Do you really want to know?
Those of you who know me in real life will know that I have a Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition from the USA.
Nutritional therapy is gaining recognition these days. In fact the USFDA approved omega 3 fatty acids as a drug in 2004. Reliant pharmaceuticals has come up with a drug called OMACOR. No prizes for guessing why they chose to name it OMACOR. Zocor, Lipitor, Crestor anyone?
But I'm beginning to realise it is useless having this knowledge in Singapore.
Singaporeans would always question you when you advise them on lifestyle modifications, diet modifications, nutritional modifications either via natural foods or supplements. They would question how it works, why it works etc. But most of these people have no real interest in the answers. Or for the matter, most of them have so little background knowledge that they simply will not be able to understand the biochemical pathways to how these nutritional therapies work. So why ask? But if they ask I have to answer right?
And of course you will have the objections.
"Fish oil is for kids. Not for adults!" (good for kids = bad for adults?)
"My doctor said I have high cholesterol levels and taking fish oil will raise it further!" (could your doctor be out of date?)
"Take so much fish oil? The salesgirl in the health food shop says take 1 capsule a day enough already!" (so the salesgirl knows more about health right?)
"Yuck I hate the taste and smell of fish oil!" (gee I guess medicines taste really good eh?)
But if you told them to take a medicine, the majority would never question how it works. Even if you tried to give them some information, they would say "Sorry I am not a doctor, I won't understand all this"
So I'm quite glad that OMACOR might be making its way to Singapore. Now I don't have to feel like a cheap salesman anymore. I can be a simple salesman.
"This is a medicine that you need. Take 3 a day. Have a nice day."
Simple and sweet.