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Exercise is good for you and High Heels are not: Health Reports on the Obvious

In a quest for health news which might spark some meaningful
topic worth sharing with the Bioethics community, I was repeatedly dismayed at
the number of articles offering relatively little useful information at all. In
fact, there seemed to be a surprising number of articles that offer scientific
support for topics that might be tempting for a superficial glance, but do not
add meaningfully to the much broader well-being of individuals and communities.
I strongly support using any tools necessary to disseminate health information
to persons who may benefit from evidence based health information, but the
focus of this effort ought to address more meaningful goals of medicine and
human welfare.

An article published in Substance
Use and Misuse
points out that of the over 15,000 individuals there was no
significant relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity (PA)
study link. This
article offers common sense health advice for future efforts: “Prevention
programs to increase PA levels from low to moderate combined with a reduction
of alcohol intake in men who regularly drink alcohol should be considered.”
This conclusion is based on the finding that persons who drink heavily also
have lower physical activity levels. Hardly seems groundbreaking. Yet, if there
had been a correlation suggesting that heavy drinkers are also quite physically
active, what would this offer as a useful nugget of health information? Don’t
worry about heavy alcohol consumption?

Studying the long term effect of wearing high heel shoes has
also gained attention in the media and academic literature. Though, in
fairness, I suppose someone has to study it so we can provide evidence based practice
considerations to persons who develop foot or ankle problems, or are required
to wear high heels as part of a work uniform.

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