Most of us still trust scientists.
We also think of science itself (particularly "results" like studies) as unquestionable.
Phrases like "studies show..." or "a new study has found..." allow us to gratefully absorb the new information as rock-solid, bankable truth. Why should we question it? Teams of white-coated, steely-eyed, impartial geniuses have weighed all factors and drawn inescapable conclusions.
If they've figured something out, it must be true.
Not always. While science has improved lives and built civilization to dizzying levels, many scientists themselves are increasingly bottom-line driven. Outside observers, and many scientists themselves, have written extensively on the twin perils of unreliable or slapdash methods, and the outright sale of results to high bidders.
Biomedical and nutritional researchers, whom we trust to guide our daily food choices, appear particularly susceptible to the cash-focused agendas of their corporate sponsors.
Food and drug corporations routinely "buy science" to drive sales. Studies that skew results (as dictated by the funder) are often just a grant or year's salary away. The result? Billions of dollars are made every year from products that the public considers scientifically validated--often despite serious conflicts with other research, or glaring deficiencies of method.
One major consequence: the presumably "science based" conventional Western diet ...really may not be just that, or anything close to that.
If it were truly built on objective fact, wouldn't the general public would be healthy?
Instead, chronic disease ravages Western populations, especially the aged--with no end it sight. Obesity, precursor to dozens of serious health issues, is now so prevalent (and apparently irresistible) that college classes are offered to encourage acceptance of overweight status.
Is there a solution?
Please read my most recent post at The Paleo Diet website for a tour of this morass, and easily accessible alternatives to pro-bodyfat, pro-sickness Western dietary norms:
And don't forget....
DAVID WHITESIDE IS NOT A DOCTOR and does not give medical advice or treatment. He offers information and personal experience only. Nothing you read on this website or blog should be construed as medical advice or as intended to supersede information you get from your medical professional. Following the advice given here or on any recommended resource site does not create a doctor-patient relationship or create liability for David or anyone else. David is not liable for any loss or complication you experience from following any diet or taking any action. You should check with your properly accredited medical professional if you think you are injured or ill.