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Is The Field of Nutrition Full of Bad Science?

Is the field of nutrition full of bad science?

One scientist certainly thinks so. The Atlantic has published an article titled, Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science. It's about a doctor and researcher who has dedicated his life to exposing bad science.

"He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies-conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain-is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed."

Wow. As much as ninety percent.

"The article spelled out his belief that researchers were frequently manipulating data analyses, chasing career-advancing findings rather than good science, and even using the peer-review process - in which journals ask researchers to help decide which studies to publish - to suppress opposing views."

It's important to know the difference between good science and bad science, as well as the difference between observational studies and clinical studies.

You never know who is truly seeking the truth and who has an agenda. One more reason to think for yourself and take charge of your own health.