O gingers help cure colds, flues, coughs, or sore throats?
Fall and winter are times when many people suffer from colds, flues, coughs, and sore throats. Much information can be found in magazines, books, pamphlets, on the internet, etc. with respect to remedies that help people fight these infections. For example, you may have read advertisements about certain herbs/herbal products which claim that a specific herb will cure your cold, flu, cough, or sore throat. Before you go out and purchase a herbal remedy you should ask yourself the following questions: should I believe these claims, and how can I find out that what I read is actually true?
For this assignment, you will pick a herb (any herb that is of interest to you) that claims to cure some bacterial or viral infection. For example, you may have read that the herb sage (Salvia officinalis) cures sore throats or elderberry (Sambucus nigra) helps fight viral infections. If you are interested in finding out if the claims about sage or elderberry are true, then you need to assess the claims by considering the existing scientific evidence: you will need to find and read peer-reviewed, primary scientific articles
Once you have chosen your topic, you need to find 4 primary science journal articles that discuss the herbs effect on fighting a particular infection.
Title: (2 marks) Descriptive, accurate, centered on the page Ginger
Key words: (2 marks) 4 key words
Introduction: (4 marks) Describe your herb and state the claims that are made about this product. Donat forget to mention the sources that made the claims.
Discussion: (16 marks) After reading each primary article critically, discuss whether the claims made about your herb are substantiated by the published scientific research. Refer to the methodologies of the papers; describe how experiments were performed, what controls were used, what was the sample size, were the experiments replicated, etc. Do all the primary sources come to the same conclusion? If they dont, how did you decide which studies were more reliable. Use tables and graphs, where appropriate.
Conclusion: (4 marks) Based on the results of your primary sources, what can you conclude from your research about the effectiveness of your herb as a cure for a microbial infection?
References: (4 marks) 4 primary scientific journal articles and the secondary sources where you found the claims about your chosen herb. In the text, cite your references using the last name of author and year (eg., Young, 2010).
Title: Your title should refer to the herb you are writing about and its connection to the microbial infection that you are discussing. Title should catch the attention of readers.
Key words: are words, terms, or vocabulary that capture the essence of your written work. The 4 key words should be placed right below your title.
Introduction: This is where you introduce your topic. The introduction should have the secondary source/sources (magazines, books, website, etc) where you first found the claim/s about your herb. You can include a primary source/s if you want to, but it is not necessary.
Discussion: Your discussion should contain both text and tables and graphs. Tables and graphs are a good way to summarize many types of data from several sources. Tables and graphs provide a lot of information at a glance, and take less space then discussing the information in writing. You can use tables and graphs from your primary sources (need to be referenced), or you can make your own tables or graphs, incorporating info from 2, 3, or 4 papers. Include at least one table and one graph in your discussion.
Conclusion: Base your conclusion on the findings from your primary sources. State if the findings from primary sources support or contradict the claims made in the secondary source/s.