Billions of people all over the world consume caffeine, mainly in cups of coffee. Many of these same people consume caffeine on a daily basis. Is this constant consumption of caffeine hazardous to one’s health or is it positive to one’s health? These questions have been partially answered by many and are in the process of being fully answered by some. However, not all of these answers can be deemed as credible.
There are a lot of misleading articles, web pages, and blogs that share their opinion on matters of health when realistically; they have no credibility in doing so. Just because someone is voicing his or her opinion on a subject, it does not mean that you have to listen to that voice because it may contain biases and be inaccurate. Part A Here are three website addresses that I think provide accurate and credible information on the effects of caffeine on one’s health: – http://www.
hc-sc. gc. ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/caffeine-eng. php – http://www. mayoclinic. com/health/caffeine/NU00600 – http://www. steadyhealth. com/articles/Positive_And_Negative_Health_Effects_Of_Caffeine_a801. html Part B In general, the type of websites that I would go to for credible information on this topic (effects of caffeine on one’s health) would be government websites and/or websites dedicated to one’s health with licensed doctors and clinical experts on staff.
Examples of websites solely dedicated to the health and well-being of humans would be WebMD and the Mayo Clinic. The reason I would go to websites dedicated to one’s health and well-being to obtain nutritional and health related information would be because I would fully trust and believe what the staff had to say, due to the fact that they are experts in their field of study (Mayo Clinic, 2011) and on the topic at hand. They would have very few, if any biases and their sole focus would be to educate and inform people to live healthier lives.
I believe that government websites are credible because they are much more regulated than your average website and it is believed that they would only want the best for their citizens and the best would be accurate and unbiased information. Part C There are plenty of biases that when present in an article or paper, can significantly alter the way a reader interprets the facts on a topic. Misleading readers and making them believe a false idea is very unfortunate, but avoidable. By being aware of certain biases, it may allow you to notice and dismiss them.
One example of a bias would be cultural bias. Cultural bias is a tendency in psychological theory and research to ignore the differences between cultures and impose understanding based on the study of one culture alone (ITS, 2011). By looking at the world as one culture, many misconceptions and generalizations start being made that are inaccurate. With globalization and equality increasing we tend to forget that we are still different genetically, due to our heritage and culture. This leads to some cultures having more advantages than others. Another example of a common bias is the bandwagon effect.
This form of bias is very common and occurs when people tend to believe things because many other people believe the same thing. This is a bias because it leads people to make decisions based on the decisions of others and not because of the information or facts at hand. A reference to the bandwagon effect would be how people start cheering for a sports team at the beginning of a season because a lot of people they know begin to cheer for them. My last example of bias is when a media station or outlet, such as FOX news only ever shows one side of a story, their side.
This is because they are on one side of the political spectrum and to appeal to their viewers (who are on the same side of this political spectrum) they must show the side of the story that the viewers want to see and hear. If they were to veer from their political stance, then they risk losing money and viewers. Part D The way I would determine if the person who is providing the information on the website is a credible source of nutrition information would be by looking at the amount of biases in their work and the number of credible references and links provided.
I would also check the number of views/hits the website received and I would check if a third-party had ever reviewed and graded the website/platform to which the information was on. I would want to know the persons background information, job history and affiliations. If he/she has had a lifelong career in dealing with the human body then that would be a major positive and would increase his/her credibility. In conclusion, I believe that government websites and websites dedicated to one’s health and well-being are great websites for this topic. I believe that biases, while hard to avoid can be minimized if you are aware of them.
Lastly, the effects of caffeine on one’s health are both positive and negative. Reference List Health Canada. (2010, March). Healthy living. Retrieved from http://www. hc-sc. gc. ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/caffeine-eng. php ITS. (2011). Psychology dictionary. Retrieved from http://www. tuition. com. hk/psychology/c. htm Mayo Clinic. (2011, March 9). Caffeine: How much is too much?. Retrieved from http://www. mayoclinic. com/health/caffeine/NU00600 Narula, S. (2009, January 14). Positive and negative health effects of caffeine. Retrieved from http://www. steadyhealth. com/articles/Positive_And_Negative_Health_Effects_Of_Caffeine_a801. html