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Episode 70: Easy Strategies on Ergonomics by Brandon Olin

Nov 27, 2017

The Movility Method

The advantages gained by the technological revolution have been nothing short of staggering. We have constant, instantaneous access to the most up-to-date information from our phones and computers, a feat completely unparalleled at any prior time in human history. This should provide us with optimal knowledge of how to take care of our health and wellness in the modern world.

But that never seems to be the case.

Study A says that ethically raised meat is the greatest superfood you can possibly eat, but study B says you might as well be shooting cancer into your veins for each pound of meat you consume. Study C says that being seated at a desk for 8 hours is akin to smoking two packs a day, but study D says that working from a standing position is no better than a seated one.

So what causes the informational gap?

Unfortunately scientific studies require funding, and funding usually comes from companies. These companies think they know what the study results should say(they do have a bottom line to think about); so if the study finds something different, the companies pressure the researchers into omitting the portions of the findings that are contrary to their ideas.

So the headlines get packed with conflicting information. They all claim to be based on the latest studies, which they technically are (if you play it fast and loose with things like “facts” and “truth”). This leads to people taking completely different approaches to governing their health and wellness, all convinced that they’re making the right choices because “the science backs them up”. This is how you end up with a population that has access to more information than it’s ever had, less healthy than its ever been.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

People managed to remain perfectly healthy long before modern scientific studies allowed us to analyze nutrition to death.


Resources: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

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