Saturday, February 1, 2020

Places Where Conventional Medical Wisdom Is Wrong

This week I want to share with you 2 areas where researchers have debunked conventional wisdom by doing rigorous studies according to an article published in The New York Times by Gina Kolate.

1. The step counters and calorie trackers that are in vogue may not be helping you lose weight. In fact, dieters may be better off without digital equipment. A study followed 470 dieters for two years. They found that those who wore tracking devices for steps taken and calories burned actually lost less weight than those who just followed standard advice.
So…1, 2, 3, 4…forget it!

2. The conventional wisdom is when a pregnant woman’s water breaks that you should deliver the baby immediately because of the OBGYN’s concern that this could lead to bacteria invading the womb and causing infection in the baby. So, deliver the baby immediately. 

Researchers found that the OBGYN can monitor the fetus while waiting for labor to begin naturally and the fetus will not have a greater risk for infection. They also found if the baby went to the end of term that the babies were healthier, had less respiratory distress and a lower risk of death than those that were delivered immediately after the water broke.  So…broken water, no problem, it’s not the disastrous situation we’ve thought it was. 
(Reported New York Times, January 12, 2020)

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