Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here is the link to the LAT article referenced this morning. http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-cycling16-2009feb16,0,1785648.story. Dr. Coggan is a frequent contributor to Slowtwich.com and knows his stuff. The author, however, does a great disservice by failing to mention that the best all-time form of bone strengthening is from walking. So please don't go out and join a soccer team and give up cycling just to keep from osteoporosis (as they suggest in the link). Park you car as far from the entrance to the Safeway as you can and walk. Then do 50 meter jogging intervals with your kids at the park, beach, ball field, circus, zoo, playground or grandma's backyard. That's all you need. That and more spinning. As EJ would surely agree, journalism (even the type still found in daily newspapers) that only gives one side of the story isn't journalism at all, it's propaganda. And this article was not only bad reporting, it was sloppy and dangerous as well. Soccer? I guess one doesn't have to worry about bone density when one has titanium knees. Sheesh.