I had started to write a post about the terrible agonies of bad medical advice. Then I stepped away and thought about it, and it occurred to me that it would be much more enjoyable to write about the positive aspects of ignoring bad advice.
Everybody has an opinion, obviously. And some stink worse than others. The thing to keep in mind is that even doctors’ opinions are just that – opinions – and though they may be learned and educated and what-not, they are still just people who may or may not be up to date on the latest literature.
The same goes for just about all people. As well-intentioned as they may be, sometimes they’re just plain wrong. They may be experts, they may have lots of degrees and letters after their names, but in the end, they are as fallible as the next person.
So, while it’s always nice to have the input of a trusted source, we all have to keep our own counsel to some degree. And not become too dependent on the guidance of others. Gurus are great. Experts are wonderful. But in the end, we come into this world alone and we go out alone, and sometimes we’re the only ones who can keep us from exiting this world prematurely — and against the advice of our experts.