Marketplace MiragePanaceas abound everywhere. New programs, new books, or new products are continually being promoted to fight disease, slow aging, live longer, promote weight loss, increase one's energy level, enhance beauty, or to enjoy better health. However, the consumer should be cautious.
Over-zealous promoters often make unsupported and erroneous claims, such as raw foods are the best since they contain beneficial "live" enzymes; Barley Green and Mannatech supplements are necessary for good health; foods that are juiced are better absorbed and more nutritious; dietary choices should be made based upon one's blood type; carbohydrate-rich foods and protein foods should not be mixed to avoid indigestion; and megadoses of B vitamins help a person better able to manage stress. We should be wary of health information we get from web sites and emails. It can be erroneous and misleading. Vulnerable groups, such as the ill and elderly, are often targeted by health promoters.
We should prove the veracity of everything, hold on to the good, and reject the harmful (1 Thess 5:21,22).
Author: Winston Craig, MPH, PhD, RD.
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