Facts you learned in school that are no longer true

This post is a bit of a work in progress. I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a long time. I was spurred on today by a Trivia Calendars entry today that was as follows:

“Due to the amount of mercury in Lake Michigan, more than 40% of fish are born autistic and don’t survive past their first year.”

Some of these things I was always suspicious about growing up however it’s only been in the last 10 years that I really woke up and started looking into some of these things for myself. We are raised to pay attention to and believe authorities so it is actually disheartening to me to realise how biased and captive to special interests in our every day life.

All the time you will read news reports of various authorities making news releases supporting the status quo and appealing to ‘the evidence’ while clearly ignoring other evidence in support of an opposing point of view. One of my favorite authors, Nicholas Nasim Taleb has written a great series of books primarily about the financial markets (he is a trader of financial markets as well as an author). One of his books is called ‘The Black Swan.

Check it out on Amazon here

 

 

 

Or check out the Incerto series here

 

 

 

The Scientific Method involves the following elements according to wikipedia:

  • Careful observation
  • Rigorous skepticism about what one observes
  • Formulating hypotheses based on such observations
  • Experimental testing and measurement
  • Refinement (or elimination) of the hypotheses based on the experimental findings

This is an iterative process. It involves always trying to find something that will disprove your hypothesis. So a theory is formed that fits the observations and then experiments are conducted with the aim of proving the hypothesis false and then reformulating the hypothesis and testing again. In this way, a theory or hypothesis can be proven to be false and can never be proven to be true. Karl Popper proposed this idea – logically, no number of positive outcomes at the level of experimental testing can confirm a scientific theory, but a single counterexample is logically decisive.

Taleb’s Black Swan comes from the English who believed all Swans were white. This was disproven when Black Swans were discovered in Australia. Taleb’s black swan theory describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.

It is my contention that the following ‘theories’ are not scientific and have been falsified by scientific theory (proven false) but instead of accepting they are false, they are defended sometimes viciously by their proponents who instead of recognising their theory has been falsified instead double down and attack people who point out the emperor has no clothes or invent ridiculous ‘paradoxes’. Anyway, here’s my list of currently accepted dogma I believe has been falsified by real scientific inquiry.

I am sure some of you will disagree with me! Good! I don’t know everything and I’m not infallible. I welcome respectful discussion in the comments. Just refrain from personal attacks. There’s also some overlap in all these things. I’ll try not to repeat myself too much and where appropriate I will refer to other articles on this site.

So why this post? Well that’s a fair question. For my part, I used to pretty much take whatever an authority – be it the government or a doctor or other authority figure said at face value however as I got older, and learned to think and research for myself, an increasing number of things started bothering me and didn’t pass the ‘smell test’ or even the most basic scrutiny. I also had certain spiritual beliefs that were at odds with say – evolution. Today, I pretty much don’t know who or what is believable anymore. I see corruption with vested interests and religious beliefs in all kinds of areas that are just dogma and are not supported by any facts or certainly not the body of evidence that is available and I find this very troubling in so many important areas. My critiques are not comprehensive or all encompassing and I encourage you to research for yourself and not take my word for anything! Its not important to me that you agree with me on any or all comments – only that you think critically for yourself. Your life and well-being depend on it!

Tolstoy said “I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”

So lets tackle these one by one.

The dietary guidelines from the 70’s that are still pushed today.

I think we are all seeking truth or at least want to make sure that what we eat isn’t killing us. That is certainly the case for me. When the dietary guidelines came out in the 1970’s (I *think*) but certainly by the 1980’s when I was married, the dietary dogma was low fat, low salt and low taste (in my experience) It also seemed to me that a case was being made that pretty much everything you liked or tasted good was bad for you and would lead to heart disease or cancer. Everything was carcinogenic it seemed.

I’ve already posted some information and youtube videos about the dietary guidelines here. It’s interesting to me to see how vested interests have corrupted the science. For instance, when the guidelines were first being introduced and written, the then Nixon administration had as one of it’s priorities promoting agriculture and products like corn so is anyone surprised the food pyramid promotes agriculture? The USDA is after all the US department of agriculture! Recently, obesity in America has also been blamed on the meat industry and there have been complaints about that industry having undue influence – but by the Greens who have an agenda to eliminate consumption of meat. But ethical or governments having a bias towards certain industries have nothing to do with health issues.

By far the best book I have read about this is Nina Teicholz’s book.

Click HERE to see on Amazon

 

 

 

This is the best book I have seen that looks at all the most popular diets over the last 50 years and examines the research and exposes the bias and flaws. If you are really serious about looking at what we should be eating, this would be the first book I would read.

Of course, unfortunately and predictably, Nina has been ridiculed by dieticians and the medical profession and has been black banned from conferences because she does not toe the line.

Over the years, starting with Ancel Keys who promulgated his lipid hypothesis this has been the case starting with John Yudkin who was not as well politically connected. Yudkin believed that instead of fat being associated with heart disease that sugar actually fit the facts better. There have been many researchers over the years who have promoted this who have similarly been ridiculed, de-platformed and had their research funding removed for preaching this heresy. As recent evidence of this, take the case of Tim Noakes and his ongoing battle in South Africa or Gary Fetke in Australia. Gary and Tim both have been accused of offering “unconventional” advice on diet and health by which I mean they offer advice contrary to the discredited guidelines promulgated still by most governments. Forget the fact that research over the last 50 years has shown those guidelines to be WRONG, there are still vested interests trying to silence any dissent. Again, Nina’s book is a revelation here.

Encouragingly, the wheel does seem to be turning and sugar is finally under the microscope at last.

It’s interesting that the dietary ‘experts’ and medical profession have so much scorn for evidence but I have read 2 books recently that have nothing to do with medical things or diet and both almost casually refer to the current accepted wisdom as having been totally debunked in this area.

First book is “Skin in the Game” by Nasim Nicholas Taleb

  Buy it from Amazon here

This book actually is all about pseudo intellectuals who think they are smarter than everyone else and don’t understand why not everyone agrees with their every pronouncement. It’s a great book but not the kind of book for casual reading. It will demand your full attention to get the most out of it.

The second book is “The Smear” by Sharyl Attkisson

  Buy it from Amazon here

In this book she mentions the censorship she experienced when reporting on various things, one of which was the pharmaceutical industries grip on editorial control but also mentioned the dogma regarding diet.

I daresay people who are easily offended by ideas they don’t like probably won’t enjoy either of those 2 books but then you’re probably not reading this post by now anyway!

There are more articles on the blog about food and of course for me and my family, we like the Keto diet. The basics of our diet are as follows:

  • buy only fresh ingredients – typically found around the edges of the supermarket or even better organic farmers markets for vegetables. Organic vegetables seems to be very important if you can get them and afford them. We also try and only buy grass fed meat.
  • if we buy any processed type food (say bread which is a bad example) we look for products with only a few ingredients that we can pronounce and we look for less than 5g of carbohydrates per 100g.
  • low sugar content < 5g/100g
  • we try to limit carbohydrate intake in our diet to less than 60g/day
  • at least every 12 months have our blood work checked to make sure we aren’t killing ourselves. Since eating like this blood markers have all dramatically improved! This is actually very important. 50 years of indoctrination about saturated fats and heart disease and low fat and cholesterol psychologically has a huge long term effect. It can be a massive struggle to make your brain overrule those 50 years of so called wisdom and dogma.

To finish off this section, here’s some reading for you to consider. Just click on the book to go to Amazon to view more details and buy it. Alternately click here to go to the next section about Evolution.

 

The Evolution Fraud!

One of my all time favorite topics.

The whole idea that in a world of incredible design that it all just happened even if you mix in billions and billions of years just seems preposterous and there seems to be healthy skepticism amongst a large section of the population about this as well. It doesn’t pass the smell test and I’m calling it out. I will freely admit this started because I am a bible believing christian and I believe the whole bible, not just the convenient parts.

Even if you don’t believe the bible, there’s plenty of reasons to be incredulous about the claims that we all evolved from pond-scum to what we are today. Consider just these couple of things. I’m not trying to get into any arguments here and in fact I’m quite embarrassed by some of the debates I’ve seen between creationists and evolutionists – I don’t think either side comes out well in some of those.

Just a few objections from me off the top of my head:

  • Even given all the wars and diseases over man’s history, the population on earth right now does not support the claims by evolutionists about how long man has been on earth…. and remember we need all those years of ‘evolution’ to have all the mutations and changes to get from pond scum to man and it just doesn’t add up.
  • Even Charles Darwin admitted there was no evidence in the fossil record to support his theory and there should be a lot of transitional fossils to be found. There is still no fossil evidence produced, leaving aside the many frauds over the years.
  • The human eye – explain that by evolution. It is what is called irreducibly complex meaning it could not evolve piece by piece – it had to all work together right from the start, not mutation by mutation. You can read more about this here.
  • The final thing for me is that the High Priest of Evolution and Atheism, Richard Dawkins himself is now promoting pan-spermia as a means by which aliens seeded life on earth….. the aliens of course having evolved by means of some Darwinian mechanism in a galaxy far far away….. yeah right.
  • So let me get this straight.. at first there was nothing and then it blew up?
  • Variation within kinds is not evolution.
  • The invention of the electron microscope shows the absurdity of the whole hypothesis of evolution. In the words of Chuck Missler: “The ‘simple cell’ turns out to be a miniaturized city of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design, including automated assembly plants and processing units featuring robot machines (protein molecules with as many as 3,000 atoms each in three-dimensional configurations), manufacturing hundreds of thousands of specific types of products. The system deign exploits artificial languages and decoding systems regulating the automated assembly of components, error correction techniques and proof-reading devices for quality control.”

Honestly, evolution is a religion and it requires a lot of faith to believe.

Some resources?


The origins book by Phillip Day is really good and quite interesting while Expelled chronicles the fate of academics who don’t tow the company line when it comes to evolution. It includes interviews with people like Richard Dawkins and the insanity and lengths the establishment will go to to silence any dissent.

 

Vaccination

Well of all the topics in this thread, this one is the most controversial by far. If you want to see unhinged unfettered abuse just make any comment questioning in any way the conventional wisdom on vaccination.

The science is settled they scream! You’re killing children! This is dangerous! In my direct experience the abuse will come from everywhere starting with direct family to total strangers. To me the most ironic thing is that ‘science’ is NEVER settled and an integral part of science is being able to falsify a hypothesis and continue to research to make 100% certain that the hypothesis stands up.

If vaccination is so necessary and vital to keep everyone well, surely it can stand a little scrutiny to ensure it is as safe and effective as possible. Unfortunately I am becoming convinced that it is neither. Some 25 years ago my mother was admitted to hospital and died a couple of weeks after getting a flu shot. She was in her mid 50’s then and had been sick for almost 20 years with a fairly rare condition but was otherwise in good health. Did the flu shot contribute to or cause her untimely death? Who can say. We also have 2 sons who in their early 20’s were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and are both insulin dependent. Diabetes is an auto-immune condition. Did vaccination cause this? I don’t know for sure of course but if you take the time to look at the package insert in many vaccination shots you can see that type 1 diabetes is listed as a possible side effect! Take a look at a few package inserts and you too will be horrified.

So just bullet points of issues I have with vaccinations in no particular order.

  • There seems to be an ever revolving door between the CDC and Pharmaceutical companies. Conflicts of interest abound.
  • I’m not buying ‘herd immunity’ Tell me again….. If I am not immunised and you are, how does my decision hurt you?
  • Flu vaccine for a start – almost guaranteed to get the flu if vaccinated and even more likely to get it next season.
  • CDC shown to have destroyed and altered research which showed a link between autism and vaccination. See the movie Vaxxed below.
  • When I was growing up in the 60’s we had as far as I remember a triple antigen vaccination Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Compare that to the number of vaccines today and also vaccines of convenience (Chicken pox as an example). In the late 80’s vaccine manufacturers were indemnified against legal action and a vaccine court was established. Since indemnification, the number of vaccines on the schedule for children has exploded. Alongside the explosion in vaccines has been an explosion in the rate of autism.
  • Governments worldwide are increasingly persecuting parents who do not want to vaccinate their children increasingly withholding benefits from them and excluding unvaccinated children from schools.
  • Speakers on the topic being banned and being unable to get a visa to enter various countries. This is just wrong. Let’s argue the merits and not hide behind ‘established’ facts. Is the case really so fragile it can not withstand any scrutiny?

Among the most prominent people leading the charge for justice for children affected by vaccine injury is Robert F Kennedy Jr and his World Mercury Project. His site has many articles and information you really should take a look at about this. One other site worth looking at is the Informed Consent Action Network.

Other great resources include the following:

This book by Suzanne Humphries is a great resource about the history of vaccines. Check it out on Amazon here.

The movie Vaxxed is also worth watching. See if you’re like me, you probably believe that the government would not suppress research and deliberately harm us. I find myself just shaking my head at times and it really comes down to the realisation that this is exactly what they have done. You can buy Vaxxed the movie from Amazon by clicking here.

The other thing that influenced my thinking is 2 documentaries online. First is Ty Bollingers Truth about Vaccines – view it free here. The second one is Patrick Gentempos Vaccines Revealed here.

There’s lots more resources available but those are a starting place. If you also google Ty Bollinger and Patrick Gentempo you will find lots of negative information. I’m not telling you what to think or what to believe. Same for Robert F Kennedy Jr. Look at the material and make up your own minds. This is a very emotionally charged debate. I hope the debate can rise above vitriolic abuse and that in time, we will have safe and effective vaccines.

 

Cancer

This is another area that I am concerned about. Again I think that there are so many vested interests involved here.

How often do you see a news item on the evening news about a new potential breakthrough in some cancer treatment? How many of those actually go from the trial stage to release? I don’t know about you but I never seem to hear of it happening. I think that pharmaceutical companies are more interested in making patients for lift than finding a cure for cancer. How many BILLIONS of dollars have been spent in this illusive search for a cure? Sometimes it seems to me that cures like radiation and chemotherapy do more harm than good. I don’t have any really fixed views about this but I would recommend that you research your options thoroughly and don’t get railroaded into treatment NOW. Mostly, time is not of-the-essence and you need time to breathe, get a second opinion and research. If it was me I’d probably want to visit a medical practitioner who practices integrative medicine. I’d be checking into everything.

As always, there’s a wealth of information available for consideration. Ty Bollinger has his Truth About Cancer series. Also Mark Stengler has a series Beyond Chemo and Chris Wark’s series Chris Beat Cancer. All of these are free to view online.

There also seems to be some evidence that Vitamin C and D can help with preventing cancer as well as boosting the immune system before and during any treatment. I do think we tend to treat symptoms rather than treat the disease. Also a keto diet is believed by some to help. Cancer cells seem to need sugar to multiply so a keto diet can help.

Phillip Day also writes about cancer and health in many of his books. See this one on Amazon here. Phillip believes the immune system is the cure for cancer and he speaks about a raw plant diet (organic) and exercise.

At the end of the day it’s your life and information is critical to making informed decisions that are right for you.

Doctoring Data

Let’s kick this section off with a few quotes. These all came from a blog post by Dr Malcolm Kendrick. He has also written a couple of books. His first on Cholesterol is in the next section however he also wrote a book in 2017 called Doctoring Data. Here are the quotes:

  • “Anyway, the thing that interests me most, and the reason for writing this particular blog is that I have come to the realisation that the best way to find the answer to a scientific question is to immerse yourself in the science. I would like to believe the published research, because it would be lovely if you could look at a study and believe it to be correct/true/unbiased. But that is no longer possible, most especially in the connected fields of heart disease, and nutrition.” Dr Malcolm Kendrick
  • “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” Dr Marcia Angell.
  • “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue…science has taken a turn towards darkness” Richard Horton – editor of The Lancet.
  • “The poor quality of medical research is widely acknowledged, yet disturbingly the leaders of the medical profession seem only minimally concerned about the problems and make no apparent efforts to find a solution.” Richard Smith – long time editor of the BMJ.

This is a common thread that runs through all the areas I am highlighting in this post.

 

Cholesterol

 

Global Warming Fraud!

 

Diabetes

 

Psychiatry

 

Originally posted 2018-06-27 12:53:49.

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