Most health websites can be…
SCARY and overly dramatic – Sites like WebMD seem to exist just to make you believe you’re dying.
DOGMATIC about their approach – “The USDA knows best. Don’t question the food pyramid.” “Meat is poison!” “The ‘official’ paleo diet says no white potatoes, so nobody should ever eat them!”
UNSUBSTANTIATED and make claims without backing it up with solid rationale or research – “Live forever with this rare superfood!”
SALESY and only interested in selling you their snake-oil supplement – “Don’t worry about eating those pesky vegetables, just take this one toxic multivitamin!”
There is high quality information out there, but it tends to get pretty dry and technical. And even when it seems high quality, you still need to read critically to avoid being misled. You can’t even blindly trust the conclusions of primary research. You have to look out for things like conflicts of interest and solid research methodology. And you have to understand the limitations of lab research and clinical trials.
Desperately sifting through mountains of health websites and research articles to find those rare gems of good advice can become an obsessive, full-time job.
Trust me… it is.
Sometimes you feel like you’re going crazy. Maybe the fact that you feel like crap all the time is all in your head. Maybe you just don’t cope with life as well as the people around you. Maybe this is just what being human feels like. Maybe this is how you are doomed to feel forever.
I’ve been there. It sucks.