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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:11 PM

22. Statistics can be misleading

These people who made the rather serious commitment to become vegetarians are a special case.

And let's be clear here, vegetarianism was not imposed on them as part of the study, it was a choice.

I see no mention in the article of the points I'll raise so let's consider this a thought experiment.

Can we assume that meditation and other forms of biofeedback are potentially good for ones health? If so, is it reasonable to assume that vegetarians, on average, practice that more?

You see where I'm going with this? Arguably the vegetarians will, on average, be more fastidious about many aspects of day to day living that relate to health and well being.

And imo there's an intangible that I very much doubt was accounted for.

Imo many of the vegetarians see it as a matter of responsibility and pride to do well in this study. That will affect everything.

It becomes not just a study, it also becomes a competition.

P.S. I've been doing some reading over the last year and it seems for non-vegetarians eating eggs and dairy from animals that are fed well and treated well can make a positive difference in their health as compared to those who eat lots of dairy and eggs from mistreated animals raised factory style. Omega 3 levels is just part of the story. http://www.omega-3.se/en/food.html

Here's a good link. http://www.cornucopia.org/ Look at the "Scorecards" tab and its pop-up menu.

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