The Latest Research and What To do About What you Read

This is an interesting research article that speaks about the benefits of eating broccoli and later in the article-garlic. I am double posting here bc while broccoli is a super food and we recommend it widely, this article (like many others) is a good example of how the general public may apply information in a way that can be hurtful to them. Research is wonderful, don't get me wrong. But, it needs to be taken into context. If a person was to read this that had thyroid problems and started on a quest to eat massive amounts of broccoli-they actually could be hurting themselves while all the while thinking they were enhancing their health. Even more people would be subjecting themselves to the possibility of harm if they started to pick up a garlic habit. Garlic could worsen inflammation in certain types of people.

That said, I agree with this research-it isn't that. But, what is important to understand when reading any research is that there is always a where, when, and in whom attached to it-one cannot completely generalize when speaking about any given problem or solution for a problem. For example, they are speaking specifically about arthritis here. In Chinese medicine for example, we breakdown arthritis into kinds of arthritis, and I am not talking about osteo or rheumatoid. I am talking about Chinese medical breakdowns-and those encompass many more than two. This helps identify the kind of imbalances that are underlying the arthritis.

This came up today bc a patient was saying that her husband reads research and then takes many things that he feels applies to him. And yet, he feels unwell. This is precisely the kind of person that can get into trouble reading these wonderful articles. I know so many people who do this. So, bottom line is moderation, common sense, and get professional guidance if you want to take supplements or even change your diet dramatically-it is all far more complicated than it seems.