Pushing Health Assessments;
I don't really push anything, I should push things but I'm more the kind of person that allows people to find me. Maybe its my Asperger's or maybe I'm just not a born salesperson, but I just refuse to cold call people and push my service upon them. You only have to ask my former bosses at Virgin Active or the many clients that have asked me to contact their friend to find out that "you must ask me about my help" I will not just contact people pushing my opinions. On top of that I find it bizarre that I'm accused of pushing anything when I'm faced with a vegan pushing his opinions upon me, remember I never contacted them. I just got spammed way back in 2011 and dared to ask for proof. Since then its been game of tennis with me asking for proof of the original statement and then various attempts to divert the debate such as calling my qualifications into question. Once again, remember that I just questioned the original statement and wanted proof, I made no attempt to stop anyone being a vegan (why would I, most are wonderful loving people) I just asked said that if your going to spam me with agressive vegan propaganda, be prepared to prove it. I'm still waiting...the game is afoot.
Secondly I don't understand what the issue is with assessing health? Whether we utilise a BioHealth #101 Metabolic Assessment Profile or complete one of the many in house assessments, it all helps build a picture. The other option is guessing which is what I assume the majority seem to do. Which would I rather do?? Well the answer to that is obvious, but which would you rather me do if you sought my help? Vegan diet is so I'm told a lifestyle, its seems to be a generic one thats apparently one size fits all. I doubt that exists but who am I to question the faith.
Being a professor of nothing and my quackery;
Now this is an odd one, I've never claimed to be a professor (i'd love to be one at some point but I'm not sure I could tie myself down to the rigidity of it all), so I'm not sure where that came from, especially from a Personal Trainer with a B.S (his words not mine) in Sports Science. I'm half way through a MSc in Psychology but my interest in that stems from wanting to understand the peculiarities of the human mind, and how it relates to people's need to control food intake (extreme dieters, those with eating disorders etc which extreme vegans could be classed as).
I'm not into pharmacuticals, not my trade but I appreciate that medicine has a place especially in acute illness, less so in chronic conditions which could be often far better managed through better diet and lifestyle management. So I don't aspire to be a Medical Doctor, only to work alongside them when needed to help individuals who seek my assistence.
"From the Astrologer came the Astronomer, from the Alchemist came the Chemist, from the Mesmerist came the Mental Specialist. The Charlatan is always the Pioneer. The Quack of Yesterday is the Professor of Tomorrow."
Dr Joseph Bell
Its now 11:30am on Sunday morning, just 1 hour after I started this blog post (I know I know, several distractions mainly lunch preparations and gazing at Daisy to check she's ok) and I've had yet another accusation of quackery. This time its from VoraciousVegan on twitter. This man/woman is a friend of Gary Mabs, he/she claimed to only know them via twitter yet knew I was referring to our friend from 2011 Gazzais Vegan whose recently started his propaganda mission once again to try and turn me to the darkside.
Considering this, its more likely that the extreme vegan is the quack (depending upon the reasons behind the lifestyle such as political, religious etc). Often vegan dieters base their choice upon faith rather than fact (wow a faith healer quack quack).
So, if I'm a quack, so be it. I'd rather take a considered evidence based approach to my own health and that of those that seek my opinion than to rely upon faith. If your a vegan and likely to comment could you please also include your real name, age etc and the reasons behind why your on a vegan diet, it makes it much more easy to understand your rationale.
Yours Billy "Donald" Craig