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Uncategorized Aug 19, 2019

I had a friend a few years ago who would change his entire behavior and his entire protocol if he heard one thing, one time, from one source. 

Now, what is the logical and rational thing to do?

As a clinician, I’m bombarded with new information all the time. 

I have to evaluate the quality of the research and compare it to other research.

I can’t accept one article, believe it with absolute conviction, and change my entire practice based on that one article. That would be silly.

But with this friend I had, he would read something once in a magazine and that was it. He would change his routine and the way he ate based on one article.

I can’t say I was any different. I was easily swayed at an earlier time in my life. One article is all it took to change my entire routine. I would see an exercise one time and say, “that’s it. I’m going to start doing that.” Or I read in one magazine that I needed to eat 30 minutes after each workout, and I would get anxious if I went 40 minutes without eating a ton of protein (it actually doesn’t matter if you wait an hour or two- that was debunked long ago). 

These days I’m much more skeptical of new information. I have to hear it from multiple sources over time before I accept it. 

You should be the same, especially when it comes to health information. There are too many quacks and pseudo experts who think they have the ultimate solution. 

Take most health information with a grain of salt. Most of the research in peer-reviewed journals (the scholarly stuff) is outdated within a few years. Almost all of the information published in major publications has never been proven. 

What you shouldn’t be skeptical of is my approach to overcoming binge eating and health: 

I test bad ideas so you don’t have to. 



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