Experience the Difference

Is ‘Doctor Google’ gradually being replaced by ‘Doctor Podcast’?

To make my point, I go way back in time, prior to the internet and the ease of searching for ‘relevant’ information that the internet presents to all of us to when I commenced my craving to become a sports coach with my long term focus on high performance.

No-one to help or mentor me, my search for up to date information was primarily sourced from magazines that were in print at that time.

That was essentially all of the information that was available aside from a very few basic text books that I was able to ‘borrow’ from university libraries.

These magazine articles were usually just one persons’ opinion on a particular subject relating to (in my case) a particular sport or something on how the body will or should adapt to a very specific training style or method.

In hindsight, these magazines were comparable to our current ‘women’s magazines’ of the fitness and sporting industry. Much of the information was dubious at best and extremely contradictory. (Yep just like many of the women’s magazines of today}

Then came a proliferation of books, (mostly paperback) that were readily available from our local gym equipment retailers and even at many newsagents.

I believe I purchased every single one that was available over the next few years.

Because that was all that was available in those years, in my eagerness for information, I naturally assumed that what the author was saying was exact and had some degree of scientific basis to it.

The authors in those days were people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Pearl, Rich Gaspari, Lee Preist, but finally the one author that I finally gained most from was Ellington Darden.

It took me a long, long time of trial and lots of error  following many of these authors’ descriptions to the letter to eventually realise that most of what was being written was highly generic at best and could not, nor should be applied in its entirety if anything positive was to be the outcome from it.

Sound Familiar?

Sounds a lot like the early days of Google/internet searching doesn’t it? Correct, nothing has changed very much at all.

Podcasts are now becoming the modern day Google search.

Once Google searching for information was THE thing, it really did become a ‘minefield’ of dubious information.

For so long I would be bombarded by people and clients coming to me and ‘telling’ me that they were suffering from this or that affliction or this is how we need to train to attain better results.

When asked how they suddenly now know all of this information they tell me they searched for it on the internet, entered their symptoms or sporting goals and this is what came up, all of this ‘highly scientific’ information that ‘relates exactly to them’ and only them!

I didn’t mind this in the days when I was able to see clients and athletes face to face, especially on a very regular basis as it was a good way to broach subjects about health and training methodology.

Now, though, in the recent 2-3 years that I have much less face to face contact with many of my clients, I am forever being sent links to a podcast of someone talking about what I have been quietly going about for 40+ years and them talking about it on a podcast.

Oh my, listening to some of these takes me back to the 1970’s and 80’s when I followed articles written in magazines, books and then the internet.

I feel for the many out there that follow these authors to the letter, or should I say spoken word.

The authors of both, the written (as on Google/internet searches) and now the spoken as on the podcasts that abound now can sound very convincing and altogether plausible but I find that, at best this information is very generalised and very non-specific information in every way.

Many of the views are alternative and seemingly seeking our/your support and a degree of validation all whilst making unsupported and unfounded claims.

Many of these recent podcast authors have become so prolific in giving their opinions and thoughts on an such an array of differing subjects that I feel that they are using the ‘scatter gun effect’ meaning that if they say enough varying things, then surely there will be someone out there that will actually gain some value from what they say.

So firstly ask yourself this! How did that information appear on the internet?

Answer is, someone put it on there, just as I am putting this on the internet for anyone to read.

Very little, if any of the information on the internet and, even more specifically, these podcasts are pier reviewed (of course some are) as it is seemingly based on someone’s more often than not, very narrow experience about a particular subject as they see it.

It seems to me that it wasn’t until around 2015 that Google started to ‘roll out’ health information supported and authored by a team of doctors and up to date information with a degree of relevance.

Even then, this information is still far from optimal and whilst it is useful for some very general and basic information, nothing will ever replace the individual specifics that face to face, correctly individualised treatment and training programs plans will give you.

Only your doctor, professional health practitioner or appropriately qualified and experienced coach can deliver this.

Really, it seemed that no sooner it was that the information on Google had improved in the quality of the ‘advice, in jumped many with their podcasts covering all of these subjects, all over again without very much qualified scrutiny, if any.

So, the point of this article is to explain to you all that here in 2019 compared to 1978, not much has changed, be very wary of everything you read or hear.

First it was magazines, then books, then internet searching, now podcasts.

Please be aware, if you are looking for relevant, up to date scientific information, check your source and be very vigilant in taking everything that you read or hear on the internet as having a scientific basis that has direct relevance to yourself. Because it doesn’t!

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