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Because TFF is so dedicated to science and approaching nutrition and lifestyle through an evidence-based lens, understanding and utilizing scientific research is absolutely essential to what we do. It’s also critical for maintaining reason and the anti-dogmatic and non judgmental perspective we believe in, and is integral to many of our episodes. We understand not everyone has training in things like statistics, study design, and interpreting research findings to make educated and practical decisions about health and nutrition, so we felt compelled to bring on an expert to help aid you in understanding this stuff better. It is our responsibility and duty as science educators to make a more science literate community. We want you to become badass #science warriors.
Today’s guest is perfect to aid us in this mission. Micaela Karlsen is in the final stages of her PhD at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, specializing in Nutritional Epidemiology. She holds a Masters of Science and Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelors in Psychology from Cornell.
Micaela also co-launched the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, which is now known as the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, contributing to the creation and launch of the Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course that is part of the center. She serves on the Expert and Medical Advisory Board for the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and the board of directors for the Plant Based Prevention of Disease Conference. To top it all off, she founded the exceptional site plantbasedresearch.org, an online database of peer-reviewed, scientific research and other resources relevant to plant-based nutrition, as well as Habits of Health.
She recently wrote a book titled “A Plant Based Life” which is a strategic guide to practical plant-based living. Most importantly, however, she just finished teaching Jackson’s latest graduate school course, called “Nutrition Practice for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention”. We’re seriously honored to have her on the show.
Think of this episode as an undergraduate level lecture on the basics of scientific research as it applies to nutrition science. We discuss study design, pros and cons of meta-analysis, the process of reading and analyzing research papers, wading through and having a critical eye about health news in the media, and more. It will answer questions many of you have sent in regarding things like what makes a good study? What is a p-value? It was awesome, and will likely teach you a thing or two about thinking more like a scientist and help you as you learn more about nutrition.
Let us know what you think about the episode, and if you’d like us to bring Micaela back on for round 2, and go into more depth or go through more specific studies. We think this is a super important topic to share because it’s such a critical component to science literacy and understanding how to make conclusions about diet and lifestyle. Thanks for listening!
-Jackson and Aaron
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