Warning! Fake wellness bloggers

Health Blog

With our increasing busy lifestyle, accessing health information through ‘wellness blogs’ via social media has become most popular.

As the hidden side-effects of taking pharmaceutical medicine is no-longer, wellness- blogging has become a growing trend.

Are you wanting to know more about alternative medicines? More and more people are turning to online wellness blogs to get their health information.

Are you believing everything you read on social media?

I know the offer of free nutrition information online is inviting but, do you know who you’re getting the information from? People including; foodies, biologists, physical therapists, fitness nerds, fit chick and fit bottomed mamas are creating blogs.

Which blogger can you trust? Is the information credible?

Close your eyes for a moment!

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Close your eyes

Think of the last thing you read and really connected with.

My memory takes me back to a heart-warming story about a lady that developed brain cancer and cured herself by eating ‘real food’.

This sounds believable, doesn’t it?

Think about it! If you’re not eating processed food and eating ‘real food’ you should be on the road to recovery, shouldn’t you?

Well, Belle Gibson was an inspiring person that touched my heart in 2015.

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Inspiring Women

Belle’s personal story was believable and touched the heart of many. Through creating her, ‘Fake wellness blog’ she was trying to promote her business ‘The Whole Pantry’ and, has become a hot topic in the media for the wrong reasons. Belle has just recently found herself in front of a judge.

She is deceitful and, a great example of someone with no qualification promoting health.

Then along comes Sarah Wilson, ‘I Quit Sugar’

Sarah Wilson is a ‘health coach’ who acquired her qualification from doing an online course through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition that she is now affiliated with.

Sarah is an Australian journalist, blogger and author of ‘I Quit Sugar’ and shares her stories around her own personal view about how sugar has negatively influenced her life. Sarah has 191K Instagram followers, nearly 950 000 Facebook followers and has influenced over 1.2 million people to actually quit sugar. As Sarah’s very short 8 week ‘I Quit Sugar’ online program costs $150 one has to ask, is she sharing her ‘wealth of knowledge’ or is she becoming ‘knowledgeable about wealth’?

Finally, a qualified nutritionist but is this a credible source?

Qualified nutritionist Cassie Platt the author of  ‘Don’t quit sugar’ claims that to quit sugar is dangerous and can cause long-term damage to the body.

Thankfully Platt does not advocate that people consume sugar drinks and eat candy but, does advocate for natural sugars such as honey, sweet vegetable and fruit.

So, who do you believe?

Cassie’s key message to limit intake of added sugar is also backed by the Australian Dietary guidelines.

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Poster for eat for health Australian Dietary Guidelines

Although citizen journalist generally have no real qualification to say information is credible, when information is coming from a qualified nutritionist that is guided by the Australian Dietary Guidelines, I know which health blogger I’d be listening too!

Do you have any tips or questions about a ‘wellness coach’ that you follow on social media?


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