— Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) January 8, 2016
January 9, 2016 – Be honest. You hear the phrase “new medical recommendations” and you roll your eyes.
If you don’t literally roll your eyes, some eye-rolling thoughts pop into your head (and sometimes out of your mouth):
- “If it was good enough for me then, it is good enough now.” [a popular choice among grandparents]
- “How about I wait and hear what next year’s recommendations will be and then do them?” [the procrastinator’s choice]
- [My personal favorite:] “So let me get this straight, doc – last year – when you told me last year’s recommendations – you were wrong?”
And I freely point the finger at you knowing there are three fingers pointing back to me – because I’ve done the same thing.
We are all creatures of habit – you should see the people I work with. 🙂 There is a peacefulness to things that don’t change.
Have you thought about how important it is to have new medical recommendations?
We don’t know everything; if somehow we ever did, society’s habits change and that too affects what is recommended as our best practices.
So research marches on. When we learn new things, recommendations change. That’s progress.
Enjoy a little progress (but not as much ‘added sugar’ as you will see from the recommendations) as I present to you the recently updated dietary guidelines for Americans.