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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kristen Mitteness

Why I Don't Care About Scientific Studies

Updated: Dec 23, 2018

Okay, okay, I might care a little bit, but not as much as you might think I should. The really hard part about running an unbiased scientific study is trying to get someone to pay for it. There are loads of scientists out there that want to discover how something works, but so often the companies paying for the study want to see a specific outcome. And they will keep running the study until it says just what they are looking for. Or they'll skew the numbers to make it look like their desired outcome. And unless you actually read the entire study and crunch the numbers yourself, you can't truly believe the abstract or conclusion. It sucks. For example, I could find a study that tells me soy is an ever healing health food, but I could also find one that says it's causing damage as a baby formula due to its estrogenic properties. What should I believe?

Here's where you start running your own scientific study. On yourself. Yep, you heard that right. You are your own experiment. And you should be constantly checking in to see if what you are currently doing is working. And if it's not, you should be trying something else until you find something that results in the outcome you are looking for. And then, you continue to check back to make sure it still works, because as you age and change, the variables also change. Just because something worked for your friend or sister doesn't mean it will work for you. Just because something worked for you a few years ago, doesn't mean it will work again today. You are your own experiment and you are the only subject. Start looking at the variables of your life from both an objective and subjective lens and be actively taking notes and trying things out. Who knows what you'll discover?

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