A colleague of mine once observed that efficiency is reduced when there are “too many chiefs and not enough Indians”. That remark correlates with my current view of the health industry; it’s a mess. Thanks to extremely transparent access in all media, everyone is a health expert. Personal trainers, doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses, and dietitians all offer professional services that occasionally step into the realm of the one another. When the education, experience, and application are relevant there is nothing wrong with this coverage. A problem arises when an expert decides to branch into a new area without the proper education or ability. This is one of the most direct causes of contradicting recommendations, which creates a medium for overwhelming confusion and misinformation.
This series (“Vexing Vocabulary”) is written with the intention to clarify or correct common misconceptions in the health industry, specifically the confusion caused by buzzwords. In most industries, information is spread using commonly accepted terms to raise awareness or drive trends. While this allows us to communicate and receive information at an increased rate, it is also responsible for the rampant spread of partial and even complete misinformation. Personally, I think it is because most buzzwords have multiple meanings, which creates an overlap of information that is not compatible. Being able to understand and identify that most commonly used terms have multiple meanings is the first step towards becoming an informed consumer. As you read this blog, if you think of some commonly used buzzwords that you would like to see a post on, let us know!
You’re busy. Each day you find yourself more heavily invested in life with higher expectations and more responsibilities. Stress is an ever-present factor, and with it, sometimes life seems to get in the way of truly living. This cycle is far too common in our society. It is the same cycle that leads to sedentary behavior and poor eating habits. From these habits come the sacrifice of health and what Jack Lalanne considered the most fundamental American tragedy. People are living longer but less able to participate in the activities they love. Said another way, life is measured in quantity not quality. The average lifespan is 85, but who cares when a majority of adults stop doing what they love by 60? There needs to be acknowledgement of the difference between living and existing. It is easier than one might think to invest in a life that favors living. All you need is a little attention to lifestyle.
Hello, and welcome to the Pittsburgh Dietitian Blog! My name is Andrew Wade, and I am the creator of this site. I will be posting here as much as possible. Before I get started writing about all the things that get my keyboard excited, I thought it might be worthwhile to talk briefly about who I am, and what I plan to do with this blog.