they’re EVERYWHERE !
they can affect people’s lives. we like to be spoon fed our information.
it’s apparently easier to accept all these self proclaimed expert opinions
than to do research of our own. to read. and get varied opinions.
and then to make our OWN decisions based on our own situations!
the so~called EXPERTS are everywhere now.
‘ the panel of experts ‘ that you constantly hear about.
and they’ve all written books!
when did that happen?
how in the world did we ever live without all of them?
” THIS is the way. the word. the truth ” of whatever it is they’re an expert in!
it’s all the MEDICAL EXPERTS that this post is about.
those medical doctors who have ALL written a book or made videos.
and only THEIR WAY is the way and is the best way to live and to fix you.
and so much of their information conflicts with every other expert out there.
just look at all these experts in the picture below!
and of course they all have books you buy. or check out at the library.
or read on your kindle. or listen to their interviews about it all on television.
especially if you have a certain condition. you listen.
or if you’ve had heart attacks or perhaps cancer or another debilitating
you find you are grasping at straws. you want to live healthfully!
and for as long as you can. so you listen.
they all speak and write with such authority and with proof of ‘research’ for
their expert opinions and findings.
they surely are finally the real information! FINALLY!
this wonderful free country we live in with free speech and free press
comes with a responsibility for we the people!
it’s OUR responsibility to keep an open mind and be cautious.
to listen and read and simply realize that these are OPINIONS of people.
maybe very learned people yes. but still people. and still personal opinions.
people who are SELLING books. and being PAID for speeches.
many have done exhaustive research. and that is good.
but many have not.
and to take anyone’s word just because he’s labeled an EXPERT . . .
and if you’ve noticed they all seem to be called that these days . . .
well. i’ve decided this.
to just take their word for it and live accordingly is very foolish.
and THAT is MY own NEW EXPERT opinion!
because for YEARS i have tried to follow every new word they’ve said.
and i’m finally exhausted by it old bean. and i won’t be doing it anymore.
i’ll tell you why i’ve come to this necessary new conclusion of my own.
something that was said to me years ago began that YO~YO of exhaustion.
and i’ll tell you about it shortly.
maybe it’s happened to you as well. i hope not. because it was very cruel.
see these experts below? they’re like the ones in the OTHER picture.
only THESE are the special HEART EXPERTS!
there are a LOT of them.
because heart disease is the major killer in our country.
i’ve had three heart attacks in my life . the last one in 2003 resulted in one
stent implanted in the ‘widow maker’ artery after which i had cardiac arrest
while in the recovery room.
upon my release from the hospital i was instructed by the EXPERTS
that from now on i was to NEVER EVER eat the following . . .
red meat and pork
and other things i won’t bother to add. the list is already long enough.
so of course for years and years i have tried to stay away from all such foods.
i was instructed repeatedly and sternly to do this.
IF i wanted to stay alive. and of course i do want to stay alive.
i was instructed to eat only a specific margarine made with canola oil and
fish oil right before i left the hospital after the stent implant.
they even gave me a COUPON for that brand of margarine!
good grief. wonder if they got paid by the margarine company?
AND NOW !!!
MANY OF THE EXPERTS have changed their tune .
NEW BOOKS and speeches are all pushing the new information!
after YEARS of never eating an avocado or ANYTHING with coconut
which i love by the way . . .
i am being not just encouraged but TOLD NOW that to have a healthy heart
i must have as part of my diet . . .
it’s now bad for me. even their weird special margarine that i just HAD to eat.
NOW i SHOULD be eating BUTTER!
AND i CAN and SHOULD now be eating all of the following . . .
all meats including the fat
among other things that were not allowed before but again made this list long.
it seems . . .
there is a brand new culprit that is the cause of everyone’s problems!
it’s of course ‘CARBOHYDRATES’ that are the new enemy!
the wrong kind of carbs anyway.
now the heart experts say that the list of formerly forbidden foods are suddenly
GOOD for me!
and i can name the EXPERTS who have proof of it! i can name their BOOKS!
all practicing physicians and cardiologists with patients they’re treating.
oh but . . . wait . . . is that new list the last word?
i think it might be?
EXCEPT . . . NO!
for all the OTHER heart EXPERTS are still saying it ISN’T!
which expert do i believe?
does it matter?
is it life or death?
i’m sure for some people it is. even for me it probably is or might be.
given my past history of episodes. and my genetics.
and therein lies the rub.
they all have a book out and they all are saying OPPOSITE things.
and they’re ALL experts!
never before in history have we had so many self proclaimed
and media proclaimed EXPERTS. on EVERYTHING really.
politics. social interaction. psychology. but especially in the medical fields.
and the area of nutrition and how it affects one’s body. especially the heart.
they’re literally EVERYWHERE!
on television. on news programs. on the internet. in books. in articles.
oh it fairly nigh onto makes your head spin.
at least it does MINE!
i finally have a plan old bean.
and here is MY plan.
i am going to live my life as i see fit.
according to my own common sense.
i am going to STOP worrying about it all and just start LIVING!!!
common sense tells me the following things about my new plan and my body.
i know that i need exercise EACH day. to MOVE and find joy in moving!
and to the best of my ability i do just that.
i need to never over eat even if it’s just a salad.
my own particular body needs vegetables and fruit and whole grain and seeds.
my protein mainly comes from beans and nuts and legumes.
i take a good multivitamin with B12 included.
i need to drink plenty of water. and i do now.
i long since have quit drinking sodas and sugary drinks.
but if i want one occasionally i have it. the same with wine or a beer.
on occasion i share one with the marine.
and i do enjoy a cup of good black coffee in the mornings!
sugar is not good for anybody. and i have it very rarely. though . . .
i will totally enjoy the special times i do allow it and feel free of any guilt.
i haven’t for some time now . . . nor will i be eating what is called junk food.
but when i want a pizza . . . i will EAT a pizza!
to cut out entire types of foods like the experts insist?
no more. just not doing that old bean.
i can’t worry about every little morsel i eat from now on. i refuse that mind set.
thinking that if i eat certain things . . . they just may KILL ME.
i’ve decided that it’s the WORRYING about it all that is causing me stress!
that constant STRESS IS JUST NOT good for my heart! or anybody’s heart!
it’s as simple as that old bean! and i already feel better.
you might ask why should i have worried about it so much for YEARS?
i have already far outlived the ages my parents were when they died.
my father from a massive heart attack at 45. my mother from cancer at 51.
i’ll tell you why.
when my husband bob died i was in my early 30’s. and my worry began
the day a doctor looked directly at me and said
” you are going to die just like your father did. “
hard to believe isn’t it? that a physician would say that to a young person.
any person really. but especially one my age at the time.
and she even knew i had just lost my husband to cancer.
i wasn’t in the best emotional state anyway.
her words startled me. and it seemed excessively cruel to me at the time.
maybe she was just trying to SCARE me into not eating what was on her list of
i remember her words as if it were yesterday. and yes. they DID scare me.
and they made me feel DOOMED.
enough so that i tried to follow each ‘new’ expert’s advice for years on end.
seriously. can you really imagine how i felt?
THAT day began my days of literally worrying about every new should and
should not. and so i started listening to all the EXPERTS.
and BELIEVING THEM. but then they began giving conflicting information!
at the time she told me that . . . i weighed 105 pounds.
and i hadn’t even had my first heart attack yet.
my lab numbers were what she was going by. they’re always into the labs.
i no longer weigh 105 anymore but i’m not excessively heavy either.
i’ve religiously read all the experts’ books. listened to all their advice.
all their conflicting instructions. old and new.
BUT NO MORE.
my new life plan is this.
i totally enjoy my life. i find true joy in it!
but if i die tomorrow . . . that was in the cards too.
i am through being afraid.
i have decided to BECOME MY OWN EXPERT now.
it’s my body and my life.
it’s time to just start using good old common sense.
it’s what my marine does. he calmly lives his life and stays amazingly healthy.
there is a wealth of information out there. and there will always be new
it’s up to me to keep an open mind and not follow every new path blindly.
i swear. some of the ‘old wives tales’ were better at figuring this stuff out
than all these self proclaimed experts.
they were attuned to NATURE.
they were observers of nature those women were. they had little to work with.
they didn’t go off on tangents of any kind of excesses.
they were keen observers.
and they seemed to instinctively KNOW that our bodies heal themselves
if given half a chance.
and many of them had seen enough of life to know what worked.
and what didn’t.
our nation has become a nation of pill takers and disease followers.
we’re sitting ducks for all the professional experts. self proclaimed experts
who are making billions off of our fearful sheep~following ways.
and if you have something they call ” heart disease ” they can and DO
scare you half to death with it all. you suddenly LIVE BY LAB NUMBERS!
well. no more.
not for me.
i admire their new research. but only I can truly know what is good for ME.
you may feel totally different about all this!
and that is good for YOU. this is certainly NOT advice for YOU.
i wouldn’t want you swayed any more by my words than by any of theirs!
that would make the purpose of this post hypocritical! and it’s not.
i’m surely not trying to tell you how to live YOUR OWN LIFE.
i think what i’m doing here is what i often do with a post.
when i think out loud and get it ‘on paper’ as it were . . .
it helps my OWN resolve you know! it’s helps clarify it in my own mind.
even though it often comes off sounding like ‘preaching!’ here. LOLOL!
which you know is never my intention old bean. please know that.
this has only to do with me and my own decision for my life.
i am simply going to walk amidst ALL the EXPERTS everywhere from now on.
MEDICAL OR OTHERWISE
i will listen and read and smile.
but i WON’T get wet!
til soon old bean!