The internet is a minefield. Unless you’re careful about where you place your feet, you may quickly find yourself surrounded by mines in the form of bad diet and lifestyle advice and non-scientific information about health and medicine. These mines will not kill you if you come into contact with them – at least not immediately; however, they could seriously compromise your health and well-being and mess with your brain.
Not all parts of the internet are covered in mines though. If you know where to look, you can find areas that one doesn’t need a mine detector to safely get through…
It’s not easy for an untrained eye to find high-quality information about diet and health online
When I first entered onto the online health and medical scene many years ago, I found myself surrounded by the aforementioned mines. I didn’t know it at the time though, as I didn’t know much about evolutionary biology, medicine, or nutrition back then. I didn’t fully know how to separate good advice from bad advice.
There is no doubt that a lot of people find themselves in a similar situation as the one I was in back then. They find themselves in the middle of a big minefield, although they may not know it. They regularly step on mines that propel bad information about diet and health into their minds.
There’s both an upside and downside to having access to a lot of information. Online, one can find information about pretty much everything. Regardless of what you’re interested in learning about, the internet will likely service your needs. Unfortunately though, much of the information that is available online is of poor quality. To the untrained eye that doesn’t know what to look for, finding high-quality information about a topic such as medicine is analogous to finding a needle in a haystack.
One of my goals with this website is to help guide people who find themselves in the minefield mentioned earlier towards safer ground. I don’t claim that everything I put up here on the site is perfect in every shape and form; however, I do strive to make my articles as good and scientifically sound as possible.
I think it’s important to give credit where credit is due
Every now and then, I put up articles here on the site in which I comment on the opinions and projects of various people who are involved in the field of health & medicine. In some instances, I voice my support for the work a person or company is conducting and praise their efforts, whereas in other instances, I express skepticism. I think it’s important to give credit where credit is due; however, I also think it’s important to speak up when politicians and other public figures initiate health-related projects that have little or no scientific basis and/or that I think won’t do much good for the world.
Two of the people I’ve criticized quite recently are Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg; both of whom I feel don’t really get how the human body functions and overlook many important facets of human health and medicine. Conversely, I’ve praised Pete Evans and many health/nutrition scientists, including Staffan Lindeberg. Today, I thought I’d add another person to that latter list, namely Dr. Art Ayers.
I’ve talked about Dr. Ayers many times here on the site in the past; however, I’ve never put up an article specifically dedicated to him and his blog.
Cooling Inflammation is one of the very few good health/medical blogs that exist
I don’t follow a lot of blogs. When I read, I usually read scientific books or papers.
This is not to say that modern science hasn’t got flaws. Just like the internet, the scientific literature is a minefield. One needs to know where to look if one is to find good information about diet and health on PubMed. With that said, the scientific minefield is not as explosive or dangerous as the one that covers the non-scientific sections of the internet, in part because there are certain safeguards in place that ensure that scientists follow a similar set of rules.
In my opinion, not a lot of good health/medical blogs exist. One of the very few I like and follow is Dr. Ayers’ blog, which is entitled Cooling Inflammation.
I first stumbled upon Dr. Ayers’ blog some 5-10 years ago. As I digged into its contents, I quickly understood that I had found something special. Unlike many other bloggers who write about health and medicine, Dr. Ayers thinks outside the box. He shares many ideas about diet and health that you will find nowhere else. I highly recommend that you check out his blog. Not just his posts, but also the comments he’s written below his posts. If you do, you’ll undoubtedly come across a lot of information that can help you improve your health.
I would go as far as to say that if you read and understand all of Dr. Ayers’ posts, you’ll know more about the true causes of most diseases than the typical medical doctor. You’ll also know more about what it takes to build a robust, healthy human.
My health/medical philosophy is similar to Dr. Ayers’. I don’t agree with everything he says though, which is fine. Things would have been boring if everyone was in complete agreement about everything. Two of the things we don’t see eye to eye on are saturated fats and fermented foods. Unlike Dr. Ayers, I don’t think saturated fats are benign. Also, I’ve gotten the impression that Dr. Ayers thinks it’s safe and healthy to consume fairly large quantities of fermented vegetables on a daily basis. Personally, I don’t think that’s true. But other than that, I think he hits pretty much every nail on the head.
Unfortunately, Dr. Ayers hasn’t been active in a while. I don’t why not. I hope nothing bad has happened to him. Hopefully he will come back online sometime in the future. Nevertheless, he’s already put a lot of great content, so even if he doesn’t come back online, I would argue that his site will continue to stand as one of the best sources of information about diet and health on the internet for the unforeseeable future. I just hope it isn’t taken down.
One of the reasons why I decided to put up today’s article was to remind people not to forget Dr. Ayers. His ideas may not be completely fresh, but they are still very much relevant.
Here’s the link to his site: http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.no/