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Flawed Study Presented at DDW...Such a Disappointment

Posted Jul 03 2008 1:14pm

Yesterday I posted information about a study presented at DDW that investigated the quality of lifestyle information presented on celiac-related websites. The study was conducted by researchers at theWm.K Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease. As I read the study poster, I was shocked and almost infuriated at what the research showed mainly because the top websites about celiac disease were NOT included in the study. This means that the websites with the most amounts of views were NOT evaluated.

I questioned the researchers and they said that they conducted their research more than a year ago. This is what my post was about yesterday. However, over the last 12 hours, I found out that a second search was conducted just one month ago, yet the most popular and most visited websites are still left out of the study....

The research showed that the most valuable and credible website was indeed the site maintained by the researchers from the Wm.K Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease. They scored a 91% on their own scale, yet if you do the search yourself, you will find that the researcher's website does not show up until page 13 of search results. They conveniently did not evaluate several of the sites that show up on pages 1 and 2 of the google search....these sites are the ones that people click on. I don't know about you, but I never go beyond the first two pages!!

So, you do the search yourself.

The words the researchers used in a Google Search were: celiac disease

In the Google Search, you can segment the results to "for patients."

Do this now. Or if you are  too lazy to type them in yourself,click this linkand it will go directly to the search results for you. You will find some of the highest quality websites with comprehensive information about managing celiac disease.

So, what's the moral of the story? Don't just believe everything the researchers say. Always read the fine print and ask questions. Researchers can be biased based on funding and alliances and don't always show the full picture.

You can rest assured that there is HIGH-QUALITY information about living with celiac disease and managing a gluten-free diet available on the Internet. Just stick to thefirst two pages of your Google searchand you'll find everything you need to live a happy and healthy gluten-free life!

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