This is my review of an article titled “Pushups And Heart Attacks: The Usual Harvard Nonsense” by Tom Naughton of fathead-movie.com.
This article of course once again raises the specter of the seemingly ubiquitous “observational” study which is done in the name of science these days, and which are more often than not flawed by the “correlation versus causation” problem. Because of the nature of the study design, it is almost impossible to prove causation and therefore we are left with possible correlation and potential statistical significance to infer causation.
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Some of my favorite sources whose work I respect very much (such as Chris Kresser, Denise Minger, and Dr. Peter Attia) uncover this issue all the time when they review these observational studies and the reality is often 180 degrees different from the claimed headline finding.
It would be refreshing to see the same educated and healthy skepticism in the mainstream media science reporters who cover these studies for mass consumption, as it would appear misunderstanding of the true science among the general public almost becomes the norm these days rather than the rare exception it should be.
Fortunately we have the open forum which is the internet, and the ability to always hear the other side if we are inclined to do the research. I encourage you to not take anything you hear in mainstream media at face value and spend the time to do your own research to make your own educated opinions as to the truth in any of these headlines which we hear constantly.
After all, it is our bodies and our health and we should take responsibility to make our own decisions about what is really good or bad for us. Part of my mission with this website is to raise the issues and provide you with the resources to help you make these calls for yourself.
As always, thank you for being a member of my community. I can’t tell you how much your readership and interest means to me.
Committed to your health,
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