Every Monday I free-write whatever comes to mind.

I can’t promise you quality. I can’t promise you the feels. I can’t promise you anything, really. Except that it will always be raw, it will always be unedited, it will always be all over the place, and it will always be me. Oh, and it will always be done in my pajamas. Always. Because that’s how I roll.

Hmmm. What to talk about today…

How about… I don’t know… health and crap?

I’m not using the term lightly. It’s on my mind because yesterday morning I read an article talking about how we all need to avoid gluten and grains as much as possible. Man, there was some convincing data to back it up.

Today I read an article saying how ridiculous the idea of cutting out glutens and grains was, and dang. There was some convincing data to back that up, too.

In the past six months, I have seen articles talking about the dangers of dairy. I have seen articles talking about the importance of dairy. I’ve seen things about the dangers of saturated fats, I’ve seen studies that show how saturated fat isn’t bad for you like we always thought. I’ve seen people going on about the danger of corn. I’ve seen research that shows how corn is just fine. I’ve seen the old “no food three hours before bed” being talked about. I’ve seen research that shows that it does not matter when you eat your calories. One study I read showed that you should not workout more than 30 minutes. Another said 90. Another said time doesn’t matter, as long as you have the energy and nutrients to back it up.

Wow. So much more. Everywhere I look there is “solid science” and “solid data” telling the world how to live and eat and exercise, and all of it contradicts one another.

And you know what I realized?

Exactly what I said before. It’s all crap. All of it.

It doesn’t matter what product, diet, or idea people are pitching. There is real data, and real examples, of how it will work and there are just as much real data and just as many real examples of how it won’t work.

The question is, where is all of that data coming from? If the dairy industry wants to fix the public perception on dairy, how hard is it to fund a study that backs up the importance and safety of dairy? If the farming industry wants to fix the public perception on organic vs. non-organic food, how hard is it to fund a study that backs up the perception they want to put out there? If any industry wants to build their brand, fix their image, or become commonplace, how hard is it to fund a stupid study that backs them up? It’s only a matter of money, and studies are cheap compared to the industries bankrolls which are backing them.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!