The other day I was watching Dr. OZ on TV. I don’t usually do this. He had a number of “experts” on the show that were discussing the merits of a particular diet. A couple of things struck me as I watched. First, this is entertainment not education. These experts were not researchers, they were not scientists, they were practitioners of various aspects of the associated fields. As you would expect, they did not agree. So I began to ponder the issue of “experts” not agreeing on what the “facts” are. This is really an important issue since everyone uses these “experts” to define government policy and legislature. Our government and the lawyers use experts to help in the justice system and businesses use experts to generally direct the behavior of the population towards what “we” feel is the safest and best lifestyle.
When I hear these experts speak regarding areas in which I have direct experience, it astounds me how superficial their understanding really is. I see this with other researchers as they watch or listen to experts in their fields and show their disbelief at how mistaken the “experts” can be. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
“Your misunderstanding of the facts does not change them”
In the world of herbs, dietary supplements, natural medicine and such, there is much disagreement regarding what are facts. Facts are not made by research. Facts are not made by consensus. Facts are not decreed by governments or authority figures. Facts just are. The government experts, the research, the consensus may help us feel comfortable that we have found a fact, but it doesn’t make the fact true.
Aristotle said of truths that “we, as mere humans, aspire to understand truths, but can never fully perceive them.”
“So,” you exclaim, “how do I use this insight in my every day life?” Well the answer is simple. Entertain the facts as data and spend your life acquiring and compiling the data. Make your best decision on the data that you have, consider the opinion of experts and trust your gut. Then, see if the results that you get based on these assumptions provides the out-come that you desire.
In the world of natural medicine and health supporting supplements, try things and see if they work for you. Keep an open mind and go with what works for you.
Miss-diagnosis, mistakes and omissions kill more than 700,000 people per year in our nations hospitals. How many people die from vitamins and herbs? How many from ointments and lotions?
If you give natural medicine a try… you may be surprised at how wrong the MD “experts” are regarding its effectiveness. You may be pleased to find that techniques and herbal combinations that have been used for thousands of years are valuable and effective even though they have not been endorsed yet by the AMA. You may indeed find that the “experts” don’t make the facts, perception of the facts make the expert.