Thanks for the great feedback on the piece last week about the high fact diet. I’ve been thinking more about it and i think it is an essential concept because the amount of info you’re exposed to is only going up.
So how do you sort out the conflicts?
Nearly all health experts admit that no plan is perfect and that people need to find what works for themselves.
The drawbacks to this approach are many:
- How many things do you need to try?
- How can you be sure what’s working?
If that’s not enough, what about things you’re not aware of until it’s too late? Say a diet caused an increase in short term memory but raised your risk of stroke. You’d think it was helping initially.
My wife and I are trying to help our daughter transition into being an adult. Our friends tell us she is an experiential learner. That’s a nice way of saying she has to learn some things the hard way.
When it comes to your health, you don’t want to be an experiential learner. Quite the opposite, you want to learn from both the successes and the mistakes of others. That’s the beauty of being on a high fact program.
Don’t pay attention to recommendations based on models or rules – this diet works because it lowers inflammation, or this food is bad because it has phytates. Rather, pay more attention to the experience of others. An example would be that a diet is good because thousands of people who did it had lower rates of autoimmunity, or greater lifespans.
All information is not equal and there are simple systems to help you decide what is your best option when you have conflicted messages. Here is an article I wrote with more depth on sorting out information.
In all areas of life, facts are not all created equally. Good facts matter.
To Your Health,