Science-based does not mean science, which is usually the word it is being substituted for.
Ever see a movie where it starts out by saying “based on a true story”? The authors then precede to insert various scenes which never happened and twist the true story for dramatic effect. The result is, hopefully, a very entertaining and convincing movie which is technically based on a true story but in reality may not even convey the same original meaning of that story.
The word science-based follows a similar fate. It is not the science or “true story” itself, it only professes to be based on that. Instead, it takes a kernel of science and runs with it, often twisting the “true story” or science by omitting details, taking things out of context or sometimes actually adding things which never happened. It takes the objectivity of science and enters it into the human subjective mind where anything can happen.
So when someone uses the word science-based or its close cousin, fact-based, don’t take their word for granted. If it is science based there should be scientific references – read them and do your own search, engage your critical thinking! Otherwise we may end up doing something silly or even harmful to our health and community, like well… I’ll let you use your imagination.
This is general information only and not intended to diagnose or treat your specific health or medical conditions. If you have a specific health or medical condition consult with your healthcare professional. You can also contact Dr. Pintauro directly.