One of my hobbies is researching. Learning new things and especially learning something deeper is fascinating to me. We have a great advantage today with access to a vast collection of knowledge. Tapping into it can sometimes be overwhelming. Where do we turn to first? Once we find a source how do we dig deeper into that subject? For some that process is discouraging, for me its a high.
One of my pet-peeves is reading a well written article only to find they never provide any sources for their information. I don’t expect every single claim to be ‘sourced’ but what I am after is where did they learn that from and how can I access that information since there is a high chance other information from that “source” may have something to greatly benefit my journey.
I attempt to provide links to my “sources” in the posts I write and if you ever have a question of where to find something I welcome your questions 🙂 There are several sites which are ‘staples’, so to speak, when it comes to doing my research so I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you here. I will also attempt to add others as I come across them.
PLOS Medicine – An open-access database – no need to have a membership to read the submitted research findings. It welcomes negative findings which are often rejected in popular publications – basically it doesn’t have a bias as to whether to include the research. There are criteria that do need to be met but without the ties to companies that would pose a conflict of interest. I just came across this site and still have much to explore there but wanted to list it since much of the research that has been done is never published in the mainstream publications.
Cochrane Library – A library of random studies in humans. There are seven databases in the library. Semi-open access. Their goal is to be completely open-access by 2020. This is a new resource for me so I don’t have a lot of info on it other than their mission is to provide access to randomized studies without a bias as to the outcome of those studies.
Pubmed: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health – This source used to be my first stop when looking up research papers. There are various search options as well as ways to refine once you find a result that pertains to your particular situation. Feel free to ask any questions you have regarding navigating the site – or I am ALWAYS interested in conversing about what you find!
KEGG Pathway Database: Wiring diagrams of molecular interactions, reactions, and relations – This source is where I will delve into connecting the dots. I will warn you it’s got a plethora of diagrams, well it’s pretty much mostly diagrams. This is my dessert and one of my absolute favorite sites! I am always willing to help others navigate through or help guide on putting pieces together with the information here. Again, just give me a hollar if you need any help or if you are wanting someone to bounce thoughts on I am always open to listen to others discoveries!
The Paleo Mom, Dr. Sarah Ballentyne, PhD – This source has a plethora of research and information gathered together and presented in easy to understand ways with practical ideas to use the information for better health. There are also some fabulous recipes! Now, with that I have been discouraged with this source since in the last year it has become a very commercialized site. So, I find myself looking to other places and this is now a second or sometimes last resort if I can’t find something I am looking for. I would still encourage you to visit the site as the information is outstanding!!!
HerbalLegacy.com: Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy – This source has the honors of being one of the initial sources to start my journey into natural healing and looking outside the box. This too has a wealth of information. Some practical options for supporting better health and especially concerning some health challenges that are usually considered impossible to improve.
Dr. Robert Lustig, MD Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA. When our son was first diagnosed we attempted to get a referral with Dr. Lustig, unfortunately he only sees obese patients, and our son is far from being obese. Here is his information and I hope it is of benefit to you.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program Contact Info:
550 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-8672
Dr. Lustig Videos
- Sugar: The Bitter Truth
- Is a Calorie a calorie? An experiment gone wrong
- What is Metabolic Syndrome and Why are Children Getting It?
- Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Lustig
- Bad Sugars: Addictive and Hazardous to Your Health
- The Sugar Epidemic: Policy vs. Politics
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- Jade Bloom Essential Oil Uses Guide A color coded chart with usage recommendations and classifications when not considered safe for use.