LW Supplement use survey
post by FiftyTwo
I've put together a very basic survey using google forms inspired by NancyLebovitz recent discussion post on supplement use
Survey includes options for "other" and "do not use supplements." Results are anonymous and you can view all the results once you have filled it in, or use this link.
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comment by Vulture ·
2014-10-29T01:54:08.135Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I almost didn't click on this submission because I was preconsciously thinking "Oh, that isn't directed at me, cause I don't take supplements". Then I realized that that was stupid and took it. I think you will probably get some pretty serious selection bias of that sort, though.
Replies from: None, gwillen
↑ comment by [deleted] ·
2014-10-29T12:44:26.892Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I suggest the OP adds “-- take the survey whether or not you use supplements” to the title.
Replies from: Pfft
↑ comment by Pfft ·
2014-10-29T21:12:03.410Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
In fact, it's hard fill it in if you don't take any. My experience was
Replies from: FiftyTwo
Tick all the checkboxes that apply (none of them), and select "never" for how often.
Error message. You need to tick a box, if none applies tick "other". So I tick "other".
Still an error. It's not enough to tick the box, you also need to fill in the name of your nonexistent supplement in the text box.
↑ comment by gwillen ·
2014-11-06T21:26:14.368Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Note that 'caffeine from beverages' is listed as a supplement, but it's midway down the list. So many people like me who don't think they take any 'supplements' will likely miss it. I suspect this will be a big source of error as well.
comment by LawrenceC ·
2014-10-30T06:19:55.089Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Took the survey!
On a related topic, does anyone know where I can find a copy of Scott's Quantitative Health Prize entry? The link on the Less Wrong page is broken.
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comment by Capla ·
2014-10-28T23:21:45.803Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I have been prompted by this discussion to consider taking supplements. Where can I find a concise summery of the relevant research and the pros and cons of the options?
Replies from: James_Miller, Vulture, sixes_and_sevens, Sjcs
↑ comment by Sjcs ·
2014-10-29T00:39:43.405Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Although I would consider myself as a supplement novice, I generally look into supplements based on other peoples recommendations whenever I stumble upon them, and then look them up on Wikipedia and Examine. I occassionally go looking (via google) specifically for peoples' negative reviews of the supplement to check for significant adverse effects that might not have been made clear.
I realise this is obvious, but if anyone were to experiment with supplements be very aware of placebo effect and confirmation bias.