I love my job. I really do, I love being able to research, I love being able to back up facts with science, and I love everything about it. BUT..(of course there is a but)
I am finding out more and more that things I was so passionate about before have been, well, lies. Okay, calling them lies is a wee bit harsh, but I have been one sided. (Fair point, I am only giving you high level talking points and not linking to facts–if you want to converse, then we can).
1. GMO’s: I was anti-GMO forever. And I thought I had all the facts, and then turns out I only had one side, and it was all very misleading. In a nutshell, GMO’s are in everything, majority of them are not going away because they have been so engrained, and also with the exception of like 12 items that we don’t even use, most crops that are GM– are related in nature (like potato a with potato b), and they would have mated anyways. There obviously still need to be studies because even high level scientists can agree that we don’t know all the facts, but it’s just not a fight that I care about anymore. Now that I have seen this side, I’d rather focus my attention and soapbox on other things.
2. Cage free: Granted, I know that cage free could mean nothing more than animals have access to a window, so it’s pretty shitty living conditions anyway, but still, a window! Then come to find out there are studies on pigs that show most prefer to be caged. And cage free actually causes more death because you know..henpecked. And pigs eating their babies. Or having a cow as antibiotic free, so inevitably when the cow does get sick, the farmer ends up selling her or letting her die because he has to adhere to the label. Which then causes prices to go up and blah, blah, that package of 2 chicken breasts is now $30, have a blessed day!
Basically, labeling is bullshit and pulls at emotions rather than facts. Companies stick an “all natural” (ahem, bullshit) sticker on something, and then the consumer is more likely to buy that item rather than the one that doesn’t have it. AND THERE GOES THE ECONOMY AND YOUR WALLET.
Again, this is high level and just the beginning.
But what really has me like….omg, I feel so stupid is that whole encapsulation business I did a while ago. To the point that I almost want to take down the post.
I did it because I was so worried about postpartum depression, and I was so worried about everything else, and people swore by it. And, basically. it was a fucking essential oil scam. I still got PPD. Who knows if it helped my milk come in or not? Fact is, I thought it was working, so it made me feel better, but I don’t know if it did or not. Anyway two studies I found, one in the British Medical Journal was like “everything that’s out there is subjective, and we don’t actually know why animals do it, so we are saying don’t do it”, and one from Northwestern University said “It’s just a fad, it does nothing, don’t do it.”
So. For anyone who thought I was smart and that they should do this because it helped them. Don’t do it. Find another placebo. Don’t be judged by your family and friends. Just take care of yourself.
I’m going to go sit in a corner and get a hug. I hate that I fell for all this stuff.
That being said–I know other people say it works for them, but seriously, what if it is all just placebo? I wonder if these other women still had side effects. I don’t know if they can ever actually study it, to get a volunteer group that would be applicable. I need more science and facts! No more hocus pocus, mumbo jumbo! I SAID NO MORE.
I SAID GOOD DAY.