Facts vs. Factoids

Chapter one of the book talks about facts and how their importance is overrated.  (I know this statement sounds like heresy, but, bear with me.)

Let’s first explore the word “factoid”.

Definition of a factoid:  an assumption or speculation that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as a fact. 

In the last several months, a prime example of a factoid emerged.  The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee  (DGAC) has concluded that ingested cholesterol has little if anything to do with your blood cholesterol.  Really?  But.  But.   After all those years of cholesterol bashing, low cholesterol diets, low fat diets, high fat diets, saturated fats, unsaturated fats, good and bad cholesterol etc. etc.—– all of a sudden most of this was all non-sense?  Yep. Apparently so.   And what about all those assumptions, arguments about what to eat, all the money made on fad diets, all the journal articles on dietary restrictions.  Well,  poof, they’re gone.

Not only that,  somewhere down the pike, there’s going to be a revision on whether blood cholesterol levels are really that important.  Do we bring our receipts for the meds we’ve been taking for the last 20 years back to Walmart for a refund?

Makes you wonder how many other so-called facts we base our lives on, are really just factoids.  Maybe it’s time to take a little more responsibility for our lives, rather than just base our lives on other peoples factoids.  We probably need to fertilize our knowledge base, allow it to grow and tend to it ourselves, rather than let others constantly help us by making all the rules and regulations we have to live by. Isn’t that really what choosing your path means;  differentiating between the facts and the factoids?

Seems to me that intuition, common sense, gut feelings, hunches  and maybe even a little psychic input might be a better way to determine what’s good or not good for our well being

Wouldn’t this help a lot with our own quest for enlightenment?





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