Monday, May 9, 2011

From The Desk of Captain Obvious

Discovered this delightful article today: Arthritis May Degrade Quality of Life. Hahahaha!! Really, Captain Obvious? You needed a study to determine that? 

Apparently they did:
People who have arthritis may have fewer days of feeling mentally and physically well and are more likely to feel generally unwell, according to a new study published in Arthritis Care & Research.
I know I've been all about increasing awareness lately, but is this really the best we can do?? People with arthritis...don't feel well?? Really?!?! How does a study like this even get funded!!

The article seemed so pointlessly obvious to me that I almost didn't read the whole thing. But I'm really glad I did, because on the second page I discovered this gem:
The authors also found that people with arthritis who admitted to frequent heavy drinking were less likely than non-drinkers to rate their health as fair or poor, and reported fewer physically unhealthy days. 
Hahahahaha!!! So if I have vodka for dinner I will be less likely to rate my health as poor or feel physically unhealthy?? Stupendous! 

Ok, ok - to be fair the study was quick to disclaim that heavy drinking is not recommended. But come on!! First you give me this terribly depressing headline about the degraded quality of my life, then you tell me that you have evidence that I will literally feel better if I drink heavily a little more often, but then you tell me it's not healthy to drink heavily even if it will make me feel more healthy?!?

What exactly is it that we've learned here, people?

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I'm going to file this article under "D'uh?". What a bunch of tools.