Sunday, March 29, 2009

How hard could it be?

Apologies on the silence. Promise to pick up the pace again when my time is once again my own, and finish up some of the drafted topics Ive set aside.

In the meantime, here is something for us to think about: What makes up an Alt practice.

Looking at it from a different perspective, Le Canard Noir of Quackometer has just published this list. Well worth the read.

I know its a cheap redirect post on someone's article :P
...still, the effort put into it truly deserves having more folks take a peek.

It lets us clearly see why some things about quack practices are a shared trait across the flock.

-e-

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Enzymes - Whats the craze about?

Enzymes.

Hardly any health nut Ive met doesn't know what it is.
*ahem*
I mean... has not at least heard about it.

Those that know what it is? very few really.

One thing we do very well in Malaysia is quote others.
You see, it takes away the mundane task of doing any homework yourself.

Everywhere i look now, from the curry mee lady in the Tg Bungah market, to the folks sitting around me in the office... all i hear is "make enzyme!" "take enzyme" "enzyme is good for you" etc... heck, some even sell the stuff now...

...but none, I repeat... NOT ONE person can tell me why these new enzyme supplements are good for you.
HELL, not a single one can even come close to telling me what enzymes ARE in the first place.

Here we are in an advanced society with information at our fingertips, yet we let the alt-nutrition folks lead us around with pseudo-scientific nonsense like buffaloes tugged by nose rings.

I am disappointed that many of these people are well educated folks. Their flaws in wanting a quick cure or their fear of "missing out" on something no matter how much like bullshit it smells really makes you wonder: How can they justify these things to themselves?

By the very act of practicing, you are giving it more credibility then it deserves.
There are even some that openly tell you that there is no real effect, but they want to use it like a juice or something of the like...that is how much the fear of "possibly missing out" is ingrained in these people.

Whatever reasons you give yourself, you are still guilty of propagating a practice that is both pointless, and misleading. You endanger the minds of those that look up to you by saying its ok to act outside of better judgements.

So, after that rant...what is an enzyme?

An enzyme is just a kind of protein that has a catalytic role in some situations like the original environment it existed in. The problem with this, is that once it is not functioning as an enzyme, it is nothing more than regular protein.

When consumed, the body breaks down these proteins into the amino acid building blocks that make them up so that they may be consumed. Any function that it may have had as an enzyme is going to be lost at this point.

If you do not understand what that means, you should not be promoting enzyme based supplementary products.

-e-

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Selfish acts

Here is a very short but interesting entry i just picked up from badscienceblogs.

Hilarious, but disturbing as well.
It highlights what you need to have in your head to be an alternative practitioner.

We really need to take heed as these practices are slowly, but steadily, seeping into the cracks of our culture through our gullible that are desperate for answers.

What is sad is, that our gullible folks transform to our selfish folks when they succumb to these irrational fears that have been promoted via active marketing streams, not science backed journals.

It is a truly selfish thing to deny our future generations the lessons to critically judge a product just because you think taking it will be an easy way to solve all your problems, and you assume theirs too.

Like it or not, we all affect those around us... be it our kids, friends, parents, relatives etc.
If you hold any respect from them, anything you do will influence them to think that something is good for them or not.

If you sacrifice critical judgement just for a few shortcuts that are probably as fake as the claims they are based on, which you trust on faith through some marketing leader with a grand smile...then at that very moment, your endorsement will burden those around you with the weakness of that gullibility you carry.

Few people can accept the fact that paying for false hopes is not better than dealing with the truth.

If you cannot see the bigger picture. Imagine one day when a Quantum Pendant peddler's child, as gullible as his parents, convinces your own kids to fall for some scam or other. Yes, it will be your fault as an elder to not have educated them.

Toss your apathy aside.
Take a stand for reason, if you do not wish to see our future generations so easily fleeced or molded by irrational fear.

-e-