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the fitness skeptic is a blog that takes a critical look at the health and fitness industry.

in it I'll examine the claims, products, practises and commonly held beliefs and SCRUTINISE the evidence.

My aim is to separate what is true from what is not and encourage fitness consumers and fitness professionals to become skeptics. 

I’ll take no prisoners when it comes to criticising the scam artist or highlightling the bogus but I’ll also give credit where credit is due.

Welcome to the fitness skeptic

TFS Dictionary - part 1

If you're diving into the world of skepticism for the first time, understanding the meaning of some commonly used words would be useful.

You can find a comprehensive list in the TFS dictionary section in the main menu.

Over the weeks I'll keep adding to the lexicon but here's a few words to get you started:

Pseudo-science

Noun

Pseudoscience consists of claims, beliefs or practices presented as being plausible scientifically but which are not justifiable by the scientific method. A topic, practice, or body of knowledge can reasonably be considered pseudoscientific when it is presented as consistent with the norms of scientific research but it demonstrably fails to meet these norms.

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscience]

Snake oil

noun

  1. a substance with no real medicinal value sold as a remedy for all diseases.

  2. a product, policy, claim or idea of little real worth or value that is promoted as the solution to a problem.

True

truː/

Adjective

In accordance with fact or reality.

Untrue

Not in accordance with the facts or with reality.

Woo

/wu:/

Adjective

Woo is a word skeptics use to describe pseudo-scientific ideas, ideas that are irrational, often implausible and not based on any evidence that is proportional with the often extraordinary nature of the claim. These are ideas are rarely tested to see if they are real and are usually defended against all reason and contrary evidence.

 

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