Don’t you really love studies like these? What are they really saying?
Here was my first thought when I read this: I LOVE benzos.
Here was my second thought: My mother took benzos to excess her entire life and was sharp as a tack when she died at 74. My father never took them and started showing his Alzheimer’s in his early 70s.
And also, wouldn’t they also find that these older people in the study all drank milk as children? Does THAT link to an increased risk of dementia?
Take just about anything. Big headlines say
New study shows that (fill-in-the-blank) is bad for you!
The next year, we’ll see headlines that a new study shows that the very same substance promotes good health.
I simply can not take any of these studies seriously.
Take sugar. Any imbecile has to realize that a whole boatload of sugar is bad for you, especially white sugar (she says as she looks longingly at those double chocolate brownies). But a packet of raw sugar a day isn’t going to kill you.
Or booze. Anyone who’s ever experienced a hangover knows for a fact that alcohol is poison. Moderation is the key. Although, really, I am barely a drinker now, I have had a few world-class hangovers. I don’t need a study to tell me how to treat alcohol.
And wine. One glass a day for health or two? I mean, seriously. Drink a glass of wine a day if you like it or, if you’re like me, don’t drink one every day, drink when you feel like it. I really doubt you’re going to die young because you didn’t have your daily ration of the grape.
Carbs, protein or vegan? A strictly vegan diet may help us live longer, but what kind of life is that? We eat a nice filet once a week or two. Some days we eat vegetarian. Other days we eat lean pork or good chicken. All things in moderation; I doubt any of it will kill us.
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that we all have common sense and that it’s always the best guide to deciding what to do–on any topic. So here’s my headline: