Hi, everyone! I just wanted to post an update on the progress of our Plant-based Health Study going on. Today is day 16 and we have successfully gotten all of our participants past the 2 week mark without losing anyone! Yay! Some have had their ups and downs with the transition but we are doing our best to support them through all parts.
For those of you who are not aware, I am a physician in the L.A area who advocates a plant-based diet. I am currently doing a quantitative health study on the benefits of a plant-based diet (vegan). If you would like to learn more please visit my blog/site. The parameters of the study are all listed as well as all the participants and their respective stories.
They have all switched from either a SAD or a vegetarian diet to a Vegan one and are doing so for 60 days as we measure various health parameters.
Each one of our participants health info including labs are posted on the site for full transparency purposes! Additionally, the participants are blogging several times a week (on their pages) about their experiences (hence the above mentioned ups and downs!). I'm sure they would love your support and kind words if you should decide to stop by. They have been telling me the comments on their pages help to keep them going on tough days. =)
We will be doing our 30 day testing coming up in a week and a half and we are excited to see and post those results to compare to our baselines as soon as they are available.
Thanks Jenna for doing the study & sharing so much information freely. Will you be publishing your results in any of the journals? Or maybe it's too soon to know...? I'd be interested in reading your findings.
Our study is pretty small so I doubt we will approach journals. That being said, depending on the outcomes data I am considering doing a much larger scale study at the conclusion of this one (making the results statistically significant) in which that could most definitely be an option.
Right now I am excited that we will be doing our 30 day tests in just over a week and will have 30 day data to share with everyone! Thank you for asking. =)
One more thing on that note- if anyone knows anyone in the L.A. area who may be interested in participating in our next study please have them contact me. Also, I am considering having a few other study locations if I can get a registered dietician or another doc to help me out in those areas. Thus, if anyone knows anyone or is interested themselves please contact me as well! Thanks everyone for your support! It is appreciated more than you know! Jenna
I'd be interested :) I'm up in the Portland, OR area. The National College of Naturopathic Medicine and/or the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine schools might be willing to work something out, especially if they have graduate students that want to focus on nutrition therapy.
Looking forward to your 30 day results. I'll be sure to check out your participant blogs & send them my support as well.
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