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Modern Medicine Needs Logic
Modern Medicine Needs Logic

Modern Medicine Needs Logic

Argument from authority and authoritarian methods are tried and failed — over and over again throughout history. As have Platonic methods.

What we need are inductive, integrative epistemological standards in science and medicine — which have been developed to some extent (we have a lot to learn) and are known, but just not widely known and practiced.

In Want a Healthier Heart? Eat a Steak (Houston Chronicle, Sep. 19, 2018 Updated: Jan. 13, 2019 8:15 p.m.), cardiologist Bret Scher says:

The medical community frowns upon the kinds of saturated fats found in meat, dairy and coconut oil. The American Heart Association recommends avoiding red meat — and if people insist on eating it, they should “select the leanest cuts available.” Federal nutritional guidelines suggest that less than 10 percent of one’s daily calories come from saturated fats, while the AHA recommends even less.

These recommendations have never been supported by rigorous research. The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease stems from decades-old observational studies. Researchers asked participants to complete lengthy questionnaires about their eating habits and then tracked their health over time.

Researchers noticed that people who ate lots of saturated fats were more likely to contract heart disease. They concluded that meat and dairy were the root of all our chronic diseases, especially heart disease. Yet subsequent researchers found that in many cases, scientists cherry-picked data to support that conclusion.

More importantly, these kinds of observational claims are weak science. In 2011, a comprehensive analysis of 52 separate claims made in observational studies concluded that none — that’s right, zero — could be confirmed in a clinical trial — a more rigorous type of science.

Observational studies can only show correlation, not prove causation.

From https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Want-a-healthier-heart-Eat-a-steak-Opinion-13239443.php

I don’t care what a doctor or nurse says — I care what a trained, informed person with a good epistemology says. (I don’t know about the guy who wrote the article in all his thinking, but he seems right on some points, anyway. I sure eat steak.)

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