What you don’t know, can hurt you!

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.” -Lao Tau

If you search Google for 'how to cure acne', overnight application of garlic juice comes up as one of the recommendations. But, do you know that leaving garlic on you skin overnight can lead to second degree burns? Long ago when I was foolish, someone said garlic juice removes dark marks on the skin. I left a piece of raw garlic on my shin overnight, only to wake up with that section peeled off. Even the white layer underneath was visible. Now when I look at the suggestions on Google, I feel terrified at the amount of half baked information available so freely. Imagine someone leaving garlic on face and waking up with burns!!

I have relied on Google for a lot of queries, we all do, but every answer needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. 

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The same goes for workouts. Planks and it's variations are incredible core exercises, which can be done anywhere, anytime. Simple, effective - I feel it's a power pack. But, if the correct posture is not maintained, it would be an invitation to terrible lower back pain.



How about the stereotypes and misconceptions we have about people and cultures we have never experienced?  The cuisines that we ridicule, along with religious beliefs and ancient traditions. Not knowing and understanding enough about our neighbours is why our world is in such a quandary.

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We all are adventurous in our hearts, we love to try new things - be it beauty, food, health, travel ... with so much information at fingertips away, both good and bad, we need to educate ourselves, because :

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; 
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: 

there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, 

and drinking largely sobers us again."


Blog-A-Thon Prompt - What you don't know


47 comments:

  1. Great take on the prompt. It is important to be careful about one's form while exercising or it can damage more than help.

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    1. that is true. Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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  2. There are many of us who may know the exercises but the correct way is unkown. A few moth back I read that wrongly doing an exercise and overdoing it brings more harm to the body posture and health. Loved your take on the prompt!!

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    1. I feel it's better not to do the routine than do it wrong. It's very easy to hurt the Knees, wrists and lower back.

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  3. Raj good post from start to finish. I liked the way you have woven the prompt in a variety of thoughts and the pics off correct pland and lift postures.

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  4. Too good Raj! The last quote I am saving! With half-baked truths dispensed as info on Google anyone can proclaim to be a specialist. But one definitely needs to verify and think twice before accepting any form of knowledge as the ultimate truth.

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    1. true, we need to verify the information before implementing in real life. Thanks for writing in :)

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  5. You are very right Raj , we should not take up 100% of what is written online without half knowledge. Even I was about to fall in prey with Garlic cure.

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    1. oh the garlic cure really opened my eyes. There's so much information out there, it's better to verify than follow them all.

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  6. Hmm...people should not follow anything without their brains. Following blindly leads you nowhere.

    Google definitely helps you know/Learn things but it can't be antaryami 🙂

    Very thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Once bitten twice shy, that's my story now. You said it, Google can't be antaryami :)

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  8. Very true Raj! Once Google suggested mayonnaise for shiny lustrous hair, that resulted in baldness of the woman forever! Such information are more dangerous, let alone they be of any help!
    So is with exercises! Thanks for sharing the correct postures pictures :)

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Mayonnaise!! realyy!! Oh dear doesn't it have salt in it ... I can't imagine the results :P

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  9. You said it. This is exactly why when I pick a gym one of the major criteria is that there are enough trainers around to help/correct you. It is so easy to injure yourself.

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    1. true, specially when you are working with weights. One wrong move and you end up tearing a muscle.

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  10. By the end of the post, I wanted to do some planks. So....job done? :P
    Jokes aside, it's a great followup to that 'healthy living' post that you did a few days back :)

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    1. thank you so much Sid :D So did you do some Planks :P

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  11. Garlic has many uses in cooking but as a beauty product :) Glad that you didn't put it all over your face. Great tips about right postures while exercising.

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    1. Thank you Sulekkha. Yeah I am also glad that I didn't put it on my face ... gosh the results would have been horrifying!!

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  12. True, half baked knowledge and little learning is dangerous. Google is our life line now-a-days, but the info should be verified before putting it to use. Liked that infographic!

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    1. Thank you Shilpa for writing in. Cross verification is important when so much information is available at a mouse click away.

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  13. definitely...what you don't know can end up really hurting you...getting the postures right is way more important than doing something the wrong way and ending up injured. lovely infographic!

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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    1. Very true Shubhangi. Thank you so much for writing in

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  14. I loved how you used the prompt.n And yeah relying on Google for everything is definitely not a good idea.

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    1. Thank you Reema, glad you liked it :)

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  15. I loved your take on the prompt. Yes,replting on google for everything not a good idea at all!

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  16. That amazed me about garlic. And I appreciated what you said about judging too quickly - it is an easy trap to fall into

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    1. I wouldn't have believed it if it wasn't my skin :P Thank you for writing in Carol.

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  17. Ok, Now this is a very useful post and I'm bookmarking it for future reference.. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post :)

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    1. thank you so much, glad you find it helpful :)

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  18. Actually, we do trust Google so blindly! Your post has set me thinking on it. Thanks!

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  19. Half knowledge is always a scary thing. By the way, raw onion rubbed on a balding scalp is supposed to work. My milkman endorses it. Heheheh.

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    1. hahaha really I guess it will cure male pattern baldness then :P

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  20. Oh, I don't follow random tips. I learnt the hard way too. The infographic is really useful.

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    1. Yeah like I learnt the hard way :D thank you Saru.

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  21. Oh yeah, ignorance is not bliss. Especially when it comes to health and fitness. Good pointers in the infographics!

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  22. I agree with you. Google isn't always helpful. Thanks for this tip as even I was under the impression that you can find almost any cure on the internet. :P

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    1. I used to believe that too, until I burnt my skin :P Lesson for life :)

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  23. So true! I recently saw a picture of a sign in front of the library saying 'The library, because everything in the internet is not true'. It's difficult to get the right information in this world wide web.

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    1. Now that's an awesome sign :D Thank you for writing in :D

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