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Who Do We Trust? #WellnessWednesdays

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Kirk Charleshttp://KirkCharles.com
Kirk Charles is a personal trainer who specializes in wellness. He is a 30-year vegan.

During the coronavirus pandemic, it was hard to know who to trust regarding medical information. Now that a new variant of it has taken center stage, there’s talk of another lockdown as we’re moving back to wearing masks. The vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization but have not been granted full approval.

There’s also talk of getting booster shots because of more possible strains of the coronavirus.

Are the vaccines safe over the long term? And for me, the biggest question of many an American, do you trust the information you get from the government?

With so many questions, so much skepticism and so few answers, it’s always best to go back to the fundamentals — good wholesome food (vegetables) and exercise. However, that message is not promoted due to corporate interests. By far it’s our best protection against disease. We all must know by now that if we would “simply” drop a few pounds around the belly, many of our health problems would melt away, right?

But it’s not that simple if the powers that be aren’t pushing that message.

That said, most of the people I get information from promote whole food plant-based eating. Heavy on fruits and veggies, very light on processed food and meat products. I find it hard to trust anyone or any entity that does not promote that philosophy. The most credible organization I know of that does promote that concept is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org). Most of their presentations I listen to seem to make sense and also produce the best results. I say that because all of my clients who transition to more plant-based eating get better results. That’s not to say everything promoted by PCRM is the gospel, but I don’t believe big pharma and corporate agribusiness has tarnished PCRM’s message because it lines PCRM’s pockets.

For instance, if you look at the biggest donors to the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association, you’ll see big corporations are dominant. That means the promotion of their products (pharmaceuticals, processed food and meat products) will shape the philosophy of the standard American diet.

We’re in desperate need of an alternative message that is guaranteed to work, without corporate influences. It’s the only way to get us out of the message we’re in.

Be careful who you listen to.

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