Why did we make meatharms.com? There seems to be a growing trend on social media of people relying on anecdotes instead of sound science to decide on the best diet for them. The problem is anecdotes are unreliable. You don’t know if the claims are accurate, or if they’re motivated by bias, or if they’re just completely untrue, or if the person making the claims are experiencing the placebo effect. This is why we created meatharms.com. It’s a place for people to provide their anecdotes that counter the growing claim that meat heals. We’re gonna be honest right up front. The stories we publish will be those that confirm our bias. We honestly don’t care if the stories are true or not, so long as it pushes our narrative. Though, many of the stories may be true. We will also tightly control the comments allowed on this site. But not because we are trying to deceive you or stifle open discussion. We are explicitly trying to demonstrate how other supposed health sites, particularly those that claim meat heals, are doing the same thing, but without telling you.
The stories we publish will be those that confirm our bias.
Why would we admit this?
The simple reason is because we are an antidote to anecdotes. We want to break down the predilection for people looking for proper nutrition to rely on the unreliable anecdotes of others. Look, there are plenty of websites sharing anecdotes from people claiming they’ve seen ghosts or have been abducted by aliens. But, as we all know, those anecdotes aren’t evidence. And diet websites are no exception. Health and nutrition gurus will push any story that serves their narrative. The difference between them and us? We’re being honest about it up front.
Anecdotes aren’t evidence.
So why do people believe anecdotes when it comes to diet?
There are many reasons why people are more likely to believe anecdotes. Perhaps they’re desperate for a solution to their health issues. Perhaps they’re looking for evidence that confirms their bias. Who knows. Our purpose here is to breakdown the notion that reliance on anecdotes to make personal health decisions is not only ill-advised, but potentially dangerous. Health decisions should be based on sound science and consultations with medical professionals you trust. Not supposed “health gurus”, “fitness experts”, online personalities, or anonymous strangers who may have ulterior motives.
It doesn’t matter what diet it is.
Anecdotes claiming the benefits of eating an all meat diet, or that meat heals, are just as invalid as anecdotes claiming the benefits of eating nothing but oreos or broccoli or cardboard. Anecdotes can be useful in inspiring scientific inquiry, but they are not evidence. Correlation does not mean causation. Just because someone’s health improved on a particular diet does not mean the components of that diet are what healed them. Further, the solutions may have serious long term repercussions. Don’t be someone else’s science experiment. We genuinely care about the health and well-being of our fellow humans, and we think it is wonderful when others regain their health through lifestyle changes. However, we are deeply concerned with the potential dangers of following anecdotal advice when there is a paucity of supporting evidence. We hope this website will convince you to agree.
We are an Antidote to Anecdotes
Thanks for joining us,
The MeatHarms.com Team