“Drinka Pinta Milka Day”
Anyone remember that?
That was back in the heydays when milk was “full of natural goodness” and schools issued free milk to all the kids. Milk was considered to be part of the essential diet for everyone as it was full of calcium and so was good for bones and teeth.
Over recent times I have become increasingly cynical about these “studies” which basically just take loads of data and try to extract meaningful results. Epidemiological studies have a place in the world of science I suppose, but the problem with them is that they can never tell the full story.
The milk “study” tracked 100,000 people and presumably counted their milk intake and then correlated that with lifespan or medical history. Did that “study” also include the infinite number of other variables that determine a persons life? Did it include genetics, mental attitudes, lifestyle, environment or even other dietary factors? It may have included some other factors but by definition it couldn’t have included all factors because they are infinite and unique to each individual.
What was the reason for this study? Why did someone suddenly decide to analyse milk? Did they pick through the bones of previous studies looking for an item that hadn’t been “studied” before? Why do I get the feeling that they pick on something that is supposed to be good for us, purely so they can come up with headline grabbing nonsense to justify their existence and their various grants?
The problem with these headline grabbers is that there are so many of them. Milk? Eggs? Fat? Sugar? Salt? All seem to have been proven to be highly beneficial or the epitome of evil at some stage in their history. The overall result is that they have lost what little credibility they may have had in the first place. Each one is just a single voice in the crowd who are all shouting the same thing – “you’ll never believe what we have just discovered”. The fact is that they are right – I don’t believe them any more. Any of them.
And I won’t be changing my consumption of milk either.