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Asking the right questions will separate the good stuff from THE GIMMICKS

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"None of us is as smart as all of us." -- Ken Blanchard


I will admit I don't have all the answers, and I often second guess my 'expertise'. But what is an expert? Is it truly someone who knows everything about a given subject or is correct all the time?

Can someone really be the authority on global economics or be a guru in the world of homeopathic medicine? There are just some subjects about which you can't know everything and you are going to be wrong more often than you would like to admit. Such is the world of health and fitness.

In this whirlwind business of ever-evolving information and research, I find that the (often self-proclaimed) experts or gurus are usually trying to sell you something. This means a lot of the information coming to you is tainted and you should be cautious about what you consider gospel.

Information is everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, television, online, in books, and, of course, -- in the newspaper. And so much of the good research-based information out there is shrouded in capitalistic hyperbole and commercial bias that it does take a university degree to separate the useful from the misleading to give you content with substance that you can take home and implement.

And that is what I would like to provide for you -- the reader. Let me be your filter instead of your expert.

Today, and for the better part of a decade, I have had the pleasure of working at numerous multidisciplinary facilities with hundreds of highly educated and talented staff members with a variety of backgrounds. I think having access to the diverse approaches of different allied health professionals to one subject has allowed me to be very open in my approach to problem solving, and to never totally discredit information, but rather try to dissect the useful from the extraneous. These people have helped me build my knowledge base, and provide us the luxury of a panel of qualified personnel to whom I can bring your questions and concerns. They are our filter.

So as you are bombarded with information during your fitness quest (cheesy, I know), try and be as skeptical and objective as possible. But when you can't separate the useful from the b.s. and are questioning whether something may be a help or a hinderance, bring the issue to me and, more importantly, to the team of qualified people with which I have the pleasure of working everyday.

Remember, I am not an expert. I constantly question the information I'm providing -- but I never question my motives. I want you to be the fittest, healthiest, and, most importantly, happiest that you can be, and I will help you find the answers until you get there.

We want your questions! Whether you are looking for guidance on a new pair of shoes or have a nagging shoulder injury that just won't go away, email us at and you could be featured in the next Q&A article.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 15, 2013 D16

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