In a recent event, a celebrity endorser suffered a “mild” stroke. The celebrity is known to be a health buff, someone who is not only vibrant and energetic but also prides himself as a health buff – endorsing health products and supplements left and right (among his other endorsements). So, imagine the shock of news report about his suffering a “mild” stroke.
The event is due to the common mistaken notion that being health conscious is being healthy. On the contrary and unfortunately, there is a universe of difference between being health conscious and being healthy. There is no guarantee that health consciousness equals health; and this is a prime example.
Let me bring you up to speed on a term coined by (or, at least, attributed to have originated from) a certain Steven Bratman, a medical doctor from Colorado, quite a number of years ago – orthorexia nervosa. Although there seems to be some dispute surrounding it, I will venture a minimum definition based on the organic meaning of the terms – “orthos“, meaning “correct” in Greek, and “orexis“, meaning “appetite” – that it would be a psychological or behavioral condition where the individual is so concerned with eating the right (ergo healthy) foods to the point of being an obsessive-compulsive.
In the article in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthorexia_nervosa), there is mention that, in extreme cases, that it may lead to extreme malnutrition or even death, but I would not go to that extent – though I am not denying nor discounting the possibility. [Anything is possible. I can be as healthy as possible one minute and still croak without any warning the next minute.]
Anyway, what I am trying to drive at here is that one must be very careful and use one’s logical faculties (i.e., common sense) to ascertain the truth behind what true health really is and means. Many people and entities out there are either innocently ignorant or immorally malicious – trying to confuse matters – often in the pursuit of a personal gain (financial or fame). If we entrust our health – one of our most precious possessions – to someone, we must be absolutely certain that the said person can be trusted to be honest with us and to have our welfare in mind at all times.
There are so many so-called health myths and half-truths that it is wise and advisable to take your health into your own hands, but make sure you have a good and reliable mentor. One way to discern the sincerity of a “Good Samaritan” is to listen attentively for words and for phrases that allude to monetary concerns. A true Good Samaritan will not recommend anything that has a price tag on it. In fact, s/he will even go the extent of spending for you with no expectations of gaining anything. [Beware of some devious charlatans who will entrap you by even pretending to give you gifts and freebees but with plans to draw you into his/her confidence then “hit” you when you are hopelessly dependent on him/her.]
Even at least at the beginning (but better ALWAYS) double- or even triple-check whatever information is given. Investigate the veracity of the information. Know the difference between truths and facts – THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.
Finally, one of my fundamental rules of thumb is: Trust what God provides (i.e., natural) and be suspicious of what man makes (synthetics and natural-but-processed). I never go wrong with what God provides – the food around me without anything added, subtracted, nor altered. [Enriched or fortified foods are not good either; they are still man-made, no matter how good they are supposed to be for you.]