That time I thought I had diabetes (embarrassing)
As an example, I will tell you the story of the time I thought I had diabetes. In my defense, please keep in mind that I had a newborn son at the time and sleep was not in abundance.
I woke up one morning, used the bathroom, and noticed that my urine smelled sweet. My genius brain perked up and said to me, "OMG Joe I think you have diabetes, you've got excess sugar in your urine!"
My brain talks like a 12 year old girl. I chose to ignore it, like you do when you have a possible, serious disease. It seemed to go away, until I got home from work that night and the sweet smell was back!
To make a long story short, my wife had put some sort of automatic toilet bowl cleaner thin in the toilet that emitted a sweet scent every time someone used the bathroom. No wonder I didn't notice it while I was at work...
Now I'm pretty smart, this only took me THREE DAYS to figure out! My wife, who is a nurse, still reminds me occasionally about this high point in my life.
I knew just enough information to totally freak myself out and be totally wrong.
This happens a lot in the fitness and nutrition industry. Dr. Oz is probably the best known example of someone who hypes up "miracle" pills. A study in the British Medical Journal found that only half of the products Dr. Oz recommended had evidence to back up their claims.
I grew up seeing commercials for 8 Minute Abs and Thigh Masters. More recently there were the Shape Up Shoes that not only could not back up their "shaping" claims, but were also injuring people and messing up their balance.
When you see a miracle cure or an easy fix you should be very skeptical. There are absolutely supplements that can help you. And there are lots of exercise videos and pieces of equipment that can helps as well. But there is no magic bullet or potion.
Try this instead:
And if you decide to do any toilet cleaner additions, alert the slower people in your house.
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