‘Self-medicators beware’ read a recent headline; and the article proceeded to warn about the risk of a popular drug, which was deemed user friendly, but has now been found to cause noticeable side effects.
We often read about what was once touted as good for health but has now been found to be harmful – or vice versa.
This is the ‘yo-yo’ effect – when the risks outweigh the rewards and recommendations for the latest diet or drug become fuzzy around the edges.
Are health headlines causing confusion and concern? The reliability of health news is a serious matter when we need to make well-informed decisions.
Under intense scrutiny right now around the world is not just misleading health headlines, but the whole approach this industry currently takes to research and published findings. Much of what is published is peppered with words like ‘may’, ‘might’, suggests’, ‘there is some success with’. Prominent physicians in the US, UK and other nations are regularly warning us to take all health headlines with “a grain of salt”.
To stop the ‘yo-yo effect’ of these headlines, consider whether the stability of personal health actually originates in what we read or eat. Was Shakespeare a headliner when he wrote “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so”?
Since we know that our thinking and spirituality influence our health, it makes sense that accepting media warnings or current fads into our thought actually influences our health – for the good or bad depending on the headline.
So, how can we be alert and protect our thinking from confusing information that might come at us from the media (or some other external source)?
Instead of relinquishing our health to the vagaries of the latest media mention, we can feel empowered to consider our spiritual nature and see our health as embedded in the divine, rather than purely physical.
One source of wisdom, in regards to the effect of thought on health, has stood the test of time. From the treasury of David, here is his acknowledgement of the one source that he could depend upon: “In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
Since we are loved children of the same Lord that David referred to (whatever we want to call that), it makes sense that we can trust our health to this one all-caring God. And, in my experience, daily prayer to connect with this divine source of health has given me consistent good health – drug and diet free – and unaffected by any ‘yo-yo’ health news of the day.
Our health does not need to be confused by headlines. We have a spiritual nature that is constant and consistent, unaffected by the vagaries of material cause and effect. With one source for health – a divine source that is the only cause and effect -we can expect to experience consistently good health. That’s a headline worth trusting.