The dangers of jumping on the bandwagon

I had to laugh at a just-seen tv commercial for Cheerios. (I’ve written not long ago about misrepresentation implicit in advertising one of Cheerio’s recent less-sugary products which to be honest, caused me to divest my portfolio of General Mills). In this morning/s commercial, a little girl about six was shown reaching for Cheerios, with a voice-over message that she was being protected from imbibing gluten by this gluten-free product.

Who says that girls age six, not to mention anyone else, is per se in need of ‘gluten free’? That is a patently ridiculous claim or message.

It’s a crass example of misleading, albeit subtly so, advertising.

We are all subject to the pull of advertising. No one can definitively tell how much we are influenced by commercially-based messages and messages in the popular media, including social media, but we all know it has some effect.

When information is put out to the public, we consumers have to step back, remain aware, and focus on the message. Then we have to exercise our intelligence, common sense, and good judgement to see if that message is basically true (a real fact, not an ‘alternative’ fact) — and if true, does it really apply to ourselves as individuals?

The same is true for corset waist training. I’m not convinced that the huge increase in public discussions about the topic on social media have done much but add more mindless verbiage to the topic, and contributed much more than the blind leading the halt. We still have to sift thru massive popular comment–often by newcomer corset wearers, even corset makers–who have little real-time experience or who think that one year of experience makes them an ‘expert’. We have to find out if what they claim is a fact (a real fact) — and even if true, does it really apply to ourselves as individuals?

The past two years I’ve often commented negatively on sugar, the white, added kind (even added in moderate quantities), especially in processed foods and that we add ourselves to mount up to 152 lbs of the same each year that individual Americans eat. Stunning fact.

I started toward this conclusion by reading several books making the case against added white sugar, and several articles, the best being a recent NY Times one that makes it clear there is no direct, convincing, randomized controlled trials proving that added white sugar causes anything. (But what is it good for?)

Even so, the author of that article made it clear: the absence of evidence does not mean that the product is in actuality, healthy for us as a group or as an individual.

It is the association of sugar with ill health that concerns me and that association creates a big enough risk for me, plus my own experience of giving up sugar and soon feeling  better with more energy (abandoned save for a bit of honey and Truvia for sweets, plus fructose found in fruits always eaten with nuts to slow the sugar down as it enters m y bloodstream).

Advertising my large food companies is particularly troublesome because of its huge public reach, gratis huge profits and similar marketing budgets.

Here’s a decent article by Dr. Mercola on the case of Big Soda’s advertising with the goal of convincing us that it’s total calories despite what those calories are, that matter, and that exercise is our primary solution to keeping fit and svelte. That claim has pretty much been debunked. Dr. Mercola’s article has its limits of course. I don’t much like his use of “blame” in describing reports of sugar causing death. I haven’t seen any  evidence of direct causation and no court cases that proclaim that fact. If you know of any please let me know; I would like to examine the underlying facts and research leading to that linkage.

There simply is no single answer to fitness and certainly nothing applies to everyone.

Likewise, be cautious in sussing out facts regarding how you should go about attending to your health, and also to your corset waist training if  you seek to modify your figure and/or weight. I’m here to discuss the source of Romantasy’s information, and my new Primer book takes pains to state the facts or research or source on which I base my recommendations.

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