Your Aug. 17 editorial entitled “Coca-Cola Co.’s research isn’t the real thing,” in which you refer to a New York Times column that points out Coca-Cola, in essence, paid for scientists to support its position on the controversy that sugary drinks cause obesity.
Rush Limbaugh mentioned this column last week and wondered if global warming activists, too, can buy their own scientists. It’s a valid question. Also, last week Mr. Limbaugh cited an Aug. 10 Washington Post column entitled “The science of skipping breakfast: How government nutritionists may have gotten it wrong.”
Who do you believe anymore? Remember the news several years ago that mother’s milk was bad for babies? Or, how about the ongoing “coffee good/coffee bad” issue? Coconut oil to make popcorn? Red wine? Climate change? Ice age? Marijuana? The newest miracle drug?
The moral is this: When it comes to current headline-grabbing scientific conclusions, take them with a grain of salt (salt?) and go with your gut and life experience. If it’s important enough to you, check out the sources and follow the money!
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W.A. Combs, Fresno