Too much information!
I read about a study done recently. I don’t remember the details, but basically when people have more options available, they have more difficulty choosing an option. They also feel more stress. Basically, having a choice of 2 salad dressings is better than having a choice of 15 salad dressings.
This makes perfect sense. I see it in so many places. The last time I got a car, I picked a few good brands and looked only at their models. I didn’t look at the others because it would have been too many options and that’s stressful and difficult. Today in the grocery store there were too many types of bread. I’m not kidding; I found myself spending way too long in the bakery section trying to choose the right loaf. I need to get a gift for someone next week and I have a few ideas, but I just can not seem to decide which they will like best. I’d rather just have 1 idea.
See the conundrum? Despite what most of us think, having too many choices is actually a bad thing!
And that brings me to today’s too-many-choices problem: treatment options. I want to take a new approach to treating my health problems but I don’t know how to go about it. Which approach should I take? The answer, of course, is to do research. The problem is that so many of the alternative treatments are based on anecdotal evidence. There are a bunch of diets, for example. One works for some people, another works for other people. In the meantime, I’ll be spending a lot of time and effort trying to add some things to my diet while removing others, and trying not to aggravate my IBS in the process. And how should I balance everything? There are diets for IBS and others for PCOS and others for Hashimoto’s and others for connective tissue diseases and and and….. How do I put these together? I know my doctors won’t be advising me on this. I tried going to a nutritionist once and she helped with an IBS diet but didn’t know about the others. There may be nutritionists who specialize in these autoimmune disease diets but I don’t know who they are or how to find them.
I know I need to pursue this, but it’s so overwhelming. Having all of these different options makes me want to just bury my head in the sand and wait for it to pass. The problem is, it won’t pass. These symptoms aren’t going away. I need to do something proactive. I just wish I knew what it was.
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