by Don Bennett, DAS
of us have heard this expression: Knowledge is Power. To fully understand
this expression, we first need to define knowledge: 1. truthful
information 2. false information thought to be true. Indeed,
if you possess knowledge which consists of truthful information,
you're well on your way to being empowered. If, however, the knowledge
you possess is untrue (as is often the case when this knowledge
comes from industries and individuals that place a higher priority
on profit than on people), then you may feel empowered, but
in reality (where we all live), you are not. If you make decisions
based on false dietary knowledge for example, you will not be empowered
to make positive changes in your health, and you may very likely
negatively affect your health instead.
Now that we know about the true and false aspects of knowledge,
you should also know that knowledge by itself is often not enough;
if you don't have an understanding of the knowledge you possess,
it may be difficult if not impossible to put it into practice. And,
even more important, if you simply accept knowledge as the Gospel
truth, without a proper understanding of it, there's no way to determine
if the knowledge is made up of truthful information. And if it isn't,
you aren't going to be the one to benefit; an industry or individual
other than yourself will.
How do we acquire knowledge? 1. Passively 2. Actively. TV is an
example of passively acquired knowledge. When you watch television
programming, as the name implies, you are being conditioned to believe
many things; some of which are untrue. Were you lied to? Probably
not. Luckily for us, it's hard for an advertiser to get away with
a lie. But that doesn't stop them from programming you with deceptive
misinformation. Here's an example. The following was a TV commercial;
it was just black text on a milky white screen: "Calcium is
good for strong bones" Next screen: "Milk has plenty of
calcium" Next screen: "Got milk?" Notice the dairy
industry never said, "Milk is good for strong bones",
because they can't, because they know it isn't, and they know they'd
be taken to court in a heartbeat if they said it was, so they never
say that. But this doesn't stop them from letting you draw that
conclusion from the two truthful statements they did say.
It's called "association". I call it "indirect lying".
If you rely on only passively acquired knowledge, your health is
probably being compromised. Only actively acquired knowledge
can protect you from the damaging affects of certain human's nature.
If you care about your health, you'll want to actively seek out
accurate health information so you can have truthful knowledge.
One way is to read books. But the problem with books is, which books?
There are books that admonish you to drink your own urine for optimal
health. True, you'd probably have some healthy skepticism about
a book like that, but what about the books that recommend eating
a high protein / low carb diet, and the books that recommend eating
a low protein / high carb diet? Do you have the expertise to read
both and make, not just an educated decision, but a correct decision?
And in the case of your health, correct decisions are extremely
important! So treat the acquisition of information as a researcher
and question all info you come across. If you acquire knowledge
as a student of someone's program or book, you're not likely to
question what you're learning, and if you're learning 90% accurate
info, you're also learning some inaccurate info without realizing
it, and that small amount of inaccurate info can be what derails
your health a few decades down the road.
I'll mention here the books
I've written, and they're good ones to read because they were written
from the perspective of a researcher, and their goal was to contain
accurate information... except for the third book which contains
100% inaccurate information (to provide you with the examples of
the inaccurate information circulating in the health restoration
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