Who Can You Trust?
Just about every other week I receive word of some new “study” or some “latest research” that claims to extol the virtues of some substance in the treatment or prevention of some condition / illness.
The problem with these studies is that there always has to be someone willing to pay for them to be done.
Many years ago most research occurred within institutions that received their funding from neutral sources with the purpose of the study being to find out something.
These days most of these studies are funded by someone trying to promote their product in some way or to refute claims that their product is either ineffective or even downright dangerous.
Sadly for us this means that before you can even consider accepting the findings of any study done in the filed of medicine or health in general your first step has to be to find out who funded it.
You will invariably find that the study will only be made available unless it shows some product in a favorable light.
I can remember a few years ago trying to find studies that looked at the effects of sugar on children’s behaviour.
Clearly there was overwhelming anecdotal evidence from parents claiming that a big hit of sugar turned kids into emotional nutjobs in pretty short order.
What I found were a bunch of studies that conclusively showed that there was no connection between sugar and any over the top behaviour on the part of any children.
I found this to be very perplexing and dug a little deeper until I found and Australian study that looked at the existing research on sugar consumption.
This one came out of a university and was publicly funded. What they found was that every study ever done on the subject of the effects of sugar on children to that point had been wholly funded by the sugar industry and that the results had been heavily doctored to present sugar as being totally innocent.
The truth was that the high intake of sugar resulted in hyperactivity and that the subsequent unnatural elevation of insulin caused emotional extremes… in the extreme. So the moral is, find out who paid cos’ that’s where the truth will lie.
And it is worth noting that to this day the same industry studies are the only studies you will find if you do a search on kids and sugar!
Patch Adams Speaking at Bastyr University
OK, I have to admit right from the start that this is a pretty long video but then again it is well worth the experience.
I don’t really think there is anyone out there who has not heard of Patch Adams.
Of course the impression most of us has of this wonderful man would be from the movie where he was portrayed by Robin Williams.
Like most things “Hollywood” certain poetic licence was taken in that portrayal and in the telling of the story.
However unlike most things “Hollywood” Patch Adams stands far taller than anything you would have experienced on the big screen.
It’s not just the boundless compassion that emanates from the man but the sheer power of the logic he employs in his address to the audience.
The answer to every question you ever had about why medical science and doctors seems to be so far removed from humanity and a real understanding is in this presentation.
It is truly well worth the time.
BPA and You
BPA (bisphenol-A) is a man made estrogen which is used in the manufacture of a wide range of plastic products such as bottles, baby bottles, toys, medical devices and equipment and even CD’s.
It is also part of that ultra thin plastic-like lining of many metal cans used for processed foods especially those which are slightly acidic like tomatoes.
It has been found to adversely affect a wide range of people and may be responsible for a similarly wide range of ailments.
It’s main problem is that it has been identified as an endocrine disruptor meaning that it disturbs the normal operation of hormones in the body and not only can stay in the body but can be transferred through breast milk and the placenta.
3 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Diabetes
I can across this quick tips video this week and though it was a timely reminder amidst the seeming complications of staying healthy.
Although a great little guide to not only avoiding Diabetes it really is a call to action to let us know that eating and living healthy really is a simplicity, not a complexity.
Well this week seems to be the week where everyone decided to get things a little back on track as far as keeping things simple go.
It so very easy these days to descend into a morass of conflicting, confusing and complicated information regarding you health in general and leading a healthy lifestyle.
In fact as a keen follower of the subject I only just this week realized myself how complex a set of ideas and thoughts on many subjects I had managed to build up over time.
The bottom line when you really get down to it is that most of our problems are the result of adding things that we don’t really need and excluding things that we do need.
We don’t actually need added sugar or just about any food at all that has added sugar.
We don’t need processed food and the list goes on and on.
So in keeping with what seems to be this week’s theme is “keep it simple stupid,” let’s all just take a little time to remind ourselves that all of this is pretty simple stuff really!
The Trans Pacific Partnership
This week Wikileaks upped the ante on the TPP offering $100,000 to anyone providing the parts of the agreement that they don’t already have.
If you have no idea about what the TPP is or what the North American Trade Agreement is then really, you need to come out from under that rock and get up to pace.
Why are these agreements so bad?
Well you see that’s the problem, we don’t know!
These agreements are being formulated, discussed, negotiated, drafted and then will be ultimately signed in a process that completely excludes scrutiny by you or me.
The entire thing is occurring in complete secrecy with most leaders assuring the public that it’s all OK and when the agreements are signed, we can then find out what’s in them.
What could possibly go wrong?
I am a great believer in listening to my doctor’s advice, then taking a moment to think about it and asking myself the question, “Does that logically make sense?”
I don’t know the number of times I have spoken to people who have some kind of illness or malady totally explained in their minds because “a doctor told me.”
From that point forward they take the attitude that whatever the condition is they have to simply accept it, or, worse than have to engage in some expensive, time consuming “routine” in order to achieve no result whatsoever other than the fact that they feel they are “doing” something about it.
Honestly, going to the doctor does not mean switching your mind off and going into zombie mode. Think about it.
Speaking of half-assed studies and opinionated health advice from who know who here is a sensible article on protein finally.
Something that has a bit of evidence connected to it rather than long emotional tirades against meat and protein in general.