Monday, June 04, 2012

Medicine Reconsidered

Came across three articles today on the perils of conventional medical thinking which often is based on convention rather than solid evidence, and the few papers that exist often show only correlations not causations. Notably:
1) there's nothing wrong with salt, in fact the recommended levels of salt can be dangerously low (well Alton Brown convinced me of that)
2) we don't need annual physicals (I actually learned that in college when I got laughed at for inquiring about physicals at the health center)
3) the majority of medical studies are wrong (I've actually been following Ioannidas' work for a while now)
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