I started the MASS EDEN BLOG to provide space where consumers can ask questions, get answers and be empowered to be their own health and wellness advocate. After experiencing a multi-year illness, I know first-hand the importance of having to be my own advocate. During my time of illness, I experienced misdiagnoses and the effects of wrong treatments. It wasn’t until I started doing my own research and thinking outside of the box that I was able to get enough information to ask questions and challenge standard approaches. This effort ultimately led me to the right medical team that could successfully support and treat me.
Information is one of the two most important tools that we have to maintain good health. It helps us to be comfortable not having all the answers and using what we do know to ask more questions. This puts us in a position to not blindly accept surface level answers that are given to us. Essentially, we use information to continue to increase our knowledge so that we are better positioned to be our own health advocates and continue to learn.
We, unfortunately, live in a society where a person’s individual knowledge base (typically oldest or most senior ranking person in the room) is used as the overall barometer for what is valid information and decision-making. Instead of being a sponge and accepting new information, there is the tendency to criticize anything that is new and/or contrary to current beliefs. So when new information is introduced, it is dismissed. This practice can be dangerous, especially when it comes to health and wellness.
In documented instances where individuals have been misdiagnosed, receiving the wrong treatment, two options are possible: 1) additional information was introduced and some individuals were able to recover or 2) individuals did not receive the right information to change their course of treatment and they either stayed the same or died. These instances and my personal wellness journey along with your questions to the MASS EDEN BLOG are proof positive that we, as consumers, need more information in our hands to have stronger seat at the table to make better decisions about our health.
Personally feeling this need, I enrolled in a cosmetic chemistry program to be better versed in the ingredients of my body care products. After all, what we put on our bodies is just as important that we put in our bodies. And, even during my program, I encountered instructors who clung to status quo. They challenged what they did not know despite documented scientific evidence of the ingredient and its function. Wanting to be an information sponge, I resisted the expectation to always accept status quo. And, I encourage you to do the same.
Be comfortable rejecting surface level information; it’s alright disproving information and proving it. This practice is how we become sponges and continuously learn. Learning is a fundamental part of our lives that greatly impacts our health and wellness. If you need help or are not sure where to start, send your body care questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will do the research and provide an answer in our weekly blog to help you get started.