Red wine myth – part 2

One of the researchers involved in presenting the beneficial effects of a substance found in red wine, resveratrol, has been found guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data. The relevant journals that published his research have been notified. This obviously throws into question the research that claims that red wine is beneficial for the heart. However, it has been suggested by other researchers that this will have little impact on resveratrol research. 

Another study has reported that 13% of scientists surveyed (clinicans and academics) have witnessed intentional alteration or fabrication of data in order to get results published. However, it is possible the actual figure for deliberate alteration and fabrication of results could be higher. 

indeed, it is not just the research based on deliberately altered and fabricated data that we need to be wary of or concerned about. Research that is ‘bona fide’ in terms of conduct and where no deliberate fabrication has occurred may also be false. John Ioannidis published this paper entitled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”. In it he explains why this is the case and states that most claimed research findings are often just ‘accurate measures of the prevailing bias.’

He goes on to state that there is “increasing concern that in modern research, false findings may be the majority or even the vast majority of published research claims.” In addition, he says ‘it can be proven that most claimed research findings are false,’ and he elaborates further on this. He also suggests ways to improve the situation. 

Thus it is important that we do not give our power away to so-called research findings – bearing in mind that they are probably more likely to be false than true. When it comes to alcohol, as previously stated in another blog post, one does not need research to identify that it is harm-full to the body – a hangover does that job very well. However, we have not been taught to honour what we feel, what the body feels and so we ignore and over-ride its sometimes very loud messages – and go out and do it all again! 

Indeed it is considered by many people to be abnormal to not drink alcohol and normal to drink alcohol – I use to hold this view myself and could not understand why everyone didn’t ‘enjoy’ drinking as much as I did. However, now I know that so called ‘enjoy’ was not truly joy-full but a false state of being. In addition, for me now, saying it is normal to drink alcohol, is the same as saying it is normal to drink poison. 

There is nothing more joy-full than being who you truly are, without any false stimulants or substances – yet so many remain unaware of the true glory and amazingness that rests within them. In the separation and disconnection from their essence many people use alcohol to numb out and not feel that which they don’t want to feel, oblivious to the fact that beyond the stresses, hurts and wounds there is a place of Love within that can melt all of those away. 

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