We live in an age of illusion. The illusion is, that with science we know everything – well, we know a lot, and because we are expert and science led, we believe that our knowledge is right – specially our knowledge on lifestyle and diet. But, just like other ages in the past, I am wondering how we are going to look back at this “civilised” and “advanced” time, in the future. We are going to have to accept, our knowledge was wrong.
Some amazement might occur when we look back in time to see that Public Health taught us that fat was bad and caused cholesterol and obesity. We might feel astonished that in our backward time, now, we were taught that cholesterol caused heart attacks, that salt caused high blood pressure, that artificial sweeteners were safe, that altered manufactured oils were allowed in food at all, that genetically modified foods and factory altered grains and wheat were considered part of the healthy plate.
We will be gumflumoxed to know that the 10 trillion gut flora in our living body metropolis, were virtually undiscovered and that the gut was considered a “tube” instead of a complex universe.
We will be advising citizens to exercise erratically and allow their bodies to recuperate their immune systems by resting more on in between days. We will frown about the current idea that our bodies are just machines that can be “forced” fit by pounding the hell out of them on a regular and daily basis.
I think the future is going to be full of discoveries about how little we really know. Trouble is, Mr Furlong and I are not going to be here to say “We told you so!”