One of the pleasures of doing my job of blogging and podcasting about the healthy low-carb lifestyle is my constant daily exposure to all the health media that exists today. Just type in “health” in a Google search and you’ll find over 1.5 billion results in less than a second. “Diet” gives you another 278 million results and even “low-carb” garners over 9 million. Information is everywhere at our fingertips, but trying to cut through it all can be overwhelming for a lot of people. Who can you trust? What can you believe is accurate versus who’s just trying to sell me something to make a buck?
I admit it’s not and easy task trying to figure it all out, but there’s one thing I always do to help remind myself about what is most important–if what is being shared in a magazine article, newspaper column, or television report doesn’t match up with what I know to be true based on the facts as I know them, then I’m immediately skeptical and will do my own investigation. Too often people become trustworthy of others by buying into a health headline as the gospel truth without doing their own due diligence to verify that what they are saying is true. One of my readers e-mailed me about this yesterday stating his theory that we’ve lost the “skill of critical thinking” because of our inadequate public education (he recommended the book The Underground History of American Public Education for evidence of this).
Perhaps that’s somewhat true that as a culture we’d rather be told what to believe rather than spending the time to investigate it ourselves. Or maybe our lives have become so encompassed in just doing the day to day stuff of life that we can’t possibly try to go behind everything we read somewhere, hear on the radio or watch on television to make sure it’s right. Regardless of our reasons for being this way, I do think we have a responsibility to question any source of information that seems out of place or that doesn’t make sense based on our own life’s experiences. It’s why I try to read any low-carb news and health headline looking at it through the prism of what has made me who I am. Even if I agree with the information presented in a news story about health, I try to double check everything and make sure it is on the up and up. And that even includes the stuff I share about here at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb.” Don’t take my word for it–see for yourself if what I’m sharing matches up with what you know to be true and act accordingly. It’s this rebirth of cognitive thinking that will help bring low-carb nutrition to the forefront again.
Here are some low-carb news & health headlines for February 2011 to help get you started:
How’s that for a low-carb news and health headlines update? Got anything interesting about diet, nutrition and healthy living you’d like to share with me. Send me the link anytime to email@example.com . THANKS for helping me stay on top of all the very latest information about health!