Health Information overload. What about US, with the non-God-like bodies?

Things I can control, Things I cannot control!

OK, I have a Cold and I don't feel very well, and that has a lot to do with my mood this morning.

Well, that plus the fact that I am just into my first cup of Coffee.

Which to anyone who knows me, means that I am not really, totally awake.

So, I'm warning you now, please take whatever I write here, that I hope resembles an intelligent opinion, with a grain of salt.

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Plastic bottles and Can linings - BPA

Now, we all know that the lining of canned foods is made of that same nasty chemical (BPA) that drove me to stop drinking bottled water and even to look twice at my use of supermarket Milk.

The interesting thing to me is, studies showed that after eating a typical can of Soup, a persons level of this chemical in their body can be 10X the normal level.

But, they also said that after about 4-hours, the level in your body drops to normal?

Well, I have a few questions;

1- After all of the negative press that this chemical (BPA) has gotten in the past couple of years, why are food manufacturers still using it to line their cans?

2- If the level in the body goes away in 4-hours, why did this make the national news in th first place?

I look back at this, and all of the other things that I can/cannot use or eat or consume, or wear, or whatever, and I really just want to throw up my hands in frustration at our press today.

Food Confusions

As I look back, I see that I spend a lot of my personal time changing the foods I eat, the clothes I wear and other such things, just because of the latest NEWS FLASH on my PC, on my TV and in my newspaper.

Our world is changing so fast and so many new discoveries are being made that someone who still has a suit of clothes that is over, say ,5-years old is probably in some kind of danger..

The fear is that often they they are possibly wearing some type of material, lining, thread, zipper or button that is no longer considered to be safe, in some way and is now considered to be dangerous to be in contact with the human body.


And then there is what we eat every day!

And, what we eat? OMG!

If you want to scare your kids, you don't need to read them a scary story anymore.

No sir, just pick up a can of beans and read them the ingrediants of what you thought was a sa\imple basic food that you believe is safe for everyone.

Take those long chemical words on the label and then interpret and explain them for your kids and they could be scarred for life.

Years ago, when I was much younger, we grew a small garden for fresh vegetables.

And, we would take some of our crop to the local cannery and preserve them, for us to eat in the winter.

If we had Green Beans, for example, we would process (cook) those beans with a few spices and water. Then we would can them.

Those canned beans were fantastic when we opened them months later to eat. They contained; Green Beans, salt, pepper, and water. That's it!

But, today, go read the label on a commercially produced and canned Green Beans.

Some of those things listed are not only unpronounceable, but when you look them up and what they could possibly do to your body? WoW!


Past Examples of things I changed

Then, add to the chemical information overload from labels with the conflicting statements about so many common foods in our life.

One news flash will say one thing, while if you look you will see conflicting and opposing information from yet another reputable source.

Here are a few examples ofjust a few things that throw my mind into conflict, after just one cup of Coffee;

1- COFFEE- Coffee is bad for me, but one or two cups a day is OK.

2- MILK- Milk is healthy but it must be raped of most of it's strength and flavor and used only in its SKIM or Fat FREE variants. While the Milk producers, take the stolen fat and place it into other foods.

3- ASPIRIN- Aspirin can make you bleed internally, but you should take a low-power (less than 100mg) aspirin every day to help prevent Heart Attacks.

4- ALCOHOL- Alcohol is very bad for you, but one or two glasses of wine a day is considered healthy.

5- SUGAR - We all eat too many desserts, and sweets in general, but even Diabetics are told that they should "treat" themselves with a nice dessert, occasionally.

6- SALT - We all eat too much Salt, but a certain amount of Salt is necessary for our bodies to function properly. And don't even get me started on the fact that in the US at least, Salt is how we get our daily dose of Iodine.

7- BREADS & PASTA- White Breads and bleached pastas, etc. are not good for us, but it is considered a food staple so we should eat Whole Grain versions when we do eat Breads and Pastas. Thus the old sayiing; "the whiter the Bread, the Sooner you're Dead"?

8- WATER- We all need to drink water to keep our bodies hydrated, but too much Water can flush out critical Vitamins and Minerals from our body.

9- EXERCISE- A certain amount of Exercise is necessary to maintain a healthy body, but, too much exercise can damage our joints beyond repair.

10- HEALTHY FOODS- We should always eat Healthy Foods that are low in; CALORIES,FATS, CARBOHYDRATES, SUGARS and are also high in FIBER. But, 99% of all restaurants have a menu where 90+% of the items they serve are tasty but very unhealthy foods, by these standards.

OK, I'll stop here at 10 items of crossed communication that I, being relatively health conscious, try to follow every day.

The thing is, I get the feeling, at times, that the media today are the ones without a clear focus on Health and health issues. They love to throw these tidbits of data to the public, as touted by their own network medical experts, without any concern about the confusion they cause.

And ON and ON!

Yoga taught by a Chiropractor?

By the way; I took the first Yoga Lesson of my life recently,

At the age of 65.

Taught by a licensed Chiropractor.

After the 1-hour class?

I was on Pain Medication for a week.

Yoga is supposed to be good for you, right? And this was a Beginners class. No more Yoga for me!

I am back to the Pool and walking.

It was my own fault. I went to person whose profession is to tend to bodily pains. And this person was teaching a Beginner's class in Yoga that invariable would cause pain. DUH!

You see, the people that recommend these variations on a "normal" lifestyle here in the US, are not part of a Committee or even a Club, that gets together and carefully weighs their statements against each other.

Nor do they typically give a range of recommendations for the whole population of people, considering age, heredity, health, lifestyle, etc. You know, those of us that live side by side in the US.

Nope, they make recommendations for "Normal and Typical" people. (Who are these Normal people anyway? And, where do they live?)

You know the ones you see in commercials with the six-pack abs, and the tiny waist, etc. that's what you look like, Right?

RIIIIIIIIGHT!


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© 2011 Don Bobbitt

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I think it all comes down to moderation and eating as little processed foods as we can while getting some exercise...that aside - I love your list of what we can and cannot do to stay healthy. I often have the same thoughts about my foods and meds. I take this to fix that problem but then I take a second med to fix the side effects of the first med and when I eat a certain food it makes the meds less effective....huh? :) Great read, thanks


Rita 4 years ago

Sounds like you should look at my site the7minuteworkouts I am 64 ant this is how i keep fit


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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

I like your hub! I don't know what is good for you or not these days. I am 38 and Yoga whipped my butt the first time I took it too. Didn't go back or even try it again.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thnaks, Ardie Rita and Angelap, for the comments. I guess my frustration stemmed from the fact that our news media now runs on "sound bites" and just like our "deceiving commercials" just continuously use pieces of real data that has gone through extreme editing so that they can give us a 15-second factoid. Their goal? to turn our heads, no longer is it to just inform. SIGH!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Yes, mixed messages are all around--you can but then you can't. It can be confusing as you pointed out--just like life sometimes. Enjoyed the read and rated up.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks anglnwu, for the nice response. I appreciate the fact that you see the same things all around us. Have a great day!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good Hub. Fun rant, but serious issue and worth considering. The fact that our media thrive on sound bites and sensationalism is a disservice to all of us.

And you are absolutely correct the plethora of recommendations we are bombarded with are almost never tailored to benefit most of us. Thi subject deserved a rant. :)


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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

It's so hard to keep up with what is or is not bad/good for you that it is ridiculous. We all die -- right? I remember a French quote: You can only live to be 100 if you give up everything that makes you want to live. I think that sums it all up rather nicely. Lynda


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

phdast7- Thanks for the support for my Rant. I have been told that I do some of my best work when I go over the edge. It just requires a lot of post-publishing editing, which I just did.

Lynda- Exactly! These days, the country does suffer from information overload, and the medias desire to keep feeding us their own brand of pablum on a 24/7 basis.

My question is, how do we get the point across that we want truth and not sound bites, facts and not dissected pieces of data that do not reflect what the reality was?

Do we try to legislate .... truth, honesty, reality? We've never been any good at that in the past?

do we march outside the offices of the generals? General Mills, General Motors, General Electric, etc?

A very frustrating problem. SIGH!


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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

I understand your point. The media's force-feeding causes us to worry and grow obsessed over issues, whether our health, our ideology or our moral/spritual beliefs. And we, like herd animals, allow ourselves to be driven in the desired direction on things that are inevitable and minor. Perhaps it's done in order to overload us so we don't look at the real problems. The truth is, when it comes to health, what happens to us is more determined by genetics than habits. When it comes to ideology, we should be more concerned with the overt propaganda we call our news, thinking for ourselves and making our own decisions. Moral/spiritual beliefs should be an entirely personal matter, not shoved upon us by others who want us to believe what they believe. In politics -- truth? honesty? reality? You're kidding right? Give us truth? First we have to find it. Honesty -- we'd have to be honest with ourselves. Reality requires too much work. How easier it is to just roll with the sound bites.

We all die anyway.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

lynda- so true, what you. say, and, yes we do all die anyway. But ..... the glorious but .... we should try to exercise our smile while on the trip! And, maybe even Kick a little Verbal Butt also?


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

Great hub! I have gotten to the point where I am afraid to eat certain foods, or even drink certain drinks. Just tonight I seen a Tweet stating that "Childhood Obesity Is Making Your Child Stupid". With all the crap that is in the food and drinks, how does society expect the child not to be stupid or overweight? (I think the word stupid should be outlawed too!) I enjoy growing a garden and processing my own food. At least then I can have a general idea what it is that is in my diet. I have family members that are nearly 100 and it amazes me what they eat and drink that is so called "not good" for you. Voted up!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tlpoague- Thanks for the response to my article. I also keep getting frustrated by the constntly changing information on Health and our foods. We need someone to go after these "speakers of Half-truths" ou there, in my opinion.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

So funny, but so true! It all depends on the individual on what they can and cannot and should and should not eat and consume. The news and Medical people tell us that the world is spending too much money on the obese and that we should diet and diet and diet. Ummm...who is making the money on all this...The Medical profession. The diet Gurus and the like. If people were perfect there would be no jobs.

OMG and don't look at all those pharm ads because the side effects will undoubtedly kill you. Who is making money scaring the beegeebees out of people....and then they complain and our doctor bills are way high. It is all one big racket!


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Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Lady G- Thanks for the comment. I am really fed up with the world being given pictures of the "perfect body" as the norm when in reality this person is a small minority of our population.

Then to drive the rest of us to take their cornucopia of drugs and diet-driven foods and attempt to change what nature gave us? This is one of the worst attacks on our psyche in America today.

We need for the marketeers to recognize the rest of us as a viable market and to present us with viable and safe methods of becoming more healthy. Methods that do not harm us.

Thanks again,

DON

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