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Anti-Science vs Anti-Corruption
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 13 2024 at 03:29 pm
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I am a staunch advocate for true science. Science is a rigorous process of testing ideas, challenging assumptions, and asking tough questions—all aimed at getting closer to the truth. This process has propelled society forward and led to modern miracles. When I challenge certain scientific ideas, it's not because I'm anti-science; quite the opposite, I deeply value the scientific method. My concern lies with the corruption that can sometimes influence scientific outcomes. It's an open secret that large industries, such as pharmaceuticals and big food, can and do exert influence over scientific research. This influence can muddy the results of studies, pay off scientists, ghostwrite papers, and devise marketing campaigns that blur the lines between fact and propaganda, preying on our cognitive biases. Science’s complexity can unfortunately open doors to such corruption, underscoring the need for a healthy dose of skepticism and a commitment to enhancing our scientific literacy. It’s crucial to question and challenge—even the experts—while striving to identify those whom we can trust. I'm curious to hear from you: How do you stay informed about uncorrupted science? Who are the experts you trust, and how do you discern science that may be tainted by corruption? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Lying With Statistics
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 10 2024 at 03:40 pm
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In our data-driven society, statistics are often wielded as definitive proof to bolster arguments. However, statistics are not just numbers; they're a way to organize large datasets into a coherent story. But just like any story, the narrative crafted by statistics can be misleading. This is a tactic well understood and utilized by executives in industries like big pharma and food, who can shape statistics to serve their interests. The critical eye-opener for me was "Pharmageddon" by Dr. David Healy, which exposes how statistics have been manipulated for pharmaceuticals like Vioxx and SSRIs. Another enlightening read is "How to Lie with Statistics," which dives into the techniques of statistical deception. These revelations serve as a cautionary tale for anyone striving to think critically and base opinions on sound research. Statistical trickery is not only common but can be extraordinarily persuasive, making data appear almost hypnotizing. To guard against being misled by statistics, it’s crucial to scrutinize the sources of data and understand the methods used in their analysis. Questioning authority is also vital, as even experts can misinterpret data or fall for statistical ploys. How do you ensure that you’re not fooled by statistical manipulation? Do you delve deep into research papers, or perhaps you use tools like SPSS or MATLAB to analyze data yourself? Are there any experts you trust for their statistical accuracy and integrity? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.

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