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Blind faith versus science

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What’s up with the hating on science lately? I’ve been noticing a number of people talking about science with disdain and it’s really getting under my skin. It’s as if there’s something superior about subscribing to unfounded treatments. And wanting scientific proof of the efficacy of a treatment is a lack of faith. When did healthcare become a religion? Why would someone say, “Oh, dietitians follow science” with a tone as if we’re a bunch of unenlightened atheists while they follow the true word of their holistic god. I’m open to new developments and if you can prove to me that there is some benefit (beyond a placebo, although admittedly placebos can be pretty powerful) to consuming whatever extract or supplement you’re extolling the virtues of then I’ll gladly change my tune. But is it really so wrong of me to want proof? Why should I blindly throw my money and support behind unproven remedies? And why can’t this dialogue go both ways? I watched those Food Matters documentaries. I want to hear all sides of a story. It baffles and frustrates me that so many people buy into this sort of thing. Not only without bothering to check out the validity of claims being made but wantonly ignoring evidence that goes against their viewpoints. I’m sorry but there is nothing virtuous about putting blind faith in unproven remedies and spurning science.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

3 thoughts on “Blind faith versus science

  1. I like the article but it does have me thinking that it isn’t science that people truly distane its feeling like you’re just part of the herd…mooo. Science is so removed from most people now, we want to experiment and learn but are limited since we have so many experts telling us exactly the way we should live. I think its just because it feels like the ‘big man’ telling us what to do. I sure hate doing what I’m told:) We want to use our intuition, our experiences and take control of our own lives…and experiment with exciting things!! Plus, as a scientist I know how slow science is and how research is only done in areas where there is money!

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    • Great points Lynda. Thanks for reading! I agree, there are huge limitations to science and a great deal of what’s published is questionable at best. It just gets under my skin that people seem to take pride in subscribing to unsupported remedies. Have you read The Cure for Everything by Tim Caulfield? The second last chapter really supports your point.

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  2. The coolest thing in my mind about the scientific process is that if something contrary to what is thought to be true, is tested, proven, tested again and proven again, the viewpoints of the scientific community changes. It’s dynamic. It only appears to be steadfast against things that aren’t or can’t be proven.

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