“A seven-month-old baby died weighing just 9lbs after his parents fed him an alternative gluten-free, lactose-free diet, a court has heard” [source: The Independent]
“The mother and father, who ran a natural food store in the town of Beveren in Belgium, insisted on putting their son Lucas on an alternative diet that included quinoa milk, according to local media. Doctors warn that such a diet is generally unsuitable for such young children.”
Just let that sink in for a moment.
These parents had such ‘belief’ in their ‘natural and holistic’ diets that they were willing to keep feeding their son these products, even though he weighed the same as a new born baby, at 7 months old.
“Despite the baby gasping for air in the days leading to his death, the court heard that his parents never thought to seek medical attention. An autopsy showed he was dehydrated and his stomach was completely empty.”
“Public prosecutors in Belgium blamed the parents for their son’s death, saying: “The parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy.”
“Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them.”
“They also blamed the parents for driving to a homoeopathic doctor on the other side of the country when the baby was starving instead of going to the nearest hospital.”
The internet is both a blessing and a curse.
It gives access to a wealth of free information and you have access to millions of articles on subjects that would have been out of reach 20 years ago.
However, with the rise of the internet also comes the rise of pseudo-science and alternative facts .
If you were to look at any industry, and you were to look at the leading ‘influencers’ within that industry, you will usually find a ‘celebrity’.
The fitness industry is full of them, as is the diet industry.
The people that the general public turn to for their information are rarely those with the right information. It is often the one with the best social media account, or the best youtube channel.
The problem with this is that most of the time, the people giving out the information are poorly qualified to do this and the information that they are giving out is either incorrect, or a complete fallacy.
Thing have gotten so out of hand, that there was a WORLDWIDE march 2 weeks ago by SCIENTIST, marching against false facts.
Let that sink in.
Scientists had to march, to try and highlight the spread of fake facts.
Things have gone too far when it has come to this.
I am going to list out a few facts below.
These will not sit well with some, who follow some of these trends, but when you look at the actual science, what you believe to be true, may not be backed up by science.
> Sugar is NOT addictive
> Diet coke is NOT bad for you
> Carbs will NOT make you fat.
> Gluten free is NOT healthier
> Protein is NOT bad for you
> You CANNOT Detox your body with products.
> Fat burners DO NOT work.
> All diets work BECAUSE they put you in a CALORIE DEFICIT. Not because of any other hyped up reason.
> Eating loads of fat will NOT help you to burn more fat if you are NOT in a calorie deficit.
> The scales are NOT an accurate indicator of FAT loss.
> Vaccines DO NOT cause autism.
> Organic food is NOT better for you.
> Barring an actual hormonal issue, your hormones are NOT causing your weight issues.
> There is NO perfect diet.
> There are NO magic pills.
> There is NO perfect training program.
> Stop believing every meme you read on Facebook.
If you are looking at the list above and disagreeing with any of it, it is because of your beliefs.
I’m sorry, but what you believe doesn’t mean a thing, when the actual research and science doesn’t back it up.
Children are dying because of nutritional ‘beliefs’.
There are outbreaks of diseases that were eradicated, because of anti-vaccine ‘beliefs’.
The obesity epidemic is growing each year because people don’t believe there is an issue, and if you discuss it, it’s just ‘fat shaming’.
It’s time to wake up to the facts and stop relying on Facebook and google for your beliefs.
Are you angry or offended by what you have read above?
Does it step on the toes of your current ‘beliefs’?
Good, I hope it makes you think twice about your current way of thinking.
If it doesn’t and you are not willing to change, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessTags: