institutes of Health http://health.nih.gov/topic/Nutrition
MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. The information given is easy to read and not at a very technical level. It’s a good starting point to research a topic you know little about. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. http://nccam.nih.gov/
Primary Sources of Information
Medline. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. The search engine for Medline is excellent and this is the location where you will find all the in-depth technical information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/databases_medline.html
Journal Subscriptions – also primary sources.
Many journal articles can be found online by searching through Medline (see the link above). The following journals I have direct access to through personal subscriptions.
Nutrition Today. http://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/pages/default.aspx
Journal of the American College of Nutrition. http://www.jacn.org/
Clinical Nutrition Insights. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (only available online by subscription)
Other sources of Information
Yoga Journal. http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/food
Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/yogaplus/