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Whom can I trust?

investigatingEvery so often we hear about new research telling us what to eat or not to eat. And most often every new piece contradicts a previous one. How are we supposed to know what to trust?

Frequently a health expert gives us advice that she or he claims is based on solid facts. And then comes another expert and claims that those facts are all wrong. How are we supposed to know whom to trust?

 

This is how I found facts and came to trust “my” experts:

First, I learned how to read research papers. I admit, I’m not an expert on it but frankly you don’t have to be. It’s not as hard as one might think and you don’t have to read the whole paper with all its statistics and graphs. Most often it’s enough to read the abstract or summary to get an idea what the whole thing is about. But if you want to be able to form your own opinion, you would want to read some other parts as well, like the purpose of the research, the description on how it was conducted, the bottom line of the results, and only then the conclusions. Oh, and it’s also good to check any vested interests the researchers might have.

Second, I checked the experts:

Their background – If a physician says he followed the “right” advice and anyway got sick and then did the opposite and got well again, I tend to believe him.

Their facts – If a journalist says that such and such happened in 1800-whatever, I go to other historical sources to see if she reported the event correctly.

Their motives – Does anyone pay them to say what they say?

Third, I learned about the body. No need to be a medical student but there are some basic facts we all should know such as insulin’s and cholesterol’s jobs in our body. If we know that insulin also induces cell division (not only deals with high blood sugar), then it will be easier to understand why avoiding sugar probably is a good idea if a history of cancer runs in the family. Or if we know that cholesterol is a part of the immune system it’s understandable why we always get sick if our cholesterol levels are too low.

And last, for this time, I check for myself on my own body, and so should you. After all, your health is about you. How do you feel when you eat X? Or don’t eat Y? How can you e.g. explain that when you eat 2-3 eggs with butter and a cup of coffee with cream for breakfast you’re not hungry for 5 hours but if you eat a bowl of yoghurt and granola you’re hungry already after 2? And then you put it all together: have others reported the same feelings? What biochemical processes are occurring in your body that can explain it?

So with all this in mind, I now know whom I trust. (Hint: not media headlines.)

Do you know?

 

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