Science not fads
Sunday, September 08, 2019
Not too much personal stuff to report this week. I am continuing with intermittent fasting, continuing to rack up great blood sugars while off all diabetes meds, and I continue to have becoming "merely" overweight (instead of obese) as my next big goal.
Meanwhile, I have begun two new research collaborations related to weight and fasting (I'm a college professor with a PhD in biology). One is with a registered dietician in the Public Health department and the other is with a licensed neuropsychologist in the Psychology Department.
These collaborations kill two birds with one stone. As a researcher, I think the obesity crisis and its comorbidities is second only to climate change as a public health threat. So any research that helps is a good thing, IMO. Second, as someone who has incorporated intermittent fasting into my own life, I want to know more about it for personal reasons.
Intermittent fasting has become something of a fad and although I'd like to see more people doing I.F., when something becomes a fad, we tend to exaggerate benefits and minimize risks. In other words, we lose the dispassionate objectivity that scientists are supposed to bring to their work. At the moment, I'm planning on doing some form of I.F. for the rest of my life so I want to know a lot more about it. And of course, as the research gets done, I'll share it with all of you.
Spark on, friends.