Back when I had gallstones, a friend of mine who was studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr gave me some dandelion leaves to brew. She said they’d help with the stones; I thanked her politely, brewed up a cup because I was curious about just how nasty it would taste, and kept my appointment to have my gallbladder removed. I also made a mental note to ignore (or at least triple-check) any medical advice from this friend.
I was reminded of this recently when a new project manager in our department introduced herself at the department meeting. She said one of her interests is aromatherapy, and mentioned that if we were ever feeling bad, let her know and she’d make us a sachet. I made a similar mental note – she’s a great person, and I’d trust her to make a project schedule, but I won’t be tapping her medical knowledge anytime soon.
On a more regular basis, I tend to tune out my massage practitioners whenever they’re talking about medical issues that go beyond how my muscles are going to feel. I’m not relying on people who perform Reiki massage (not the kind I get) for medical info.
Where do you hear most of your junk health advice and medical info? Who are the vectors you tune out when health issues come up?