There seems to be no end to the nonsense hoisted onto the gullible
public as “scientific studies.” I always try to find out who is funding
these “studies” and, sure enough, it is usually those who have a
financial stake in a positive outcome.
The latest such silliness is the elevation of beer to practically
“health food” status! This “study” was funded by the beer industry. Beer
now joins some items of questionable or debatable benefit, such as other
alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, and chocolate, in raking in the
profits from loyal (addicted?) adherents.
The promoters use these “studies” to tout the many benefits to be
gained by the consumption of their products. These “benefits” range from
longevity to improved mental function to improved sexual function – you
name it! Something for everyone!
All this reminds me of the cigarette ads that were so commonplace
years ago, when medical doctors would attest to the health benefit of
the particular brand of cigarettes that they were being paid to promote.
Can you imagine a medical doctor prescribing cigarette smoking to a
woman who had a severed vocal cord (an accidental “side effect” from
thyroid surgery, as I recall)? Well, I personally knew of such a case:
the mother of a childhood friend of mine. In case you’re wondering,
these happened to be intelligent people; yet they believed this
So much for junk science; we need to use common sense and not fall
for all this hype.
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