The Right Information.
By John Hart
Many people ask me the following: “what should I believe and where should I find the right information in relation to diet and exercise.”
Today we have many advantages in relation to information technology. Gone are the days when we would trawl through the city and Uni libraries to find and read a referred Journal or book in relation to what we study. Today however this information is much easier to access and is available 24hours a day via the internet.
Of course this comes with a lot of misinformation as well. While Google search engine is the most widely used search engine all that we read unfortunately is not the truth or correct. For instance Google the word “diets” and you will be bombarded with literally millions of responses most of which are incorrect.
We need to bear in mind these unreliable sources are full of people wanting to sell products, make money and push a certain doctrine no matter what the product is.
Advertisers prey on the unsuspecting and naïve consumers and you need to be aware of a lot of the tricks. Pharmaceutical companies, along with various other product promoters use blogs, online chat forums, Google advertising, web ranking, and testimonials to fool the web user.
Many blogs are fictional and are created by setting up email names and addresses to in fact blog themselves while the consumer is unaware. Well known personalities such as TV presenters, football stars, movie stars, actors etc are paid to say something about products they know nothing about, why because they get paid literally thousands to do so.
We also have professors, scientists, and so called experts being paid for comment as well. In a recent case a drug company was outed by a government inquiry using a professor to promote a drug for Kids with ADHD it was found he was paid for comment and his testimonials were untrue.
Only recently I was given some information from a client who told me about a product he was multi level marketing. The client informed me that the guy who was promoting this particular product had won the Nobel Prize. A quick search soon found this was not true. I trust the following web sites may be of some assistance for those desiring to better educate themselves.
Calorie King is a great website that offers information about diet calories and food choices. This site also has an educational component that is self paced. www.calorieking.com.au
In regards to exercise prescription the following site may be of use.
General research articles can be found at http://scholar.google.com.au/
This site provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles