A recent study has suggested that if you quote a recent study in your article then it immediately gives it more gravitas.
My problem with all of these studies is that somewhere somebody is highly invested in supporting an outcome that is quotable.
In the nineteenth century during the golden age of science and discovery wild haired men in dusty labs would spend their years poking and prodding, dissecting and distilling with all manner of interesting bottles and potions.They brought us huge advances in technology and understanding because they were sold on the love of science.
These men (and the occasional women) had independent wealth. They did their research for the sheer love of it, often not receiving any credit or increased monetary gains. That was not a driving factor for them.
Yesterday a story ran here about pharmaceutical companies charging our health services 12 000 times the price of manufacture for some drugs. Now my mistrust of the media is no secret but I do believe that there will be a certain truth in this. The power that these companies wield is legendary.
A healthy woman has deposited in her around two million eggs, this only decreases every month until by 30 years of age 90% of them are gone. Men on the other hand continue to manufacture sperm into old age. Of the 15-20 eggs that were released on the month that you were conceived only one was fertilised. The little swimmer that hit the target out paced 100 million other possible competitors.
And you were the prize!
Every day in every country of the world these are the odds going on, 100 million to the power of 20 possible outcomes produce a new human.
So when a ‘recent study’ suggests anything, it is never going to be anything more than a wild stab at the sponsors undeclared aim. Gone are the days of truly independent studies. So are these things unhelpful? By no means, I love increasing information and trying new developments in health. We have made huge strides in our understanding of the human body and to call it all bunkum is to be a fool.
The point is more general, one centenarian will attribute their longevity to red wine and a cigarette per day, another to asparagus, another to singleness and so on. There is no one answer singular to my personal well being.
Discovering my intolerance to lactose greatly improved my health, I used to drink antacids like they were cola before I met my wife and her dietician cousin. My stomach was a constant mess, my complexion was awful and I was ill continually. Removing dairy improved this within two weeks.
Over the years other things have been put into better balance and I am healthier now than I was twenty years ago. Black tea gives me headaches, it has now gone and I barely ever get one now.
Of the 7 or so billion people on this planet, there is only one you. You may have a doppelganger somewhere but they won’t be you. Never again in the entire history of the world will there be someone who is exactly as you are. You were born for this generation and this time.
Find out why!