Want to live the longest, healthiest life possible? Common sense tells us to enjoy all things in moderation, eat your fruits and veggies, get plenty of exercise, sleep, and have a good support system.
Broadly, of course these are good recommendations. But then we take them a little too far, especially in the blog world. It is easy to find these promises, just research some of the more common diseases we hear about…diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, take your pick. Of course how could I forget depression?
If you’d believe the internet, extreme diets and supplement usage can prevent most anything. Eat a kale-garlic-watermelon smoothie and you won’t get cancer. Take a bizarre combination of supplements to ward off your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. One can “cure” diabetes, if you just buy “my ebook” which reveals to you all the food secrets your doctor won’t tell you.
In some cases, recommendations to prevent disease come from a good place. It was once thought that Vitamin E and selenium supplementation could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Of course the real winners ended up to be the supplement companies.
If you believe some of the hyped up claims, do you then blame someone you meet when they are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, cancer or depression. Do you think to yourself “If only they ate a better diet, and cut out all grains” Do you stop to consider there may have been genetic or environmental factors that contributed to their disease?
I saw a rather careless post about some super smoothie preventing cancer. I got really mad. Because in my family tree and the family tree of my husband, it just hasn’t been that simple.