In the last few weeks I've seen some behavior that I find worrisome. I have developed some real reservations about some of what happens on the site.
I've seen people who are showing signs of eat disorders being encouraged to fast.
I've seen people who are losing hair and having sleep problems being coached to lift weights more often and at higher-rep ranges.
I see people suggesting Keto-dieting to people who are asking questions about low-thyroid.
I know "Caveat Emptor" applies to any sort of Life Hack but some of what I've seen strikes me as possibly dangerous.
When you answer someone's question do you look at their previous questions? Do you ask questions before telling them to do your favorite Hack? Do you care if someone gets hurt screwing around with things they shouldn't or are we so interested in pushing the boundaries and experimenting that we are willing to risk our, or other peoples lives for the sake of 1% more? When does the community cross the line into behavior that's really unethical or is it the nature of the site to just not sweat it and let the buyer-beware?
EDIT - Removed snarky comment about Jack Kruse. I meant every word but he wasn't the point of the post.
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on April 10, 2012
at 06:28 PM
While ultimately, we are all responsible for doing our own homework, I also think that we are each also held responsible to only give advice in a public forum with limited information on any one person that is broad and fairly generalized. No one should come to ph expecting to replace expert individualized medical advice, and people asking questions here should realize that there are no qualifications to post answers...this is a site comprised largely of lay people.
on April 10, 2012
at 07:44 PM
Hi LikesLardinMayo (love your name),
I've had the same concerns, and I am grateful that you've asked this question.
As a mom of 46 years, a woman without a partner, a woman with curves and deep thoughts, I see a bit of my younger self in some of these questions.
Twenty years ago, I wanted to be thin and beautiful. I was never much of either, not by cultural standards. I've got an hourglass-on-steroids figure and a nose to match. And today I can say and believe and laugh that I think I'm pretty damned hot, twenty years ago I could barely look in the mirror.
We have some young people here who feel that hurt inside, who harbor holes in their heart. They want to be loved, they want to be noticed. They don't yet know the way that we do that they will get looks and notice if they just fall into their own body and own it, own their thoughts and love and attitude. Until you get that realization - and it happens for some lucky ones very young, and for more of us in our middle years - you will keep feeding bananas to that monkey on your back.
I think the solution is to post more Real Body Real Life type questions and answers here at PaleoHacks. When you see a disordered question, answer with love and an affirmation of the beauty and sanctity of every human form.
Thanks again for asking this, it made me think of what I really should be doing here.
on April 11, 2012
at 05:36 PM
I agree that some of the advice here is crazy, and I think Rogue's answer is best.
However, I think the variety of answers, even ones I think are wrong, is really important, and here's why: the state of nutritional knowledge is that it is immature, and we are learning new things all the time. Sometimes the experts are more ignorant than the laypeople. Sometimes what is true for most is paradoxically false for a minority. Moreover, what seems true today may be overturned tomorrow.
What's offensive and wrong to one person might be right for others, or even ultimately more right. So I think it's important to keep censorship to a minimum.
A case in point: you mention thyroid and ketogenic diets. I don't think that issue is by any means settled. My thyroid normalised on a ketogenic diet, and the interplay between low carb and thyroid is complex. See Is lowered T3 resulting from a low carb diet problematic?
on April 10, 2012
at 04:32 PM
I can see your point. I think it's ALWAYS important to emphasize that, "What works for me, may not work for you," and to take all advice obtained via the internet (especially discussion boards) with a grain of salt.
on April 10, 2012
at 04:29 PM
i choose to believe that people on this site only answer if they believe the answer is helpful. and i would also hope that people intelligent enough to find this site realize that you get what you pay for and take all answers here for what they are; opinions and n=1.
are you saying Jack Kruse purposefully harms people?
on October 04, 2012
at 05:46 AM
I just found this site and it provides support for me mostly. It is more like a support group inwhich you can get this plethora of advice to pick and choose. For me, I dont have anyone to really trust as bouncing back and forth on the ED column. It is just sometimes nice to write out the worries you have on being healthy and have some reassurance to know your not alone. I have gotten some of the best, personalized advice of my life here :) (the counselors and nutritionists here at college just dont get it)
on September 29, 2012
at 08:18 AM
Does this behavior include obsessions with bacon?