Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I just tend not to believe anything that medical researchers come out with nowadays

Gino did a post recently that made mention of medical related research that elicited about 18 comments. I didn't really add any argument to the discussion, but just stated an opinion, as follows:

My uninformed estimate would be that 90% of the researchers out there are bozos who just want to get a paper published and then grant money so they don't have to actually work for a living. Most of today's research goes like this: eating or doing _______, will prevent __________; but, it will damage __________, which will harm or kill you just as if you didn't take care of blank 1. And the circular research of what is or isn't good for you goes on and on.

One of Gino's regulars posted this comment immediately after mine:

Wow. Hard not to take THAT personally.

So I'll just say this: you're wrong.

Which brings me to this article I saw today in Newsmax. I generally don't go a week, if not a day or two, without seeing a medical article such as this.

Drink Red Wine to Stay Slim

Women who drink a couple of glasses of red wine, beer, or spirits a day are better at keeping the pounds off than women who do not drink at all, according to a study published Monday.

BUT:

The authors cautioned, however, against making recommendations on alcohol use as a tool against obesity, given the potential medical and psycho-social problems associated with drinking.

They need to continue the research in order to make further vague recommendations. I think another million or two in grant money should suffice for a while longer.

5 comments:

  1. Take amputation, for example. In some situations it can be a vital necessity for your health. Say, if you had a maggot-infested buttock. But in other situations it would be less than ideal to lose that same buttock.

    So, the question is, should I apply for grant money?

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  2. thats what i call a half assed response.


    (gotta see where brian is coming from: he's a medical research scientist, something to do with brains and neurons or something like that. its what he does.)

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  3. Oh I know there are a lot of dedicated researchers out there. That's why I didn't say 100%. Guys like him probably just don't make the news. These are exactly the kind of stories I see all the time though. Something might reduce the risk of heart disease; but, it could cause liver cancer. What are you suppose to take out of that kind of research.

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  4. Ha ha - funny dialogue. W.B. too funny!

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  5. If someone did have to have a buttock amputated and needed atransplant, I might consider being a donor.

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