STUDIES SHOW.. Science Is Flawed

It seems that nowadays everything we read regarding health, nutrition and disease prevention comes with the claim “science states” or “studies prove”. While I am all for learning through research, I believe the medias spin on healthy claims is becoming rather diluted and essentially worthless.

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The problem with “studies” is that more often than not they fail to tell the whole story.

egg-danger-620x350My favorite example of exact issue was the caption “Eating Eggs is Worse Than Smoking”. Quite a big claim – and of course an easy way to get attention. However, the studies “proving” said claim were unbelievably biased and failed to mention critical points (like the fact that no attempt was made to analyze total diet composition for other factors that could have contributed to plaque build up).. For a fun review of the study click here.

 

What really gets to me though, is the amount of people who believed this caption with no questions asked. It seems the words “Study Revealed” are a gold standard. Let’s make this clear: the first problem from this caption is simply that it was study showed and not studies plural. So altering your entire beliefs based on one study seems a bit extreme.

To add icing to the cake, “study shows” does not go into detail just how the hypothesis been proved. Looking in to how the studies were conducted, what flaws they may have had and what the person may have to gain by ensuring his “study” was correctly proved should all be necessary information.

Instead, people willingly believe attention seeking headlines and use them to validate poor choices. If a “study” seems too good to be true, chances are it is. Maybe as a whole we should use our minds and question the studies before all out embracing unhealthy choices.

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Another “article” from a while back was titled “Twinkie Diet Help Professor Lose Weight” <– and I’m not even going to get in to this one.

The problem with the media is that it often spins important details to grab attention. It picks up the most sporadic studies and omits others that should be posted (like the fact that sugar causes cancer).

While honest research can sometimes be dead wrong, like the case of Saturated Fat, before altering your beliefs, food choices and lifestyle, confirm the “study involved” is reliable. Using websites like Pubmed or Examine is a good way to start.

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Begin by taking your health into your own hands instead of mindlessly following outrageous claims. Just because a claim makes you feel better about your choices, clearly we should smoke a pack a day instead of eat more than three eggs each week (insert sarcastic eye roll), doesn’t mean it’s true.

Use your mind. ๐Ÿ™‚