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Introducing Transparency

Deciphering medical literature on controversial topics and empowering everyday people to communicate confidently.

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5 Tips on How to Talk to Others about Controversial Subjects

Now that we have established that herd immunity, at least in the vaccinated sense, is an illusion--how do we talk to people about it? I am just going to give you a quick "don'ts" list first. I think this may be the best way to help you avoid any large mishaps. Some of these you may see many times as you read more of my posts about how to talk with people. They continually seem to creep up in our everyday conversations on difficult topics. They are bad habits we have to break if we are ever going to really get through to people, so it is worth mentioning more than once. 1) DON'T text. Do not, do not, do not, DO NOT try to have these conversations over text, messenger, IG, Twitter, etc. I KNOW you want to and I KNOW you will. And you will lose. I understand that this is the main way that we communicate, but it is just not effective for this kind of communication. Anyone can lose in a text message. Even I lose using text messages. The reason why has to do with two major problems with these short-form communication tools. Reason #1 There is the obvious problem of being able to interpret the written word any way you want. Meaning, there is no implicit tone or body language in writing, like there is when actually speaking with each other in person. So, if the other person is angry, it doesn't really matter if there are a million heart emojis in your text; suddenly, what you have written is going to seem pompous and belittling. Words can be read in such a different way than you...

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The Journey to ResearchBased

I think it's important for people to understand why ResearchBased was born. It's a long and controversial story, so buckle up. It's also important, so I hope you will read it all. Working in Research I started out just like any other bright-eyed college student. I was so excited to make a difference in the world and I thought that research was truly the way to do that. Throughout college, I had worked for a research conference. I had done a little bit of everything, looking over submitted projects and research, helping get the event together, and public relations which entailed posting on Facebook about the newest and most interesting studies. I had taken a couple of research courses and it became a large part of my minor, so reading these studies and the whole research process was fascinating to me. I went above and beyond to learn about research, how it should be done, how it shouldn't be done, and everything in between.   Right after college, I started working at a company known mostly for survey research called Qualtrics. The job that I was doing was more consultative, I worked with high touch companies and universities, like Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Yale, Google, Nike, etc. and we would plan out their studies and how we were going to get the participants they needed. I would go and find these participants to make sure the study was all good to go and bill them as they started the project. I was able to talk to some very brilliant people, CEOs, and professors,...

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The Herd Immunity Illusion

I am going to lay out a scenario here. You may or may not agree with this scenario. You may or may not have experienced this scenario. However, I chose this one because it illustrates a point I want to make about herd immunity and why and how the science around herd immunity is so controversial. After thinking it over for a long time and stewing and waiting and weighing their friendship a parent finally decides to tell a friend that they have some doubts about the mainstream medical narrative. They may start by mentioning something offhandedly about toxins or certain procedures not making any sense. Eventually, and slowly, their friend starts to get the picture that this parent's beliefs about health are a little “alternative.” Sometimes this goes over smoothly, but most of the time, it does not. All of a sudden there’s a text message telling them that their kids are not allowed over anymore. This message may be the “nice” kind where her friend tells her something like, “I feel so bad about this” and “I still think you’re a really great parent but…” or this may be the blatantly rude kind where they are suddenly labeled as “selfish” or a “freeloader” or “I can’t believe you could do this to your child! You’re a baby-killer!” Whichever it is, it isn’t a pretty sight. They take a deep breath and let it out as they roll their eyes. “There goes another friend,” they think scolding themselves that they decided to trust that person in the first place. Let's take a step back. Why...

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