In the age of the internet, misinformation, and crafty marketing campaigns, it’s more important than ever to be empowered with knowledge and the ability to critically assess claims. A necessary prerequisite for detecting pseudoscience is understanding the value of different types of scientific studies, the meaning of statistical significance, and when science leaves room for interpretation.
This online course includes 1 1/2 hours of video lecture by Dr. Sarah, including downloadable and printable PDFs of her presentations slides. The topics covered in detail include:
- History of nutritional sciences and dietary guidelines
- Nutrients vs. special interests
- The rise in chronic illness
- The scientific burden of proof: theory vs. hypothesis
- What we can learn from different types of scientific studies
- The meaning of “statistical significance”
- Scientific consensus vs. cherry picking
Dietary guidelines have failed the public, increasing the incidence of most chronic illnesses rather than decreasing preventable diseases known to be linked to diet and lifestyle choices. To move forward, it helps to understand where we’ve come from, which is why Dr. Sarah teaches the history of nutritional sciences and how dietary guidelines have been influenced by scientists versus special interests over the last 100 years. In order to emphasize the importance of unbiased integration of scientific research into dietary guidelines of the future, Dr. Sarah also explains the meaning of scientific consensus, the weight of the evidence from different types of scientific studies, statistical significance, and the current state of nutritional sciences research.
Dr. Sarah was, of course, spectacularly brilliant and entertaining. Easy to listen to her speak and her synthesis of scientific research is hands-down the best I’ve experienced in the wellness community. –Megan
Sarah truly has a gift for channeling her passion for science, nutrition, and wellness into down to earth lectures, which she lively delivers. She is able to explain complex science in a manner all can embrace and enjoy learning. And she loves what she does, you can tell! –Lisa
Dr Ballantyne, thank you so much for your passion for wellness, your search for truth in optimal health through meaningful studies, your dedication in sharing your knowledge and the very real, practical ways that food impacts our body and all of its systems! Truly, I think you have a gift for making it really easy to see the big picture for first-timers, as well as continue to connect the dots for the rest of us, no matter where we are on our journey. –Tammy
As a scientist (physicist), I appreciated Sarah’s explanation of the different levels of the scientific studies she reviews and an explanation of her science background. It gave me confidence in her knowledge about the science principles of the information she presents. She’s not just some Mom who read something on the Internet and is parroting it. –AnnMarie
I love the fact that Sarah (hope she doesn’t mind me calling her Sarah at this point) gives us the science and facts behind everything and not just her opinion. I love her passion for educating people and helping everyone on their journey to wellness. It’s a long and winding road and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop and learn so many amazing things. –Mindy
Note: The Introduction to Nutritional Sciences online course is a 100% digital product and does not include registration to any live event. No course materials will be mailed to you and this digital product does not include a mechanism for asking questions (if you are interested in direct access to Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, consider Insider Connection). All of your digital purchases from ThePaleoMom.com are linked to your e-mail address and available to view or download through the “My Account” link at the top of the webpage. If you have not yet set up an account, simply put in your e-mail address and click “Forgot Password”.