Evidence over Allegiance
Updated: Oct 25, 2019
A recent Rich Roll podcast and twitter thread have caused me to pause and reflect. I want to be a lifelong learner (reference to Rich Roll Podcast) and I also want to disseminate the most evidence-based health information possible. The Twitter thread linked above has challenged my thinking and made me question whether or not the doctors and medical professionals who espouse Whole foods plant-based (WFPB) nutrition for optimal health are conveying the most evidence-based information possible.
Maybe yes. Maybe No. Because of my admitted bias in favor of WFPB nutrition, I’d love to assume that these doctors are using the most evidence-based and up to date information. But there is always the possibility that they may not be. Lately, I’ve questioned whether they are oversimplifying the evidence, whether they are making things too black and white or perpetuating half-truths. I don’t know, yet. This line of questioning on quality of evidence applies to all experts within the nutrition and human health realm.
I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus and turn this endeavor into a witch hunt. I want to provide an opportunity for everyone to answer questions and defend their positions no matter what dietary philosophies they may emphasize. And this is where my work, my passion, my podcast and my curiosity comes in. I want to have more of the world’s experts on my podcast to answer these questions and be part of 3-way discussions with me moderating. This would allow for experts to question experts and would result in elevating public discourse and consciousness.
In the end, these experts are human and their time and experience is finite. I vow to stay open minded and my hope is that as I publish more conversations with experts, you too will stay openminded and curious, and that these purveyors of health will stay open minded. Ultimately, if the weight of evidence becomes too great, I hope everyone would have the humility to change their thinking and shift their philosophies. We’re all in it for the same reasons; to help people get healthier. As I responded to Kevin in the twitter thread, I’ll take evidence, any day, over allegiance to a particular doctor or public figure.
As always, remain responsible and compassionate ambassadors for whatever you are passionate about, and stay healthy.