Want to learn natural and holistic ways of caring for yourself and family?
Connect with me
Tag Archives: pubmed
Okay, where were we? In Part 1, I showed you how to get started looking for herb research on PubMed and American Botanical Council. In Part 2, we searched for “Silybum marianum” (or Milk Thistle) on PubMed to see if we could find any studies that describe its effect on the liver. We found one, but I ended my last post by saying that in my opinion, the study was not a good one (much to my disappointment). And in this post, I’ll explain why. A good study is one that is able to isolate the effect of one variable (in this … Continue reading
Nerdy Moms unite! So you are interested in reading up more on herbs in order to make informed decisions about which ones to use for your family’s health. You’ve read Part 1 of “How a Holistic Mama Interprets Scientific Research,” and you eagerly anticipate Part 2. If that’s the case, then you are about as geeky as I am, and I like you already! Okay, so I’ve decided to research “Silybum marianum” (Milk Thistle), and I’ve clicked over to PubMed. I type “Silybum marianum liver” into the Search bar (because I’m specifically interested in research that tests the effects of … Continue reading
Today, I want to start talking about something near and dear to my heart: how I interpret scientific abstracts about herb research. Reading this will erase any lingering doubts that you may have had about my being a complete and total geek. Most definitely, I am a nerd extraordinaire, I’ll be the first to admit it. A pet peeve of mine is that the Western medical establishment likes to say: “These claims of efficacy have not been supported by credible research.” BULLSHIT. I never swear, but that is how strongly I feel about it, so I’m swearing. If your doctor … Continue reading