I woke up this morning to an email from a friend that I thought was absolutely relevant to this conversation. The friend is studying to be a registered dietician. She used to be a lot like how I used to be, not trusting mainstream ideas, always reading stuff about diet/health on the internet. She is healthy, but her husband has a lot of health problems similar to mine so she was always looking for an answer. Eventually she decided to go back to school and was amazed at all the stuff she learned and how much of what she thought she knew about diet before was bullshit.
Anyway, today she was telling me how for school, one assignment was to go on the net and find 20 different health/diet related forum threads and then check them for accuracy and the spreading of "harmful information" (things like people advising others to give up certain foods with no scientific data to back it up). She said she found so many threads that were giving horrible and potentially dangerous diet advice that it was difficult to even narrow it down to the 20 worst.
Not only that, but she's also studying the FODMAPS diet thing, and she said never, ever to read anything about it online because it's basically complete and total bull, it isn't something where you can just go get a list of foods to avoid and apply it to everyone, it's something you have to work with a doctor on, because each individual who has the FODMAP sensitivity could need a completely different diet from someone else. So all those lists that people are using to do the FODMAP diet right now (a lot of people in the holistic section are doing this, it's like the newest "thing" after Paleo) could just be something some random made up off the top of their head... it really makes me feel sad for all the people who have their hopes on this and are following some random list to the T and making their life around it.
Ugh... you know? It's just so upsetting. I'm glad we escaped this mentality but I feel worried for other acne sufferers who are still falling for this stuff.
I worry about other young girls with acne falling into a severe eating disorder too due to these people and their claims. More than half of the people that frequent acne.org are in their teens - and more than half of them proabably believe they get acne because of something they eat or do wrong and would be willing to try anything. What a shame.