As it has been already indicated, this study has examined each of our six research questions via the interviews of colleagues in the health field and through my experiences with my clients.
The Research Method
Our research method is concerned with inferential procedures. That is to say, information that we obtained can be used to make inference about a much larger set of measurements called population (OTT 1988). Three health practitioners with a minimum of ten years of experience formed our sample. Relevant to our research method, this sample is also valid and reliable. By relevance, we mean that our sample is representative of the entire population where that particular health practitioner is operating. The rationale for the representation of our sample is that each of the three health practitioners of our sample has had experience with hundreds of diabetics. Validity itself implies that our research method is linked to the aim of the study. Since our research method is appropriate to the purposes of the study, we might as well conclude to the reliability of the research.
Deductive and Inductive Methods
The deductive and inductive methods sustained by qualitative and quantitative approach have been alternatively applied. The rationale for undertaking the deductive and inductive design is that we first considered our research questions and then found evidence through correlations generating other hypotheses for further studies. However, our research questions do not call for data or information that is mutually qualitative and quantitative in nature that would justify the use of these two approaches.
Procedures for Testing our Research Questions
The testing procedures first considered our independent variable (food consumption) and the dependent variable (diabetes). Since food consumption has become a health issue all over the world, we should see whether a causal relationship between food consumption and obesity resulting from overindulgence in leading to diabetes can be established with a certain degree of confidence.
As stated in our research question, Is diabetes is a function of food consumption?, D = f (Fc). Which one of the variables is a function of the other depends upon which one is manipulating the other, and which one is being manipulated. The independent variable is the variable, which in an experimental situation would be the causation of phenomena under observation, whereas the dependent variable is the variable, which in an experimental situation would be under the influence of the independent variable.
As the eventual existence of correlation between food consumption and diabetes may not be the only factor, contingent factors (such as free radicals, stress, dehydration, and emotion) may impact our results. Thus, we have incorporated other independent variables, such as heredity, the hepatic system, the glandular system, mineral and vitamin deficiency, and the previous mentioned...