We all have our own opinions and biases.
I pride myself on being an ‘evidence based practitioner’ and I check my biases on a regular basis.
So, how do we know who to believe?
In a World of instant information, what can we trust?
It’s not helped when the so called ‘experts’ seem to disagree.
Sometimes, obviously, we can trust the evidence of our own experience.
We will have studied some subjects and be able to trust our education.
But, when we are looking for help in areas we are unfamiliar with, it can be really difficult.
What do you do when someone gives you an opinion that is different to your own?
A good thing to do, is to look for evidence to back up their opinion.
The opposite of what you think!
Is there evidence to support it?
Do not just Google it, you will likely be overwhelmed.
Go to a source you can trust, like PubMed for example.
How much research is there?
The top level evidence to look for is a meta analysis or a systematic review.
*A meta analysis is defined as: “examination of data from a number of independent studies of the same subject, in order to determine overall trends.”
So you can rely on the fact that a wide body of evidence has been considered.
Another option is to go to an expert you can trust.
Someone who works from evidence.
A good tip is that ‘Evidence Based Practitioners’ will agree on a lot of things.
Look objectively at your own and other’s opinions.
Weigh them against the evidence.
Learn how to become a ‘critical’ thinker.
It will help you wade through the sea of confusion.
If there is something specific to food and nutrition that you do not understand, please feel free to message me.