Where is it?
Apparently it doesn’t matter any more. It’s the “ends justify the means” thinking.
Have you noticed how politicians have gone from just smarmy and unseemly to professional, in your face, I can do whatever the fuck I want, liars?
“No, I don’t have any knowledge of that.” Even though video exists showing the contrary.
Lying seems to be the new normal.
How then do you make good decisions? Who can you trust?
Do you stash a little chocolate away for “healthy snacking?”
It’s a great story and very illuminating.
Here’s the gist of it.
A German journalist conspired to create a fake study to see if he could pull the wool over the eyes of the health community (professionals and consumers).
He recruited a doctor and statistician and actually ran a study. Does chocolate help weight loss?
But they manipulated the data to provide the result they wanted (yes it does).
Basically if you measure a lot of stuff in a small sample size study, you can’t really determine anything. It’s called confounding.
There is so much confusion in the data that nothing can really be asserted.
But, you just cherry pick what you want and claim the study concluded it.
I think this happens all the time.
Chocolate is a health food and helps you lose weight.
And, to add insult to injury, they didn’t just stop with making the claim. They got it published in various medical journals.
Nobody raised an eyebrow. It sailed right through.
And you and I were happy as clams because we like studies like this.
Eat chocolate and lose weight. I’m in!
A total scam that shows how flimsy the system really is.
Everybody has a study to support their product.
Here’s a study that “shows” a glass of wine is equivalent to working out for an hour.
The claim is the resveratrol in the wine has fat burning benefits similar to that of raising your metabolism through exercise.
So if you you hate training, just drink some wine instead. You know some folks will do this.
How about a funny named gourd and it’s seemingly magical properties?
Ampalaya cures just about anything
This is like the southern carpetbagger selling snake oil in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”
Carpetbagger: “It’ll do just about anything.”
Josey spits tobacco juice on his coat and asks: “How’s it with stains?”
There will always be someone hawking a new berry from South America.
I like whiskey but as a health food?
Apparently it helps with:
Everybody has the great uncle who lived to be 104 and credits 8 oz of whiskey every morning and a pack of Camels for his long life.
A whole lot of BS is flowing around. Better get your hip waders out.
Studies don’t mean squat. You can manipulate a study to produce any result you want.
What do you do?
Common sense will go a long way towards keeping you on the straight and narrow.
Exercise is a safe bet.
Is some new-fangled workout better than lifting weights or bodyweight training? Probably not but at least it is still some sort of movement.
Eat real food.
An ancient herb from the Nile river valley ain’t gonna do it.
Alcohol is for pleasure, not fitness. Go ahead and drink some.
Chocolate too. It’s fine. Don’t live on it.
Try something based on real science and that also sounds logical.
Hmmm. Do you think if I repeatedly pick up heavy things and eat a lot of protein, I’ll get strong?
It could work.
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Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 63 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they can be great role models and they live rewarding lives using his signature Spartan Method system.
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