Which scientific advice changed multiple times along the past years?
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Tooth brushing. First it was back & forth. Then up & down. Lately they say brush in a circle.
many things related to nutrition
Whether eggs are good for you or not.
Sugar vs fat is a classic one. Those bogus studies of decades ago that demonized fat and presented sugar as not a big deal really fucked us over in the US
Smoking was good, then it was bad. Then light cigarettes were the healthy alternative, now those are bad. Then vaping was the healthy alternative but now that’s bad?
Well, it seems like every time I turn around, scientists are changing their minds about whether coffee, wine, or chocolate is good or bad for you. Maybe we should just stick to water and celery!
Giving paracetamol and ibuprofen to children. In the UK the advice changes so often I always have to Google it when my kids are sick. First it was alternate them but make sure it’s 4 hours apart. Then it changed to say a slight overlap was fine, so paracetamol at 9am and if that doesn’t work then ibuprofen at 11am. Now it’s changed depending on the symptom you’re treating, so it’s sometimes ok to give both but sometimes it’s not recommended in case it masks serious symptoms.
It’s exhausting keeping up with it and really makes you doubt your memory of the rules each time.
It doesn’t help that the NHS is a disjointed group of trusts and national groups who seem to leave outdated information on their various websites so Google often brings up a heap of official NHS sources that sort of contradict each other.
The Food Pyramid, taste
Something to think about: the science may not have changed, but the circumstances might have.
Worth thinking about before shitting on “science” and going to watch your megachurch pastor preach or take your homeopathy pills.