Magical Medical Tour: Quid quid latine dictum sit altum viditur (keep reading)

Glenn Wollman

Quid quid latine dictum sit altum viditur -> translated into english means “whatever is said in Latin seems profound.”

Why does a Latin phrase sound profound? What causes us to become attracted to certain things visually or aurally? What triggers us to spend money on items that may be harmful or, at least, not in our best interests? Even if you do not know, be assured that there are those who do know the answers to these and many more questions about why and how we can be enticed into procuring things. There are creative geniuses applying images and words in ways that manipulate our minds, enabling that “instant decision”. “I will buy this nutrition bar because it is fortified with natural products and the other bar doesn’t even have any anti-anti ingredient”.

In the last few weeks I have watched videos and read reports regarding fake blueberries in cereals, the danger of plastic bottles of water, the hazards of cow’s milk, organic arsenic in chicken, mercury in fish — and the beat goes on. I had to go to the store and check out the blueberry cereal myself. It was true, the cover had a beautiful picture of GIANT BLUEBERRIES. I could almost taste them. When I looked at the ingredients, there were NO BLUEBERRIES. So if you bought the box because of the cover and you did not read the label, then you should consider framing the box cover and putting it on your wall as a piece of art — because that is what appealed to you. The actual ingredients didn’t really matter. Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware).

We are all concerned about the the future of health care. Whatever plan we end up with will not be as important as the health plan we design for ourselves. As a Medical Guide I emphasize exercise, stress and sleep management. Even more vital for health and well being is nutrition, including things that go in or on our bodies, eventually making their way to our cells. It is time to get serious and learn to read the labels. It took a great effort by many people to get a label with information on it. Take advantage. More important than reading the label is understanding the ingredients. This will assist in achieving proper nutrition, weight control and avoiding food allergies or intolerances. Every ingredient that is in something will be on or in you. Most healthy bodies can handle trace amounts of things. Unhealthy bodies may not fare as well. Also consider that over time, trace amounts may accumulate, becoming large amounts where even the healthy body might be harmed. It is time for us to take control. Ad vitam paramus – (We are preparing for life).

Here are three web sites that will take the “latin” out of the labels as you consider consumption:

1. How to use and understand the nutritional facts label

2. Six catches you need to know

3. How food manufacturers trick consumers with deceptive ingredients’ lists


Stay tuned for the next blog covering other aspects of my Magical Medical Tour:

Glenn’s latest CD, Sleep Suite, is now available online. For questions or to visit Dr. Glenn Wollman’s web site, connect with him through YogaHub.

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Author: Glenn Wollman

Glenn Wollman, MD, has always been at the leading edge of medicine. He helped pioneer the specialty of Emergency Medicine and, at the same time, also developed and ran one of the first hospital-based Integrative Medicine programs in the Unitied…

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