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Who Cares What the Experts Say?

Loretta LaRoche
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Feb 16, 2011 at 02:00 AM 0 comments

We seem to live in a culture that is rife with contradictions. Not a day goes by without some bit of news that informs us that whatever we thought was safe, healthy, or meant to increase our life spans, has been found to be cancer producing, unnecessary, or simply a waste of time. Consider the energy most individuals have put into buying and carrying around bottles of water. The marketing gurus seduced a whole nation into believing that tap water somehow became undrinkable, even though cities have guidelines and continually check their water for bacteria that might prove to be harmful.

Not so for bottled water. There are no safety measures in place, which makes it possible for anyone to bottle water and sell it. Not only were we sold a bill of goods that we had to drink, drink, drink, but how could we not, when we see a famous actor, or sports figure swigging it down while they sit by a lake in their athletic gear.

The ultimate irony is that some bottled waters are actually from triple distilled water that comes from the same reservoirs that feed your tap. We now have millions of plastic bottles that are sitting in huge piles in India because we don’t have the capacity to get rid of them. Some of these plastic bottles have also been found to be carcinogenic. So buyers beware! If you have three sevens on the bottom of your bottle, run for the hills. You may need to hire an exorcist to rid you of the water demons.

The greening of America has become another source of marketing hype. I sincerely believe in going green, but unfortunately there are a lot of scam artists who have jumped on board. The buzz word is natural. Supermarkets have so-called reusable bags you can buy instead of plastic that has also been added to the demonic list. The latest greatest on these bags is that many of them contain lead. I personally like the old-fashioned brown paper bags. But I’m sure there’s something wrong with that.

Many supplements have been touted as absolutely necessary to maintain well-being. Over the years, we were told that vitamin C was capable of preventing colds, as well as Zinc and Echinacea. Pomegranate juice had so many advantages that if you really believed its miraculous properties you might never die. The latest science has shown that none of the above does much of anything and the “Pom” juice that is relentlessly advertised on TV has enough grams of sugar to create a major insulin overload. After all, haven’t we been told that too much sugar is damaging to our immune response? So we are left with a conundrum. Should I drink a juice that supposedly extends life while the sugar in it might kill me? You choose.

Estrogen was once purported to be the elixir of life for menopausal women and was dispensed in doses that could have enabled a 70-year-old woman to have triplets. It was supposed to stave off heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia. After years of further research it was found to create the very things it was supposed to cure. The bottom line—a little bit goes a long way.

Lighten Up Your Week:

We all need to think less about what the “experts” say and start listening carefully to our “inner expert.” If your inner expert is speaking to you, how can you act upon the suggestions this week?

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