Don’t believe the studies.
When you hear the newest report, fad, or “proven” statistic on your morning news program, run. Run as fast as you can.
Because running is good for you. It has recently been proven to enhance your health. For about 2 years. And then another study comes along which deems running as a highly detrimental activity for most adults. And it will cycle. It will bounce back and forth. Like a ping pong ball at the World Federation of Table Tennis Finals, in Edmond, Oklahoma.
With the exception of the “smoking tobacco” studies…. the rest of them change more than Elton John’s costumes during a Vegas Show.
Here it is. I floss. Today, I have probably flossed in some manner or another, at least three times. Probably four. I like it. I haven’t always been a flosser. It happened in my later adult life… about 12 years ago. My teeth feel better after a good flossing. Yet, there are many of us have been guilted in to flossing.
Your dentist, by the way… just wants to see if you are an honest person. A teller of the truth. Most likely, they can tell if you have been flossing or not. They only ask you to test your personal integrity. But that is for another study.
Back to flossing. The big news broke yesterday. Despite being dentist-recommended since the early twentieth century…. it NOW appears that researchers never really checked things out. They suggested it… heavily. BUT, they have not gained sufficient evidence to support the claim that flossing effectively prevents cavities and / or gum disease.
This is bad for the fishing line companies.
Last year when the Associated Press asked federal agencies for the data behind its recommendation that Americans floss. So…they filed a Freedom of Information Act request. And guess what. The government admitted that it didn’t have adequate data to back this recommendation. That is sort of something that is required to have by law.
You see. You can’t just tell everybody to hold their heads underwater for 2 minutes a day, to prevent acne and old-age wrinkling. And then NOT have any data to support that recommendation.
Gluten people. Only 1% of the population have Celiac Disease. So I am telling you. Eat white pasty foods, and Wonder Bread. Have your pizza crusts, and burger buns. Gluten studies will change.
Chocolate lovers… have at it. Snickers Bars, and Fudge Brownies. Peanut M&Ms and Chocolate Mousse. Hit it.
Red wine drinkers. Yeah, you are. And after a couple of glasses, those studies can go pluck themselves.
If you love to exercise… put on your favorite Richard Simmons album, and dance your booty right off to “Sweatin’ to the Oldies.”
We can keep this up all night long.
My Dad used to say… “Everything in moderation.” This is great in theory. But this little piggy is an all or nothing kind of swine. I either have to avoid something completely, or go all in.
So my advice is… Be the best YOU. Because there is no one else in the world like you. YOU, my friend, are completely wonderful in your own human self. You are incredible in ways that no other person is. You have gifts, and talents to offer this world. Run with that, I’ll tell you. Run with that. It’s good for you right now.
The truth is. We don’t need to be like the others… when we are being the best version of ourselves.
And now… I shall go floss.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos