The Grand Finale

Researching for a project is not always a nice walk through the park. Just like myself, I think that most people have their moments of frustration and doubts when researching. 

When I first started my research I probably looked like a lost puppy. It always seems like one of the hardest parts in the process of researching is where you begin. “How can beginning a research project be hard when theres a whole web to surf?” One might ask. Well… it is not always as easy as pie. You can’t really just start searching, you first need to find a proper database to search from. Whereas the web is filled with lots of facts and helpful information, it also contains lies and misleading thoughts.

To be honest, I don’t find researching enjoyable, but I know that sometimes it’s just something I have to do. It can be very frustrating because I don’t always find the quality of information that I think I will need for my project. That was a problem that I can across this time around. I found a lot of articles that basically stated the same thing but in a different way. Or not all the sources I found could really relate back to the cracked article. I was not able to find many articles to prove both sides of the cracked article. All the sources I found pretty much seem to take on side. This is not always a bad thing, but for the sake of this project I am trying to portray both sides while making one of them a little more dominant. Also, whenever I am doing research I always feel like I am not doing it right. At this point I am still feeling like maybe I don’t have enough information.

Despite the problems and frustration I have come across, I am still trying to push through to do this research. First, I started by looking at the cracked article I choose to research more about.  I looked at the sources listed in the cracked article and read through those to understand the cracked article more. Then, I began researching on the library database and that is where I found majority of my sources. I have found quite a bit of information, but like I mentioned earlier I am not sure if it is “enough” information. I plan on doing a little more research on my own to get to the point where I can feel comfortable with the amount of research I have done.

I have found blogging to be helpful, because I was able to jot down information as well as read my classmates blogs. Even though the blogging hasn’t been that bad I am still glad this is the last one!!!

Getting Down To the Facts

Searching for sources is not always fun… and when I say not always fun, It’s not really fun at all. But in order to do a research paper it is a must that you need to find souces. Here is a list of a few of the sources I have found for my research paper:

Article 1: The first article that I will definitely be using in my project is the cracked article itself.  “6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten” is where I started my process. This article itself has many other sources in which it pulled it’s own information from. These sources are listed throughout the cracked article. The main claim of this article is that it is a myth that milk is good for your bones. The cracked article explains why this previously known fact is a myth and pulls information for other sources which are located in throughout the cracked article.

Article 2: “Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women” is another source that I found. One helpful thing about this specific article is that at the bottom it lists other articles citing this article. The main subject of this article is high meat diets and how they affect  calcium retention and indices in bone health. This article is not really about the main claim of the cracked article, but instead brings in another aspect. The article is talking about high meat diets and how that plays a role with calcium and bone health. The writers did an experiment testing controlled high and low meat diets. The reason I might use this article in my project is because it is different from all the other and talks about other side points that can in the end add to the project as a whole. The article also provides a lot of interesting information throughout the text.

Article 3: “Milk Matters: for strong bones, for lifelong health” is another one of my sources that I think will be very helpful in my project. This source is not actually just a plain article, it is an eBook. This is probably one of the most helpful soures that I found. The eBook is from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. This source provides a plethora of information about milk, calcium and bone health. I really find this eBook helpful and interesting because the information is straight forward. There are also multiple pictures and charts that add the the eBook and make it that much better. The main subject of the article is about how milk and calcium ARE good for bones. When relating this source back to the cracked article, this source is going against what the cracked article is stating. This source is saying how milk is good for your bones. I think this is a good source to use, because it shows that opposing side to the cracked article and does so by using a lot of interesting and helpful information.

Article 4: “Calcium: It’s Good For Your Bones.” As the title reads, this article is all about calcium. I found this article by searching through the library database. This article is located on It contains a lot of facts and talks about how you can get more calcium into your diet. I like how this article talks strictly about calcium and what it does for bones because there is a lot of helpful information and after all, milk contains calcium. This article also challenges the cracked article.

Article 5: “Milk minerals (including trace elements) and bone health.” I found this article from the library database. What is cool about this article is that it contains a long list of other sources at the end. Like some of the other articles I skimmed through, this article talks about osteoporosis and ways to prevent it from happening. The focus of this article besides bone diseases such as osteoporosis, is the importance of ‘milk minerals.’ In relation to the cracked article, like many of the other articles I found, this one goes against was the cracked article is saying.

Article 6: “Got Calcium?” Once again this article came from the library database. You can also find this article by searching on or Good Housekeeping. This article talks a lot about calcium and vitamin D. It is also very helpful because it gives out tips and other information about how to have  good bone health. This article goes against the cracked article.

Article 7: “The dairy debate: Does milk build stronger bones?” This article actually comes from the cracked article itself. The main focus of this article is questioning whether or not milk helps to build stronger bones. What is interesting about this article is that its not saying that milk isn’t good for you bones, but is basically stating that there are other efficient ways to receive calcium and such minerals besides milk. This article backs up the cracked article in a sense considering it is listed in the cracked article itself. However, this article is not stating that milk is not ‘not’ good for your bones, so it really gives you something to think about.

Article 8: “Calcium, dairy products, and bone health in children and young adults: a reevaluation of the evidence.” This is another article that is directly from the cracked article. Research is done in this article to prove if dairy products are better for bone health than other foods that contain calcium. This article backs up the cracked article because it is basically saying that dairy products to not bring anymore of a consistent benefit to children and young adult bone health then do other foods that contain calcium. However, once again this article is not necessarily  stating that milk is not good for bones.

Another Day At the Library

I found that researching in the library was very helpful. Searching online in the library was pretty much the same as searching online at home, but the library provided books and other resources to look through. There are also many people in the library that can help to find the resources needed. The reality of searching in the library met my expectations because there were multiple sources to choose from.

When searching the library this time around I found a lot of different sources from the library database. Each article I found was a little different from the other, which makes for a great deal of information for my research. I think that each article will be really helpful because they all provide a different aspect. To me researching is not always the most fun thing, but the articles I found are actually interesting.

One article that I found that I think will be useful is from The tile of the article is “Calcium: It’s Good For Your Bones.” This article has a lot of very helpful information. The abstract states, “Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. Almost all of it (98%) is found in bone. Here, some easy ways to get more of its vital mineral in one’s diet are presented.” I found this article very interesting when I was reading through it.

Like I said before, the sources that I found will help shape my project because each one of them has a different aspect that the focus on, and they also provide an abundant amount of information. Because they all focus on different aspects, there are some that support my hypothesis and there are others that challenge it a bit. Each project expanded my project a little more. By searching the library database a little more, I found more interesting information in these articles.

A Summation of the Past

When looking back at blog post 5 there were two articles that I talked about. In this blog post I will only be focusing on one which is “Milk Consumption and Bone Health.” When I found this article from the library database, I only skimmed through the article and read the main points. However, this time I was able to read the article and found more helpful information!

This article talks about one aspect of bone health in particular: osteoporosis. The article states that, “Increasing peak bone mass early in life and reducing bone loss later in life are 2 approaches for reducing risk of osteoporosis” (Milk Consumption and Bone Health). The author of the article states a very important piece of information, that milk has been a known strategy for improving optimal peak bone mass. The second paragraph of the article provides evidence to support the claim the author is trying to make. This evidence includes physiological perspectives, including structure-function relationships, homeostatic regulation of serum cations, and bone balance. This paragraph is basically stating that calcium is the most abundant mineral in bones and that milk contains calcium as well other minerals that are beneficial to bones and bone health. The article provides information about studies from Feskanich and colleagues. For example, Feskanich stated that, “…milk intake during teenage years was associated with an increased risk of adult hip fracture inmen (albeit borderline), but not women, in 2 prospective cohort studies” (Milk Consumption and Bone Health). 

All in all this article is very interesting, because it is opposite from the cracked article. The cracked article claims that the fact that milk is good for your bones is a myth. This article is stating that milk actually provides a lot of important minerals that benefit bones and that milk intake links to reducing the risk or osteoporosis. This article is interesting to me because it backs up what I have learned since I was a child, that milk is indeed good for your bones. This is definitely an article that I will use in my research project.

Diving Into the Database (Reappraised)

Searching the library database can sometimes be very useful, or other times can just leave you empty handed. Luckily, my past experience with searching the library database worked out very well. When I first searched the database I can across many different sources. Some sources I found to be very interesting and helpful, and others I was left thinking how in the world does this pertain to my topic? However, I was lucky enough to find a good amount of sources that really back up my topic and have a good quality of information.

One source that really caught my eye was titled “Milk Consumption and Bone Health.” I really liked how this source was very straight forward, because it made it easy to sort through the plethora of  information. Also, this source was just a basic article so I was pretty use to the writing style which also made the search for information easy. Aside from traditional articles I found an eBook that was actually really interesting and will without a doubt be able to help me with my research project. The eBook was called “Milk Matters: for strong bones, for lifelong health.” I like this source because its not just a traditional article, but instead has pictures and sets up the information in a different way. Unfortunately, I was unable to add pictures from the eBook onto this blog post,  but feel free to visit the link above to see those!

I think that the sources I found from the library database will be able to help shape my project. I found a good amount of information from the sources that I will be able to use. Each source has a different angle as well, which kind of makes things more interesting when trying to find information. I particularly like the eBook that I came across because it provides charts and pictures that I will be able to use as well as information. In terms of my hypothesis, many of these sources supported it. Other articles may have challenged it a bit, but in my opinion that just makes things more interesting. Overall, I am very pleased with my experience with searching the library database!

Diving Into the Database and Surfing the Web and What Not

Overall I found that searching the library databases was helpful. I found some sources that really provided good information about my topic. However, there were a few challenges that I faced. Sometimes it was difficult to find a source that pertained to my topic. Some sources did not really fit with my topic from the cracked article, and some seemed to venture off into other topics that did not really relate to mine. I do feel that the sources I found are good quality and are ones that I will be able to use throughout my research. I think that the sources I found are going to be useful.

One of the sources I found is called “Milk Consumption and Bone Health.” I think this source is going to be very helpful because it is straight forward and has a lot of information.  There was also an eBook called “Milk Matters: for strong bones, for lifelong health.” This source provides a lot of helpful information that I will definitely be able to use. There are also many pictures and charts in this eBook. I tried to post a few pictures in this blog post but was unable to do so, so feel free to check out the link to see those!

I think these sources that I found  will be able to shape my project because there are endless amounts of information provided. There are different angles that the sources provide as well. I also think that the charts will be useful too because they provide examples and such information that I will be able to use in my project. Like I mentioned the sources have different angles on the subject matter, but they all expanded my project and many supported my hypothesis. I am glad that I found these new sources!

A Closer Look

Back in blog post 3 I talked about the article “Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women.” Now I will look more closely at that article!

The writers of this academic article are trying to determine how proteins, such as meat, in a persons diet can affect the calcium retention, and further more bone health. The researchers conducted a study over several weeks in which they “…compared the effects of several weeks of controlled high and low meat diets on body calcium retention…” They used a methodology of sensitive radiotracer and whole body scintillation. The writers are basically saying that they can determine if high and low meat diets affect the calcium retention, and they also compare the two. The writers do not state anything specifically that they cannot determine from their results.

When looking back at the article that I wrote about in blog post 2 I noticed that this article is different compared to that one. These two articles are different because the article in blog post 2 talks about more of a direct relationship between milk, calcium and bone health whereas this article brings in another factor (high and low meat diets). The articles do not disagree, because they are not really talking about the same direct idea. The cracked article itself is more closely related to the article I wrote about in blog post two because their claims relate. The cracked article compared to this article is not really the same idea so the claims are not exactly a match. It will be interesting to look more closely into all of the claims and try and piece together the truth. Is milk really good and beneficial to our bones?


Who Is Saying What? (Reference List)

In my academic article from my last blog, there are 106 references that are listed. I think that a problem with having so many references is that some of these references don’t really apply directly to the topic or claim being made. One good thing about having a lot of different references is that for that ones that apply to the topic and claim there is a lot of good details. Also there are many different references that explain the effects of milk and calcium intake in different types of people.

One reference that I found interesting was “Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women.” This reference was interesting to me because it talks about how “Calcium balance is decreased by an increased intake of purified proteins, although the effects of common dietary sources of protein (like meat) on calcium economy remain controversial.” The authors of the article, Zamzam K. (Fariba) Roughead, LuAnn K. Johnson, Glenn I. Lykken, and Janet R. Hunt provide a lot details in this article and talk about how calcium balance is decreased by an increased amount of purified proteins. This is good information that shows a relationship between purified proteins and calcium. This information can kind of bring more thorough details about the claim.

This article relates to the claim because it is still talking about calcium intake and how it relates to bone health. However, this article kind of brings a twist because it talks about how purified proteins can have an affect on calcium balance. The article also states a helpful point that “Calcium retention is not reduced when subjects consume a high protein diet from common dietary sources such as meat.”

When evaluating this article and some of the other references I noticed that a lot of them talk about side information that can either affect calcium and bone health or relate back to it. Some articles don’t really seem like they apply exactly to the claim, but that should be expected when there are over 100 reference articles! The researchers of my main academic article seem to be very reliant on the works of others considering there are over 100 reference articles.