Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 09:06:40 +0200
Half baked research and news papers
Recently, a very good friend of mine sent me an article talking about the risks of having coffee. Here is the gist.
Beer, Coffee, Nuts, Wine may lower sperm count
The study conducted at the Medical Research Council, Cambridge has revealed that the common items such as Peanuts, Red wine; Coffee and Beer that men usually consume have certain chemicals in higher levels that may result in male infertility.
The results of the study can be found in the issue of the New Scientist Magazine. The study however was unable to determine the minimum quantity of eatables that could lead to infertility.
As I was reading this, I started to wonder about the validity of these kinds of researches. I say this because my Dad is a coffee addict and he has 4 kids born without any deformity or mental illness (ok, I think we are sane ). We also know that drunkards have the highest number of kids in India and that is partly the reason for India’s very high population.
So, when we have overwhelming evidence right in front of our eyes, can we really trust these kinds of researches? I think most of these researches are half baked. These well intentioned scientists take a small thing, analyze the effects of that on the body and develop the partial story. Thats it. Then the crazy media goes ballistic! The headlines start reading something like “Drink coffee Lose fertility!”
I think that our body is a wonderful thing that balances almost everything. It is self correcting in many ways. No, I am not saying get drunk or do drugs.No! But that does not mean we should not eat/drink anything. Given these researches (and more so how the media projects it), we should not eat/drink “ANYTHING”
Wine lowers sperm count. Fibers cause cancer. Oil causes increased cholesterol and causes heart attack. Drinks cause dementia…the list goes on. If we listen to everything, then I think we will not eat anything and in all probability, die of starvation!
So, let me eat and live a bit longer and then die peacefully, albeit sterile, half lunatic guy with clogged artieries