Do You Believe Everything You Read About Health?

United States
April 19, 2008 11:57am CST
What I'm asking here is are you tired of being confused? Of what is healthy to eat or do and what it not. First of all they say coffee is good to drink daily, it lessens your chances of getting altzhiemers disease when you're older. Then later they tell you that if you drink it it increaces those chances. So what is it drink or no? Another thing is yoga, first they say it reduces stress and it's good to do, then later they say it's dangerous because it loosens your limbs. I don't get it. Do you always believe what you read about health? I don't anymore.
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I believe everything I read. Especially on the Internet, where everything goes through special truth filters to make sure that everything is absolutely true. Anything that contradicts anything else just means that both are right and nobody is wrong. Okay, so I could be wrong about all that. I think that, regarding health news, sometimes they pull the trigger too soon, in order to beat the competition. Often a researcher feels compelled to rush out results in order to appease those who fund them and/or to attract more funding. I think that being sensible with what we eat and drink and getting enough exercise will result in pretty good outcomes.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Sometimes I am sure that the studies are all about whoever funded them and to heck with real information the consumer can trust and even use. Who knows though, the big corporations that own cigs promote campaigns to get young people to stop smoking. It all seems fishy to me.
• Malaysia
20 Apr 08
I agree with you rockvixen. I used to read health articles from magazines and health websites too. It is pretty confusing on how different writers have different views on certain things. You gave an example of Coffee and yoga. I've read an article that supports coffee lessens your chances of getting alzheimer in the future and another article that goes against caffeine intake would give negative effect on our brain and that yoga helps reduce stress and on the contrary, it will cause your limbs to loosen. I guess alot of us out there are experiencing the same thing. Too many health resources that we can get be it from printed articles to even online articles written by too many people. But i think to counter these curiosity or rather confusion, I'd suggest you just take everything in moderation. I believe moderation helps to balance our body and allow it function properly. Maybe we can just have a small cup of coffee a day or maybe once in 2 days instead of everyday. Just vary food and drink intake. i got this advice from my doctor when he told me not to rely on only 1 type of fruit and food even though you're trying to eat healthy. You must vary your food, for example when taking fruits, it's not advisable to eat papaya everyday, but it doesn't mean you cant take it at all. He suggest to take it alternately. So, people out there, practice moderation and eat healthy.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Variety is the spice of life =P
19 Apr 08
With so many health scares and *medical opinions* lately I am had enough of them all. One moment we are told to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day and then next we are told that too much water is bad for us. Good grief, I would rather just use my common sense and not allow anyone to dictate to me what I can and can't eat or drink.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Exactly, drink when you're thirsty. Actually common sense would say drink small amounts throughout the day so that you don't FEEL thirsty because if you are, you've already started to become dehydrated. I get headaches if I'm dehydrated for too long =(
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
20 Apr 08
Well if i believed everything I read or heard about regarding health I wouldn't be able to eat or drink anything, I wouldn't be able to wear most materials and I couldn't drive a vehicle. Just about everything has been deemed bad for you at one time or another. The one thing for certain in life from the moment we are born is that we are going to die. It's that simple and with that fact I decided a long time ago that if I like something I'd do it. I don't care if someone says "Oh that might shorten your life by three years" or whatever other nonsense they say. First how can they know how long I'd live to begin with let alone for a fact something will make my life shorter. They can't. It's all scare tactics to try and control what we do. I won't give them the satisfaction.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
Yes I am tired of being confused about what is and what isnt healthy...basically everything is unhealthy when you think about it! I dont know what to beleive anymore....one second they are saying something is the best for you and the next they are saying that that same thing causes cancer...go figure!
@peavey (16627)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I used to believe it all, until I realized how much confusion there really was. Drink a lot of water... no, too much water is bad for you. Green tea fights against cancer... but you have to drink 6 to 8 cups a day. Eggs are bad for you... well, maybe not. I think that my body knows what is good for it if I just listen carefully and use a little common sense. Moderation in everything, even accepting popular medical opinion!
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
19 Apr 08
No, I don't beleive everything I hear or read about health, or anything at all for that matter. I think some articles and stuff you see in magazines and the internet are just for attention, and not necessarily close to true. It's good to just use common sense, or even talk to a real doctor if you need clarification. :]
• United States
19 Apr 08
I am really confused about this and it gets frustrating when people tell you this is healthy and then they say that it is not. Recently I just heard that coffee actually helps with your cholesterol and I love Coffee so I'm always drinking it. I don't believe it anymore either. I'm just going to try and eat healthy and not too much and excercise. I'm tired of being confused with all of this and then not even knowing what to do anymore.
@rombi001 (943)
19 Apr 08
I try not to, but I am always careful.. I only go against what they say if I desperatly need to. I wouldn't want to risk it and then in case it is true having to think why didn't I listen to them..
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
19 Apr 08
I think one should trust common sense. There is always something new the so called experts label as dangerous. Then next week something else bacomes dangerous. Is there such a thing as a safe food or a safe act? I doubt it.