‘Scientific research into health and diet is unreliable as it so often contradicts itself.’ Is this a fair comment?

YES: Scientific research is driven by stakeholders with conflicting agendas and highly complex societal conditions, making it unreliable in raising our capacities to deal with health and diet issues. 

  1. Scientific research into health and diet issues may be commercially motivated, thereby undermining the motives of authentic science when businesses rush the development and manufacturing of products arising from such findings. 

  2. The medical fraternity may rely on limited research findings and professional opinion that contradicts social and political realities, thereby magnifying rather than solving some public health issues.  

  3. Scientific research into dieting may be conducted by self-purported experts with surface rather than deep knowledge of science, leading to a diverse range of often contradictory findings and advice on the issue.

NO: Scientific research into health and diet is reliable as it is driven by stakeholders who increasingly achieve consensus and solutions to address the complex conditions surrounding the issue.    

  1. Businesses recognize that authentic and effective research findings are more likely to generate sustained commercial benefits and hence fund scientific research on health and diet based upon reliable practices.

  2. The medical fraternity devotes extensive resources in time, expertise and material assets to researching major health issues, thereby aligning their efforts with the purposes of medicine and which are more likely to result in reliable solutions.

  3. Scientific research into dieting may be conducted by experts who synthesize the findings of other experts, leading to findings and advice that deepen our understanding of the issue.