Analysis and Scientific Method ;
PICK ANY ONE of the following studies referenced at the end of the article which provide recent evidence in support of Dr. Lustig’s “Toxic-Sugar” theory:
Nurse’s Health Study
Read the abstract: http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5001
The Framingham Heart Study
Read the article: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jul2007/nhlbi-23.htm
Stanholpe and Havel Study
Read the section comparing effects of fructose and glucose consumption:
Using the primary source article for this study, determine the following: Was the experimental design valid based upon scientific method or could it be improved? If so, how? Specifically, did the researchers conduct the research themselves? Does or should this matter? Why or why not? Did the researchers study human or animal subjects? Were the sample sizes large enough in both control and experimental groups? Was a placebo used? What was the duration of the study? Was this conducted over a long enough period of time? Was this a “controlled experiment”? Where were there possible opportunities for confounding variables to arise? Could either subject or researcher bias have confounded the results? How would you know? Was this a blind or double blind study? Who were the subjects? Were the demographic groups studied (based upon age, genetics, gender, ethnicity, obesity) broad enough or narrow enough to make either specific or more general conclusions about the long term effects of fructose consumption in these groups?
Finally, in your opinion, do you believe the experiment you have analyzed supports Lustig’s “Toxic-Sugar” Theory, or is more information needed? How would this research be relevant to modern life, if this theory is in fact “proven” to be true? List any potential implications for global and local communities.
Present your discussion as a coherent, persuasive argument that shows some “depth” of thinking on your part. (Remember to cite your sources.)
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