Originally Posted by Anoop Balachandran
Works for what? And why do you think it works? And why are you so sure?
And this is the problem with anecdotes. Everyone seems to have their own set of observations which they believe is true no matter what.
And I agree it's not rocket science.
All I am saying is that we can do much much better with an evidence based approach. There are so many pitfalls with anecdotal evidences and that's the major reason why the evidence based approach evolved. I hope you would agree here considering you are pursuing your ph.D
Nice site of yours!
What works is what works.
Honestly, I like the evidenced base approach (as you know from my site).
But the evidence based approach is limited in two areas:
1. Not all people respond the same to similar protocol. What is optimal for someone may not be optimal for someone else. Obviously, genetics play a big factor here.
Hence, why experience and anecdotal evidence etc. is a huge factor. You want someone who has a huge variety of population based experience who can say to you... "hey this protocol works for most people but it's not working for you. Let's try this instead."
2. For the people that aren't willing to put in the time, money, and effort, the expereriences of multiple people tend to work extremely well. Especially in line with what Dave has stated earlier in this thread.
This is a good community. We have a lot of people here who do their own research. But we also have a lot of people who experiment to see if things work.
You can't have one without the other. Experience is as benficial or even more beneficial sometimes than research especially if research is very poorly done.
If a patient has an injury and I tell to them do something out of my experience because it WORKS even though I have no way to give any evidence should they ignore what I say? Similarly, for coaches with elite athletes who get results?
What works is what works. Regardless of it is anecdotal evidence or scientific evidence backing it up. Even if it is both of those or even NOTHING backing it up.
Do we care why whole milk is better post workout than skim milk? Maybe. Do we know it works? Yes. Could I try to come up with an answer for that based on scientific reasoning? Yeah, I could.. and I tried to. But you can't dispute the fact that it works.