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    7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016

    7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016


    Did you buy into any of these myths? I have to admit, I did buy into #1.* Time to throw them out for the new year. From now on, I'm watching calories as well as exercise.*
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    I think the article is wrong with regard to #1.

    "Exercise will help you lose weight"

    The article says this isn't true; and I'm saying that it's absolutely true. The article states that "exercise isn’t the most effective way to slim down." But that's not the claim. The claim is that exercise helps - and I maintain that it's true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I think the article is wrong with regard to #1.

    "Exercise will help you lose weight"

    The article says this isn't true; and I'm saying that it's absolutely true. The article states that "exercise isn’t the most effective way to slim down." But that's not the claim. The claim is that exercise helps - and I maintain that it's true.
    Well, that is what the article says, it helps but caloric intake is the real factor. I'd always believed I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I burned it off, but recent scale history is proving that wrong. I'd like to believe I can eat whatever, but what one would like to believe doesn't seem to matter to science.
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    Number three would be a real pet peeve of mine.



    For one, the drugs don't help: Antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Colds and the flu are caused by viruses. So taking antibiotics for these illnesses is an entirely futile and wasteful exercise. But even more importantly, the more we take antibiotics particularly when they're not necessary the more we increase the chances of helping develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These "superbugs," as they're known, have become a huge public health threat around the world, killing thousands of people every year and, researchers expect, many millions more in the coming decades.

    That's not to mention the damage antibiotics do to the gut microbiome, wiping out good bacteria in the body that keep us healthy.

    Yet despite all the warnings, the message doesn't seem to be getting through. In a study published in JAMA this year, researchers estimated the extent of antibiotic overprescription in the US: They found 30 percent of antibiotics doled out in emergency rooms and doctors' offices are unnecessary. That amounts to 47 million prescriptions every year! The majority of unnecessary prescriptions were for respiratory illnesses caused by viruses colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections which don't even respond to antibiotics.

    For the love of God, people, stop taking antibiotics for flus and colds. It isn't helpful in any way. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not the viruses that cause these illnesses. And the abuse of these drugs contributes to a huge public health problem. So just stop.
    Maybe we should start going after doctors who prescribe them to people for no good reason the same way we go after them when they prescribe opioids for imaginary pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Number three would be a real pet peeve of mine.



    Maybe we should start going after doctors who prescribe them to people for no good reason the same way we go after them when they prescribe opioids for imaginary pain.
    And that is also one of the reasons so many bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics. The more the bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the higher the odds of a strain evolving that will be resistant.

    My next soapbox. People who don't finish a course of antibiotics should be hanged as mass murderers.

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    And kudos to the author for the one on GMOs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    And that is also one of the reasons so many bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics. The more the bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the higher the odds of a strain evolving that will be resistant.

    My next soapbox. People who don't finish a course of antibiotics should be hanged as mass murderers.
    Or at the very least slapped upside the head and asked, "What were you thinking??!!"
    Same for livestock producers who use antibiotics to enhance growth.
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    Interesting list...

    Something of a mishmash of mostly fact with some fiction, but not enough to really complain.

    Except for the AGW one; where the increasing temperatures are actually within the margin of error of the measurements, and does not match the hypothesis given that co2 has been increasing at an increasing rate while the warming has slowed to virtually a halt.

    Also, the gmo one... With the dichotomy of results of studies funded (directly or indirectly) from the seed engineers vs the studies that are funded independently, the claims of the article are closer to wishful thinking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Interesting list...

    Something of a mishmash of mostly fact with some fiction, but not enough to really complain.

    Except for the AGW one; where the increasing temperatures are actually within the margin of error of the measurements, and does not match the hypothesis given that co2 has been increasing at an increasing rate while the warming has slowed to virtually a halt.

    Also, the gmo one... With the dichotomy of results of studies funded (directly or indirectly) from the seed engineers vs the studies that are funded independently, the claims of the article are closer to wishful thinking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Interesting list...

    Something of a mishmash of mostly fact with some fiction, but not enough to really complain.

    Except for the AGW one; where the increasing temperatures are actually within the margin of error of the measurements, and does not match the hypothesis given that co2 has been increasing at an increasing rate while the warming has slowed to virtually a halt.

    Also, the gmo one... With the dichotomy of results of studies funded (directly or indirectly) from the seed engineers vs the studies that are funded independently, the claims of the article are closer to wishful thinking.


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    Mrs. RNG was a clinical dietitian and remains active and interested. Do you have any links to real studies that show GMOs to be harmful?

    I won't bother asking for denier links.
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