Reasons to Blog about Nutrition Science

Do you blog about nutrition and science? Why? These are my reasons:

1. Interpretation of Research Requires Discussion – Science is based on observations and degrees of uncertainty. The latest scientific study isn’t the final truth. Nutrition advice needs to be based on the totality of the evidence. Blogging is one means to provide perspective on new studies.

2. It is Part of my Job – Blogging is an important part of my responsibilities at DSM Nutritional Products where I am responsible, along with Julia Bird, for content on http://TalkingNutrition.dsm.com, @dsmnutrition on Twitter, and www.facebook.com/TalkingNutritionDSM. Our goal is to provide links to newly published research studies and perspective on recent studies on vitamins, carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutritional ingredients. Blogging allows us to participate in real-time discussions on new scientific studies.

3. It is part of my Professional Volunteer Activities – For the past few years, I have chaired the Publications Management Committee (PMC) for the American Society for Nutrition which publishes 3 of the top-ranked research journals in nutrition and dietetics – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, and Advances in Nutrition. I also serve on the Editorial Board of Nutrition Today. In these capacities, I am very interested in the impact of social media, open-access and public-access initiatives on the future of professional scientific societies and their journals. For more on this, read my recent interview in the ASN Medical Council Newsletter.

4. It is Invigorating to be able to express an opinion on scientific studies. The instant gratification also helps! It is very satisfying when you don’t have to wait 9 months to see your thoughts published.

5. Nutrition Zealots. Just as religions differ in their beliefs, and their practices within sects, nutrition has its zealots. Some are strict vegetarians. Others advocate that the only path is to eat whole foods, preferably ones which are organic and/or natural. Others are less orthodox and endorse the role fortified and/or enriched foods. The most liberal will endorse the use of dietary supplements to augment the diet. As for me, I am a nutrient agnostic. I believe that the end is more important than the means; our most important task as nutritionists is to help people be adequately nourished by whatever means. Of course, this makes sense. I choose to work for a company that manufactures vitamins and sells them to food manufacturers, dietary supplement manufacturers, infant formula companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Now, you know where my interests lie. Blogging allows me to be a nutrition advocate and to share my perspective.

So those are my reasons. Do any of these resonate with you? Or do you have other reasons for blogging on nutrition and health which you would like to share?

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About Michael McBurney

Personal Blog | Nutrition science | Generally curious about impact of social media and open access journals on science communication. Employed by DSM.
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