Junkfood Science: Note to My Readers

July 18, 2016

Note to My Readers

Dear Readers,

Thank you, again, for your continued support. I continue to passionately believe that everyone deserves sound information about their bodies and health, their food, and the world we live in. I also believe that public policies and clinical guidelines should be based on the soundest science and reasoned risk-benefit analysis, and to have been proven to actually help and not harm people. Sadly, that's largely not the case today. Most pop science - what is believed to be science in media and politics, being taught in schools and universities today, and popularly believed – is often the furthest thing from the reasoned, careful scientific process that has guided progress and advancement over the past century…and is not real science at all. The new "science" being taught today is very troubling. And, instead of science and advancements being viewed positively as bringing great benefits to people and our world, it is being used for politics and marketing. Rather than celebrate the positive things that can come from good science, we are surrounded by fears, with dark and ominous views of the state of our health and the world. Fear sells, products and policies, but is almost never credible.

It has becoming increasingly difficult, and nearly impossible, for people (consumers and professionals alike) to find credible and factual information. Internet searches and search engines now pull up predominately marketing, political and agenda-driven content that has been screened and sanitized to reflect what some want you to think and believe. Credible science, original sources and objective critical analyses rarely appear. Media, in general, has become an expanse of junk science, uncredible sources, disinformation and doublespeak, politics and marketing. Even formerly credible sources, organizations and publications have to be read with a critical eye. All of us are now on our own to question everything, seek out original sources and do our own fact-checking, research and critical thinking. You'll be surprised at how much of what "everyone knows" is not true.

As a medical professional, it is extremely troubling to see history repeating itself with the rise of healthism and anti-science, and how medical ethics has been redefined to no longer protect individuals, but to increase the power and control of government over lives. Most troubling, is that it has never been more imperative for consumers to not only do their own research, but to seek second opinions and fight for the medical care they need and deserve.

My personal commitment is unchanged. I have updated the links on the right side of this blog to provide you with alternative information sources and tools to help you critically examine the studies and news reports we encounter everyday. You can take these techniques to step and repeat in making your own analysis, as similar issues and claims surface each day. On the far lower right hand column, you'll also find a search engine to search on topics of interest from past posts. I'm leaving this site up in hopes that the information will continue to be of help to you and your loved ones.

Warmly,

Sandy
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