Originally Posted by samssf
You know, the sad thing is that ten years ago when I was 19, I was probably gullible and impressionable enough to entertain the same ideas and beliefs as the OP.
My dad also believes all this pseudoscience bullshit, and it's sad really. I haven't yet figured out exactly what quality allows a person to be able to distinguish between high-quality, truthful, academic information vs sensational, you-want-to-believe-it, it-sounds-good, bullshit information.
I can only hope that in 10, 20, or 30 years the OP looks back at himself and laughs as his inexperience of the time, and then helps by promoting quality information rather than promoting false information online.
OP, you only believe everything you claim, because your generalized experience, in your mind, matches with what you read. It's called cognitive bias. There are so many various cognitives bias that warp peoples' perception of reality, and if you aren't aware of what those biases are, you'll never know that you're beliefs are incorrect.
There's a reason that people spend years in school studying a specific topic, and there's a reason that research must be peer reviewed and scrutinized, there's a reason skepticism is necessary, and there's a reason that double-blinded placebo-controlled studies must exist. Because even the most intelligent and educated people are susceptible to accepting lies and errors as fact. The human mind loves to draw connections where there are none, people love to cheer for the underdog, people like to believe the sensational "brand new cure-that-no-one-else-has", love to find hidden meanings in things, and love to think that the information they've chosen to accept is the "truth" that no one else is smart enough to understand.
And to the OP: You're entitled to your own opinions -- we all are. And you have the right as a person to fast if you've like, to read whatever you want, and to enjoy yourself as a person. But, no one is entitled to their own facts, and I find it immoral to spread information that is not proven correct. Anecdotal stories are just stories.
If you study physiology you'll find that the body doesn't store "toxins", your body eats its own muscle tissue when it needs energy, and scars don't heal themselves as a result of starvation. Humans live longer than they ever have (and are healthier), the reason why cancer and other disease is so prevalent now is because fewer babies and fewer women die during childbirth and because people live longer, and no, grains aren't bad for you unless you have a severe digestive disorder.
Please focus on what you're good at in life (not educating people on nutritional matters).
This post is completely wrong, on so many levels. Do you think that the obesity/cancer/diabetes epidemic that has exponentially grown over the past 50 years is ridiculous?
Read the books I outlined in the post above and get back to me. Eat whole foods instead of processed foods and see what happens.
But I doubt you will, as you have, like some of my very naiive high school students, purported an argument based on your own limited (and quite short-sighted) beliefs. You, I'm sure, will not actually further study or research this topic, but continue to lambast people who have taken it upon themselves to better their health through some very basic understandings (as outlined from the sources I've provided).
Isn't it American to not believe all you've been told, especially by the government and the news?
Speak about insulin reactions and nutrition and maybe I would listen to your silly rant.
Or, continue to believe the human body is doomed to catch a disease because of old age, and enjoy your disease.