Science Can Be Good AND Bad For Your Health

snake oil salesman con artistNo apologies if this article is confronting.

It is not however ‘medical advice’. For that, see your relevant medical professional.

I love science for lots of reasons. I enjoyed it at school and despite being top of my year in the final exams, I never went into science as a career. The logical mindset however has proven extremely useful, even if at times unsettling, inconvenient and painful.

GPs (General Practitioner Physicians/Doctors) are generalists – multi-taskers – I’ve met some fantastic ones and some really rotten ones. Quite recently I had to fix a serious medical issue myself despite seeing a GP with over 40 years experience who had referred me to see a specialist with a year-long waiting list. That story is for another blog post, but I will say here that science saved me.

What I want to highlight today is that there is good medical science and bad health science. People like me, and perhaps you, with no medical training (except in my case some civilian and military first aid) can easily get the wrong idea on trying to work out how best to deal with health issues when confronted with life, incompetent GPs, specialists or other medical practitioners. It gets worse. Not all the science is good. Some questionable science is sensationalised and propagated by popular journalists/online news sites who haven’t checked the facts properly.

Let me hand you over to one of my favorite publications…The Economist; who write:

“For my next trick… Too many medical trials move their goalposts halfway through. A new initiative aims to change that”

I quote: “But it can also let unscrupulous researchers go on “fishing expeditions” to prove whatever they want. Collect enough data, and correlations that look statistically significant will appear by chance.”

Be careful out there.

Snake oil salesmen did not die out in the first half of the 20th century. Some of them are lurking in the ‘learned halls’ of science…today. Your health, and that of those you love, could be at risk.

And get a subscription to The Economist while you are at it; join many smart minds, business leaders, deep thinkers. Improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your reading.

More:

Australian neuroscientist nearly went to jail for making up data

Academics fear new Australian Defence powers will curtail academic freedom and research While I can understand some aspects of the motivation, it concerns me that health research could be affected – health matters can often fall under the remit of military and/or intelligence.

In death, there is life. Big-name scientists may end up stifling progress in their fields | The Economist

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