Science-based vs Empirical?

Many health & wellness writers emphasize that their information is from science-based research—as if that were a badge of integrity. But, is it?

The truth is…

Let me share a quote from The Canadian Medical Association Journal, in an article from February 13, 2017 entitled, “Stopping the Slide to Research Fraud.” The article stated:

“In a 2009 meta-analysis of 18 large surveys, Daniele Fanelli of Stanford University found up to 34% of scientists—including medical researchers—admitted…to questionable research practices, and as many as 72% had seen questionable behavior by a colleague.” [italics mine]

So, should you disregard science-based research? Not at all! But, I am asking you to give equal weight to empirical research, where the best health care approach often begins.

What is empirical research? It is defined as research relying or based solely on experiment, observation, and practical experience rather than theory. In other words, it’s based on reality.

For example, RLS…

Consider restless leg syndrome (RLS): It’s maddening! The sufferer experiences uncomfortable, relentless sensation in the legs, with an insistent urge to move them—even when trying to sleep. RLS leads to exhaustion, sleepiness, mood and concentration disorders, work & school performance difficulties, and relationship issues. Imagine yourself with RLS.

Now, further imagine your medical doctor tells you he can prescribe anti-seizure meds with horrific, possibly life-threatening side-effects, if you want him to. No, relief isn’t promised or likely. No, there’s no cure.

Hey, what if you looked at empirical options? Here’s an example of applied empirical research.

Pharmacist Joe Graedon, author of The People’s Pharmacy, has had countless readers testify that putting bar soap under the bed sheet while sleeping has brought relief from RLS! Science has been unable to explain why this works—but the placebo effect was ruled out. Dr. Graedon tells his readers to give it a try: it’s harmless, it’s inexpensive, and it just might work!

Now, imagine yourself as an RLS sufferer—and your medical doctor won’t tell you about this. In fact, he may ridicule you for even considering it. You do it anyway. In your case, you get relief.

My promise…

So, here’s the deal: I promise I won’t hold back from sharing information that may help you just because it’s not sourced from science-based research. And I hope you won’t hold back from considering it.  ~ Deb

What’s your Planet Habit?

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