Hi all, I’ve been hooked into the keto community for a few years now and as many of us do I follow some of the community ‘spokespeople’, so to speak, on various social media platforms, people like Ivor Cummins, Zoe Harcombe etc.
Over the past year I noticed something I thought was odd, I started getting what seemed like strange ‘recommended tweets’ and the like, basically it seemed as though I’d somehow fallen into a world where these social platforms thought I was some kind of new world order/covid/anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist and were recommending lots of content to suit. Odd, considering I’ve never held these views or sought out these communities but interesting to get an outside in view of the echo chamber.
On closer inspection I now realise that I’m pulled in by association because of people like Ivor, who are re-tweeting increasingly ‘far out’ content, videos and click bait style post titles that allude to shadowy dealings and global conspiracy, content that strongly suggests vaccinations are somehow a plot but seems pretty weak on the specifics.
This seeming departure from the data and science, the things I always thought our community was supposed to be upholding, now has me doubting… are some of our biggest proponents just in the business of being controversial? Of ‘finding the conspiracy’, be that covid, carbs, seed oils or the next thing they can latch onto in order to claim the mainstream, government or big business is keeping us in the dark due to some nefarious capitalist or political motive? My respect for some figures in the community has certainly dropped - a lot, not necessarily because of the specific views they now seem to support, if there is a conspiracy then I’d like to know, but more that we seem to have lost the focus on unbiased science, and the data presented, even if accurate, always seems coupled with the conspiracy conclusion which for me is a step beyond what is reasonable based on what we know.
Bringing it back to keto, I guess really it’s shaken my belief in whether everything I’ve been doing with my diet has been right, or as well informed as I thought, given that many of these people played a role in forming my views on it initially.
Anyone else have any views or experiences like this?