Tools to get the facts
Having the right tools for the job is basic planning. Cutting through the crap isn't always easy and people with an agenda often come armed with cherry picked information, presented in a way to make it look legitimate. We have some tools you may find useful when you smell something fishy.
Author of How to read a paper
Author of How to read a paper
- Nutrition - A very short introduction - A great starter point to wet your appetite. Short and to the point.
- How to read a paper - A great resource if you want to learn how to check what your reading has any merit.
- Bad Science - Ben Goldacre has perfected the art of calling out bullshit wherever he sees it and telling it as a good story. This should be essential reading in all schools.
- Games people play - an odd choice indeed but Berne's ideas are more relevant today when we have big corporations telling us what we should and shouldn't be doing. Many marketing strategies and how information is delivered can be described using Berne's models.
- USDA Food composition database - a great site that will give you just about as much information you can think of about any food.
- Cochrane Reviews - The home of the meta analysis. An excellent starting point to any question you have and the evidence for it.
- PubMed - the largest collection of medical journal articles. Its easy to get lost in this and its worthwhile taking some time to learn how to use this site properly before just entering random search terms into it or you will end up with thousands of articles with no way of knowing what is relevant or not. There are lots of guides online on how to use PubMed and How to read a paper is probably the best print guide we know.
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- 1and1 Hosting - we use this hosting provider as they have a UK site, have a great price and there was no faffing with how many visitors you were going to have per month or how much space you needed. So far so good.
- Other people have a good word to say about BlueHost and WPengine also. There is a good review of different providers to be found here. All the providers offer 'Managed' wordpress hosting which is useful if you want to avoid some of the more technical aspects of running a blog but comes with some limitations. There are many sites that will walk through in detail the difference between managed and self managed hosting. WPengine is a little more pricey than some other hosting but is specifically designed for WordPress and promises lightening fast sites because of this.
- Thrive Themes - we use the thrive themes content builder and one of their themes on this site. Having had no experience in WordPress before we have nothing but praise for these tools. Other people use the Genesis Framework for WordPress design and themes although it seemed more complicated than thrive themes.
- Problogger - a great website full of resources if you want to get on the blog bandwagon.
- WordPress - we use WordPress as our blog platform as its the most popular and easiest to use for all levels. Its also free. Nuff said.
- Recurpost - A top notch service for scheduling your social media posts. Think MeetEdgar but free!
- Sucuri Security - A great and easy to use security plugin. They offer a paid service which is a complete security option if you want to let someone else do the hard work.
- bbPress - the software we use for our forums, made by the people who make WordPress.
- bbPress Style Pack - This allows you to customise the design of your forums, believe us when we say this is an absolute time saver.
- Ninja Firewall - A web application Firewall to protect your site. Fun to see the hacking attempts counter increase as they get blocked!
- Yoast SEO - a great plugin for optimising your content for search engines