How To Find Unbiased Resources

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STUDENT
(thinking aloud)
I wonder if milk is really healthy for me.

PETA GAL appears, sitting next to STUDENT on the couch.

PETA GAL
No, it isn't. It really isn't.

STUDENT
Says who?

PETA GAL
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They say "cow's milk is an inefficient food source."

The URL for the quote appears on the screen for a moment: http://www.milksucks.com/. Then it fades out.

STUDENT
Wow. How do they know so much about milk?

PETA GAL
They're an animal rights organization.

STUDENT
So they're probably more interested in cow's health than mine?

On screen: Warning! Bias alert!

PETA GAL
(stalling)
Well. . .

MILK GUY appears, sitting on the couch next to STUDENT, opposite PETA GAL.

MILK GUY
That’s right! Everyone knows milk is good for you.

STUDENT
And who are you again?

MILK GUY
America's Milk Processors. They say "without milk in your diet, it's difficult to get the right amounts of the nutrients you need."

The URL for the quote appears on the screen for a moment: http://www.bodybymilk.com/. Then it fades out.

STUDENT
America's Milk Processors, huh? I guess you'd know about milk. But you sell it, too. And you probably aren't giving me the whole truth, either.


On screen: Warning! Bias alert!

MILK GUY
But I can back it up with scientific studies!

PETA GAL
So can I!

STUDENT
No! You might just pick and choose for your own reasons. I have to check this out myself.

STUDENT turns to the computer. If we can see the screen, he goes to PubMed (http://pubmed.gov). Fade out then back in for a time lapse.

STUDENT
This looks interesting. Some scientists did a review of over 100 studies on milk and nutrition.

The citation for the quote appears on the screen as he reads:"Bovine milk in human nutrition - a review" from Lipids in Health and Disease, 2007.If we need a screen shot, it's online at http://www.lipidworld.com/content/6/1/25.The pdf is at http://www.lipidworld.com/content/pdf/1476-511X-6-25.pdf.

STUDENT
(reading the screen)
According to the Bovine Milk in human nutrition review, "milk contains many important nutrients."

MILK GUY
See? Told you!

STUDENT
But, "for some individuals, milk proteins, fat or milk sugar may cause health problems."

PETA GAL
It's bad, all bad!

STUDENT
Well, you're both partially right, but you're also ignoring a lot of facts to push your own message.

I can only trust an unbiased opinion, like this one.

PETA GAL and MILK GUY look ashamed.