Caroline Wallace combines two of her passions—science writing and complementary and alternative medicine, along with her knowledge of DoTERRA Essential Oils.
Caroline Wallace combines two of her passions—science writing and complementary and alternative medicine, along with her knowledge of DoTERRA Essential Oils.

Science in our Society & the Essentially Science blog

Unprecedented. Uncertain. Challenging. These buzz words are circulating every day on the radio, TV, and social media websites. While this may be the current state of the world that we live in, we each still have the choice of where we get our information.

Science and politics have both been hot topics in 2020. The Dictionary defines science as “the intellectual and practice activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment”.

What is the current role of science in our society? There is reasonable support for the argument that science and politics should not mix, and that they should be intertwined. However, science and politics both inform each other; they go hand in hand. Currently, NIH funding fuels much of the peer-reviewed research that is done, and some of the results direct policy-maker’s decisions.

However, what is critical is that the public gets an accurate view of scientific results. Accurate. Understandable. Comprehensive. But not overstated.

An example of a very timely and relevant over-statement of a research finding was seen in the now retracted article: SARS-CoV-2 infects T lymphocytes through its spike protein-mediated membrane fusion. The article was picked up by many news outlets, which led to sensational headlines, such as Novel coronavirus attacks and destroys T cells, just like HIV. The primary research article has since been retracted (withdrawn due to potential overstatements) because “the authors should have used primary T cells instead of T cell lines. Additionally, there are concerns that the flow cytometry methodology applied here was flawed. These points resulted in the conclusions being considered invalid.”

Now, more than ever, people want to be able to make informed decisions about their health. This brings me to the Essentially Science blog. This will be a resource for anyone and everyone to get a summary of the valid scientific studies that have been done on a wide variety of natural supplements.

As the end consumer of natural products, you should be able to select products for healthy empowered living.

Each weekly post will focus on a single natural product. The information will be pulled from Pubmed (the database for peer-reviewed science articles) and other scientific publication outlets. I will explain what studies have been done, provide a summary of the results, and describe how the compound works in the body (if that is known).

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