Some of my friends who read this blog have asked where these articles come from, especially the medical articles. No, I don't publish just any old journal article. This is the process I use:
1. I choose a subject. As you all know, my current topic of interest is systemic long term effects of metal on metal implants on the organs.
2. I have two primary sources of research:
- PubMed is a free database accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez information retrieval system. PubMed was first released in January 1996.[1 As of 1 July 2011 (2011 -07-01)[update], PubMed has over 21.0 million records going back to 1966, selectively to the year 1865, and very selectively to 1809; about 500,000 new records are added each year. As of 1 July 2011 (2011 -07-01)[update], 11.9 million articles are listed with their abstracts and 3.3 million articles are available full-text for free.
- Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers
4. That subject matter is then expanded by doing a related link search or similarity search through Pub Med to see all of the available related information on the topic.
5. I often take the articles which I think are most informative and go into Google Scholar and feed in the documents from step 4 to see how frequently and recently the journal article is referenced. That tells me something about the credibility of the research conducted as often, I am unfamiliar with the subject matter and researchers...or at least I was when I started doing this 8 months ago.
6. the last step is to publish it on the site.
Most of what I publish contains my commentary. The publication is based on items I need to know for the future of my own health and hope that it will be of interest to others.
I try my best not to publish inflammatory documents that have no basis in fact. If someone sends me a published document that says: "50% of the people who have metal on metal implants will require revision surgery", I would not publish that. There is no basis to that claim. It is what I would call inflammatory.
I do publish things that are investigatory pieces which may or may not result in a definitive conclusion but are very important questions from a research perspective.
I have been questioned about the cancer journal articles...."aren't they inflammatory?" I don't think so because I raise that issue/questions in an investigative sense.
I question everything.