It seems like everyday there is a new health study that hits the media. "Eat this to live longer." "Don't eat that, it doesn't do anything." "Drink seven cups of coffee." "Eat 1 teaspoon of cinnamon." "Do this. No, wait a minute, don't do that, do this." If everyone lived by the results of all of these studies, they'd be spinning in circles in no time. Does anyone else feel this way?
I don't think it's the fault of the studies as much as the media blaring short bursts of "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" at us from everywhere. The actual studies are usually sound and present all the data and percentages of positive and negative outcomes. I can tell you that tracking down the original studies and plowing through the statistics sometimes takes the better part of my day. Many people don't have time to do that and rely on what they hear in the news for information.
By the time the studies reach the media, they've been grossly over-simplified, and reduced to basically an attention-grabbing headline. Busy people who scan the headlines everyday can quickly become overloaded with what looks like well-meaning health advice which if it was followed would have us eating or drinking nothing but that day's new miracle substance.
Does anyone else feel like they're being flooded with way too much conflicting health advice? Does the media over-simplify the results of studies? How do you feel, as a person with a chronic disease, when you read these almost daily headlines about the latest medical "silver bullet"?
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