Remember that game you played as a kid, where one person whispered a secret to another, who passed whispered it to another, and so on, and then at the end you compared the original secret to see how much it had changed? This always baffled me at the time because I couldn’t see how people could mess up a message the usually began very straightforward and simple. Well, I’m an adult now and it’s baffling me just the same. Case in point, this article:
I’m a little ahead of myself with this post because I have an article addressing coffee and the numerous studies that have been done on it coming out this week. If you’re not on the Beachbody mailing list, I suggest you give ’em your email and get on it because you won’t get to read this if you don’t. At any rate, the above study is referenced and analyzed.
However, this study was done a while back and, over time, the articles that have following have increased more and more in their alarmist tone. The study hasn’t changed, mind you, nor the results or possible consequences. Just the articles.
In the above piece, there’s a bit of rather need to know information that’s left out–that the study found a gene variation that is quite rare accountable for these mild heart attacks. In the study’s abstract, it clearly states that those without this gene variation are at no risk. But, I guess, since “gene variation” doesn’t sound very alarming/sexy it’s been replaced by those with “risk factors” which is left undefined. That switcharoo was done further back, in articles I’m citing in my upcoming piece. In this one, authored by Leslie Sabbagh, a “Daily Health Reporter”, it’s trickled down to “an occasional cup of coffee might trigger first heart attacks in some people, a new study suggests.” No gene variation, no nonfatal, no addressing the fact that the researchers themselves were puzzled at the fact that those drinking more coffee with the same gene variation didn’t seem at risk and, therefore, stated their own findings far from conclusive or that none of the major medical organizations are sold on the study–just a nice catchy red alert title to get some attention.
Anyway, when you see a headline that states “Coffee Kills”, please do a bit of your own research first.
* Two facts from my upcoming piece. More than 19,000 studies have been done on coffee over the last few decades. A recent study spanning two decades and more than 120,000 subjects has recently concluded that there is no risk of heart disease that can be linked to coffee. This study was conducted by The Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health and the Channing Laboratory and Division of Preventive Medicine, Harvard Medical School.