Dear Coach: I hear so much conflicting information on the news and in the media…. how can I know what’s really true?
It’s quite understandable that people are nutritionally confused these days. We live in an information age, which can be both a blessing and a curse. There is more advice available than ever before, but the sheer volume of it and the conflicting nature of it can cause mass confusion.
Here are some basics that can help. First, Wikipedia, blogs and other online discussions are not the best source of information about diet and health. Nor can you rely on medical ‘opinions’ or diet books! Anyone can write a book or float a theory based on anecdotal stories or skewed/ biased science.
That’s why it’s so important to investigate any information presented to you. The best sources of information are medical and scientific journals who #1) document their research with valid science, and #2) are not funded or sponsored by big industry, food or drug manufacturers, or anyone with a hidden agenda who stands to profit from the research results.
Reading health-related studies yourself will require a small investment of your time; but if you truly don’t have time to evaluate the research for yourself, there are a few credible organizations who do just that. One of my favorites is Wellness Forum Health, founded by Dr. Pam Popper in Columbus, OH. Dr. Pam is an expert at evaluating research. She not only shares her findings with the public, but her organization will teach YOU how to evaluate information so you can make the best, informed decisions regarding your health.
Other credible sources include Dr. John McDougall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and Dr. Michael Greger – all of whom are well-known for digging into the data.
Note: Information provided on this website is for general dietary purposes only and is not intended to be construed as personal medical advice. Please consult your physician for medical advice pertaining specifically to you.