Scientists discover that people die!!!

November 1, 2007

Scientists claim that exercising 30 minutes a day, not eating red meat, bacon, ham, sugary drinks or alcohol, the risk of cancer can be reduced by a third.

Of course, you’ll probably spend your extended lifetime wishing you were dead.

So how come in Mediterranean countries where they do plenty of the above, sit around half the day to pour expressos down their throats and smoke pure tar cigarettes, everyone lives to be 147?

I think it’s because they eat well, enjoy life and do everything in moderation. They also work and commute less than people in the US and UK, where obesity is such a big deal. It seems we have less time to sleep others too, since there are only so many hours in the day.

Surely a healthy lifestyle must encompass all things.

So much research is based on the puritanical fad du jour. By coming out with claims about this or that, scientists justify or obtain funding to continue their existence. And you have no idea who is behind these people half the time. Claims and counter-claims are volleyed around the media leaving nobody any wiser. Or maybe, just maybe, these people aren’t real scientists at all.

I think what annoys me is that these “scientists” like to look at things in isolation, to remove the variables, and yet the truth is that life has an infinite number of variables. In making such bold claims, people roll their eyes and switch off. Surely the truth is inconvenient for a scientist’s research budget: we just have to use our heads and be sensible.

Helping people to understand what being sensible means would be worthwhile and helping people to live in a healthier way is another. Nobody should be forced to do anything, but being allowed to make informed, sensible choices would surely be a step in the right direction. So little of what is reported even comes close to achieving that.

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4 Responses to “Scientists discover that people die!!!”

  1. Andy Melton Says:

    Sensible! HA HA HA!

  2. Steve Says:

    You should completely cut Cheryl Mercowski out of your podcasting diet or you’re going to die!!!

    Actually I just decided to rename this post “Scientists discover that people die”.

  3. hans-o Says:

    “I think what annoys me is that these “scientists” like to look at things in isolation, to remove the variables, and yet the truth is that life has an infinite number of variables. In making such bold claims, people roll their eyes and switch off.”

    I think scientists are no more guilty than the media. or more specifically, the self-claimed health experts on the media. Scientists are trained to set up experiments with controlled (and rather limited) variable sets, and the methodology is not invalid in itself.

    What really annoys me is the media executives. By betting everything on short-term-profit, the media companies align themselves with whatever propaganda that sells more soap, or worse, blindly adopt what other media companies are doing.

    What bums me most is that a majority of these executives are trained at MBA programs in reputable universities. I don’t know what they learn in those classrooms and/or from group projects, but somehow I suspect short-term profit may be the dominating theme.

    Or, is it simply an inherent limitation on human nature?

  4. Vincent Tan Says:

    Totally agree with you 🙂


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