nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

What's A Parent To Do...About Their Child's Weight?...Or Anything?

Dueling studies:  the rule rather than the exception.

Parents' Influence on Children's Eating Habits Is Limited

Mothers' Diets Have Biggest Influence on Children Eating Healthy, Study Suggests

Both of these articles appeared in the same website (Science Daily), on the same day, describing two different studies.
Is it any wonder that most of us can't figure out what to do with our lives, or our children's?
Eat this, don't eat that.  No, wait, reverse that.   Stop sitting around, exercise.  No wait, exercise doesn't help much (Yep, same website, but not today.  A few months ago).
Remember the weight loss guru who always said, "Stop the insanity!"  Despite stating a truism, she had her own guidance to promote, and it was as useful as the above...that is, almost worthless.

Many social psychologists say that experts are more often wrong than right.  But we go on, thinking that experts have special credentials to guide us in how we should live our lives.

Given that those same psychologists say that we often believe the guidance that most accords with our own pre-judgments, it's a wonder we get anything right.

It sounds like old wives tales are probably just as accurate.

Doc D

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