CASH FOR CONFUSION AND CONTRADICTION

DID you enjoy the recent unexpected bout of hot weather? You did? Well, haven’t you seen the warnings about skin cancer from being out in the sunshine?

There again, you might have seen the scientific report that exposure to the sun produces massive amounts of vitamin D –which in turn actually reduces the risk of many types of cancer by as much as 50 percent. Confused? Well, that’s experts for you.

I mean, have the know-all authorities made it clear whether eggs are good or bad for you? What about red wine, coffee, milk or meat?    

Frankly, I’m fed up with being bombarded by contradictory messages from researchers, the Government and university research facilities.

There was a time when we were told to go to work on an egg. Then it was revealed that eggs contained salmonella, and the egg market collapsed. The report brought the egg producing industry to its knees, and I imagine quite a few hens were out of a job, too.

No sooner was that scare proved all but groundless when the experts tried to create panic by informing us of the massive amount of cholesterol in eggs. Oops, there goes the egg industry again. Of course, what they didn’t tell us – but another publicly funded report did – was that it’s called dietary cholesterol and it doesn’t actually affect our blood cholesterol levels.

In fact, research from Surrey University tells us that human guinea pigs who ate two eggs a day actually lost weight and reduced their cholesterol levels!

It’s taken 30-years to go full circle. 30-years of money wasted on wages, research facilities and keeping people in cushy labs rather than doing something useful like driving buses or selling loft insulation.

And it’s not just eggs. Coffee, we are told, raises blood pressure. But coffee drinkers are less likely to die of heart disease. They are also less prone to developing Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Hurrah for coffee, then. Yes? No?

What about red wine? Well, one report suggests that it causes cancer, mainly in the mouth and larynx, but also just about everywhere else. However, other research tells us that the polyphenol resvertrol in red wine reduces cholesterol build-up and blocks cancer cell development. Good or bad for you, then?

Dairy products, we are told in one report, raises the risk of prostrate cancer and Crohn’s disease. However, a Scottish study shows that men who drink milk are less likely to die of heart disease, cancer or strokes.

There are equally confusing and contradictory “scientific” reports on everything from meat to potatoes, and from crisps to chocolate. First, a report about how bad it is for you, then a report about how good it is for you, then… well, it just goes on and on.

So, why all the contradictory messages from researchers, the Government and university research facilities? Well, think about it for a moment. If research bodies can keep coming up with new results then they get to keep their grants and their jobs. The same is true of Government-run bodies – and let’s be honest here, these groups couldn’t run a message let alone a country – and public-funded research programmes.

Punting out reports about what is bad or good for you is a massive industry that runs on our money. If the researchers ever came to a conclusion – for example that fish was definitely good for you – then they would be out of a job, wouldn’t they? End of story.

So, instead, we are given advice from people who have an agenda and whose financial future and employment prospects rest on being controversial and producing results that conflict with those of their peers.

In other words, we are paying our taxes for advice from people we can’t – and shouldn’t – trust.

Me? I don’t care any more. In fact, I’m off to play in the sunshine.

Drew McAdam

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