X-Message-Number: 11856
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 12:05:13 EDT
Subject: Skrecky and health regimen reporting

Doug Skrecky's posted comments on the use of Medline for web site information 
on life extension regimens etc., and he also pointed out several ways in 
which research reports can be misleading; and he suggested we should be chary 
of anything smacking of advice or interpretation or lecturing.

His comments are valuable as always--especially the particulars about 
misleading animal studies. But, in part, his suggestions are inconsistent 
with each other, it seems to me.

Our goal is to make available to the hurried and harried reader, with limited 
background, the clearest, most concise, and most reliable information 
possible, along with references for those who want to investigate further. 
Abstracts of recent research seldom fill the bill; they are usually written 
from a narrow perspective and for the benefit of specialists, and often 
represent just one nut or bolt or brick in a huge edifice. Review articles 
are often more useful, but are also less frequent and less readily available, 
and more work to edit. 

I guess what we will do, on our web site, is just work into it, evolving as 
we go along and as more volunteers and resources become available, and as 
comments and criticisms help give us direction.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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