The Female Athlete

Part 4 in a series on why articles on ‘nutrition’ and nutritional advice from ‘experts’ on diet is a waste of time, energy and effort [for the non-medically institutionalized population].

I just read this article this morning and had to post…

Nutrition experts again making claims for which there is little to no scientific research, but in this case, they are not suggesting it for adult women… they are making recommendations for children! Read…

OK… magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and aspirin… so if you are going to make these recommendations, there is science behind it, right?

Hell no!

So called nutrition experts don’t need no stinkin’ science, they just recommend on what ‘they feel’ is right, or what they think should be right. Make shit up and sell it as valid and reliable advice is the name of the game in the field of nutrition!

The arrogance, the ignorance, the insanity of randomly recommending ‘solutions’ when you are as clueless as a bag of doorknobs is what “health care” has come to; and do not dare confront one of these so called nutrition experts on their recommendations or question them on their education and experiential background which supposedly authorizes them to offer recommendations because backed into a corner knowing that they have absolutely none, they will go into full moron mode and attack you for questioning their sanctimonious preaching and for you to have the gall to eat and drink whatever you want.

A quick Google for research on aspirin as a solution for dysmenorrhoea came up with one systematic review on the NCBI website.  The study made the following conclusion in regards to NSAIDs and supplementation:

Click on the study conclusions to link for the article abstract on the NCBI website

You can read it just as plainly as I can read it…

  • Aspiring MAY reduce pain… and the key part… FEW studies have been of good quality.
  • Vitamin supplementation MAY reduce pain in women with primary dysmenorrhoea.

Let’s revisit the article in Runners World and the recommendations made by yet another so called expert in nutrition…

Magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and aspirin can mitigate (definition: make less severe) cramping and bloating.

Really?  Where is the research that states that with the confidence that the writer states it? There is none.  The research states it may, but in which women of what age group, with any other symptoms or other reproductive system issues? Since it is not clear yet the only thing that needs to happen is more research. That’s it… no recommendations. At most, it can be identified what the research states but no actual prescription can be made because there is no evidence to suggest that anything works conclusively and consistently.

And… NOWHERE does it state that magnesium or omega 3 fatty acids do anything!  Which is to the point I made in the prior post that so called nutrition experts don’t actually need any scientific research to make claims… they are happy to randomly recommend anything in order to come across as if they actually know something and should be listened to.

Furthermore, where is the research which specifically has been performed on teenage girls going through their first few menstrual cycles? Where is the research stating that it is SAFE to give teenage girls aspirin, huh?

Exactly… NOWHERE!  But so called experts in nutrition are going to recommend drugs for which they have no clue whether or not is appropriate, what are the risks, what are the possible side effects, nor is it listed who shouldn’t take aspirin.

Girls have been going through puberty for how many centuries… and without popping pills, but now because magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids are mainstream and because Bayer needs to sell drugs into a new demographic lets just randomly prescribe ‘solutions’ to young ladies?

Consequences… sm ‘onsequences. Considering side effects is for those who don’t live life on the edge?  Really?  You are going to gamble with the health of children… yup, because that’s what so called experts in nutrition do!

Its time to clue in… they don’t give a rip about your health because if nutrition experts did, they would tell you the truth… there is NO consistent valid, reliable, conclusive evidence in the scientific literature that says that any single food is a cure or a solution in any given population, in one or the other sex, for any specific disease. But… nutrition experts do not see this as any reason not to prescribe this diet, or that diet, cleanses, colonics, or who knows what other insanity.

Health care is failing because it is not telling the truth to patients, and is enabling patients to dig deeper and deeper holes of disease for themselves by trying to “manage” their symptoms instead of prescribing a bit of truthiness…. like you are obese because you won’t stop shoving food into your pile hole! Nah, we have to be sensitive to the patients absolute insensitivity to their own body which screams to them to stop putting food into their mouth, but because they don’t want to hear that their body is bursting at the seams and because they want a simple do-nothing solution that permits them to continue to shove food into their pile hole… we have to help “manage” their condition.

Health care is failing because “the consumer is always right” mindset has infiltrated the offices of medical doctors yielding the mindset that “the patient is always right”… so patients walk in and doctors simply write the prescription they are told – by the patient – is needed (hence a crisis in opioids as patients “know” what they need… more addictive painkillers).

Health care is failing because “the consumer is always right” mindset has resulted in anyone thinking that they are educated and experienced sufficiently to give out advice. Hey, if I am a patient and I am always right, then that means that I can give advice to anyone else… because I am always right. Case in point, everyone is now a so called expert in nutrition… why? Because they eat, and since they “know” what to eat, they must also know what everyone else should eat, and not just eat for health, but eat to cure disease.

And so here we are… recommending to parents, to coaches, and to teenage girls directly that random items are ‘solutions’ to their problems.