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Hi guys. Okay so this is a little paranoid, but I can't tell from my last entry if you guys can tell that I'm still vegan--I am STILL vegan and unless something goes horribly wrong I always will be!! :) Or maybe I should say I eat a plant-based diet, since I just ordered vitamin D3 online and I know that's not vegan because the one I got is made from sheep's wool. Either way--no meat and dairy for me. I'd really like to prevent as much cruelty as possible with the choices I make, while still maintaining health. I'm trying the D3 and then comparing my levels and how I feel again with D2. I want to know which one I'm going to absorb better.
Guys, taking dietetics classes is giving me the tools I've been wanting to research nutrition legitimately. Because I'm sorry, but the reason I took it in my own hands and decided I want to go this route, is because I've witnessed a lot of tomfoolery in the natural health movement. Stuff that I thought was so stupid that I had to really hold back not to say something about it. For instance, the sources on Dr. Mercola's website... maybe some are okay, but the few I looked at were absolutely pitiful, and one bad one was enough for me (hello, you are giving health advice). I mean just downright irresponsible. I went to one of his sources for something, and it was just somebody's blog who wasn't even a health professional, just spouting off advice from some study, a study that was completely unreputable when I looked at it. Guys, I'm sure most of you are smart enough to know this, but I'll say it all anyway. People do studies all the time--it does not mean that they did them correctly. In fact, there are many companies that purposely have studies done to get results that are in their favor. There are so many factors that go into doing a study properly and many, many studies get it all wrong because there are factors in there that are affecting the results that don't have anything to do with what they are testing. I mean to do an adequate study, you have to be INCREDIBLY thorough and often people with PHD's don't even get it right and they have to start over, or someone else looks at it, has a lightbulb moment and fixes whatever mistake the other person did wrong in a new study, maybe decades later or months later. But just because something has a study backing it, does NOT mean it's credible. Anyway.
An interesting fact--I live in one of the four states in the US that is does not give nutrition licensure. The reason why is because my state has so many holistic practitioners here that constantly fight to repeal the licensure. I am sure there are some holistic practitioners here that do an awesome job--I believe in the power of fruits and vegetables for healing--I don't think it's the answer for everyone, but I do think there are ways that for some people, can heal them, and they don't involve medicine. However, this also gives leeway for a lot of bozos in my state, to write a nutrition book and just call themselves a nutritionist. I think this does more harm than good. People are so impressionable--including the writers of books. And if they don't realize there's a flaw in their reasoning, they can give harmful advice, albeit unintentionally.
Anyway. I keep saying I should start my own blog, but haven't got around to it yet. I have a lot of thoughts on all this stuff and I'd like to start up my own page.