Look for evidence rather than getting sucked in by gushing personal testimonials, which are supposed to convince you to get on board. Scientific evidence might not be as colorful or easy to read as an uplifting personal story but it will be more balanced and honest. Seek out large randomized controlled studies or meta-analyses.
Promises to help you lose weight? Treats cancer? Cures autism? A cure-all is understandably an attractive proposition – but this is also a classic warning sign that something is too good to be true. Which means it almost certainly is.
It’s easy to romanticize the traditions of our ancestors, particularly if they’re mysterious and exotic. But while useful knowledge has been passed down through generations, this doesn’t mean old is best. Modern medicine and science have made enormous leaps, which is why we live longer today than ever before.
Be wary of any wellness movement led by a single figure or based on a special ingredient, especially when they aren’t qualified and perpetuate conspiracy theories about why they aren’t supported by mainstream medicine. If in doubt, ask your family GP who can provide a qualified opinion.
Being “natural” doesn’t mean it’s better or safer. There are plenty of natural things that are toxic, for example, and sometimes only an artificial intervention will save your life. While choosing an apple is no doubt healthier than a donut, it doesn’t follow that a juice regime is better than chemotherapy at treating cancer.