Why Give a Damn:

The need to get the right information is universal. There are three questions you must never forget to ask. In this post, you’ll discover the first question that will save you time, money, and possibly lives.

The author of this post, Ann Garvin is an author, speaker and professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy.

I just returned from my father’s urologist visit. This is what we all have to look forward to, a meeting about the plumbing inside the people we love. After handshakes we sat, and the MD who biopsied my dad’s prostate said, “You have cancer.”

My father thought for a moment and asked, “What would you recommend I do if I was your father?”

He’s 82 and this is not his first rodeo.

Here’s what he didn’t do. He didn’t lose his nerve at the mention of the C word. He did not drop his notebook and stumble to the nearest computer to Google prostrate cancer treatments. He knew that his greatest resource at the moment was in front of him. He’d done his research before he entered the office. He’s 82 and this is not his first rodeo.

The need to get the right information is universal for all kinds of living and dying; for innovators, entrepreneurs and the student at a crossroad.

There are three questions you must never forget to ask. In this post, I will go over the first question that will save you time, money, and possibly lives.


The first question, the question my father asked before he was ever examined was simply, “Who?” When a piece of information is offered up, you must learn to forget the packaging, how it makes you feel, your hopes, your dreams, your desires and ask, “Who? Who says? Who said? Who dat?”

Let’s take another health example, one that may be very useful for you personally if you want to feed the poor. Let’s talk about wheat.

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Wheat has gotten a bad rap lately it’s been blamed for obesity, diabetes and addictions. If you really want to know the skinny on wheat, get your information from people who have nothing to sell to you; not a book, not a diet plan, not a wheat free bagel. These people, with regards to nutrition for example are, The Center for Science in the Public Interest a non-profit advocate for nutrition and health, food safety and sound science, or Marion Nestle, a Professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, & Public health at New York University and prolific author. They report the science, not sell the science.

They report the science, not sell the science.

So what do these people say about wheat? Wheat does not make people fat and sick and unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, eating whole-wheat foods is good for you. Marion Nestle’s, the first lady of nutrition debunks the popular wheat related myths in the following ways: The rise in obesity is not caused by increased wheat consumption, wheat starch is not undesirable, whole wheat bread does not have a higher glycemic index than sugar and wheat is not addictive.

I live for this no-nonsense, fact-based information. There’s no price tag associated with this information. Next time someone says to you, “Did you know humans shouldn’t eat wheat?” You can say, “Marion Nestle says No, that is not true.” If they’re smart they’ll say, “Who Dat?”

After our initial day of bad news my dad went off to collect referrals for all the possible types of treatment that might be available to him. In fifteen minutes I listened to my dad ask “Who?” probably fifteen times and then proceeded to ask the other two questions that will likely save his life and maybe yours, too.

Stay tuned…..

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About the author

Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin

Ann is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014).

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    So, I’ve been off for a month, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Where do you get your information? It’s not always clear or easy is it?

  • jbrycewilson

    Question everything, an idea that brings to mind the image of a child incessantly asking question after question to the point of annoyance. While this is extreme, there’s something to be said. One takeaway I took from undergraduate econometrics, you can adjust just about any number to say what you want it to say. Except for raw data. I take that into consideration whenever I’m reading the news or other report. Not that I throw it all under the rug and dismiss it for any value, but I make sure that I understand where the information is coming from, and why it is presented how it is.

  • Kait Harman

    The message I received from reading this was always ask who? That is a great question for everyone to know and to resort to in any situation for time sake and money sake like you said. Is there ever a time that asking who? is not relevant?

  • katie bartlein

    This is probably one of the most important life lessons I have learned from you. The ability to question so called “facts” and reliability will be a life saver in so many different situations. It has helped me become a critical thinker and address problems head on. My favorite example is when my mom asks me about a study she read in a magazine. Knowing that I am going to school for health related topics, she always wants to know my input on the articles. My first response to her is, who is the author and what are they trying to sell you? Before even digging too deep, by answering those questions i have an idea of what we are working with. After reading Marion Nestle, Why Calories Count, what other books of hers would you suggest reading?

  • Logan Dohmeier

    I think that in regards to this article the take-away should be, “It is okay to be skeptical”. I agree that you should want to ask questions and explore deeper into how these facts are established and “who” is the one producing the information. Simply being ignorant could lead to spending more money, wasting more time, and even lead to lost opportunities of saving lives just as you have stated. I think that too many people simply “trust the internet” to get them the right facts without examining the resource origins and that can only lead to trouble. There are phony facts on the internet for almost any topic and one of the ways to combat this is by cross-referencing multiple sources. If you are finding consistent information from multiple “trusted” sources, you will have a pretty decent foundation for what is real and what is bogus. Also, just because you have to pay for information does not mean it is scientifically established as it could be someone trying to get their falsifiable theory into the mainstream information. To me, this is one of the reasons education is so important, people need to learn how to properly do research and be able to differentiate and evaluate the reliability and validity of proper science versus bogus science. This is a great article and I think it can apply to anyone who cares about the truth.

  • AmandaBrom

    It is important to ask where your information comes from. I believe that is how you truly learn and how you are able to gain a greater understanding of something. When you ask who it shows you are concerned and you are not going to believe some myth. Being in the health field I have learned so many facts that I can’t believe how easily people believe the myths. When I look at Facebook and see the post people put up about how to lose weight and other health related topics, I think to myself how do people believe that. After reading your article I can see that most people don’t even question where they get their information from. Asking questions like who and why are important to ask so you can get the facts from the start. Thank you for sharing this article about your dad.

  • Cory Zaeske

    I agree Amanda. You hear all sorts of information every day and you really don’t know what is true and what isn’t. The best way to decipher whether this information is true, is to ask who the information came from. Knowing the source of the information you dug up is crucial to whether the information has truth or not. People with no background knowledge will believe anything they are being told and that makes for an advantage to anyone who is marketing something.

  • i like this article. i believe that asking the underlining questions is how you really get true knowledge about a topic. all surface inquiries and general digging can only lead to you having knowledge of someones else’s opinion

  • Shawn

    I once heard that you don’t have to actually convince someone of a lie, you just have to create enough doubt that they are unsure of the truth. That seems to be the norm in the media at this point– so many subtle ways to sway public opinion ever so slightly, which results in all this blind chasing of fad solutions that only make things worse. It’s awesome to me when I see someone being told something and they follow it up with real inquiries into the rest of the story. We really do have to be conscious consumers, not just of products but of information, if we are going to make healthy, sound decisions for our lives.

  • treehugger90

    Great article! I can be an hypochondriac, and a lot times I go to the internet first; which is a bad thing because everything on the internet is not always true. For example, Web-MD. I agree that you should get your information from people that have nothing sell to you! I should take that more into prospective because I am notorious for always going to internet; especially if I have some ache and pain!

  • Brandon

    I agree Logan, sometimes to “Google” right away when you don’t always know where the information comes from and don’t if the information is the truth too. Properly research takes time t because there is a lot of crap out there that can lead you in the wrong direction. Education is key to getting the right information the right way and learn what are the good sites to use.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    surface digging can only lead to ….someone else’s opinion. Exactly!!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    It’s why we go to University of Wisconsin or California or wherever! Not University of Google.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes, thank you. I couldn’t have said it better.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I love her book What to Eat but it’s a big encyclopedia of eating. I keep it around as a reference. She’s got a great one, Food Politics which I have come to learn is everything! Politics dictates so much of our health!
    Thanks Katie.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Hmmm, let me see. I guess if you’re not really interested in the information that source doesn’t matter (obviously). Or, How about this. If it’s illegal, then you should probably just walk away. 🙂 Otherwise, I don’t think so. What do you think? It’s a good question.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes, stats can lie but numbers don’t. Even though we know all of this we still google, don’t we. Research takes time but it can save time in the end.

  • amykahl8

    I think an important skill that needs to be taught to young people is to be skeptical in today’s society. Unfortunately many businesses and information that is out there is simply there to make money and isn’t necessary for the good of society. People too often accept and believe anything they hear or see and it turns out a lot of things in the media are wrong! What I would like to know is how can this skill be taught to people at a young age before it’s too late?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I think it can be taught. In fact, I think it would be fun to teach it. You could start by talking about rumor and gossip (who said it, how would they know, is it true?) and then give them skills and questions to ask to get to the bottom of it. You could also teach them about truth/marketing/and money just by helping them read a cereal box. I actually think it would be a blast.

  • Anthony Urbanski

    In today’s society people take things as fact to easily. They here their friends talking about something and think it must be true. We need this to stop, instead of relying on the word of someone who probably inst qualified enough to make the statement, we need to but in the time to figure it out ourselves. How do we go about doing this?

  • Chris Williams

    I think it is really smart to ask WHO. My question would always be who and why in the situation you dad was in. Your right that wheat is not necessarily bad. It’s just the products that wheat is in that makes it bad for your health. It’s Kinda like you hang out with the bad group of friends just once and now people see you as being a bad person. I am a firm believer to not read a book by its cover. It’s good to know things then to judge. Speaking about food and what is healthy it’s good to ask the questions who, why and even what. It’s good to understand and know then to push away and judge.

  • Caitlin Donohue

    This is very wise information. I can already tell I’m going to love doing this. I feel like many people strongly believe random things but not for much reason. The next time someone tells me a random fact that I question I will be sure to ask, “Says who?” Thanks Ann! Do you have any advice on who or what NOT to trust when someone answers the “who” question?

  • Jack Delabar

    I agree and am excited to see your next two questions. “Who” is definitely be the most important question and the number one on my mind in most situations. It can be applied to many different concerns pertaining to certain situations – “who all is involved?” “Who is this effecting?” “who told me this information?” – and after figuring out those things, they can lead to even more questions that can help to assess a situation. Thanks for the post, NOW LAY THE NEXT TWO QUESTIONS ON US!

  • Jack Delabar

    I agree, Amy. We need to creatively teach our youth to really assess information and products to see if they are reliable and truly useful, or if the truth is being told. Skepticism can be a hugely helpful characteristic in today’s society.

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    Awesome article! This really applies to me because my dad was just diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48. He is super young for this to happen to a male his age, and is very advanced. (Stage 4) They think that he unknowingly had the cancer for 2 years! My dad has done a great job at staying calm, getting his facts, and doing the best treatment for HIM. If I had to ask Ann Garvin a question I would ask her, why do all men eventually develop prostate cancer?

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I agree completely, just because somebody is your friend and you trust them, doesn’t mean they know anything and could be completely wrong. It’s okay to look into what your friends tell you, do some research for yourself and then come up with your own answer or opinion on the question.

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I would like to know what to do too when someone answers the “WHO” question. How do we know if they are reliable or not? Obviously we would have to use our common sense but are there any major red flags that we should pay attention to and listen for?

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    Awesome article, Dr. Garvin and I can not wait for the next two questions! Asking “WHO” is probably the most important part of any question when seeking information. Anybody that has a creative bone in their body can come up with something that sounds extremely true, even if it isn’t. Today’s society seems to always turn to GOOGLE to find the easiest and sometimes most creative answer that they can with doing as little work as possible. I’m definitely guilty of this and I need to strive towards finding professionals and people that know what the heck they are talking about! Reach out, expand your cliques, and find people that know what they are talking about so when you give advice to a friend and they ask “Who said dat?” You can tell them with confidence and assurance that what you are saying is true.

  • MeierKM23

    Awesome article and I can’t wait to see what the next two questions will be. I definitely agree with this because so many people believe what they hear, and they don’t stop to think about where it could have actually came from. Now that read this, the question of who can develop a variety of other question when someone tells you a fact that they heard. Next time someone tells me something a fact they heard, I am going to ask them the “who” question. Thanks for sharing this and can’t wait to here what the next ones are.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    You know Kyle, I don’t know. We’ll have to find an expert who does but I will say that there are cultures because of diet (it seems) have very, very little prostate cancer incidence. So, I think that would be a place to start. Asian cultures have less, I believe.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I think the next one is posted and the third one is coming tomorrow!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Yes, when they say, my uncle…or, I read somewhere, or research says but they can’t be more specific. I always say multiple, reputable sources don’t lie. Get a second opinion. 🙂

  • justin bowers

    I really like this article because it’s so much more rewarding to get information from somebody who you know isn’t going to try and rip money from your pocket. Find somebody who knows what they are talking about and get it for free. There’s no point in spending money when you don’t have to, especially if you’re a college kid. It’s hard not to get sucked in to the books, movies, diet plans, but once you can avoid that sort of information, you’ll wonder why you ever listened in the first place. Has your Dad ever been in a real rodeo? LOL.

  • Palecekb

    Ann, thank you for the post. I have heard of the book Wheat Belly and was honestly amazed that it was trying to state that wheat was in fact bad for you. I had known for years that eating complex carbs was beneficial to your health and for some book to come out and say it was bad was shocking to me. I know that you say to ask yourself who said it? But what if they person is indeed an MD. Like the author of the book Wheat Belly, he is a cardiologist. Which sounds like someone to trust just like your fathers doctors. How do we know who to ask and trust when they do in-fact seem reliable?

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    This makes finding information doubly hard, doesn’t it? And frustrating. Who to trust. I like to trust people with really balanced information. Whenever I see someone pushing really hard on anything else I get stubborn and resistant. I start looking elsewhere. I read reviews and commentaries and I go to my go-to sources that help me process the information for myself. Multiple sources without something to sell. That’s what I look for.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    No, only the rodeo of life.
    Which is killer.
    If it offers a quick fix or costs a lot of money, or flies in the face of reason, or seems extreme…I don’t listen. I’m stubborn that way.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Thanks! My second one is up and my third one is out today. 🙂

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    Tyler, “reach out, expand your cliques” This is fabulous advice. Expand your cliques, open eyes, see other worlds. This is the way to do it. Thanks!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I’m really sorry to hear about your dad. Let me know how he is doing. What treatment is he going to do. One of our students recommended Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer. and The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer by Dr. Aaron Katz These books are awesome!

  • laurenkraft

    I know several people who have stopped eating wheat because they say it’s bad for you. I have asked everyone of them why is it bad for you? Who told you that? Where did they get their information from? Every time I got very similar responses. “Well, so and so told me it was bad.” Well I saw it on google.” “Well I read it in a book.” Do you even know the truth about this I asked, I know just as you stated in your article that not eating wheat if you don’t have celiac disease or wheat allergy is not good for you. They think it will help them lose weight or something it’s just a bullshit fad the media is trying to sell you. It’s a shame. Thank you for sharing this article, I appreciate reading articles that give great information. As for your father, he seems like a strong smart man. Prayers for him and your family.

  • Jcoppa

    This article answered my question on a previous article you’ve written. “Where can I find the right answers?” You laid them out for me here, so thanks! I think your Dad was asking the absolute right questions. It’s hard to know who’s information to trust when it comes to saving your life. But if we avoid marketing scams, we should be able to walk confidently away with a truthful answer. When I’m researching, I also look for words that so too good to be true like, magical, cure-all, and REFUND.

    I’ve been obsessing over coconut oil recently, as it’s become a huge fad recently. It’s supposed to do hundreds of different things for our body, hair, skin, mind. It even “cures” dementia, BUT it hasn’t been trying to sell me anything, besides a $5 jar of veggie oil… What is your take on the coconut fad?

  • LaurenSE

    My sister was actually looking into the Wheat Belly book just recently, and I had to ask her why? Why she seemed to think this book had the answers? Who wrote this book? And based on what? I told her she needed to do her research before giving into such a ridiculous fad. In the end, she ended up not buying the book.

    I also so came across a book called, The Thigh Gap Hack. It is a book that is supposed to help girls achieve more “feminine looking, slimmer legs”, it is supposedly filled with all sorts of diet and exercise tips. This is another prime example of when “who” should be asked. The author of this book has no background in nutrition or exercise, she did not consult with any nutritionists, doctors, or other professionals about her information. She says she did extensive research though. I’m sorry, but it is a ridiculous thing for women to shoot for, a “thigh gap”, for many females it may not even be possible (while remaining healthy), and with no help or advice from any professional, I would not trust it. So again, “who” should be asked all the time, by everyone.

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    I would like to throttle the person who coined the phrase “thigh gap” I believe this person has an intelligence gap. I’m going to tweet this right now.

  • LaurenSE

    Thank you! It honestly makes me sad for the younger girls (older too) that will see this and think “that’s what I need, that’s how I should look.” It scares me. The woman who wrote the book has a serious intelligence gap, agreed.

  • Kendra Larson

    I know a lot of people that just ramble off information about certain facts and you ask them where they got the information from, and they can’t give it. Having an interest in Nutrition and Health I am constantly looking up information. Now a day’s its so hard to find accurate information on the internet because there are too many sites where someone is just trying to make money off of the information they give you. It is so hard to figure out if it is true or not. I think that these sites and certain books that are just trying to sell for money, should be permitted from giving out false information. People want the truth, so they should get the truth.

  • Alyssa Borgrud

    I totally agree with your post! It is so hard to find accurate information these days; especially on the internet. If you were to look up three different websites on the same health question, you would find three different pieces of information that are completely different. You should not be allowed to post negative and false information on the internet because it gives people the wrong answers. Although a lot of people know that the internet is not always right, they still listen to it because they may not know where to turn for the right informations. Only positive and correct information should be posted for individuals so that they can get an accurate response to what they are searching.

  • strakaJA01

    Wow, you are absolutely right here! Sometimes I feel as if we live in a “me me me” world where people are only looking out for themselves. We should be getting information from people that have nothing to sell us because it will be the most genuine. It makes me sad to think about the selfishness in our world today. I’m a fact person, which honestly is a struggle sometimes because when you hear multiple opinions on a subject, you are forced to take pieces from each opinion and put them together to form yours. There are a lot of people who are misled because they will believe anything they see on the internet or that people tell them. How do you sort all of the information in your life out? So you ask yourself the 3 questions, do they always work? Thanks, Ann!

  • Josh Pritchard

    Lauren I couldn’t agree more. I was planning on writing my own blog to this with this quote “Get your information from people who have nothing to sell to you.” But then I saw your post and had to comment on it. I believe most people get their information from google and see that some sort of food is terrible for you or this diet pill will help you lose all your body fat. They see articles in magazines and want to have the body image of a pro athlete. They don’t take the time and actually go find out from someone more knowledgeable, with more skills. Great article, great read, good info!

  • tjbaumeister08

    I totally agree with you comment, especially when you said “There are a lot of people who are misled because they will believe anything they see on the internet.” The whole time I was reading Ann’s article I was thinking about WebMD.com. People will go on there and look up the symptoms they have and it will tell them they have some disease when really they just have a cold.

  • Evan Hibbs

    I totally agree. Health is a very hard topic to find the information a person wants at times. I feel like many foods that I think are healthy, I eventually hear bad things about and I never know what to believe, because like you said, the internet isn’t always reliable. It makes it even harder because even Doctor’s or Surgeons don’t always have the best reputations either. This is a world where a lot of people want to make money and they’re willing to lie to make money. Great post Kendra, thank you.

  • aulm92

    Thanks for this article! I love the quote “Get your information from someone who isn’t trying to sell you something.” I feel like that is so true, someone who wants to sell you something will try to tell you anything to make you buy their product. I think a really good example of this is the mass amounts of advertising we see for beef products when they actually aren’t that healthy, especially if you aren’t buying the leaner beefs.

  • Kevin Weber

    Thanks for the article Ann! You are 100% correct. As a health nut I’m constantly searching for information and new ideas that arise. But with so many different views on foods its hard to find the right information. Some food companies will lie on their nutrition labels just to sell their products. I always find it frustrating when I walk into a store and a employee will bombarded me with information on their product, which is usually more expensive. GNC is a good example. I will explain to them what I am looking for, and they will point me to their own product to try and sell me on it. When there’s plenty of more options throughout their store. I have stopped shopping there.

  • Andersonjc16

    Another great article. Like many others i am a huge health enthusiast and have a hard time believing much of what is online or published in many magazines. Media has corrupted many peoples thinking and convinced them to self medicate then selves on vitamins or things they have never heard of. I work in a retail store that has a “diet section” I wish it was called “fad section or doctor Oz brain wash section” becuase if you ask them why are taking it they will say “oh the the tv said it was good for me” but its not good for your pocket book. That is why i agree strongly with as you put “get information from those who are not selling you something”.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Very true and a good reminder to get information from people who aren’t trying to sell you something. There have been many times where I’ve read a “study” about a health issue and believed it with all my heart, even when it was clear they mainly had the agenda of selling me something.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    Back when I started lifting I was taking so many different supplements because they were supposed to be the next best thing. Even with some people on online forums saying certain supplements don’t do anything, I had to see for myself. I wish I could go back with the knowledge I have now and save my money on all the junk that I bought.

  • Jake Eckhardt

    People believing everything they see on the internet really bothers me. I see a lot of ridiculous stories spread like wildfire on Facebook and people will share it without even checking the validity of the story.

  • Zach Perkins

    Great article. I like all of your points regarding “Who”. Sometimes its right in front of us, and we’re still listening to the wrong people. You spoke of the importance of listening to people we can trust with facts. That’s something I’d like to see more college students prepared to do. Look up and do research, rather than being fed information.

  • Connor Driscoll

    Thank you for sharing such a great article! This is useful for everyone but especially college students who still struggle to access reliable health information (or information in general for that matter). For example, my aunt always wants to point out health advice to me from websites. I will then go to look at it and it’s an advertisement for a product. I look at her and say “Did you really think they were going to bash their own product?” Similar to a previous question of mine, how can we get this idea that locating reliable, quality information is easy out of peoples’ heads?

  • jack lomax

    Looking forward to the rest of this article Ann! Credibility is definitely important in any profession. “who is giving you this information? What makes them the expert? What’s in it for them?” If there is a motive..there is bias. Getting reliable information regarding products is a lot more difficult then you’d think. Its not just about getting someone who knows what they are talking about…its getting someone who can be trusted to give you the correct information that you need with no hope or agenda. Do your research!

  • Ryan R

    I wholeheartedly enjoyed this read, Ann Garvin. I would agree with you that finding out the credibility of your source of information would be a great way to go. If you hadn’t followed your own advice, you may be shying away from delectable delights such as whole-wheat bread and pasta. If I had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I would be sure to ask what those other two questions are, because the suspense is eating away at my patience.

  • DuCharmeDR11

    I agree with you stating the need to ensure credibility in your statements questioning, “Who is giving you this information” and “What makes them an expert?” I challenge I have for you would be to keep your mind open, and reach out to more than one “expert.” We are all merely humans, and although not everyone has an agenda, I can ensure you everyone has an opinion. I believe our jobs as health promoters are to sift through others’ ideals; combine, change, relate to, and add on to those various ideals to create a better world. There has to be change to make a difference. We all have to work together to do that.

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    I think this is a great article because it is extremely
    accurate. You don’t want to take advice from someone who is trying to sell you
    something. Because if they are trying to sell you something they are going to
    tell you what they are selling is the cream of the crop, that there is nothing
    better out there; and this is usually not true. This isn’t only true in
    nutrition, but in almost any aspect in life. So next time you are trying to
    decide if you should by something or start using something, you need to ask
    yourself who is telling you this information, and if they are just trying to
    make money off of you or if they actually know what they are talking about.
    Sometimes it is hard to weed that out though, so what are your suggestions when
    doing that?

  • KevinThomson32

    Thank you Mrs. Garvin for this article. I believe that there are so many thoughts about everything that it is really hard to find the correct answer and in doing so, we must look for the people who are not trying to sell us anything. They are the ones who are going to tell us straight up what the correct answer is, but for some reason we always buy the $20 dollar book to look for the answer.

  • KevinThomson32

    This is really funny because my girlfriends aunt does this same exact thing as well. They are always looking at something that people are trying to sell and think it is the next best thing to losing weight.

  • Connor Driscoll

    There are many people who do the same thing. I am not sure if it is a lack of education about accessing and assessing information online or if it is pure ignorance but it can be quite frustrating when you try to help and they continue to believe some untrustworthy source.

  • Haley Horn

    First, I am very sorry your father has cancer. Second, thank you for sharing bits and pieces of your life in your articles. I feel as if I am surrounded by people that claim they know information just because they spend a lot of time researching on Google. Honestly, I don’t know if I trust any online sources. I don’t know if i trust doctors, or like you said, anyone who is trying to sell you something. Next time I need to research or know something health or science realted, I will reference the places that you named. Thank you!

  • strakaJA01

    This is sooo true, then people turn around and talk about what they saw or read like it is fact. Ridiculous. Word of mouth is one of the fastest ways information gets around. Have you ever had someone tell you a story that you knew wasn’t true? What did you do?

  • strakaJA01

    Oh for sure! I thought the same thing. I can’t take that site seriously for that exact reason. Usually when I look information up, whether is be for school or personal reasons, I look for multiple sites that give the same information. If there is an outlier…like WebMD.com usually is…I tend to stay away from that information. If there are multiple sites that are saying the same things, I feel like that is a safer bet. What do you do when you have to look stuff up?

  • masterdan55

    What a great article! Find the best information is to find people who dont want to sell you something. People who do this will usually lie or tell you whatever they need to get you to believe the information. People who aren’t usually are sincere and are generally there to help you. Its your job to sift through the bad information and look for the good.

  • GraceFelion

    Thank you for your post! I truly wish that all health information was written as matter-of-factly as yours always is. It makes health and understanding it a little less daunting. There is so much information out there with the web that it is hard to always know what is real and what isn’t. We all need to slow down and think.

  • Leahrebout

    Thank you for sharing this story and information with us! It is always a good idea to find information that doesn’t come with an ulterior motive. Gathering information from many professional sources is a great idea to learning all of the options and then figuring out what is best for you. How many different people or sources do you think is a good number to check before making up your mind?

  • tjbaumeister08

    I pretty much do the same thing. I check to see if other sites have similar information and then if one is really different from the rest then I tend to stay away. I also check the site that I’m looking at to see how legit it is.

  • Zach Perkins

    Great point regarding the cheesy salesman! I too think that if people truly care about you, then they will be more willing to share information with you. Business is a big part of life, but passionate people will be willing to help you on a personal level.

  • Frank_Stanek

    I’m a sucker for doing research and sifting through all the different things that I find to try and discover what is true. The problem in our digital age is that we have an overabundance of information right at out fingertips at any time of the day. All you need to do when you have a question is take out your phone and Google it. There’s good and bad I suppose, you can find the information you are looking for but unless you are making sure to cross-reference that information from other reputable sources I would not put too much stock in it. The point that I am trying to get to is that it is far to easy to find free information out there, the true test is finding out who you can trust to give you the truth.

  • Sherry Hoenicke Stanek

    So true Frank! Just because information is presented in a polished manner, this does not make it true. It’s gotten increasingly hard to differentiate between pure information based on fact, and information designed to promote a particular agenda. The climate change deniers are a great case in point. They cite “studies” by “independent” scientists who, it turns out, are funded by the industries working to convince us that climate change is not happening, that say it’s all bunk. No wonder people are confused. You cannot create your own facts, but many people are going to continue to try to do just that!

  • Sherry Hoenicke Stanek

    And take the time to question and do our own research. It’s a shame, but the abundance of information has made it even easier to spread DIS-information because, I believe, so many people really don’t have or don’t think they have the time it takes to research and find out what is real and what is not.

  • Caitlin Donohue

    Got it! I will definitely remember that. I was never a fan up “I read that somewhere…”

  • treehugger90

    I agree with you that Ann makes health more understanding and more of a reality! I also agree that there is a lot of information on the web. I am guilty for going to web and searching stuff; but I don’t know if it’s real or not.

  • pinsolera

    Thank you for posting this article and I give you props for being able to talk about your father’s diagnosis with us. Honestly, with the doctor’s advice, I would be the individual that would probably go home and spend several hours trying to find other alternatives for treatment. But the fact of the matter is no matter how much we research, unless you’re a doctor that knows what is going on, we don’t know. I’m not a professional about cancer treatments so it is better to trust your doctor and most importantly though, ask questions. Asking questions solves several thins: anxiety about what is going on, keeps your emotions in control by knowing what is going on, and allows you to be prepared for other events in life.

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Thanks, Ann for sharing your post. First, I’m sorry about your father. I
    appreciate you sharing pieces of your life in that post. As an ovarian cancer
    survivor, I’ve been in your shoes (my children were only four and two at the
    time; I was also a single mother).

    From what I remember, my biggest frustration was being unable to focus on fighting the cancer and on the spiritual healing process. My quality of life suffered from a lack of quality time with my kids after being overwhelmed and exhausted by information about cancer. My life was so challenged throughout the cancer, especially trying to be optimistic for my children, which was the hardest part for me. Happiness and Healing Process = Quick Healing. Emotional Distress + Fatigue = DYING!

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Great input, Justin! I really like that you put it in perspective from a college students point of view. As a student I’m always looking for ways to cut back on spending. And if I find something useful for free, then praise the lord! How do you cut back on spending?

  • ghilonipt09

    Well I think the first thing you must do is make sure it is a reliable source to work from. The Internet has so many different resources on it. I agree with you that looking up more than one source is a good thing to make sure your information is accurate. Can we always trust other resources beside the interenet?

  • I completely agree with you on that. With technologies these days, we can access information anywhere and at anytime! And because we have the overabundance of information, we begin to abuse it. It is important to find sources you can trust when people are competing for your attention online. Thanks for sharing!

  • strakaJA01

    @ghilonipt09:disqus, you bring up a good point. We tend to look towards the internet now days for all of our information. What about the library? I think you could debate on whether or not book sources can be more legitimate or not….they certainly cannot be updated by just anyone like Wikipedia can be etc. I know books have a detailed process to go through in order to be published, I’m not sure if websites have the same standards??

  • barczakdm08

    I can totally relate to you about how you feel surrounded by “know it alls”it gets pretty frustrating and annoying especially when you know they’re wrong. Online sources in my opinion are great options to get many different opinions on topics, definitely not a place I’d go to find actual facts!

  • barczakdm08

    Great article! It’s crazy how many people now think they are mr/mrs know it alls about everything. I hear the most outrageous “facts” from these people who aren’t even educated about the certain topic they’re trying to teach, I understand that people like to sound smart but it is getting out of hand these days. People need to get their facts straight first before anything, do some research learn the topic then you can go around teaching people with actual facts!

  • barczakdm08

    Yeah you have got to careful now a days, you never know who is trying to actually help/teach you about something or just sell you something.

  • pinsolera

    I’m always quite skeptical of something when I first see it so I always want more verification until I see multiple sights that have the same information. But as someone said below, there are other very important resources to use, such as books, which could be even better than the internet in terms of reliability.

  • Haley Horn

    I hate arguing about things with people.. because sometimes I am wrong too, and it is because of these bad sources. There are some things I feel that I will never know what’s true and what’s false!

  • strakaJA01

    I am the same way…our world is just too crazy and dare I say fake and superficial for me to believe something after hearing or seeing it once. Books are good, I agree. But what happens when they get outdated? There is new research findings all the time. This is where the internet has an advantage over books. I think both are good, you just have to weigh your options. It is all about individual standards.

  • pinsolera

    And very true. Books do eventually get outdated. There will always be new information cycling in and out of various resources. And you hit it right on the head when you said we all have to weigh out our options. I like to use both resources to cross reference and see which is more reliable.

  • pinsolera

    Yes we definitely can. Books that are very new I believe tend to be pretty reliable just because of all the research that was put into the book. Even some slightly older books tend to work because maybe not as much information has been released about the topic. Also, certain databases, even though on the internet, are mostly journals that were well researched so I can vouch for those as well.

  • Jansscor16

    I really liked your quote about getting information from people who are not trying to sell you something. I will definitely use that when people around me come up with this new idea that something is bad for us. Most of the people around me that do that, read one article and suddenly believe everything. It is hard online to tell if something is legit. This was an helpful article!

  • barczakdm08

    Yes I know exactly how you feel! My best advice is to keep digging eventually you will find the answers. Some answers may take longer to find than others which is very frustrating. Nothing is really credible anymore which really sucks!

  • masterdan55

    Isn’t that so true! Facebook is definitely not a reliable source for any information in my opinion. People are attention getter and will do anything to make a point or show false info to sway thoughts.

  • Haley Horn

    You are totally right. Being a Psych major you would think that I would like the research aspect of life but I’m actually the opposite. I like quick and to the point answers, which is why I am guilty of getting answers from bad sources.

  • Taylor Schulz

    Most of the time, I am one guilty of doing research not he internet for all kinds of things; most of the time, I don’t even think to see who the person or company sharing the information is. I agree with you and I feel as though good health and lifestyles would be a lot easier to achieve if information was simply given for that purpose rather than for money and other reasons. I feel as though technology plays a big role in this issue and in our day and age, it is almost impossible to stray away from. Thanks for sharing Ann!

  • strakaJA01

    Well thank you! I definitely agree with your cross referencing approach. I am a fact based person, so I always like to have my research done before I make a decision. There’s definitely pros and cons to that…especially since some decisions have to be made without knowing the facts!

  • lex_alwaysMIA

    Agreed. This technology advancing everyday it seems as if you can trust no one. The best to find out something in my opinion is to do it the old school way, do your research. It may be time consuming yet you know you can trust yourself as a source.

  • Janna Bartels

    Thank you for your post Ann! I have been constantly learning that so much of the information I get is from people who have a monetary investment in it. We should all be asking “who” more often! Who says that the juice I’m drinking is 100% juice? This post is a challenge to me to find out who is giving me the information I think I’m getting from unbiased people.

  • Tim Rutkowski

    I love that you are touching on accessing information again. In today’s day and age everyone can access information just about anywhere. I think the problem with this is that everyone just goes to the very first link and doesn’t check the creditably of the site. If individuals learn to verify their research that they have spent time on, I think society could benefit as a whole in taking the extra time into something and doing it right the first time.

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    I can’t agree with masterdan anymore. It is our job to look at information and not to just get a big pile of bs.

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  • Tyler Pierce

    Ann, asking “who” is such an useful statement when it comes to things that are as serious as prostate cancer as well as less serious topics. Knowing where the source is coming from can give you a lot information on whether the information is creditable or not. The more creditable source the better. However, sometimes there are two creditable sources that have contradicting information, how do I know which one is better?

  • Nathan Gillette

    I have never heard the word “Who” used more perfectly. I never ask who and feel like an idiot now. I think I should be asking who all the time. this is good for you. oh really who told you that? Getting information well good information from people who aren’t selling you something may be harder than we think. I say harder but i guess it takes a little work to get anything accomplished and the fact that you never know why these companies are getting off selling bad information to innocent people, but thats just it we all keep buying it! Is there a website that can be used to asked health related questions to someone who isn’t selling something?

  • Jeremy Demos

    For some reason my barber has been on a crusade against these ‘gluten free’ stickers going up everywhere. The Watertown Pick ‘n Save actually has a ‘gluten free’ sticker on batteries. Yes, batteries. Fortunately for my health, my barber is now offering gluten free haircuts. Again, the majority of these issues could simply be solved by people thinking for themselves or checking the sources where they are getting the information.

  • Reece Raethke

    In the digital era, I think people forget how valuable information from an ACTUAL person is, and information from an unbiased standpoint at that. Don’t get me wrong, the internet is a great way of receiving information, but you must always consider the source. Instead of running to google for the answer to a question, maybe we should return the old fashion way of asking a living, breathing person for the answer.

  • kkachel

    This article is so true. Readers need to make sure that a writer does not have a hidden agenda. A person should be well informed when going to the doctor about a serious health issue. Yet the patient needs to listen critically to what his or her M.D. says. Our society is better informed today than ten years ago. However, this requires the reader to have a strong ability to think critically. Science can be difficult to understand, and some people steer away from it because of this. It is better to get the scientific information from a reputable person than from some junk science t.v. channel or website.

  • Kyle moore

    Information now a days are based of price tags for businesses. What sells is what stays and what age group to target. The cheap, unhealthy, good looking food is what makes the big bucks so lets keep selling it. But in reality the lesser good looking food, more expensive, and healthy food is what you want. The idea of walking on the outsides of the grocery store is where you want to stay because the processed and less nutritional food is in the middle. Research and thought into decisions will help tremendously with decisions.

  • hensella

    This article is very relevant for most people I would think. I would bet most people on any health topic the first thing they do is google what their problem or situation is. I would guess that most people don’t know what is credible and what is not credible. What do you think is the easiest way to know if health information is credible?

  • Aaron Ackerman

    I could not agree more Frank! For example the other day I spent roughly three hours searching the web for the best headlight bulbs for my truck. So on a side note if anybody is in need of some new bulbs for their vehicle I can steer you in the right direction. But once I sifted through all the crap and different companies talking up their product, believe it or not I found a blog page where real people talked about their own personal experiences with different brands. It just shows if you look hard enough even on the most random of things; if the people behind the information are not bias in anyway and are looking to help others, research becomes a great asset.

  • Robert Murdock

    To be honest I was never one to ask many questions. I usually ooked for the quickest answer in the least amount of time if at all, and I rarely fared well. Partially it could be due to how openly avalible information is today, yet now more than ever it is important to take the time to wade through the crap and find actual viable information. It has definately made me look back and think about past decisions I have made in haste as well as how I will go about making decisions in the future.

  • Sharmaine A.

    Like everyone contributing to this blog, I also agree. knowledge is power. When you are looking for information about anything you should always go the extra miles in making sure it is accurate. Like Frank said, gaining information in different places, browsing on several websites, reading many articles/books.

  • Eric H

    We look at information very poorly. We believe everything we read or see on the computer or TV. There is way too much technology out there that we are always getting some new inside scoop on every topic. We need to always ask WHO? when trying to find credibility. I admit that I always look up things on the internet and find about 5 different answers that I am looking for. We need to look for credibility and not just and joe schmo on the internet.

  • Justin Shelton

    “Get your information from people who have nothing to sell you” I really like that quote because people that are experts in whatever they do and they are willing to tell or inform you about a certain topic, without charging a price, is usually the best information that you will get. People who have to try and ‘sell’ you on a topic usually have a different motive in mind.

  • Travis Ricci

    This is a great article and really shows how bad we are just last weekend we were with family and we wanted to look up what a savant was because we were arguing over what you needed to have in order to qualify as one. Well the first person to look it up says it and we say no that cant be it what site are you on and he resounds with Wikipedia now most of the time it is right but this time it was not and it shows anyone will look something up online and become instantly an expert on the subject

  • Kevin Semler

    I am always doing research on google and my smartphone for whatever I need to find out. If i have something minor wrong with me I google/WebMD my symptoms and possible treatments and always self diagnosing myself whenever possible. This article opened my eyes to what is out there in front of your face that acts as a better source than anything. The quote that stood out the most as the “take home” to me was “get your information from people who have nothing to sell to you”.

  • Ronny

    I had just gotten into a huge debate with my friend over something stupid and the first thing he does is ask siri on his iPhone. now my situation was not as serious as your fathers. mine was only lousy a five dollar bet. But it is funny how so many people rely on technology and end up getting shoved into different directions trying to find answers.

  • Sydney Sipos

    It’s actually quite frightening when you think about all of the health “resources” that are out there on the internet. The curious thing is to imagine what tiny percentage of them are reputable. I love that Ann gives us a few contact points for nutritional information, sources that are unbiased and science-driven. Any other resources we can depend on, Ann? Books, in particular?

  • Brady Sexton

    I think it is easy to believe what you read or accepting the first source that pulls up on Google. It is much more difficult to read and decide whether you are going to accept the information and actually think about what you are reading. Today we tend to place for importance on how fast we can find our answers rather than focusing on if the information is credible.

  • Brooke Gregory

    This article reminds me of you telling us to be critical thinkers and ask questions like the one this article is about, “who dat?”. I can admit that I don’t always ask the question who when I hear something. I am getting better as advance in college but I still sometimes read something and think “hmm, interesting” and move on with my life carrying that “fact” around with me. I also like what you said about the hard facts, not someone trying to sell you on something. There are always “BURN FAT QUICK” ads that pop up on Facebook and I usually scroll passed and roll my eyes because I know they are trying to sell me something rather than increase my knowledge about health.

  • katrina brown

    Asking, Who?” really is the key to maintaining accurate and unbiased knowledge. you have to know the source of your information otherwise how do you know the value of it in relation to your life and or your current situation? It really is important to make the most of your doctor visits because the more questions you ask the less time you will have to spend dealing with the same issue or concern instead of moving on to the next most important step in your understanding of an issue.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    “Life isn’t about knowing the answer it’s about know where to find it” – a quote my 8th grade history teacher not only stood by but drilled into our heads.
    Wouldn’t it be safe to say that your first opinion given by someone even if it is from a specific specialist, doctor, or what have you that they might not be the only person “whom” you should get your answers from and rely on.
    What’s the reasoning behind getting a second opinion if you are a person who is relying on a specific individual such as a doctor to have all the right answers. If they have all the answers that as a natural instinct don’t you expect that they will swallow their pride and tell you they don’t have what your looking for but can lead you to who will. If they don’t meet your expectation and continue to lead you in what might be the wrong direction, then “who” do you go to next?

  • Hannah Leggett-Hintz

    How unfortunate, and I’m sorry about your father. I’m definitely not the type of person who craves research and finding all the answers. They just aren’t the things I crave to do with my life, so I’ll leave that to the brainiacs. However, I do think this article is very important with the fact about where you’re getting all of your information. When I was a freshman in college and wanted to change my major from Biology to the Pre-Physical Therapy program, I was told a million different things by a million professors and advisers. In a time like that, who do you go to? Who do you listen to? Some professors told me to stay on the path I was on. Where as others would say that I needed a different major or minor or emphasis and blah blah blah. In the end, you just HAVE to do your research, like it or not-where as I loath it. You have to do what’s best for you. So find the most credible person and stick with them like your life depends on it. Because sometimes, as pointed out in the article, it just may.

  • warnlofjc20

    This article raises a really good point in that it’s very easy to find false information on the internet. If you Google something you can find the answer to your question but you can just as easily find something contradictory if you go to another search result. A lot more people need to realize that quite a bit of information that is put out on the internet, not just health oriented, is put there for personal gain, whosever posting it just wants to drive as much traffic to their site as they possibly can and don’t really care much to fact check what they’re posting. Thanks for posting the article!

  • Nathan

    Thanks the first question to ask! This is a very useful peace of information for people who are stuck in a bad place. Knowing “who” someone is or “who” wrote the information your reciting is a very good way to learn what answers are correct. People should know the credentials of someone, and know if they are getting payed to say something before they start listening. I was wondering if your father has had cancer before, and if that is why he was so calm when he got the news.

  • hicksjd11

    I agree. I think it is best to receive information about things as important as your health first-hand, from a professional. So many of us want to know all the possibilities and facts so that’s when we resort to google or some other form of technology. This usually just ends up creating unnecessary stress.

  • Ananda Conlon

    It is key to get information from an accurate source. Like you said, some companies are trying to change you perception on the information in order to get you to purchase their product. Health has turned into a business. This makes me sad as someone who actually cares about the health of others. I do not want people to be falling for the trap of these companies and thinking that something “magical” will happen with their health.

  • Carly Konkol

    My favorite line of this article was, “they report the science, not sell the science.” This is honestly a quote we should all remember from day to day. It’s funny the “wheat is bad for you” subject came up because a few months ago I recall my mom telling me that she read in a book that wheat is unhealthy for you and you should avoid eating whole weat bread. In all honesty, I found that interesting and wanted to read more about it. Not realizing, that this book was trying to propose the new and greatest wheat-free diet plan. This author was most likely trying to be the next big Adkins or South Beach Diet fad. I am hoping to always keep the aforementioned quote in the back of my mind everytime I hear a fact related to health.

  • Alex Prailes

    I came across this article at the perfect time. My friend has recently gotten into her own business selling skinny wraps. She’s been trying to convince me to buy them, but I don’t understand how people think they work. She tells me they have chemicals that help you break down fat…but to me that’s too good to be true. So this article is perfect for that. Says who? How can I tell my friend that when she has a bias opinion because she works for the company?

  • Aarynn Bosshart

    I really appreciate your creative approach to analytical thinking and the way you tied it to your personal life. A few weeks ago I was at a friends wedding. At the reception I sat at a round table full of some of closest college friends from my first three years at UW-La Crosse. Most of them graduated last spring or earlier and all of them are in some health and fitness related field (2 nurses, 2 personal trainers, 1 biology major, and me the PE major with a Health Education minor). The question was asked by one of my nurse friends, “What do you guys think the perfect diet is?” I was amazed that everyone at the table had a different answer to the question. One of my friends thought a diet should contain mostly proteins, fruits, and vegetables with very little wheat or grains. Another felt that everything in moderation is okay, and that calorie counting is really the most important. I personally feel the less processed/manufactured and more natural the better, and then from there everything in moderation is good. It surprised me to see such differences, because many of us took the same classes together and learned the same information. This brings me to your question of “who is giving the information?” You are so right. The “who” impacts the information completely and I think it’s because each person is trying to accomplish a different end goal. What does “best diet” really mean? Well, it depends on what’s trying to be accomplished (weight gain, weight loss, overall health, etc). My friends in personal training probably support a high protein diet because it’s said to help athletes build muscle. Whereas, my nurse friends support calorie counting because many many patients are seeking to lose weight. So, I guess the question of “What is the best diet?” takes a lot more consideration and further questioning than one would think. I feel that I am fairly well educated on the topic, yet I have a lot to learn before I can give another solid advice. I just know what works for me, and I continue to modify as I learn knew things. How would you answer the question?

  • Catey Navarro

    I wish there were more people who were trying to inform us not sell us things. People need to listen to the doctors and nutritionists and now wikipedia. I bet there are so many people who never would have even thought about looking into a non profit organization for health information. There is a lot of information out there and it is up you us, as individuals, to get the truth. I have always been told wheat is fine in moderation. Ya, have a sandwich on wheat bread. Just don’t have 10 a week. Moderation is key in every aspect of life.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Thanks for another great post, Ann! I wish all articles on the internet were as simple and as easy to understand as yours. All of your articles make me want to be a healthier person or just a better person in general. I agree with everything that you said in this article, especially about whole wheat foods.

  • Natasha Tynczuk

    This is a great article. Finding good, accurate information concerning your health is very hard to do nowadays. I agree that we have an overabundance of information, and it can be overwhelming at times because we don’t know what to believe. For example, typing a simple symptom you are experiencing, such as a cough, into Google can lead you to thinking that you have some terrible disease that is going to lead to some miserable death, when in reality you just have a little cold.

  • CoachDavis24

    Maybe we should ask Doctor Who? In all seriousness though, who is a great question. I have ask that question to many of friends who have given me some factual, or possibly non-factual, information. I usually get the response of “some scientist I saw in a documentary”. Can we trust a scientist from a documentary? He is probably getting paid right? So much information out there comes from somebody who is getting paid to put that information out into the world. Not enough people know how or where to find “free” information from reliable sources, including me. I mean I could find some free information, but I doubt I could always find what i’m looking for. What is a great health site with a lot of free health information?

  • Ryano313

    Some people don’t go the extra mile to talk to someone who actually knows about health because they just want a quick answer. Therefore, they go to google and type their question in, look at the top results, and take that advice. I agree that we should care more about where we are getting our information from. Some people only seek out professionals when its an emergency Personally, I would rather get information about health from someone who knows what they are talking about like a trainer, nutritionist, or a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Steffiheuer

    I love the honesty of this article and also the story. Anyone who is strong enough to look for the right answers instead of pity is a great person. I also believe that we should start asking the right questions. I have lately began to realize that asking “who” is the best option. The disks in my lower back are, well basically gone because of gymnastics. At first all I did was look up ways to try and help my back but nothing worked, and then I began to feel pity for myself. Recently my trainer asked me who I had talked to about my back and all I could say was, “only the doctor who gave me my results.” All he did was give me my results, so no one to be honest. She then got me into a physical therapy program that has helped my back. We should all start asking “who” because, like you said, it could save your life. Thank you for your article.

  • earose14

    They report the science, not sell the science is mostly a true statement. Just because someone said something is bad for you for so and so reason doesnt mean it is. Questions you would ask first are who are they? Whose giving you this information and are they trying to sell it to you? This is a usefel blog to live by when thinking about where your getting your information. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • HelpHealth002

    Thanks for writing this article Professor Garvin! It’s a great point to bring up because many people can relate to falling under ‘health traps’ and end up buying products that they don’t need because the seller created a fear in them that they didn’t have before. I think it’s important to point out that even if other friends seem to know a lot about health and aren’t technically ‘selling’ you anything when giving you information, you should still check out where they got their information before passing it onto you. I have a relative who is constantly telling me to stop eating wheat and if I didn’t ask her who/where she got her information from, I would have started believing things about wheat that weren’t even true! Many people say that wheat isn’t bad for you as long as you don’t have a wheat allergy, but then add that most Americans are allergic to wheat. Have you come across these claims before?

  • Skowronssj06

    I love this article. I have to say that getting the right information is very important. Sources are important. I don’t know how many times I have asked multiple people the same question and how many different responses I get- then I proceed to the internet, which is also full of lies. You have to make sure you trust your sources. I like how you say don’t listen to the people with pricetags. Because their ultimate goal isn’t to help you- their goal is to take your money and pursuade you that their “healthy” food or machines are the best for you. So finding a source who really wants to help people and are not selling anything is your best bet.

  • hasselbemj31

    This article is so true! In today’s day and age it is so hard to know what is right from wrong. Everyone and anyone can post an article on the internet and sound professional and usually people believe them. This is where it gets tricky WHO do we want to believe. I liked how you mentioned he asked the doctor the questions, not the internet because the doctor was the best source. Our society needs to start understanding just because Google says it doesn’t mean it is true. We need to start asking questions to the most reliable people. I can relate a lot to this because my mom has had weight issues and has tried a lot of different weight loss companies. What we haven’t realized is weight watchers and nutriststem are all gaining money from you, they don’t want to help. After going to several programs like these and them not working she finally went to the doctors and asked for their help. As she found out, these doctors didn’t gain anything from her but they just wanted to help her not take her money. By not following organizations that were glorified she lost 130 pounds.

  • karinaz10

    This advice is very accurate. Everything you hear through the media isn’t always true. And sometimes it’s hard to depict the facts from the fictions. Your body should be your number one priority and it only makes sense to treat it with the truth. As many other people have commented, knowledge is power. Always seek more than one opinion and always question who the information is coming from.

  • Trista Radloff

    I am in a health communication and this article goes right to the heart of the class. Doctor visits are not just one sided. It is not the doctor talking and you simply listening. In order to have a productive doctor visit, the patient needs to ask questons. However, it’s also important to know what questions to ask. The who is the first step to creating better health communication.

  • Jessica White

    Though I do agree with most people’s comments and you Ann, I still believe that if you are smart about your research, you can still ask “who” with a bit of your own research online. That being said, I don’t believe you should rely solely on the internet to cure cancer or anything else life threatening. I would not put my health or my life in the hands of complete strangers. I would definatly talk to professionals and ask the “who” question many times while I’m there. If you are smart about your research, though, you could bring in questions to the professionals as options. I realize that this may bother some doctors when people diagnose themselves on webMD or other medical sites but if you are researching other diseases or illnesses on sites such as the CDC website or American Lung Association, you can still gain valuable information as well as answering the “who” question. Be smart about it! Good luck to your father Ann. Thanks for the blog post.

  • ReneeKirch19

    Thank for sharing this Dr. Garvin! This was one of my favorite articles. Asking “who” really is one of the most important questions you should ask yourself. I think that is something we often forget. I think that nowadays people base their lifestyles too much on the misinformation they receive from non credible sources they find on the internet. I mean think about it, what is one of the first things people do when they’re feeling sick? Most likely they google their symptoms! I would admit that I do the same thing. I lost track of the number of times I’ve looked at my symptoms on the internet and found that I supposedly had some sort of disease that doesn’t even exist in the United States. Obviously those sites were very misleading and very wrong. Thanks for sharing the good sources for health information, I think we all need to know!

  • Brad Vogel

    If only those who have nothing to sell to us received more exposure and recognition so that we would not have to seek information in all the wrong places. However, I fear that will never happen. Even with university studies there does have to be that element of skepticism because unless you know who paid for that study, there isn’t much to tell if it’s legitimate or not.

    After all, when was the last time you saw someone advertise home remedies that were inexpensive instead of expensive medications?

  • Matthew Manley-Browne

    Thank you for your post!
    Its a reminder for people to be selective with what information they choose to believe. With the ability to access information easily, people are at an increased risk of being misinformed on a particular topic. One area that I don’t particularly agree with is the idea that you should always check your sources before believing something. In a health related matter, yes, but if you’re just looking up the capital of a state or a quick fact, you don’t really need to be as thorough.

  • Mitch Sween

    Thanks for your post.
    The same rules apply in an English class as well as a health class. Make sure to check your sources.

  • knapprl17

    I think it is very important to do research before you buy something or do something that could put you in a dangerous situation. When it comes to our health I believe that we need to research what kinds of food we are buying. I like how you mentioned that you should talk to people who aren’t trying to sell you stuff because they will say whatever it takes to get you to buy their product.

  • Amanda Wood

    Death is hard to think about, but when it falls flat at your feet its hard to take a step forward. Most people think why me, why now, whats happening, the list is never ending. Chewing up the details and just swallowing the truth is hard, but it is possible. I applaud your father for asking and really opening up to the truth of the matter. He is extremely smart for taking the opportunity to just ask who? what? and where? because as much as society wants answers today, we do not seek answers that will not benefit us. We must all realize that the best answers usually come from primary sources and the right answers are not always the ones we want to hear, but rather need to hear.

  • mankobj22

    Asking “Who” in regards to where information came from or who said it is more important than the actual information being obtained. Too often we disregard the sources that we obtain our information from simply because we like what we have heard. Once we hear the magic words, or find the one website that tells us exactly what we want to know (and it is phrased exactly the way we want to see it) the question of the source’s credibility goes right out the window. On the other hand, if we find information that isn’t to our liking, then question everything! The source must not be credible, and the information must be wrong (unless we spend a great deal of time by further investigating only to find 15 other sources that corroborate what the first source’s information). It is human tenancy to hear only what we want to hear, and because of this, asking “Who” regardless of whatever you find, is critically important.

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thanks for the post Ann! I am so sorry to hear about your father, but if he’s as strong as you are I’m 100% positive he’ll get through it. I myself would never and have never asked the question “Who?” when struck with bad news. I guesss it’s something I should reconsider doing because it’s logical to do so. Seeing where the facts come from, and how reliable they are instead of believing the immediate facts can put a hault on my worries and fears. Knowing who I am as a person though, I freak out the moment bad news hits me with no second thoughts if it’s true or not. Getting information from a doctor who has nothing to sell you can be the best reassuring information any sick person can get. Rather than people trying to sell you wheat.

  • Jack Delabar

    As Mark Albion writes about in his blog on here, google doesn’t have all the answers. One needs to learn to ask questions about the questions in order to dig out the best answer. Consulting health professionals (such as Ann) with the information that you have found on the internet may be a good next step to take in verifying your findings.

  • tyler

    Sorry your father has cancer! I am one of those people who uses google to diagnose myself, my family, my friends anyone. I will look something up so quick to figure out what it is without even considering going to the actual person or anything. I can remember, when I was sick a point in time, I used the internet to diagnose myself. I thought I had food poisening, come to find out I had have my appendix removed! I never even thought once to call my doctor or anything until it was unbearable. I could have resolved the issue sooner, had I not tried to self diagnose myself. It is interseting how now a days we really are so quick to look something up online rather than to even try to find a credible source. I just think it is so mindblowing how this generation we never even think to go to the source. Seeing where these facts come from before automatically believing them probably would be helpful. Why do you think this generation believes everything we hear and we do not bother to go to the source about it?

  • ReneeBinder

    I feel this is something that is huge in today’s society because we are bombarded with information from the media on daily basis. Filtering through all of this information can be a challenge to find the accurate information. The nutrition world has become all about making money and not about educating people so this makes it even harder to filter through the information. I think this article gives us a good starting point to start dissecting the information that is thrown at us.

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for your insight! There are so many people that will believe anything they are told, especially when it comes to health. The people who try to sell their “fast and easy” health solutions can make a quick buck by throwing out nonsense that so many of us tend to pick up, not matter what the cost. It can be hard, but if people can find genuine sources for their information, they will be better off. Knowledge is power. What can people do who don’t have the access to those sources of health?

  • Tracy_Werner

    While reading this article, I can’t help but think about a recent meeting I had with my academic advisor. Although she wishes me the best, she has no personal interest in the matter of whether or not I go to grad school or which program I choose. Because of this, I know that the information she gives me is reliable and she is only trying to help me decide. She gave me a list of people that I should talk to to help me make my decision, and for every name, I asked her WHO they are and WHY I should talk to them instead of someone else. These professors and researchers have no personal gain from simply talking to me and giving me the information I need. Instead of running to the internet like I usually do to look up information, I decided to make appointments with people I knew would be reliable. That way there isn’t a question as to where the information is coming from.

  • Kyree Brooks

    This article is entirely true because I dislike when people put their pride in the way of what they really need to know. If you are in denial or just simply do not want the truth then go about it that way, but for those who want accurate info then please persistently ask questions. Advertisements and commercials are a key example of feeding people lies. I believe that those who do give us false info should be taken to court. I agree with the need to get the right info is universal, because no matter what you are in life and what position you are in, it is only fair. Thanks Ann

  • Kobajr18

    “Get your research from people who have nothing to sell you”. I think that just about sums up how you should go about finding information in todays society. If you want information of healthy eating you shouldn’t ask Nature Valley, you should find a reliable source that is putting out information for the good of people not for profit.

  • danac501

    Thank you for this article. The problem I have is I would of freaked out when I heard the c word. That is because in the world now we have already heard a million things that could happen to you if you get diagnosed with cancer mainly from the media. Just like when my grandparents were growing up they had no idea what cancer was because there were no treatments for it. I am sure when I have kids the media will influence them even more with all the wrong information. But I do agree with the question “who?” because you want to make sure you are getting it from the best source which is from my mom or the doctor. This might be a silly question but do you think mothers are a good source?

  • Theresa Fitzsimmons

    I agree with this information and I would like to thank you for writing this article. I can agree with this because when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer the first thing my mom did when she got home was google a bunch of stuff about it. When she did this the information did two things to her. One, it gave her false hope about people who underwent the finest treatment plans and lived even after being in the third stage of cancer. Second, she was more freaked out then she already had been after finding the news about him having cancer. She got really worked up and should have just relied on the doctor to give her information on what he could do next. My dad remained calm and found out what the treatment options were. The doctor was not selling anything to us and also said there was no guarantee that the treatment methods would work, and it was likely that they would just buy him a little extra time (a few months). It is important that we all think realistically when it comes to health. It is also important to not focus on getting information that is being sold to us. In some cases is some information good that is sold to us?

  • Glassborow

    Thank you for this article, everyone is being brain washed these days, they believe all the health labels saying ‘low fat’ and ‘low sugar’ etc, but they just don’t realize it’s not any healthier for you and makes them think they can eat more of it! Companies are selling information based on skewed and biased interpretations. It reminds me of the diets today, saying you need to cut out carbohydrates and increase protein consumption – to me it just doesn’t make sense…if you want to lose weight you need to cut the calories. It’s sort of the like the information is being processed the same way as foods, taken by the companies, skewing the information to make money…adding sugar and fat to make it taste better and allow more money to be made.

  • warnlofjc20

    I definitely agree with this article. I think a lot of peoples problem is that they just take information at face value without really doing any actual research. They just Google it and take the first thing they find as irrefutable fact. Thanks for posting!

  • warnlofjc20

    In addition to making it your job to sift through the bad info, I think a lot of people need to start being more honest with themselves. It’s not only that people will lie to get you to believe in them and buy what they’re selling, but also that people will just go with the first person that tells them what they want to hear and not what they need to hear.

  • warnlofjc20

    I don’t think that its people being brainwashed more so than it is people have just gotten a lot more irresponsible/lazy. They’d much rather go for the food that promises miracle health benefits instead of actually doing the work themselves, that way when it doesn’t work they’re not responsible for it. It’s the labels fault that it didn’t work.

  • Charles Fischer

    Excellent points on doing your proper research and not being a sucker for the hype and quick fix ideas that are out there

  • d_millyy

    Couldn’t agree more with your statement. It’s sad how oblivious people really are to bad information. I also believe it’s a psychological thing too. For example, let’s say I’m over weight and want to look up reasons why I might me. Instead of going to the doctor and getting checked for like cholesterol or fats and all the stuff in my diet, I might look online. Now let’s say the first thing to pop up is regular soda makes you fat, drink diet soda instead. So now I cut regular soda out of my diet and continue eating fast food but only having a diet soda, I should lose weight no problem. This is whats wrong with the media and people’s need to look up something and believe what they want to believe. Do you agree that people may believe things about health only because they want to but not because it may be true or false?

  • JeremyWahl

    every time i go to the doctor, and he says i have something i either have him explain it or educate myself when i get home. i think it is best to ask a doctor face to face though because of all of the false information on the internet and you are trying to decipher what is true or not. the toughest part on finding information that is important to you is trying to find out who to believe. when i was at the doctor for my back, one doctor told me to stop playing contact sports and i will need a back brace when another doctor told me to also stop playing contact sports but there is no reason i need a back brace and just to know to take care of my body. i believed the first doctor but always see a second opinion and make a choice after that.

  • sauerm29

    With all the various sources of information, it is likely to come across something misleading. It would be very frustrating to spend time reading up on something, only to find out that it’s from a source that’s less than credible. I think it’s important to research the source, before diving too deep into the information.

  • LeiderGM20

    As many people have stated we are so lucky and unlucky to live in the time we do…on one had we have so much information right at our finger tips and on the other we have to decide for ourself if this information is valid and relaible….which many people struggle with. Tons of companies have alterior motives for saying and clamining the things they do…mainly to get rich quick and sucker you in to keep spending your money on their product.

  • Alise Brown

    Everyone out there is trying to market or sell their product. Honestly they will tell you anything you will believe to sell their product and make money for themselves. You know information that is not getting you to buy in on their products is information that you know is honest and real information because they have nothing to gain from giving it to you.

  • Travis Mattice

    So true. The people who are selling something is not really where you want to get your information from about that particular thing. Of course they are going to talk it up or sell something short just so you purchase their product. Its a load of crap. Do your own research, you ask the questions and make sure it is credible.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This blog goes back to another one I read by you. It reminded me about misinformation. The health information that is given to us should be fact based only and not opinion. There is so much information that we can access at our fingertips and most of the time the information is always contradicting another persons information.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    Asking the right people the right question is hard. To many people now a days rely on the internet and believe anything they can find on google. and sometimes it seems easier just to google it because they can believe what they want to believe and disbelieve what they want to disbelieve regardless if it is true or not. this article shows that theory to be true.you need to ask the right people the right questions not google your question because regardless of what people say googling it is not the right answer. i loved this story about your dad i hope everything with him works out.

  • Adam

    I agree with all of you guys. Technology now a days has changed everything! We have endless information at our fingertips in a moments notice but how much of it is accurate or even remotely true? I think everyone needs to take better note of where their information is coming from and of course “Who says so”?

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    I never heard that about grocery stores. I didn’t know they keep the processed foods in the middle and the healthier foods on the outside. But now that you mention it, I have noticed that. That is a very good tip, Kyle. I will be sure to remember that the next time I go shopping. Thank you!

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I usually do quite a bit of research and then I find some of my friends who might have tried a specific way of dieting and then I usually try it out if it doesn’t sound too dangerous. I think that there are some diets that may work better for different people. I personally have found that I feel better when I limit my carb intake which i choose to do by not eating bread products and limit myself to mostly natural foods.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    I really enjoy how you get straight to the point with the things you are trying to say. I hate reading or seeing things on TV about health, and all that the people are doing is beating around the bush. They do not give the facts like you do, they try to sugar coat everything, and make it sound like being unhealthy is not your fault. I really enjoy how blunt and to the point you are with your facts on health, and I think that all health experts should be just like you. I think that a lot more people would change their ways if their hands weren’t held every step of the way.

  • thomas kearney

    Wow this is the first time I heard the arguement of wheat not being good for you being brought up. It almost always amazes me how easily people would believe any sort of information that is presented to them. I feel that people should really educate themselves on things that are good and bad for them. Your father also asked the question the right way. It was key for him to make that interpersonal connection so he could get the best advice possible.

  • Hillary12

    I really enjoyed this article. Since I’ve come to college I have definitely stopped taking things at just face value. If someone says something that I’ve never heard before I look into it. I try to find the answer for myself. If someone is ranting over something political that I haven’t informed myself on I stay out of the conversation. False information is sold more than beer in Wisconsin and I’m not buying the false information. In order to truly know the facts on something I completely agree that if someone has a way to gain you aren’t going to get the whole truth or you’re not going to get the truth at all.

  • Slepicka12

    I totally agree with you about technology changing everything these days. sooner or later everything is going to revolve around technology and I think that it is best that we learn where all this new information is coming from so that way we are able to connect with the future and with how we live our lifes.

  • Slepicka12

    I agree with what you are saying about receiving false information from outside sources. I believe that if we keep up with the current technology and news that we will gain proper information.

  • Leahrebout

    Thank you for sharing this story and information with us! It is always a good idea to find information that doesn’t come with an ulterior motive. Gathering information from many professional sources is a great idea to learning all of the options and then figuring out what is best for you. How many different people or sources do you think is a good number to check before making up your mind?

  • Leahrebout

    Very good point! People who are selling something will say anything to get you to buy it. I’ve learned in Ann’s classes that a lot of the things people are ingesting thinking they are healthy, like supplements, aren’t even monitored by the FDA. Those companies can put anything they want on their label to make people think it’s going to work magic. Hopefully we can find ways to tell what is actually good for us and what isn’t.

  • Camillewuensch

    Loved this article! I know I’ll be the first one to go straight to the internet or the bookstore to see if anything really works or helps. This article made me see that those places might not be the best places since in the end they really want my money. Would you say that if I have health related questions to go to my doctors and ask there or try to find a place that in not for profit and get information there?

  • Miggz13

    Thank you,
    I really do not like doing research unless if it was something I like. After reading this blog it gives me another reason to why research is important. Most people focus on researching through the web, but do not go to ask professionals questions for example doctors and teachers. We as students should adapt to using our resources around us.

  • Miggz13

    I agree that basically we have the whole worlds information on our finger tips. Most of the information in websites are very reliable if we as students look it up on school data bases.

  • Miggz13

    I agreed with your statement, reading over many different sources can help one have a well understanding on what they are researching. It does not hurt someone to go the extra mile. I believe if we do look at several other sources that anyone could make a strong argument on a essay or research paper.

  • Miggz13

    I believe that most of the information that is given in the internet is very accurate. One just has to look into the information very carefully. I do agree that people should not just only use technology alone. If one wants to build a solid argument in a research paper they should use as much resources they can use.

  • Miggz13

    In my opinion dieting is kind of bad, if anything keeping track on calories and maintaining a regular exercise can help in the long run. I was taught that flame burns in the form of carbohydrates. Meaning that we need our carbs to keep us running and being active.

  • hirthjp18

    At his point of time we are all surrounded by a large amount of information. This information is super acquirable due to the Internet and other sources. I see this a lot in the fitness industry because they are always trying to find the next innovation in fitness. A lot of those things are not actually true. It just takes some time to sort through the countless amount of information for something useful. Just be careful what you read, but other than that there is tons of helpful free material online. You just have take the time to research.

  • shackletka05

    Thank you for sharing! I was very surprised when I had read about people panicking about eating wheat. I definitely agree that we need to be more informed on where we actually get our facts or information before sharing it to others. We need to work more towards finding the correct sources to listen to and ask questions rather than just believe anything we read on the internet.

  • Schudakp21

    Whenever I hear about some new diet or exercising craze i usually jump on the internet and research it for about an hour. I always get turned off by the product when they start asking for money. How do i know its good for me and will actually work? The correct information is one of the most rarest things to find. There is always an accurate article and then about 300 inaccurate ones. People are going to be misinformed and then misinform the people they talk to. Thank you for writing this article.

  • orvisbj27

    I agree that we must shop around sort to speak when finding answers or solutions especially for your health. Like looking for a new car or even pair of shoes you shouldn’t purchase the first kicks you see. Maybe they say Nike and have that recognizable swoosh on the side, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re authentic. One big issue in the American Healthcare industry is that they are all meaning; nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and insurers essentially in it for the money. It becomes difficult to navigate options of treatment and whether or not that treatment is covered by insurance.

  • Taylor

    I also enjoyed this article and am one of those people who will go straight to the internet to look up information on something. This also made me see that the places I go for my information might not be the best. I like the convenience of the internet and I want to know how to tell if a site is really truthful.

  • Garrett Nelson

    I agree with the comment below, we have so much information at our fingertips but the trick is to sift through all the rubble and find the gem. An important thing to remember is that you have people around you to reference as well, if you happen to question something, or a specific source. As for paying for something that may not even be reputable or resourceful, well that just seems absurd. We have too many sources around us (family, friends, professors, co-workers, etc.) that could be useful to us in my opinion. What do you believe is the hardest part about finding a reliable source for specific health issues? Is it our own lack of knowledge on how to find that resource? Thanks for sharing Ann, great information!

  • Kobajr18

    Phenomenal comment. I agree with you completely. People in our society believe doctor Oz and magazines more than the facts from those who have actual proven research. This is a huge problem and contributes to the overall health of our society. As to your question, I truly believe that people believe what they want to. They would rather rationalize with themselves that they’re diet and exercise habits aren’t a problem then to change them. Many people are scared of change and diet and exercise is a huge change to make.

  • thompsonjm99

    interesting article. I think that the internet allows so much false information to be published that it is becoming more and more difficult to find accurate information if we don’t know who the credible sources are. I agree that knowledge is power, we what know is what we are able to do and to show. Research can become a great asset if we know where to look for it. Do you think there is too much information available to us?

  • d_millyy

    Thank you for your comment back, and I really like your answer. Change is a scary thing and people tend to make themselves feel better by lying to themselves until it’s too late. i think smoking cigarettes is a great example here, people know it’s bad but are too afraid to change or stop because it’s hard. How can we get more people to not be afraid of change? I believe it has to do with goal setting and a reward & punishment system. Just like teaching a child to go to the bathroom. What is your opinion on helping change be easier?

  • James

    When something is important or interesting you should always go the extra mile. That is how you learn and grow as a person. When I like Frank do research I only look for key words and ideas, instead of learning and absorbing all of the information.

  • Caleb Franklin

    Thanks for the article as well as the personal experience with your father. I think in today’s day in age, if you are not actively paying attention to who is providing your information, it is easy to stumble into a scheme that is just trying to make money. You need to actively pursue resources that are without a price tag, if you don’t then you will get fucked over by someone who is eager to make a quick buck off of you.

  • Luke Drumel

    Your father is such a strong man for having the courage to know how to react to such horrible news and remained poised knowing he can find all the information he needs by as simple as a three letter word. The greatest piece of advice I will take from this is don’t get information from people who want sell you something bottom line.

  • hicksjd11

    I remember you saying this on the first day of class. You told us that the information you were giving to us was without a product to sell. It’s really hard to find reliable sources and the truth about the product you are investing in.

  • hicksjd11

    I agree. Ann is very knowledgable and there is comfort in knowing she comes to us not trying to sell a product. While sometimes the internet is a good place to find information and answers, there is so much misleading information that it’s hard to differentiate true from false.

  • Kobajr18

    Great question. I honestly don’t have a definitive answer. I don’t think there is a perfect model for getting others to change their behaviors and habits. Honestly, I am a firm believer in the concept that you only change when you truly want to. Nobody else can make you do it.

  • Austin Dorman

    This is a great article! Thank Ann! The best thing I learned from this was to never take advice from someone trying to sell you something. Obviously that person is just trying to make money. Every now and then there are people out there who just genuinely want to help people, but, unfortunately, this tends to be rare. Money takes over all! Great advice! And props to your dad for standing up to that, and also especially to being able to keep his cool and remain calm. Thanks Ann! 🙂

  • SasCas116

    What a great article Ann! This totally opened my eyes on the correct questions to ask when my mind draws a complete blank. I hate those moments, because nothing is successful in silence. I am extremely inspired by your father and his reaction to it all. I found myself thinking what would my Mom do if that were her in that situation, she’d be a googler. She’d grab her phone and google every possible tidbit on it. I do want to say how sorry I am for your father having cancer. I know that this was written a while back but how is he doing? I really enjoyed this insight on asking who, it was something I’ve never thought of before and it was valuable information that will stick with me now. Thank you Ann 🙂

  • SasCas116

    I totally agree with you Frank. It’s ridiculous how fast the information can get to you. It’s such a problem though because, not all of the information is accurate and so you can be feeding into false facts about cancer let’s say. I know I’ve googled what does it mean if I wake up with a tight chest, and google claimed I was going to have a heart attack within seconds…I didn’t have a heart attack. There are tons of good and bad just like you said!

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the article. I sometimes find myself searching the internet for the easy and quick fix to all my problems. Then a million different ideas pop up and I become so confused and consumed in the information that I never know what to believe anymore. The smart idea is to ask who. I need to do my research on sites or articles that are researched based and free.

  • Eric H

    Thanks for the post. I agree. There is so much nonsense out there on the internet that any person off the street could post. How do we know what’s credible and what is a bunch of BS? We need to be more careful in reading information and stopping to think if it actually makes sense or seems a bit crazy.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I agree with trying out diets that people I personally know and trust have tried and been successful with. The problem with that is, no two people are the same. You can eat the same things, and work out the same as someone else and the results will never be the same. It’s good to take input from others but researching from reliable sources is the best way to get the most out the information. Getting results for something so significant for your life such as loosing weight, isn’t going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean getting the answers to what works best for you should be hard.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I agree. Sometimes its true that there is no good answer. But for every wrong answer there is a right one. Sometimes the question you want answered is asked in another way. Try to find answers through a different perspective. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes when you try to view something at a different angle that is when you will find what you are searching for.

  • Cossioj14

    The problem with our day and age is the enormous amount of bad information there is. Its likely from such easy access to being able to post just about anything to the internet. And usually bad information travels faster than the right information its important to assure what is right and what is false.

  • Kelly Martin

    I agree with you 110%. If we did not have any technology we would be so lost. Like you said, it gets abused and taken for granted. Thank you for speaking up about this topic!

  • Kristina Padlo

    Very important advice, always ask, who? Too many people
    believe what they hear without asking any questions let alone the right kinds
    of questions. Especially something as serious as your health, plenty of people
    do not even think to question doctors.

  • DuchAM21

    Sometimes it can be hard to ignore marketing and inaccurate information that is posted to the web. I am guilty of using non credible sources to research information, especially health related. As soon as I feel a symptom coming on, I immediately google it. Something that I took away from this article is that you shouldn’t believe everything you read.

  • Abby2017

    Eating natural foods is a good way to help control or limit carb intake. Each person has their own reasons and options for diets. As long as we keep a healthy body and take care of ourselves that is the most important part.

  • AndreaOlsen22

    Sorry about your father. I agree with this article completely. When we read or hear about something from someone we usually just chose to believe it even if it seemed semi questionable. What we should do is do some research to get the facts straight. Even if it’s not that important, don’t you like to be intelligent and have the right facts opposed to the wrong? When we want to know something we typically just google it and click on a random link. We don’t really take in consideration where the information is coming from or check a few different sources to confirm an answer like we need to do. Knowing when to research things and how to research is a crucial life skill. There are numerous people who believe the wrong things due to poor researching, which is sad because it can be such a simple task.

  • Taysia Justus

    I’ll be the first to admit that if I ever get sick, or notice something different about my body, my first reaction is to Google my symptoms. I know this is a horrible way to handle things and probably leads to quite a bit of hypochondria. However, I usually try to do my research based on peoples actual encounter with said sickness. I know, probably not the best approach, but thankfully I haven’t had any huge medical concerns in my life; in which case I’m certain I would seek medical attention and begin asking “who”.

  • Caroleigh Perkins

    People definitely tend to look for information in the wrong places. I like how you mentioned that your father didn’t Google treatment, instead he asked his doctor. It is easy to self diagnose yourself or decide what is best for you even when you have no idea what you are talking about. Everyone needs to work on that.

  • Sarah Kasiurak

    I agree with you completely. It’s so easy to find information we need within seconds using the internet. We have endless opportunities thanks to the internet. I also agree that it can help us as students to learn so much more.

  • byrnesbk24

    First off I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know this post was written about a year ago so I hope all is well in that department. Secondly I love the bit about wheat. I do something called Crossfit, in which if you know it and you know the people who do it, you KNOW that Crossfitters are pretty much all about meat and the Paleo diet. It is funny to me to listen to my coach(and others) hand out nutrition advice when they themselves have never taken a nutrition class. I’m sure they’ve “done there research” as in read journals or blogs about it, but that doesn’t mean they should believe it or be handing out advice. Has anyone else experienced people bad mouthing wheat, or up selling protein?

  • Bjackson5

    In my most recent Secondary Health Education class I learned that sources are more important than the information in which they may have to offer. This is because without the source being credible, the information has a chance of lacking validity. Since this is this the case, the way we feel is the first thing we should consult when approaching what is healthy for us. After thoroughly analyzing ourselves and getting some idea of what we eat and how it affects our body, consulting a reliable source allows for optimal response.

  • BastarKm06

    Yeah, but a lot of people don’t take the time to look it up on school data bases. They google it, and that doesn’t always bring up the most accurate information…

  • leeana liska

    I think this blog made a good point about listening to the right people. Eating is similar to finding a college that is right for you. When looking for colleges, of course they’re going to tell you the good things. But, what they don’t mention is that they don’t have the major you’re looking for, the food isn’t as good as the tour guide said it was, and the extra fees and prices that you have to pay for going there. The best information will come from people not working for the university, but from the people that live there and experience it everyday. Food is similar because the people selling it to you want to tell you how it will improve your health, but in the long run, they wont tell you what you’re paying for and what long term consequences it can have in the future.

  • Alexa A Dralle

    I am the person who self diagnosis. It could be a simple cramp in my side, probably from too much ice cream the night before, or maybe I worked out too much on that side and my muscle is aching. Instead of thinking the obvious, I go on the computer and click link after link, cramp reason after cramp reason, and all of a sudden I’m convinced that I have to get my pancreas removed. What? After convincing my friends I’m on the verge of death, I call my father (a family physician of his own private practice) whom asked me a few simple questions and decides my fate is that I should probably relax drink some water and it will be fine the next day. Wish is always the case. No surgery for me.

  • Michellelele123

    My first thought after reading this article was also that her father is a strong courageous man! I know my first reaction to hearing the C word wouldn’t be something calm, collected, and reasonable. Smart man, smart daughter, and hopefully with all the people and students Ann is educating we all become a little more prone to asking ‘who’ first

  • struckml03

    I agree with you saying knowledge is important. Asking the questions that you stated above are a good example of where to start. It is a refreshing, comforting way to relax. I believe you should go the extra mile also to make sure the information your receiving is accurate. The only thing with this is that most of the time when I look things up online I will type in symptoms and the internet will jump to conclusions and make the outcome extreme. It ends up scarying me and creating SO much anxiety where I can not sleep for days. I think looking stuff up online to get knowledge is a good thing but I think the best way is to just simply talk to your doctor about health issues.

  • Jessica Peardon

    I agree with your point of view and I think it is important that more people know this. Throughout High School and College, teachers are so concerned with teaching us credible sources and how to site them. They forget that just because it is credible doesn’t mean it is accurate. In reality we need to be taught how to sift through credible sources and information to find the best one.

  • Kayla Martin

    I don’t see why anyone would buy information that is possibly wrong when you could go to a doctor or nutritiousness or someone who knows what they are talking about. Going to someone who isn’t trying to sell you something is really the only way to get the right information about a product. I really liked this article it reiterates a lot of what you say in class!

  • Colin HIckey

    I completely agree. Nowadays it is hard to distinguish the people who are selling you things because they are very tricky about the ways they market towards you. It is very important to know your resources and where to go to get information that isn’t biased. Going along with that the internet is a good and bad source. There a countless people who are trying to sell things to you, but there are also people that are just trying to give out information. Don’t forget that you have resources like family and friends that might be a little more knowledgable about your situation as well. I personally like to ask my dad a bunch of questions before I decide upon anything important and I think that it is a safety for myself from these people that are just trying to sell me their lies.

  • hansends21

    I find this article to be very important. As professional or pre-professional health people, we are constantly trying to find new and the best information about health. With health and exercise there are SO many different opinions, that we struggles with who to listen to. A lot of the times the answers will be circumstantial. You may have someone who wants to workout more, so they are asking others what workouts to do, they should probably try out their own and see what works best for them or listen to a physiology of exercise teach who knows the science behind it, rather than the dude in the weight room working on his traps for 3 hours pounding protein shakes, just saying.

  • Ashley Gardner

    This article was awesome. I was one of “those people” listening to media say that wheat is bad for you. Until my class I had with Ann as the proffesor I stopped eating anything wheat. I took most of the carbs out of my diet. Knowing that there are sites out there that can truthfully tell me what is good and bad for you is a great resource to know about. There is too much pressure put on what celebraties are saying is bad and what the top selling weight loss programs are saying because as this article states, its selling science not giving you facts.

  • Garrett Nelson

    I think “reporting the science” is key in what we should be looking for in research articles and any sort of online information rather than those who sell it. That is well said, and I think it is important to look for key characteristics when searching for information, like a footnote, a quote, or even statistical evidence to back up what is true or not. Save yourself and find the right information by looking for these characteristics and using your common knowledge to determine what is accurate and what is not. Thanks for the post!

  • milleram97

    It can be extremely hard when we are bombarded by the popular notion of “all hail google”. Honestly people, it will not solve all your problems.
    So many people take what’s on sites, from unaccredited sources, as fact when many times it is only to sell something, whether that be an idea or a product. It requires actual searching to find one scrape of evidence that may correlate with one another, and in a sea of information that can be put out there by anyone-how easy it can be to distort the truth.
    The title sums it up perfectly “if there’s a price tag on it, look elsewhere..”
    It should also be noted that there will be those out there that are trying to counteract what someone else is “selling” and that are trying to market even harder to get you to see their way.
    It all goes back to this illicit WHO. Who can you truly trust with knowledge? Whether it be for gift ideas (pintrest for the win), health claims, investment, or what have you.
    Knowing where the information is coming from is the most useful tool you have.

  • catec18

    I think this article is spot on about questions article sources. There is so much information out in the world. And the phrase “knowledge is power” can even be challenged by this article. Knowledge, if it is untrue, holds no power. Like Ann stated in the article continuing to ask WHO is important to finding the valuable and real data about health. She also mentions another phrase in class constantly and that is “compared to what”. I’m not sure if she will mention it in other article (although I’m fairly certain she will) but if you know you are getting information from a reliable source they should be telling you what that information is compared to.

  • Tyler Mueller

    My mom is a great example of this post. I am a health education minor, and learning from knowledgeable professors on how to live a healthier life. You would think my mom would come to me for tips, or advice when she wants to diet. The truth is though she doesn’t, and instead believes what TV commercials are telling her. Of course they’re going to lie, and make it look like their product works, and that’s because they want to make as much money as possible! All the money my mom has wasted on dietary supplements is just crazy, and in reality she could of saved all that money and had a better diet if she would believe the people with knowledge on this topic. I will tell her over and over again all she needs to do is eat more carbohyrdrates, reduce her Trans fats, and exercise 35 minutes a day, but instead she prefers to use the $100 dietary pill which probably does nothing at all. If there is money involved, the number one goal is to make money, not help you lose weight.


    I love that Ann suggests certain sources that are not in the business to sell, because I feel that those sources are becoming harder and harder to come by these days. As Americans, we are CONSTANTLY bombarded with health claims. Oftentimes, the health claims made by the most recent best seller directly contradict those made by the previous best seller, and maybe even what we saw on the Internet or the cover of our favorite magazine just last week. So who and what do we believe? Finding credible sources such as Marion Nestle that are not in the business to feed people false information just to make a profit is such a valuable tool to have in today’s society.

  • Anthony Davis

    This is a good blog and I feel that it is relatable to a lot of food and health companies that try to sell you information on their product that is not any healthier than the next product. Based on companies with food products such as protein and products that have not been evaluated by the food and drug regulations. Companies are unethical and will sell you anything to make their money. The best options are to rely on individuals that have nothing to do with the products or information being sold and then ask the questions described in this article.

  • Lindsey Kessler

    Yes, you do need carbs in order to burn fat, and this is an example of information that gets twisted when people try to sell you a promising way to lose weight. All you need to do is eat a well balanced diet that consists of carbs, proteins, and fruits and veggies 🙂

  • Radaya123

    Who is correct because there are people placed in society who’s main job is to dupe you into believing false information. So pay attention to Who you listen to, Who wrote the books you read, Whoever else has your attention.

  • Chelsea Haffele

    I think the articles online are very helpful sometimes. It’s nice to be able to google a health question and from using our own knowledge we are able to decide if it’s a reliable source or not. Some of the articles/tips about health are very good.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    So many people are, so readily available and wanting to jump on the band-wagon, because they WANT to believe that this is the next fad, or hope, that will do wonders for them. If it comes to nutrition, then they are believing this is going to increase health, lose weight, and the only thing they heard was the title, or comment, that was given to them. This article is a great read because it makes people want to remember to question things, and not blindly follow. I am more stubborn and downgrade people in response to not proposing questions or believing the latter, which is why I probably am not very successful with my ways.

  • Anthony Davis

    I agree with your post as well Sas, I feel that there is so much information out there and I am a sucker for internet scares too. I think that this could also apply to supplement company misinformation and products that are not regulated by the FDA. Protein powders, weight loss supplements and others can trick people into information that is inaccurate just so companies make more money.

  • gaulrappkj17

    I will admit, I am one who gets sucked into the latest information and I am all about it. But, lets be honest, we are not different than our ancestors, our environment is. We need to look at what we are putting into our bodies, and maybe come to the conclusion, that when we want information, maybe the best person to go to is someone who has the information but does not need or want to sell it to you. People in America are so eager to sell the next thing, or even not the next thing, just something that has not been discussed recently.

  • milkienr18

    I agree with you! You can get so much information so quick that it takes forever to sift though it all to find what is true and what is BS. I agree that it takes time to find the good info, and that you should use several sources to make sure your information is valid. I also agree with Ann that you should always be asking questions as well.

  • wegener61

    Very true, and like this article is getting at (I think) is that much of that false information is distorted in order for a company to sell you their product. To find the proper information on certain things, you need to dig deeper and be conscious of who and what sponsored the information that you are seeking.

  • Elaminsj25

    I’m not a research fanatic but I am definitely not the type to just listen to what someone tells me. I’m always asking questions. Who said this? Who are they and what credentials do they have to say it? I would rather look it up myself and see what I can come up with. Everyone should utilize their resources.

  • JeremyWahl

    I agree that there is so many answers on the internet, and the tough part is when different websites have different answers you are looking for. I also think it is hard to believe everything you read online with all of the sketchy sites such as wikipedia.

  • MattDennert

    I think people are to affraid to ask the question who becaue they don’t really want to know the answer and don’t want to sound stupid.

  • Emily Krueger

    I agree you should do research before going into the doctors office. But in End your doctor is great to ask for advice on your medical issue because have great knowledge on the specific topics Some times you can not trust the information you find on the Internet.

  • flaschbm09

    I agree that doing your homework is so important when you hear things about health. I do however have an issue with actually doing that myself. Often times when I hear information, I usually fail to look into it more for various reasons, usually being that I don’t care enough to look into it or that I don’t have the time at the moment. That’s why, for myself especially, it’s really important to know who exactly is saying that what is being said is right.

  • Austin Jones

    especially in the digital age we live in, it is easy to get bad information that we think is true on the internet. this is especially applicable to the supplement industry. it is very easy to lie on the internet or self diagnose yourself with something you think you have but you dont! good information is the best information !

  • FalkinerRR23

    There are some people in this world that are just to lazy to do the research themselves so they believe anything that the salesperson tells them is true or the right thing, as long as it makes sense and they use their common sense

  • RadebaugVP02

    I agree with many of the comments below. It’s almost impossible in this generation to not resort to the internet for information we want. We learn that it isn’t always the best route when it comes to things such as research projects, we should be checking our sources and cross referencing. Many of us don’t do this and it actually probably could save us a lot of time.

  • barema28

    People can read something and believe it to be 100% true, live and die by the statement, and it could be completely wrong. With the technology the way it is, and the advertisements and media being a huge money making industry, you need to be careful of who and where you are getting your information from just as Ann said. If you hear something, question it! Figure out what is really the right answer, and figure out who is selling you an answer.

  • Jaglerjn22

    Often times when you’re in the situation of hearing life changing news like this it can be hard and often misunderstood. Sometimes people speak to us like we speak the same language. Like we know exactly what they’re talking about. Well chances are there is some form of miscommunication that we obviously lose in the midst of a conversation. I may hear something from someone and have to go along with it for a while, until I hear it from another source of some sort.

  • Radaya123

    I look at asking Who, as a way of researching, backtracking, asking the right questions that will prevent heartache, long nights of just tears to learn from past failure in hopes of living longer, better, and providing for generations to come.

  • ryanstorto

    Receiving information like that is extremely difficult and who would have thought that such simple questions that we learn to use in elementary school can be the actual questions we ask later in life during a tough situation. It is so important to do research on every days with how much false things there are on the internet and it will only continue to get worse.

  • Samantha Lavenau

    I agree with you Abby! Taking care of ourselves is truly the most important part. When it comes to working at a company, no one will want to keep around the employee who is always sick because of lack of sleep and a lack of a healthy lifestyle. Also, me and my friends are all into fitness and nutrition and we always give each other pointers on different workout plans and recipes. We all have different body shapes, so each plan works differently with us.

  • Sara Fuller

    I think researching further into questions that you have about your health is so important and you need to make sure you are getting the absolute best care and making the best decisions for your health. Just listening to one persons idea of what you should do might not always be the best choice.

  • Katie Germain

    Knowledge is power so I agree that it is so important to ask questions. Doing research about health is the right thing to do, otherwise we just believe everything we hear which can be untrue. I’m usually bad with doing my homework on certain topics and I listen to what other people say about health so I need to break out of that habit and start doing my own research and ask more questions.

  • Katie Germain

    I agree, its good to research information on certain topics if we want to learn more about them, but sometimes that information isn’t always true. That is why we need to go to multiple sources and find out the truth. We have so much accessibility on campus to find out this information.

  • mindhamrr11

    You bring up a good point in this article. It is always important to look t see where the information came from. Within the supplement industry, you see a lot of false information on products like the wheat. The same companies that sell a product also pay the scientist to study their products, so the data may or may be accurate just like the information on wheat.

  • Kaila Witthun

    I like asking questions to people who are trying to sell me all kinds of different things. I also believe it is very difficult to find correct information. You have to ask questions. Trying to find good information on the internet is such a mess. Before I make a relatively large purchase I try doing as much research as I can, with as many different sources as I can. I will ask people who have used product about what they thought about it.

  • Kaila Witthun

    I totally agree. There is so much information out there. Now obviously not all of the information out there is correct or reliable and that makes everything else so much more difficult. I also agree that there is so much free information out there and trusting it is hard sometimes (for me) seems like some other people will trust any kind of information they can find.

  • Kaila Witthun

    I could not agree more with your last sentence. “We all need to slow down and think.” We need to think to ourselves, “does this really make sense?”. So many people are just on the go on the go one the go and trying to grasp any information that sounds good to them and without thinking about it are making choices and assumptions that could have been better developed and thought about with correct information.

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for sharing! I totally agree that people believe any health promotion product that come on TV or in a health magazine. It is crazy the amount of money they spend on those products to try and improve their health. In reality though, those “health” companies will say and do anything they can to make money. It can be a challenge, but we really have to try hard to not fall into the “commercial” trap in health. We have to weigh the pros and cons from health and food products and ask ourselves if it is totally necessary and if it really is improving our health. Great points and thanks again for the insight!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! It’s sad that people who just want to find the true ways to stay healthy are often misled into things that don’t work. They waste their hard earned time and money looking for the right answer. However, they need to realize that they don’t always have to go to a specialist or order costly machines or pills to stay healthy. If people can use their common sense and get information from the people they trust, they will start to feel and be healthier sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! I will say that it can be hard to sift through the bad information, because sometimes health and food companies can come across as very convincing in what they are saying. However, the easiest ways to stay healthy can be found without any cost to us. Health information is often thrown around and changed so much just by people who want to make money. It can be a challenge at first, but once we distinguish the difference between true and false information, the better off we will be. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I agree with your statement! Most people that look for health information go straight to google and search for the fastest, easiest ways to stay healthy. Unbeknownst to them, however, they often are just wading through information that is false and that costs money. People need to ask themselves if what they are looking for is really legit, and where they are actually getting their information. It seems that there are so many different ways to stay healthy, but once we can identify the ones that ACTUALLY work, we will benefit the most from them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kent Miehe

    I totally agree! There are a lot of products that are not overseen by a higher authority, so they can get by with selling us things that don’t do what they say they do. We have to be careful when researching health information and double check where and who the information is coming from. Getting information from the people we trust and the sources that are credible are the best options to go by. They don’t want to sell us anything – they only want what’s best for our health. Thanks for sharing!

  • McKenzie Foster

    I totally agree with you! As soon as I think I am sick my first reaction is to go on the internet and google all of my symptoms. Also, everyone knows you can never trust what is on the internet because as legit as it may sounds, it could all be false information. The best idea to find out some answers is to contact a professional and trust with what they have to say.

  • byrnesbk24

    This reminds me of people misunderstanding things in text messages or social media. When your having a conversation that way its hard to tell tone of voice and things can defiantly get misunderstood. This happens to me almost daily. Does this happen to you ever?

  • HutsonZW

    I agree that in order to get good information that you need to find a good and reliable source. If you go to someone who is trying to sell you something then they will have a biased to try and sell you their product instead of giving real information that will help you out. It is also your duty to know what sources on the internet are actually reliable because now anyone can just post online and post whatever they want, whether it is true or not.

  • flaschbm09

    I totally agree about what you said about people assuming that we understand what they’re saying or “speak the same language.” I often find that if I have to look up every other word to truly understand the jargon they are using, I immediately loose interest. I also find it really hard to trust the things that people post onto their timeline on Facebook, for example, because I’d really know if the information is true.

  • CPanella1

    I love that saying and it’s a great one to live by. “Get your information from someone who isn’t trying to sell you something” Might be the best advice I’ve heard lately. Of course everyone nowadays is always up to something. Marketing, sales, diets: you are always being offered this or that every place you turn.

  • CPanella1

    I agree with the fact I sometimes freak out right away too when I see the information and sometimes don’t look more into it. Guilty of that, but it falls to the not making time for it or not making it a priority for me. Which is something I need to start changing!

  • Will Ettl

    As a sales associate I know exactly what this article is talking about. Why should people listen to what im saying and why should people buy what I am telling them to. Well yes it is better for them to try it out for themselves and that is what I tell everyone that you cannot trust me just because I am telling you something. You really do have to try it for yourself. Yes I do know what I am talking about and I am explaining to you the benefits of my product that I am selling to you but at the same time the only way you will know if I am telling the truth or just trying to get you to buy something is to try it out for yourself.

  • Alex Marski

    yes!!, this happens all the time to me. I always misunderstand text messages or when I send them people interoperate them differently than the way I meant. we are relying to much on technology to connect us to one another.

  • flaschbm09

    This happens to me all the time, especially with texting! It’s so hard to truly understand what someone is trying to say without seeing them. You’re not able to see their facial expression, gestures or even hear the tone they are using. I honestly feel that face-to-face communication is by far the best way to go.

  • flaschbm09

    I agree. I feel that it’s especially hard to research facts that are so startling because they are so shocking that I just assume, almost, that it’s right. I too need to change the way I look at the information that is presented to me.

  • Nathan Tessar

    I am a sucker for looking on the internet when I am sick or injured. While I do believe in some of the things you read and I learned that you really can’t believe everything. You freak yourself out too much when it could be something very small that you have. Get a professionals view point on it and see what they say before you start researching on what you might have and not have.

  • Ashleigh Hartlaub

    I love this post! Marketing has greatly effected the way we think about stuff. Like with the wheat example, the marketing towards pushing that wheat is bad makes people think that way. Doing your research that is free will teach you the best information and will make you more knowledgable.

  • Paige Cuchna

    I do the same exact thing! Always run to the internet to see what is wrong with me. but by the time im done doing my research I feel like the internet is telling me that im dying and clearly thats not the case. Like you said contacting a professional is the best possible thing to do because they are more credible than the internet.

  • Leah Renee

    I never considered myself a researcher and always thought “gross! I could never stand doing research all the time” But I wasn’t thinking about research in the sense of something I’m really interested in. One day my sister-in-law said “That’s what you do all the time!” She was saying it in regards to health and nutrition. I was silent and then realized “wow! I do!” So… since most of my information comes from books, blogs, and the internet I have to disagree with just that part. If we learn to find the right information from these sources and address where it originally came from and answer the 3 questions from these blogs then some books and some diet plans and some people are great sources:) If it weren’t for books, blogs, and the internet… my journey into learning about health and nutrition would have never started… but it takes a lot of time to weed out all the bad… *cough, cough Wheat Belly* what a horrible book!

  • Marlee Williams

    It’s very important to make sure the information you get is coming from a credible source! You’re right – there’s so much out there but you never really know what’s true and what’s false. The best thing you can do if you’re sick is to go see a professional so that you know for sure you are getting the correct information on how to get better!

  • afallon14

    I used to go straight to the internet when I got sick because it happened fairly often for me. But as soon as i googled the symptoms and then they gave me a diagnosis, it always freaked me out because it gave me something way more serious than I thought I had. I usually take medicine that relieves the pain or whatever my symptoms are and if I haven’t gotten better within a few days, that’s when I contact a doctor. On the other hand, the past few times I have been to the doctor they didn’t even diagnose me the first time so I went back two weeks later with worse symptoms and they finally gave me medicine. Researching something on the internet may not always be the best idea but it is also important to go to a doctor that you trust and you know will diagnose and cure you right.

  • Desiree

    I agree that doing your own research is awesome because it shows how invested they are in trying to make themselves feel better if nothing can be cured but willing to make it last and not going living life scared of what may or may not happen.

  • Thumbs_up

    Never in the times, the need of get the right answers was so important. Why? Well, today we can have thousand of millions information about one single topic, but there is no way to get two different truths about it. It is possible to aggregate information from one version to another, but will be always one true answer. The internet increased a lot the ease to get information, but also increased the level of misinformation offered by it.

  • Ryan Dow

    This article really shows that when doing research always double check it. It doesn’t hurt to find more info or even better info.

  • Brady

    Very true. Its so easy for people to see something and blow it out of proportion. Misunderstood information lead to many problems!

  • Brady

    Trust your doctors! That’s what they’re there for. They know the information, and I hope you would trust them much more than any information found on a place anyone can post to.

  • Brady

    One of the biggest problems with social media is that it is hard to clearly make your point in under 140 characters. I really think it happens to everyone at some point, or most points throughout the day.

  • maxfunny

    Reporting the science and not selling it is such a crazy thing to think of. Look ar Dr.oz on Oprah. He is a very intelligent man to the point where he now makes money off people who want to be told something. However he only sells yup science, he doesn’t actually help you. He doesn’t care about you just the money. How do we stop people like this? Do cut him off our list of resources and move on or still hear what he had to say.

  • Tyler Hebert

    My favorite quote from this article is “Get your information from people who have nothing to sell to you.” I have never thought about that, but it’s definitely something I will remember. When people are selling you something, they are going to lie or make the product sound a lot better than it is because obviously they are trying to get something from it. I get my information from friends and family because they are most like me and I can trust them to not lie to me. It’s never easy to believe information from other resources.

  • byrnesbk24

    Oh for sure. For me its not really about fitting my point into a small window its the way i am saying it in my head but when I type it out it could seem way different to the person on the other end reading it. So many times I have gotten responses of “are you mad at me” and I laugh to myself because that’s not at all what I was trying to convey. You know?

  • byrnesbk24

    Oh for sure!!! Even with face to face communication things can go wrong. People can be so horrible at communicating there feelings. They don’t want to be embarrassed or vulnerable . Sometimes we just have to put ourselves out there in order to have good relationships. You know?

  • byrnesbk24

    Its hard not to though. Technology is just going to keep growing. I have this one friend who will send me voice messages. The first time I got one from him I laughed because it was so odd, but then I thought maybe this is the way to go. Have you ever received or sent a voice message ?

  • Timothy Joseph Basaldua

    I agree. I misinterpret things that I read in an e-mail or a text message. I get all worked up and I jumble up some words and take everything out of context. I do rely on technology to communicate with a lot people. Nowadays, people never answer their phone or they are too busy to get together. People usually just respond, “I’m busy, but I can text.” I know a lot of peers that only communicate via text message or e-mail. I am fine communicating either way, but I prefer face to face interaction.

  • kgonyo

    The idea of getting your information from people who have nothing to sell to you is excellent advice. If you can be 100% sure that the source of information isn’t biased or trying to sway you one way or another, you can be more comfortable with making a huge decision about your health.

  • Steven Hass

    Very true. Almost every time you go online to try and find information it often times get blurred and unless you know what to look for, it can take you down a few very different paths.

  • Steven Hass

    This is exactly what I always do when I get sick and the internet somehow always directs me to something horrifying. Often times it’s hard to forget what you read and I think this sparks anxiety in some people and pushes them prematurely to the doctor.

  • Brady

    I understand. But at the same time, the problem is so big. I think social media is a terrible thing for the society.

  • McKennaKJ29

    I think this is a great philosophy. I think anyone trying to sell something or push an agenda on you will always have a bias with thier information. It is a great idea to find someone who isnt trying to do this because the information will be much more trustworthy and objective.

  • Jpl89

    I am also guilty of trying to figure out of every mystery of the world via different search engines. I am blindly confident that if I can find a collaboration of information that I should be able to sift through and find the reliable info. I am also aware that I am more or else creating unwarranted anxiety in my life being reading a bunch of crazy conflicting ideas and trying to sum them up for myself. But I feel this is the best way, this along with a reference to a body of proven knowledge.