Who can you trust??

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How reliable is the information that you read online? Particularly if it is about your health or the health of a loved one?

It is a veritable minefield out there and so many sites write anything to either sell their product or get your e-mail address so they can sell you their product or so they can flood your inbox with what they think you want to hear and sell you that information.

If you are looking for something and are faced with page after page of information then firstly remember you can PAY to be at the top of a search engine so just because they are top and not on page 105 doesn’t mean that what they are saying is true.

It is very easy to be taken in when you dearly want a “cure” or ” remedy ” but please it is not nice to have your hopes dashed when the product doesn’t work or causes a bad reaction.

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If you’re visiting a health website for the first time, these 5 quick questions can help you decide whether the site is a helpful resource.

Who?      Who runs this website? Can you trust them?

What?     What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true?

When?    When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?

Where?   Did the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?

Why?      Does the site exist? Is it selling something?

Don’t rely completely on online resources if you are considering alternative methods of treatment. Talk to your health practitioner they often know of tried and tested alternatives or an alternative that runs alongside conventional treatments.

As I stated in a previous post ” one size doesn’t fit all” What works for your friend’s friend may NOT work for you.

If It is a cure for cancer the Organisations like the Macmillan organisation would be a good starting point for accurate information.

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Marie Curie is another well-known organisation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie_(charity)

These large organisations have the funds and the knowledge and would likely know or have heard about any conventional cures or natural cures.

Health food so much info on the market ..where to go? Who to talk to? Is what you ARE reading on Social media True or false? As a general rule if the website it leads you too ends in .gov or .edu they are a trusted source although e-mails received ending in edu may not always be. It is definitely a minefield out there.

I promise you that when I am giving you facts about fruit and food then I double-check the information or have used it myself.

I even check an e-mail from my bank before I open it that is how much I distrust anything sent to me or when I read an article I check either on the news or a publication that I know is always up to date. As the date is important as well, just because it has been posted now doesn’t mean that the news is current…always question and look that little bit further….It is your health and your families at risk so trust your gut and do the basic checks.

The internet is a wonderful source of information it is also a dark source of incorrect information.

Please be one of the growing number of consumers who are aware, who are not being taken in by so-called celebrity endorsements of which there are so many. Be one of the ones who makes a decision on your family’s health and the food they eat by being informed and making that decision yourself.

Be happy and confident that you have done your best and made the best information on your own findings and there are some wonderful blogs and websites who give out fully researched information.

And have fun when you are researching …I know I have …I have discovered some wonderful fruits and vegetables with so many medical benefits.

BUT…. MODERATION UNTIL YOU KNOW IT SUITS YOU.

Thank you for reading this I was prompted by two articles I saw online today and had been shared by someone I knew and were blatant untruths and it took me all of 10 seconds to suss them out…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Who can you trust??

  1. andriaperry

    Thanks for sharing this, people have often told me cucumbers cure Diabetes but that is not true, I eat them just about daily and I still have this disease.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      I never listen to anyone I always check for myself and I will say it again ” one size doesn’t fit all ” which is why I suppose sometimes what is proven to work for the masses is better not always which is why we need to do our own research but thank you for sharing your thoughts and this post 🙂 I hope all is well in your world 🙂

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  2. Rex Trulove

    So true and this applies to much more than just health and alternative health treatments. There is so much misinformation out there regarding all topics that a wise person will check and look at any statement, with a definite mind toward the fact that few are true for everyone in every situation and many are downright wrong. Even things that are supposedly based on science aren’t necessarily true.

    I could cite the example of ‘global warming’, which was thoroughly refuted over a decade ago, yet many people still believe it because of all the hype and because only one side of the argument has been heard, in most cases. However, this is merely an example, because it applies to almost everything.

    Medicinally, as an example, I used to get frequent, severe migraines, often several times a week. They were debilitating and normally put me flat on my back for at least several hours. The ‘standard’ treatment in the US is caffeine and an analgesic like aspirin. By pure chance, I found out that my trigger for the migraines is caffeine. Taking the ‘treatment’ would actually make my headaches worse. I also found the cure (for ME, not necessarily anyone else); Reese’s peanut butter cups. This is definitely not a conventional treatment, yet it works for me and it also tells me that my migraines are most likely actually caused by a drop in blood sugar, though I’m not sure why the caffeine acts as a trigger.

    The point is that I rarely get them anymore. If I went with conventional thoughts and treatments, I’d probably still be getting them.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Of course, it applies to almost everything Rex I just didn’t want to confuse the issues and wanted to highlight the ones which are dear to my heart and what I write about. I am pleased you found your trigger for your migraines and it highlights ” the one size doesn’t fit all” which I used as my expression. My dearest wish is that everyone questions what is pertinent to them as individuals and the rest will follow. So many supposedly scientific answers to a problem have since been found to be untrue maybe because further factors or knowledge has been found or maybe just an untruth originally. A sad fact of life if it was the later. Thank you for your comment Rex 🙂

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  3. wendyunsworth

    This is a very useful reminder. Through my husband’s long illness I have learned to be very discerning and cautious. The internet has taught me a lot and been a great help but at times has caused me unnecessary worry until I have double and treble checked ‘facts’. I particularly liked your point about ‘top’ results not being necessarily the most reliable, possibly in many cases the opposite! Thanks, great post.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you, Wendy and I am sorry you had to learn the hard way that we have to be really careful and conscious as to what we read online and as to the truthfulness of the facts. There really are some unscrupulous people out there. It was two such posts today which caused me to write the post I just hope it saves at least one person from heartache and worry. A sad fact of life. Take care and thank you for your comment. I hope your husband is much better 🙂

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      1. Rex Trulove

        There is also the fact that each one of us is different. What applies to one individual doesn’t necessarily apply to another. One person can be allergic to tomatoes and another can eat pounds of the without being bothered. Some people swear by non-drowsy cough syrup for colds and for another person, these not only don’t work, they can make the person drowsy (I’m one of those people). For that matter, there are a huge number of cold viruses and flu viruses and they can be decidedly different than one another. I am wary anytime someone, including doctors, makes a blanket statement like, “This is caused by…”. I tweeted this.

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