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Coffee will Kill You, Until it Won’t,
and Other Fake Health News

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Posted By: Magnante, 6/18/2019 9:24:47 AM

Every week there is another health pronouncement saying what is now good for you and what is going to kill you. Unfortunately, the “what” is often interchangeable -- what was supposed to kill you last week is now suddenly good for you or vice versa. Foods, supplements, and activities, all studied extensively and determined to be either good or bad, then subject to a new study, with the opposite conclusion. How can this be? Is the science that fickle? Or is this lousy research? Some studies note an association which they spin as causation, like determining that older ladies who play bingo often have blue hair,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts 6/18/2019 10:01:48 AM (No. 100615)
The simple truth is that every person who eats or drinks anything will surely die...eventually.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley 6/18/2019 10:04:01 AM (No. 100621)
I stopped paying attention to internet medical advice a long time ago. I got all worried about the hazards of fake sugar from all the dire internet warnings so switched to regular sodey pop. A year later our company doc nailed me with an a1C of 11, and I'm forever labelled a type 2 diabetic and almost lost my job. Switched back to diet pop and everything is fine. Then there is smoking. Maybe it is bad, maybe it isn't. But we all grew up with 2nd hand smoke and we are living longer and better than ever. The third hand smoke screaming mimis are a joke. It doesn't even sort of pass the smell test. Remember Radon gas? It caused over half the lung cancer in America, until the anti-smoking people made the Radon people shut up. How about Alzheimer's? It was caused by aluminum pots and pans, until it wasn't. The reduced stress from ignoring such stupid studies has done more for my health than all the gloom and doom warnings a bunch of college kids might come up with. Do what you want, enjoy life, and pay no attention to these idiots. As soon as "study" is used as a noun instead of a verb, run.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 6/18/2019 10:14:11 AM (No. 100640)
Correlation is NOT causation. Like his example, old ladies who play bingo have a high probability of having blue hair. But there is no causal link just a correlation that has ZERO probative value. And, in the end, we are all dead. But there are differences in health during the journey. Good luck and see if you can sort out what is good for you. But remember that most of these studies are badly done, incomplete and may or may not be done with a goal of supporting or suppressing some particular commercial item.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger 6/18/2019 10:40:27 AM (No. 100667)
“Studies” are paid for by somebody with an agenda. Science is no more pure than the news which is in the business of selling advertising not news. Funding comes from somewhere such as businesses who seek a means to drive demand for their product or service and sometimes government can take funds from the people to fund the study to convince the people they have a need to shell out more to the business. Do you really think 70% of us need to be on prescription drugs? How many “scientists” are in the chain of events leading up to popping that pill? We also learned margarine is worse for us than butter, animal fat in fact is nowhere near the death sentence it was once portrayed to be.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/18/2019 10:48:13 AM (No. 100673)
Let's not forget how the definitions of high blood pressure and cholesterol keeps dropping so more people have to take medication. Ditto for the definition of obesity.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ginadee 6/18/2019 10:49:37 AM (No. 100676)
....and then there is The Egg. I'v had doctors tell me for decades that eggs weren't good for my high cholesterol. I cut way back and dearly missed the little ovals. My newest doctor, (been seeing her for about 12 years) told me to go ahead and eat them because there s more good things in eggs than bad.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: HotRod 6/18/2019 10:55:00 AM (No. 100683)
''If you live long enough, something will kill you!'' Coffee is full of antioxidants. Caffeine is a question...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Shells 6/18/2019 11:19:38 AM (No. 100712)
It seems to me it would be more productive to address the fear of death than endlessly research the causes of it.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna 6/18/2019 11:39:19 AM (No. 100736)
As sure as the "Law" is an ass....."Science" has become a whore. AGW is the bearded bum carrying the "Repent....the end is near" sign downtown. So.......get rural, buy an old tractor, hunt and fish, drill a well and......don't worry.....be happy !
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Reply 10 - Posted by: SabraJet 6/18/2019 12:23:27 PM (No. 100775)
The real secret is to follow the money. And if you have the time and patience, check on who is paying for the studies they publish. No surprise that Big Food and Big Pharm pay for most of them. Like the American Nutrition Ass. Annual meeting has it's lunch catered by McDonald's and Coke Cola. Although after this appeared in several books they may have rushed to change this. But what do you expect when most hospital's have a McDonald or Burger King operating in their cafeteria.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chuzzles 6/18/2019 12:51:56 PM (No. 100785)
I try to follow the commonsense advice of the late Julia Child. Everything is okay, but in moderation. I remember when Oat Bran was the big thing, until about a decade later when the statement of 'Oopsie!' was issued that it really didn't do much for cleaning your arteries. Then there was that bunch who tried to attack things like fettuccine Alfredo, calling it a heart attack on a plate. Well yeah, if you eat gobs of it daily for months, then sure. Most people practice moderation, and the Left needs to stop their hysterics about our daily diets. Just because they are miserable, doesn't mean the rest of us want to be. As to second hand smoke, I still firmly believe that it can indeed cause the deaths of people who do not smoke. It certainly has been linked to problems for small children regarding their ears and the onset of asthma problems. Just because there are still companies making money off tobacco and studies does not mean that the anecdotal evidence is wrong. I am allergic to second hand smoke, and to say it is all in my head is insulting. One big change I have made is getting rid of the fructose sweeteners in my diet. I have gone down almost two sizes after doing that the past year. I feel much better too. I even managed to find bread that has no fructose in it and can enjoy sandwiches and toast again.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: msts 6/18/2019 1:14:24 PM (No. 100800)
My aunt, 87, said this when I told her I just had my cholesterol checked, "Why?" I said to see how healthy I was . She asked my end game and I said maybe live ten years longer. Her response was, "You dont get 25-35 back. You get 85-95 and thats just ten years in depends. Live your life"
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LoneVoice 6/18/2019 8:02:54 PM (No. 101058)
#12 I've worked in nursing homes for 26 years. I know for an absolute certainty that we are all going to die. What amazes me is how many people refuse to live while they're on this side of the grave. Your aunt is right. Live your life!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/19/2019 2:16:58 AM (No. 101177)
Getting older every day. If I am going tomorrow, I will have coffee over my ice cream today. I told my PCP I am a walking dollar sign on Medicare. He just didn't see the humor.
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