Who Is Up For Some Science?

I thought about just sweeping the last decade under the rug. Pretending that for the better part of my twenties I wasn't living like a self-righteous, holier-than-thou, diet-dogmatic asshole. That I wasn't the quintessential vegan yogi inundating your Facebook feed with PETA propaganda. Or that after I got over that faze I swiftly moved on to a series of identities drenched by gluten-free, paleo, and superfood nonsense. I really bought into it all and I thought I had it all figured out. That I was a special little snowflake awakened to all the answers that the alternative world had and that modern medicine ignored. Suffice to say, if you read my last post, you know that I had knocked myself off of my own high horse and decided to use my experience as a lesson instead of an archetype of an early-adulthood embarrassment. 

What makes this shift in ideals different than all the silly things I've said in the past? SCIENCE. Not energy fields, not angry livers, not crystal earth ions and definitely not by tapping into a secret magnetic vortex that naturally eliminates toxins through magically raw ancestral angel juice. 

After years of mindless self-righteousness and a lack of understanding of my own lack of understanding, I have reminded myself to "not be above it". To not be above foods I would have silently judged people for eating. To not be above real medicine when I would have blindly believed that natural and alternative always meant better. To not be above just living a normal life. A life that of course involves eating healthy foods, regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and not smoking cigarettes. But one that doesn't involve spending a ridiculous amount of money on over-hyped supplements and fad foods (the plural of anecdote is not data –remember that).  

May Pachamamma, the earth goddess, smite me with her #blessings, if I am wrong, but don't take my word for it.  Just like in my last article, I am reminding you that I am not an authority on the subject of health and wellness. I am a former holistic nutritionist who has come to terms with her own ignorance and has happily conceded to real knowledge. 

Enjoy!

 

Links:

 

How to Counter the Circus of Pseudoscience:

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/doctors-naturopaths-health-science.html?referer=https://www.google.ca/

 Do earth ions protect you from tetenus? Asking for a friend. 

Do earth ions protect you from tetenus? Asking for a friend. 

 Illustration by The Ringer, "The Most Honest Man in Medicine"

Illustration by The Ringer, "The Most Honest Man in Medicine"

 From The Outline, "David Avocado Wolfe Is The Biggest Asshole In The Multiverse"

From The Outline, "David Avocado Wolfe Is The Biggest Asshole In The Multiverse"

 

Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based:

https://www.thecut.com/article/a-science-based-whole-foods-would-look-a-lot-different.html

 

Answering Our Critics – Again!:

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/answering-our-critics-again/

 

If You Think Doctors Don’t Do Prevention, Think Again:

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/if-you-think-doctors-dont-do-prevention-think-again/

 

All About Grounding:

https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4611

 

“Paleofantasy”: Stone Age delusions:

https://www.salon.com/2013/03/10/paleofantasy_stone_age_delusions/

 

Books: 

 

If there is one takeaway from this post that I bestow upon you, it is this book right here:

Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2348645.Trick_or_Treatment

 

Currently reading and thoroughly enjoying:

The Gluten Lie: and other myths about what you eat

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781941393062?aff=levinoaj

 

A new release by Edzard Ernst:

More harm than good? The moral of contemporary and alternative medicine

https://www.amazon.ca/More-Harm-than-Good-Complementary/dp/3319699407

A comprehensive review of the book here: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-ethics-of-cam-more-harm-than-good/

 

Video:

 

From Zero to hero: Ditching naturopathy for science

Interview with Britt hermes by ZDoggMd

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