The BIG BOLD story of the day is “FAKE NEWS” and your health is caught in the big middle of it all. The real issue here comes down to figuring out what is fake, what is real, and what is a combination of both blended together for a great story that gets more clicks, views, and shares.
This goes way beyond server hacking, wiretapping, Russian tampering, birth certificates, business connections, paid protestors, and news organization agendas. Your very health has been caught in the crossfire when issues of healthcare bills, foods, vaccines, medicines, supplements, and lifestyle choices are used to scare or ingratiate you to do things that are in fact, bad for you.
Dr. Oz was brought in front of Congress 2 years ago and charged with pushing “fake news”. This was due to many in congress being called by lobbyists that wanted him silenced because he was in fact providing truth and creating distrust in the pharm/medical industries. Many of my trusted health sites have been blacked out by Google for this very reason including NaturalNews.com, GreenMedInfo.com, and ANH-USA.com, though EWG.com has gotten a pass due to some of their political leanings.
Everyone and every story has an agenda, so make sure you know where you stand in promotion of your own health and life.
Science is a tricky thing as anything can be proven through false predictions, media hype, and “expert backing”. Just think back to all the doctor recommended cigarette ads back in the 50’s, followed by the push for fake fats (i.e. margarine and trans-fat filled products), then the push for fat free everything which were all backed by fake and badly designed studies. Every one of these things were done in an effort to get you to buy things that would KILL you in the name of “better health” and “good science”.
The reality is that these studies where only good for a few bank accounts belonging to tobacco and pharmaceutical companies as product sales, cancer rates, obesity rates, and death rates have all increased rapidly since then. The previous health care bill (The ACA aka Obamacare) was sold to everyone in the same fashion, though it was known by those who created it that costs would rise, care would decline, and the system would collapse within 15 years of passing it. That is why it is imperative to watch carefully as the new healthcare bill is crafted (www.ReadTheBill.gop), be vocal about your own health care choices, and know who is fighting for your freedom to choose. Know the source and determine if you can trust that source before you ever trust the story or what they say about the subject matter in or of the story.
Know Who Your Sources Are
Do you have your own “go to” expert, sounding board, or news fact checking source when some piece of health information is put in front of you?
Do you know what side of the issues they are on?
Do you have an alternate outside of them?
Your answer to all three of these better be “yes” and your answer to any piece of information better be “let me get back to you on that,” especially if it is being quickly and “expertly” pushed on you. Fear and pleasure are both used, along with the rush of time and peer pressure, to make you forget about those three questions and your own ability to make a wise decision.
Before you buy a car or house, the first thing you do is get inspectors to look at them before you make that large investment. The same should go for that $30-$200 bottle or bottles of potential health you might be purchasing every month for years and decades costing as much as a car or house or possibly, your life. Take time with your personal health decisions as they are all life and death decisions at some point.
This next passage will be the toughest pill to swallow.
You don’t know what you don’t know and you most likely don’t know. You don’t know anything about what is in that product, nor does the person selling it to you. That’s right! In all likelihood, the person pushing a product on you knows virtually nothing about it and absolutely nothing about you, so take your time in all decisions. More importantly, you may possibly know even less about that product and how it will react with any of your medical issues or medications as this is a truth of over 3 quarters of the US population. Even more importantly your doctor, pharmacist, and the ER won’t know either if you don’t, won’t or can’t tell them and most likely they know nothing about diets and nutritional supplements to begin with.
The best thing you can do is learn as much as you can about yourself, your health, and anything you may be taking for it before ever adding anything to the mix. Because knowing is half the battle and the other half is doing what you know you should do.
- Check to source to know if it is pure or just literary manure. Always look for the group funding any study and you will know what they are trying to prove or make you think with the study. This will keep you in the middle so they can’t take advantage of your misguided feelings or fear.
- Get a second opinion from an alternate source for validation. Check every story against multiple sources and always look at the original source of the story, as it may just be taken out of context or made up. Don’t make health decisions based on who is paid to promote a product, only on who makes it and how it is made.
- To thine own self be true, but not stubborn to a fault. If a true story or piece of research goes against what you think, then realize you were wrong and add this new piece of truth to your thoughts. This one thing will save your life and keep you from looking like a fool when defending a falsehood and causing harm to others when they do believe it.