Keeping Up With Health and Wellness

A health reserach junkie bookshelf :)Health research junkie here. I probably need a 12-Step program. Researching health topics gives me pleasure the way a good novel, TV series, music or dinner with friends does.

I’m in heaven studying up on a topic with a million tabs open in my browser, books open on my desk with yellow highlighter all over the pages and ink notes in the margins, podcasts loaded for the next hour-long drive to town, and a list of videos/movies to absorb in my downtime.

Heaven. It’s hugely satisfying when I know I’ve got a topic covered. Even though I’ve just got the foundation covered — you know there’s always more to learn with new information coming out every single day. So it’s an incredibly exciting heaven!

Two Reasons WHY I’m a Health Research Junkie

1. Speaking of heaven, I’m driven to research health and wellness topics because, like you, I don’t want to die. I mean, I know everybody dies… but who wants to just fold, right? And I SURE don’t want to die a long slow agonizing death from a preventable disease like I’ve seen too many family and friends do. I want to go all at once.

2. I hate to see people suffer and I especially hate it when there’s no reason for it! Over 95% of all diseases today are preventable “lifestyle” diseases. And, if you already have one, it’s curable! You have to catch it early enough but, heck, even stage 4 cancers are curable now. If I can play a small part in someone’s recovery, if I can open a door, a window, drill a hole in the wall to let in some new desperately needed information… that idea gets me out of bed in the morning.

I have studied health and nutrition since I got involved in fitness in 1982. That’s a long time. My brain is completely saturated, full to overflowing, with good quality, helpful, life-saving information. I simply have to share it. Just like all the other wonderful blogs and health professionals sharing life-saving information. The more the merrier.

HOW I Research Health and Wellness Topics

The internet is overflowing with information: blog posts, articles, experts, news sites (both mainstream and alternative), summits, stats (often manipulated), studies (ditto), books, TV shows, movies (both docs and entertainment), social media posts, videos, webinars… overflowing. What did I leave out?

So how do you know what’s fact, what’s myth, what’s complete fiction? You can’t just read one or two articles and go with it. In fact, that’s a dangerous way to mess with your health. Many of those articles are just parroting each other! You have to ask yourself 3 main questions:

  1. Where did the author get that info?
  2. What credibility does the author have?
  3. Does the assertion match the actual study results?

Getting the answers is what takes all the time.

Did you know that most professional magazine articles — online and print — were written by ghost writers? Including articles in medical journals!!! These authors have no training or interest in health and wellness, nor do they even follow the programs or recommendations they write about!

The #1 priority in any industry is profit and that includes the health and wellness industry. Now, there’s gotta be profit, that’s a good thing — that’s what feeds our families. However, profit made on a foundation of sensationalism, lies and pitiful research is another thing altogether.

You’d be stunned to discover how many times a study’s “findings” are quite a fur leap from the study’s documented results! I was. Turns out that researchers are biased, too.

My commitment to readers and clients — besides helping interpret test results and designing customized protocols — includes filtering through that vast array of data and bringing the most credible information to you.

My study is most often topic-based: a client or friend asks a question and I’m off. I don’t just read one or two articles on the topic. Oh no. I read, watch and listen to everything available on that topic. I have a bookshelf full of books and a hard drive full of notes. My research is not complete until I have literally exhausted every lead.

In fact, my own book is comprised of notes collected over many years of study on a wide variety of health topics. The book is delivered in such a way that the information can continually be updated. Because of the advent of the functional medicine approach (which is how I work), knowledge is being fine-tuned and expanded every single day.

Pay attention, folks, because many of the things we’ve come to know as “facts” simply aren’t anymore. Consider that now…

  • fat is good
  • cholesterol is necessary
  • low-fat is bad
  • sugar causes all manner of disease formerly blamed on fat
  • diabetes is curable
  • cancer is curable
  • calories don’t count
  • seed oils can be dangerous
  • chronic cardio is harmful
  • high carb diets can be harmful
  • 95% of all disease is caused by poor lifestyle choices…

This list goes on and on, from acne to zika.

This is why cross-referencing “facts” is doubly important these days: so much new information. Just because a “known expert” says such-and-such, don’t take it at face value. Follow every link, find the study(s) and see if such-and-such holds up to scrutiny.

My job is to keep learning for my clients because I know they don’t have the time. How do I? I’m so obsessed, I arranged my life so that learning about health and healing is my actual job.

Most health professionals don’t do nearly the study I do on a topic. Doctors sure don’t. I know this because a majority of my clients come to me after the medical system has failed them.

WHAT & WHO are my sources?

I started to make a complete list, but it just wouldn’t be conclusive. If you’re a lifelong learner, you know you can find a new AWESOME resource under every rock. No worries, though, you will see all my resources in my posts. If I miss one, say so in the comments and I’ll fill it in. That way you can do more study, if you so desire.

PODCASTS

I’m in the car fairly often driving to town and podcasts keep me awake and entertained. Here are my current favs:

  • Wise Traditions (I NEVER miss an episode)
  • Cato Daily Podcast (to keep up with food and medical freedom issues)
  • High Intensity Health Radio (Mike Mutzel)
  • Joette Calabrese (Homeopathy)
  • STEM-Talk (the most interesting people in the world)
  • The Quantified Body: Citizen Science
  • Revolution Health Radio (Chris Kresser)
  • The Daily Lipid (Chris Masterjohn)
  • The Robert Scott Bell Show

It’s important to remember that not every expert is right all the time on every subject. Not even Mercola. Although I don’t think his errors have caused any deaths… just sayin’.

Got a Question?

What’s on your mind today health-wise? Ask in the comments, I am notified immediately. Or contact me — email and phone are at the top of every page. I might just be looking for a topic!

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