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Reductionist Research

Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

—DAVID LLOYD GEORGE

So far we’ve looked at how the scientific and governmental understanding of nutrition is firmly rooted in the reductionist paradigm, and how that affects the way the public views nutrition. We’ve also seen how, when you look at it carefully, nutrition is a wholistic phenomenon that can never be fully comprehended within a reductionist framework. It’s too complex, with too many variables.

In this chapter I’d like to look a little closer at the differences between reductionist and wholistic scientific research, to show the ...

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