Tuesday 30 August 2016

A Plethora of Advice

It's amazing that nowadays on TV, radio, the internet and in newspapers and magazines there is a plethora of advice on what you should and should not do, what you should eat or not eat, wear as the latest fashion and every other conceivable advice you can think of.

Why can't we be left alone to make our own decisions without feeling somehow guilty that we are not trendy enough to suit other peoples' lifestyles?

The latest advice on TV is that a Mediterrenean diet is much more healthy than taking a variety of medecines to ward off heart problems and other illnesses. That may well be so. We don't know whether it is diet alone that contributes to good health or whether it is also one's attitude to life and the level of stress we create for ourselves. But the fact is, not anyone can afford a Mediterrenean diet; so pointing it out as a universal panacea is hardly helpful. Especially if you live too far away to go to the Mediterrenean every day for your groceries.

We're advised that we should do a lot of walking to remain healthy. What nonsense. My grand-father, at the age of 70, took that advice to heart and went for a five miles walk every day. He is now 85 and we don't know where the hell he is.

We're told we should diet and lose weight. I agree up to a point. But we are not warned of the consequences of losing weight.

A friend of mine was well-rounded, to put it mildly. So large that he could not see his ... feet! He went on a strict diet and indeed lost a lot of weight. But the result is that he had a lot of loose skin hanging about his body in the chest and lower area. They suggested surgery where they would cut off the now extra un-required skin. He declined that offer.

Then he went to a new treatment center where they "pull up" the loose skin up his body a bit at a time, and eventulally they stretch it so much that any extra skin is then somehow tied up and hidden behind the back of his neck. This requires no surgery. Just pulling up the extra skin by some sort of rollers and then tying it up behind his head. It worked so well that now he looks twenty years younger. Unfortunately, his bellybutton (navel) is on his forehead. He has an unusual tie too.

So much for dietary advice. But it does not stop there does it? We are told by advertisers and those with vested interests on what we should wear, what type of cars we should drive, about our concerns for the environment, care for endangered species, even the kind of furniture we should have in our homes.

Did you know that in the UK 1 in 3 babies are conceived in an IKEA bed? Which is amazing considering that IKEA shops are usually well lit.

Well, I don't know about you ... how could I know about you ... I've never met you and hardly know you ... but as I was saying ... I don't know about you but I have decided to stop taking all this well intended advice from so-called experts on TV and the general media. I believe that every one who gives you advice has a hidden agenda, a personal interest in giving you that advice. They usually quote research done by this and that expert to prove their point, but they don't tell you who financed that research do they? They also quote various statistics to frighten you into action. Well, let me quote you some statistics to prove my point.

Did you know that six out of seven dwarves are not Happy?

So take my advice - don't take any notice of any advice you are given!


  1. The "tie" comment was followed by an explosive snort of laughter! You started my day with laughter, Victor.
    Bless You!

    1. I never quite understood that joke, Lulu. But it's good I made you laugh.

      God bless you my friend.

  2. There is plenty of advice to go around these days for sure, Victor. It's important to know which to see but not see.

    1. Hi Wanda,

      It's great to see you visiting me here. Thank you. Hope you return soon.

      As you say, we need to distinguish between good and bad advice.

      God bless.

  3. I read the first 2 paragraphs and got a bit worried if something was wrong with you - you sounded so normal. Then came the next, and the next... oh thank God, Victor's alright!!

    And, oh, one more thing: I hope I don't see an IKEA bed anytime soon. It's bound to produce a rash of giggles.

    1. Moi? Normal? Je ne comprende pas! I think that's French with an Italian accent.

      The thing is, Caitlynne, it is good to laugh, regardless in what kind of bed one is in.

      God bless you, my friend.

  4. "Six out of seven dwarfs are not happy." THAT is both funny, and an example of how words can influence how things are interpreted. God Bless you.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my humour, Michael.

      God bless you too.



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