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The Blonz Guide's "Rules of the Road"

1) Seek objective, evidence-based confirmation for the safety and efficacy of any health-related product or treatment.
2) The accepted standard is competent and reliable scientific evidence that has been published in a reputable, peer-review scientific journal:

a) Effects are best confirmed by at least two clinical studies by independent researchers having no association with the product being tested;
b) Studies must have undergone a substantive peer-review and been published in a reputable journal (indexed by the National Institutes of Health - with all conflicts of interest revealed; and
c) The evidence is applicable to the substance or product when it is used as directed under the conditions for which it is being promoted, and for the same types of individuals on whom the supporting research was conducted.

3) Testimonials are designed to be seductive and sound convincing! They should not be the sole reason you decide to buy a product.
4) Don't be persuaded when the only source of available information is one that benefits from the sale.
5) The concept of "they couldn't say that if it wasn't true," is deceptive; given the variety of ways to promote dietary supplements and other health products, regulatory agencies cannot be expected to keep up with all the false, illegal and questionable claims being made.
6) Be aware that the ingredients in dietary supplements can interact with each other, and with prescription medications. Be up front about what you are taking with any health professionals entrusted with your care.

There is an enormous assortment of nutrition and health-related material on the web.  The chore is being able to sort out science-based information from the worthless -- and sometimes dangerous -- cyberjunk.   The "BLONZ GUIDE" is a compilation of resources found during wanderings associated with my work, all assembled in the hope that it will help you locate the quality information you seek.  My focus is to list science-reliable sites and steer clear of those that only push products, especially those of questionable scientific merit.   It is all designed to help you find just about anything that's findable.     

Edward Blonz, Ph.D. FACN, FOS    

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