This started as me covering some nutrition basics and ended as a rant about mistakes made by the average American, and the health risks posed if one falls into the common pitfalls. America has had either the first or second highest rate of obesity for over 50 years, as well as a slew of health conditions related to metabolic dysfunction. What are we doing that is so different and how can we be saved?
Exploring the Epidemic: Heart Disease
I'm not a registered dietitian or an expert on nutritional biochemistry. I'm not a researcher looking under the microscope, no I'm just a personal trainer. I am, however, a reasonably intelligent fella, and I'm very obsessive compulsive. I think these two articles will demonstrate that fully. See I am the kind of person who is very methodical (obsessive) when it comes to making a decision. I do not come to a viewpoint hastily and am very self critical so if I make a decision on a subject I want to be 100% confident in it and my justifications.
Accepting a viewpoint with no skepticism or confirmation is basically allowing other people to think for you. I think if you are going to take a side on any issue that is of divided opinions, you must be able to eliminate self bias. For example, when looking at different studies published concerning a topic it's important to not only review favorable studies. Not only this but its also important to not be influenced by other aspects as well such as subject populations, public opinion, or the date of the studies. The most recent or accepted study is not always indicative of the best to base opinions on. The best studies to base opinions are, well, the best studies. The ones with the largest sample size and best control group. The ones that cover the longest amount of time and have been replicated the most. These are the ones with the most justifiable conclusions. Examine the data for yourself. And then I believe you should look at studies that show the other viewpoint and critiques of both. Find critiques of the critiques if you can! Its only after this process and going so far into the rabbit hole for a couple months on this that I feel confident enough in my own viewpoint to present it to you. May it be the catalyst for you to go down that same rabbit hole and investigate your health for yourself.
Part 1- Breaking Down the Diet-Heart and Lipid Hypothesis: What are the mechanisms of coronary heart disease?
Part 2- Statin Therapy: Lifesavers or Biggest Pharmaceutical Fraud Ever?
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