How Do You Decide To Whom You Listen?

Hello, blogosphere!  Today I am puzzled.  Admittedly, I have not been particularly active with my blog this summer, and I am hoping to change that this fall.  I continue to follow many blogs and subscribe by email to a variety of different health sites, and I read and evaluate them closely to learn more and to find great things to share.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

But this summer I’m feeling overwhelmed.  For every single possible health issue, it is possible to find three or four different adamantly opposed views.  That doesn’t surprise me too much, since every person’s life is different and every person’s body is different.  What works well for one person may not work well for the next person.

What’s bothering me is that I don’t know who actually knows what he/she is talking about.  How do you decide?  Comments are welcome!

Does the fact that the writer of a blog or post has an advanced degree (PhD, MD, DO, etc.) make him/her more likely to have the best answers?  I’m not sure about that since I have spoken to a number of different MDs who do not agree with me at all on the fact that living healthy is much more powerful than taking yet another medication or on the fact that parabens and petroleum SHOULD NOT be in the products we smear onto ourselves every morning.  What about someone who has a huge following and has been blogging for a long time?  How does one decide whether that person’s advice is the best?  Obviously with crafts and home ideas we can use trial and error, but how about with parenting advice or health advice?  It’s hard to know.  What about an association or group that promotes healthy information or tells us which products to use or not use?  Does that group or website do actual testing?  Or do they just go through the research that’s out there and find information they’d like us to see?  Are they impartial?  How does a reader know?

I’m not sure there are answers to these questions, and everyone will have to make their own choices as to whom they will listen to.  My advice for you (and for me) is to do some research yourself.  Check out the website or company or person giving you advice by also going to a separate independent source.  Decide whether you agree.  In the end, that’s the best we can do.

How do you decide to whom you listen?  Let me know below!


Cheryl (82 Posts)

I am a wife and mom and animal lover who is passionate about health and about following my dreams. I am a lover of change and challenges! I started my home business almost two years ago and I have been able to switch to part-time instead of full-time high school teaching. How wonderful to be creating a dream life and helping others to do so as well -- all while finding healthier versions of products we all use everyday.

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