How Objective Is Nutritional Science?

how objective is nutritional science

Lately I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts about biases within human nature. Podcasts like You Are Not So Smart and Hidden Brain that expose flaws in our ability to be objective as human beings. And it got me thinking about science, particularly nutritional science. Science is held up as this gold standard of objectivity and people consider the “scientific method” to be empirical and measurable. But how true is this in reality? You read people like Michael Gerber and Dean Ornish, who claim to be objective and just follow the science. And based on this science, they promote a … [Read more...]

Being Evidence-Based

Being Evidence-Based

The field of health and nutrition is filled with buzzwords. Some of them, like diets, come and go; while others are more eternal. One buzzword I’ve seen a lot of over the last couple of years is “evidence-based” or “science-based”. It’s something that many practitioners claim to be. The basic idea this term is meant to convey is that this practitioner does their research and looks into the science before making any claims. Or that when making a statement, they can back it up with some study or collection of studies. It’s meant to distance themselves from the “wellness” crowd, who make … [Read more...]

Body Wisdom

body wisdom

A common story that I hear when speaking to clients is how their body is “broken”. That they are angry with their body or feel let down by it. Or online, I see more people talking about “bio-hacking”. Finding ways that they can tweak or manipulate their body to increase “muscle gains” or speed up “fat loss”. The problem with these various narratives is the lack of credit given to the body for what it does. The constant focus on “fixing” or “hacking” is an analogous to a magician’s power misdirection; you focus on what you think is important, but miss the actual explanation for what’s going … [Read more...]

Our Health Biases

Our Health Biases

So last week I shared an article on my Facebook page that caused a bit of a stir. The article was about a 55 year old science teacher who ate nothing but McDonald’s for 180 days. That’s 540 straight meals at McDonald’s. Alongside this he started to walk for 45 minutes 4-5 days a week for the first three months and for the second three months he added in some more intense exercise. During the six months he lost over 60 pounds, and in the first three months his cholesterol dropped from 249 to 170, his triglycerides dropped from 156 to 80 and his LDL went from 170 to 113. While these … [Read more...]