It’s Fall, y’all! If you’re anything like me, that means it’s time for pumpkin patch visits, getting lost in corn mazes, and baking up a storm in your kitchen. For those trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle though, it can be difficult to keep a balanced diet. And with holiday season right around the corner it’s easy to fall off the good intentions bandwagon. Continue reading
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 articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally though, I put those same skills to use answering some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, and effects of diet on behavior and body weight.
Here are the top 5 articles and reviews I’ve enjoyed reading this week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research!