Given that the Paleo community is so quick to scoff at epidemiological studies, particularly those done by Ancel Keys, why do we lean so heavily on tribal studies focusing on groups like the Masai? Doesn't that qualify as blunt hypocrisy?
asked byGary_4 (250)
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on March 20, 2013
at 06:29 PM
Epidemiological studies can't prove a causal relationship, so if you're saying that, e.g. saturated fat consumption causes heart attacks, epidemiological studies can't prove that this theory is correct.
On the other hand, disproving a theory is much easier than proving one. Many a beautiful theory has been slain by a single little ugly fact (to mangle an old quote). Epidemiological studies are much more valid as examples of how a given theory does NOT work in reality.