Jan 23, 2008
In my research I've come across a lot of shocking information.
Here's a perfect example. Did you know that 98% of people who l0se
weight gain it back? And even worse... 90% gain back more?
This is from a study done by the National Institute of Health... so
we're not talking a mom-and-pop, do-it-yourself survey.
Those sort of numbers mean that we're really doing something wrong
when it comes to weight l0ss and I'm positive that it has to do
with the health information and science we're being fed.
It has to do with experts.
It has to do with books.
It has to do with research.
Here's an example I like to use to demonstrate how much of a
challenge this really is.
If there was a heart medication put on the market that was supposed
to prevent heart attacks and once it was put out to the public they
found that 98% of the people who took the medication actually had
heart attacks, there would be a huge uproar.
Companies would be sued. Class actions filed.
What's happening in the weight l0ss industry does not mirror this
scenario. Even though 98% of people who lose the weight are
gaining it back and dealing with all the health complications
associated with the extra pounds, there's no such uproar and very
few actions taken to punish the people who are promoting the
so here's what We really need to do. We have to look at where the
studies are coming from then take action.
And luckly the JAMA has done that for us...
In 2005, the Journal of the American Medical Association came out
with a study that said 33% of all studies are swayed towards the
group that funded them.
Oops. That's a big, big problem.
So if someone funds a study, one third of the time it's going to be
swayed towards them, regardless of what the results are.
We're in a situation where 33% of the information that we're
getting possibly could be based on false scientific assumptions.
If you look at the larger picture, that could mean every study put
out could be tainted by a false assumption or swayed outcome.
If you build a house on a foundation that's crumbling in one
corner, the house isn't going to stand straight.
So does that mean that green tea is a good source of antioxidants?
Does it mean that Vitamin D can help reverse cancer?
Does it mean that beta-carotine is good for eyesight?
We don't know for sure...
But the good news is that there are some studies that spit out the
same results over and over and over again and those are the ones
that we should be paying attention to and grounding our health
Search for those and you'll get some answers.
The other way it to take an intuitive approach to your health and
be an evangelist. Know what you're putting into your system,
question, educate yourself and take action.
Here's where you can start if you're as fired up as I am...
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