In the course of my past two years covering health and wellness issues for Blisstree, I’ve often been surprised by what draws vitriol and what doesn’t. Time and againâ€”be it with my own or my co-writers’ postsâ€”the ones I fear may stir anger never do; and those I’d never have suspected provoke intense scorn.
In reflecting on this, I started putting together a list of personal beliefs I’ve found puzzlingly “hot-button.” I call them “personal beliefs” because that is of course what they are; but it doesn’t mean they’re not informed beliefsâ€”informed by anecdotes, my own experience and (in cases where its relevant) plenty of scientific research.
In no particular order, here are 10 apparently controversial sex, drugs and health beliefs I hold dear.
1.Â In medicine or culture, there’s no inherent value in what’s “natural” over what’s not.
2. Adult ADHD is real.
3. Pulling out worksÂ as a form of birth control.
4. Antidepressants are life-saving and brilliant.
5. Whole grains and legumes are not the enemy.
6. Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented.
7. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
8.Â You can be a feminist and like rough, “demeaning” sex without any cognitive dissonance.
9.Â ”A calorie is a calorie” and “everything in moderation” are terrible ways to approach healthy eating.
10.Â Neuroscience is the anti evolutionary-psychology. Neuroscience will probably save us all.