Myth, lies, wellness – and robot sex

Lately I’ve been continually surprised with things that I see over and over again: disinformation from large corporations that is self-serving and promotes their business interests, but which many believe to be the truth. 

The question is “what can we actually believe in?” I just read the excellent book “Body by Science,” by John Little and Doug McGuff, a physician, on what kinds of exercise, from a scientific point of view, makes us healthy. For example, just because we live longer or are fit doesn’t mean that we are healthy or healthier. The authors quickly show how running/jogging has nothing to do with health – on the contrary, it makes us sicker, and if we run or jog because we want to lose weight, their belief is that this is also completely wrong, as the exercise makes us fatter.

Little and McGuff state that our ancestors were actually no more active than we are today and hence we do not need to move more. We simply need to eat less. Period. But we do need to build muscle in the right way for about 15 minutes a week. As soon as I have completed my questionable, insane open water swim race this weekend, I am going to embark on this strategy for at least six months. I will report back with results. 

The good thing about this learning was also that I understood that running would not improve my fitness or ability to swim faster or longer. The only thing that can improve my swimming abilities is more swimming. Cross-training of skills and sports is just a myth.

Then I read an article on how the first sex robot café in London, and how one can now have a long-distance relationship with more ease with the use of a sex robot. Or how Alzheimer patients won’t be able to tell the difference between a robot and a human. All this seems completely unthinkable to me, yet it is a reality that we all have to deal with soon, one way or the other (assuming that robot relationships are of interest).  

Then there was another article saying that coconut fat is bad for us, sponsored by some very interesting big companies with their own vested interests and based on four studies conducted more than 30 years ago (one at a Finnish mental hospital study from 1959 to 1971, where it was later proven that the strong medication they received caused heart disease), as opposed to current information (17 studies over the past couple of years have shown the opposite). And now there are so many people believing that coconut oil is bad for us. 

If we take a fresh look at running, for example, we know that the body is a machine and exchanging body or machine parts is not easy nor good, and that repetitive work and pressure on the machine for hours every week will take its toll on hips, joints and knees, sooner or later.

So, the question once again is “what can we believe in?” I think we are entering an area where we must look at what is logical and what makes sense, and look critically at anything that comes as a surprise. 

Which studies do you want to believe about the health benefits of coconut oil?
Which studies do you want to believe about the health benefits of coconut oil?