Posted by savetheanimals at 07/02/13 11:57:07I am a vegan but, I am only 19 years old so, I guess I can't participate. It also sounds like you have to live in London or at least in the United Kingdom to participate which is another requirement I don't meet. I hate how they think vegans don't get enough nutrition "Since vegans lack omega-3 fatty acids in their diet" Vegans get plenty of omega-3 and all the other nutrients. They also don't put all the bad things in there body like cholesterol. The scientist in this study sound bias before they start but, luckily the results should overcome that and speak for themselves
Posted by DC1346 at 07/02/13 20:34:26I agree with Rarebird.
As a Culinary Arts instructor who teaches nutrition, I know that omega 3 fatty acids are found in such products as soybean, canola, wheat germ and walnut oil.
I also find it interesting that while we have been asked to provide personal information regarding names, phone numbers, and email addresses, there is no contact name listed for this college. As someone who has also taught for 23 years, I question why email contact must also be made through a yahoo account instead of a school email address.
I visited this school on-line and found a listing of faculty. Every single faculty member has a school email account. The address for each faculty member is first name (dot) last name @ kcl.ac.uk
None of these professors use yahoo addresses.
It is possible, I suppose, that a Ph.D. student may be using a yahoo address as none of the 60 students in question appear to have access to school email accounts ... but the lack of a contact name in this post is a little disturbing.
Even if this post was written by a Ph.D. candidate as part of a doctoral thesis, one would think that a supervising professor would have caught the erroneous assumption that vegan diets lack omega 3 fatty acids.
I think Rarebird is right. This smells like a scam. If you give these people your personal contact information, you may be setting yourself up for identity theft.
I have in the meanwhile, taken the liberty of contacting Dr. Stephen Deery, who is the Dean of this College. Dr. Deery should know whether or not this is a legitimate study ... and if it isn't, he should know that someone may be abusing his school's good name.