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Navigating the Road to Health
Health information is everywhere these days. In general, this is a good thing, since the more knowledgeable we are about our health, the more power we have to change it. But the volume of information we get can pose some problems. The quality and usefulness of the health information we see every day runs the gamut, from the purest form – findings from scientific studies – to health “tips and tricks,” whose merit is less clear.
There’s no doubt that knowing more about our bodies and what makes them tick is critical to our well being. In fact, researchers are learning more and more that our health “fate” is much more than a matter of our genes: it is intricately tied to the choices we make every day.
So, if we’re out to extend our lifespans by changing our lifestyles, where do we begin? How do we distinguish authentic health information that is applicable to our lives from information that is filtered, diluted, and yanked from its context? And what happens when our brains become so inundated with health tips, tricks, trends, and Tweets that our relationship to health becomes... unhealthy?
Staying up-to-date with our health is actually a much simpler endeavor than it would seem, given all the information out there. If you know how to sift through the headlines and get down to what really matters, it’s very possible to maintain a healthy attitude towards health.
Breaking News! Science Isn’t Perfect, It’s a Process
The first place to look for the health of our bodies, whether we are diagnosed with a medical problem or just need advice for day-to-day health, is the developments in scientific research.
And in the vast majority of cases, science serves us well. Studies build on each other, replicating and refining each other. Scientific research is certainly the cornerstone of good health information, but it’s important to remember that even science is not perfect, and occasionally we can expect to have to adjust what we think we know.