Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WWXD?

We are inundated with health advice every day from well-meaning friends and family to media “experts.”

One day something is good for us, the next day it isn’t. It’s enough to drive you crazy.

This barrage of health & wellness advice will never stop, but there is one thing you can do to cut through the noise - align yourself with an expert such as a doctor and then filter new information through their ideology.

Pick someone who you fundamentally agree with, respect, trust. Then whenever you hear the latest and greatest information, ask yourself, “What Would X Do?"

My personal "X" factor is Dr. John McDougall. He is a well-respected, longstanding general physician who believes in and practices medicine through diet & lifestyle changes, turning to medication and surgeries as a last resort.

I have read many of his books, have seen him lecture and have even had one-on-one consultations with him. I believe and trust his approach to health & wellness.  I also admire and respect the work he does; so whenever something new hits the presses, I ask myself, “What Would McDougall Do?"  I like to think of this as running information through my "McDougall filter."

Luckily for me, McDougall is a rather outspoken health & wellness proponent and has commented on just about everything you can think of and continues to do so.

I recently fell into the marketing trap when I read the Wheat Belly book by William Davis M.D.  I had forgotten my own sage advice and started making dietary changes to align with the logic presented so convincingly in the book; even though it went against everything I had learned up to that point.

Luckily, before I got too far down the rabbit whole, Dr. McDougall published a paper debunking the Wheat Belly book.

I had a close call and that’s why it is so important to vet new information through a trusted source before jumping on the "blind sheep bandwagon."

So, next time you’re confused about the latest and greatest health advice, ask yourself, WWXD?

Beating MS!

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