Leadership Dialogue: Sharing Perspective…Should Leaders Take Health Advice Away from Doctors?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life

ForumEach Thursday, I’ll launch a topic for discussion, dialogue, debate, and introspective conversation. In group facilitation situations, I ask the participants to reframe disagreement from the category of a “weapon” to the category of a “creative tool.” This change in paradigm allows for very lively and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are criticizing each other and allows them to be free to point to ideas and concepts without having to pretend to be polite or pretend to agree. We have been conditioned to feel that disagreement is not polite. In fact, disagreement is a way to be in integrity.

We find that it’s okay to disagree. Many times we find new ideas, fresh perspectives, and opposite polarities that make sense. Healthy dialogue does not depend on everybody agreeing; in fact, if everybody agrees, it’s a boring discussion, and we might get trapped by not exposing blind spots that could limit our effectiveness as leaders and as an organization.

In that spirit, I offer a chance for dialogue on topics related to leadership. I will choose topics that have high visibility in the news or in certain communities of interest, such as business, entrepreneurship, religion, and social benefit work. I welcome suggestions for other topics. I’m sure that there are many, many to choose from.

Will you contribute your ideas? Please comment using the form below.

Today’s topic:

The medical profession has attempted to provide us with advice on health and nutrition. Should medical professionals stay with medicine?

Let’s dialogue on this question:

In The People’s Pharmacy, on February 14, the following links appeared about the latest research on diet and health. Should it concern us that the medical profession has given us inaccurate information yet again for decades? These studies show that blood cholesterol levels are not related to what we eat.

The controversy over saturated fat rages on. Recent articles include a meta-analysis published in Open Heart and a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Please comment:

  1. Do these studies prove that the medical advice we have received for decades is wrong?
  2. Should there be a change in leadership with the major authorities in medical organizations giving health advice?
  3. Should there be a leadership change in setting up a new paradigm for getting advice on health and diet that’s not tied to big pharma?
  4. Who should take the lead with this issue?

Please comment below.

Hugh Ballou

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  • Soothberry

    1. The advice is not reliable for anyone who expresses doubt. We are all effected by our beliefs as shown by the placebo effect. If the person is not at peace with the advice, then it is wrong for him. He needs to consult himself for the advice that’s right for him.

    2. This would be irrelevant for anyone that listens to their own inner guidance. If in need of external advice, a person can follow his sense of peace by following his compulsions that lead to it.

    3. Health is so personal, there is no fix for all. Only the afflicted person can lead themself to a recovery. Anyone who relies on someone else has integrity of being issues that are always going to lead to health problems. A psychologist is more relevant in this case. Our subconscious effects our health and our actions via the beliefs we hold. These beliefs need to be understood as the cause and addressed, otherwise medical treatment is only addressing a recurring effect.

    4. The one who is most compelled to do so.

  • Hugh Ballou

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. I appreciate your perspective.