Hugh Pickens writes:
Scott Adams of Dilbert fame writes on his blog that science's biggest fail of all time is 'everything about diet and fitness':
I used to think fatty food made you fat. Now it seems the opposite is true. Eating lots of peanuts, avocados, and cheese, for example, probably decreases your appetite and keeps you thin. I used to think vitamins had been thoroughly studied for their health trade-offs. They haven’t. The reason you take one multivitamin pill a day is marketing, not science. I used to think the U.S. food pyramid was good science. In the past it was not, and I assume it is not now. I used to think drinking one glass of alcohol a day is good for health, but now I think that idea is probably just a correlation found in studies.
According to Adams, the direct problem of science is that it has been collectively steering an entire generation toward obesity, diabetes, and coronary problems. But the indirect problem might be worse: It is hard to trust science because it has a credibility issue that it earned. "I think science has earned its lack of credibility with the public. If you kick me in the balls for 20-years, how do you expect me to close my eyes and trust you?"
Virtually every established physician, dietician, or nutritionist 25 years ago would have told you
And where are the scientists in your list?
Well there's the problem. We should be asking archaeologists, geologists and mathematicians about what to eat!
What about medical researchers (not the same as physicians!) and biologists?
By the same logic in this thread we shouldn't be trusting doctors for medical advice since they aren't scientists
No. Rather by the same logic we shouldn't blame science when the doctor fails to do his job properly. You've apparently forgotten what this thread was about.
Shift the blame about all you want but there's no denying the system has failed.
Yes, but the system that failed is not the science system. It's the medical system.
Blaming science for that is like blaming mathematics for the Intel Pentium FDIV bug.