Smelling farts help prevent cancer.
That’s what a scientific study concluded once.
Another one said that eating egg yolks is as bad as smoking cigarettes.
Oh, and one said drinking wine is equivalent to an hour spent in the gym (not that there’s anything wrong with wine, but drinking a glass certainly doesn’t replace exercise).
I don’t watch the news for many reasons…
…but it’s the BS headlines like those “studies” we see on our Facebook feeds and TV that really hurt my eyes.
And most of the time, they contradict each other (so does coffee cause or prevent cancer?).
It’s the reason why some people never know what to do when it comes to their nutrition and/or exercise. There always seems to be something new, especially the nonsense studies that pop up left and right.
Now, I’m not here to rant about all of this. I’ll save that for another time.
Instead, I’ll let John Oliver — comedian and host of “Last week Tonight with John Oliver” — do all the talking.
Here’s his clip on scientific studies (basically calling out and ripping apart the latest “science” you might have heard about) that I came across recently.
Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet:
I’m not usually one to share stuff like this.
But it’s pretty funny.
And John Oliver (or I should say his producers) speaks the truth about the crap we hear from the media on a daily basis.
So if you’ve got some time to kill, watch it. The whole thing.
You’ll thank me later.
Don’t want to watch the 20 minute video?
Here’s what you need to know:
- A lot of studies are done on rats, which aren’t always applicable to humans.
- Scientists are under constant pressure to publish research papers so they can get funding and academic tenure.
- Studies are seldom double-checked by other scientists. Why? Because there is no reward or recognition for being the second person to discover something.
- Scientific press releases dumb-down or misrepresent the studies’ informational content. The effect: the unconfirmed facts take a life of their own by the time they get to the media. It’s like a game of telephone.
- The news thrives on out-of-context and unconfirmed scientific “breakthroughs”. TV producers know that you’ll share the news to your friends.
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