Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?
(and other crazy, not too intelligent, “cause and effect” analogies that researchers and scientists are “guessing” about!)
In fact, I read about so many of these “assumed connections” that I just might call my next book, “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg.” They frustrate me, but more so, get stated as fact in many cases (when they are not), causing you, once again to be led down the wrong road. Listed below are three of the most recent I came upon, and some additional insight and “food for thought.” I will definitely add to this list as time goes by (and it should take NO time at all before I have seen enough of “these” to fill an entire book!). Here are some assumptions (in italics) recently made, that are entirely wrong:
· The bacterial infection behind gum disease raises your chances for heart disease and stroke, and increases inflammation throughout your body, impairing insulin sensitivity. Wrong. The unhealthy bowel that causes bacterial infections in your mouth and gums is what causes heart disease, stroke, and insulin sensitivity.
· Research reported on in January of 2009 showed that people who suffered moderate to severe middle ear infections when they were young were 63% more likely to be obese at the time of the study. Researchers believe the taste-bud damage caused by frequent ear infections leads to a strong preference for sugary and fatty foods later in life, which in turn, leads to weight gain. Previous studies have made the same connection between childhood tonsillectomies and obesity. O.k., this just makes me laugh. It is amazing how clever and creative these scientists and medical people can be with their assumptions! This is a big guess on their part, never proven (as is true of all of these cause and effect analogies.) The unhealthy bacterial environment in the bowel that causes infections is what causes obesity and sugar cravings.
· Low testosterone levels floating in the circulation increase heart disease risk. Wrong. An unhealthy bowel makes you look and feel bad eating a healthy, low protein diet. and a high protein diet “moves” testosterone and acids out of your blood and into your cells and arteries, causing heart disease. In other words, I am certain that men with low testosterone levels in their blood are also consuming a high protein diet—because they have unhealthy bowels!
BTW, the worst of these—that progesterone might contribute to breast cancer because this hormone is often found at the site of breast cancer, is one of the most dangerous of all cause and effect assumptions. I have commented on this in Chapter 10 of This Works, Crutches Don’t, and it is required reading for every woman who wants to prevent breast and other hormonal cancers, and since that would include all women, all women need to read this section of the book….