Why Science Backed Advice Isn’t Always Helpful

Not all scientific studies are created equal.

Darius Foroux
4 min readJun 16, 2024

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If you google things like, “Is the Keto diet the best diet to be healthy?” You’ll likely find contrasting results. Some articles will tell you it’s good for you.

Others will say the opposite. That’s the problem with science-backed advice: They can provide conflicting solutions.

How do you know whether or not to listen to a certain science-backed advice?

Firstly, it’s important to understand that science is constantly evolving. What may be considered a fact today may be proven wrong tomorrow. This doesn’t mean that all scientific research should be disregarded, but rather that we should approach advice with caution and continue to evaluate new evidence as it becomes available.

Secondly, not all scientific studies are created equal.

While some research may have been conducted with high-quality methods and a large sample size, others may have flaws or limitations. This is why it’s important to look at the source of the information and consider who funded the study. If there is a potential conflict of interest or bias, then it’s best to be cautious.

Here are two examples of when you are best off NOT listening to certain Science-backed advice.

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Darius Foroux

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