When I had trouble having kids, I got all kinds of advice.
"You have to gain some weight. That will help."
"You need herbal supplements."
"You just need to relax."
"After having sex, stick your legs up in the air. That will help the sperm get to the egg faster."
I so wish I was kidding about that last one.
When I got diagnosed with PKD, the same thing happened. Surprisingly, the advice was similar, with the suggestion of weight gain and herbal supplements. People who had never even HEARD of PKD went spouting off about this remedy vs. that remedy, and how this one program helped them SOOOO much, never mind the fact that they had absolutely no idea what polycystic kidneys were. I mean, if it worked for their fibromyalgia, it would work for my genetic defect, right?
(No mention of sexual positions, though, which is actually slightly disappointing. I mean, can you think of a more fun way to get rid of a life threatening disease?)
Now that I'm running, I'm surprised that I'm STILL getting advice, now on how to run. I mean, isn't running sort of basic? Like, you just put one foot in front of the other? Oh, heavens no. There are all kinds of things to know about shoes, clothes, hydration, training schedules, nutrition, and everybody seems to think he (or she) is the expert. I found myself having a hard time not getting irritated when somebody told me that I was heading straight for injury if I didn't run a specific program, which, when explained to me, sounded like it would drive me completely crazy.
(And still no sex tips. What's up with that?)
It all makes me wonder if any of us knows anything about anything. It makes me realize how much we are at the mercy of the loudest or most popular voice, and how unless we want to spend a huge amount of time researching every method ever developed for whatever we are working with, we have to just rely on what other people tell us, and go with our gut.
My gut tells me that running 3 miles and feeling energized at the end of it is a good thing, that 8 hours of sleep and 3 days of rest during the week and eating food that is recognizable will go much farther than taking some unregulated herbal pills mixed with fish oil.
And sex. Sex is a good thing. But don't worry--I won't be sharing any tips either. You'll have to figure those out on your own.