You know, this little segment technically started as a way for me to pull together my favorite things from the week all in one place, but not-so-secretly I’m a major grouch with bad science. Look, it’s not my fault, I’ve just been in this biz for 5 years and don’t take too kindly to people abusing and misusing it.
Ever felt overwhelmed in one of those inevitable Facebook arguments with your* Aunt Barb** when she pulls out a link to scientific-seeming articles showing you why there totally are chemtrails from planes that are killing us all? I kid you not I had to look up what that was a few months back.
Yeah, bad science has existed for as long as people have had hypotheses about the way literally anything works as far as I can tell. We thought that teething was a leading cause of death for babies for a long time, people. Oh, and we treated them with, essentially, heroine.
With that in mind, I figured I’d pull together a list of some of my favorite health-related myths, from the bizarre to the truly awful. Some of these are pretty well-known, and others are a little less mainstream.
1. Back off my burgers, man.
I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed science articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally, though, I use my baller search term skills to answer some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart, namely: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, effects of diet on behavior and body weight, and a personal favorite of debunking false claims.
Here are my favorite peer-reviewed articles and reviews that I’ve enjoyed reading throughout the week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research! Remember though, I’m just a researcher poking about the annals of scientific history, not a medical professional. 😉