50 Ways to Live On Your Own Terms
Benjamin P. Hardy

Benjamin: You have a regular writing practice and a successful following. For that, Respek.

Because you have such a huge following, I feel like it’s my duty to point out to you a much needed area of improvement in your writing: scientifically-backed sources for your health claims.

In this article, you recommend fasting and suggest that you can “reset your body” with a juice cleanse. You also support flossing, noting that not flossing could lead to heart disease.

This article from the New York Times and this article from Live Science emphasize the myths surrounding juice cleanses. While fruits and vegetables of course have health benefits to the body (as you reference here), I’ve seen zero scientific consensus that consuming them as juice or performing a cleanse has any measurable long term health benefits.

While I understand you are mainly talking about the benefits of juice, not juice cleansing, because you mention juice cleansing, people might assume that’s what you’re recommending.

I do not doubt it makes people feel better to perform a cleanse (who doesn’t like the idea of cleaning and starting anew), but depending on someone’s existing health situation, a cleanse could do more harm than good.

Also, while flossing can help people avoid gum disease, flossing has a very flimsy link to heart disease and flossing does not help the heart. Instead, there is a correlation between heart disease and gum disease due to common risk factors, such as obesity, smoking, and stress. Flossing is more important for diabetics, as blood sugar levels can effect oral health.

As people say, “Correlation, not causation.” I’m not a medical doctor, but it only took me about 15 minutes to find multiple sources on this stuff.

If you want to discuss how doing something for you makes you feel better, that’s great! We all can use more inspiration in our lives. But to suggest behavior changes and list off mostly mythical or generic health benefits and tie them to very specific recommendations is dangerous for those out there that aren’t skeptics, or just haven’t been trained to check their sources.

People clearly respect you and look up to you. You seem very successful and able to juggle a lot of impressive things. You have to keep in mind how that makes you appear to other people. I’m sure many people read everything you say as *The Truth*, and may very well take your advice.

Advising people in ways that could affect their health with flimsy sources (such as this one, which has no references anywhere on the site except to other pages on the same site) is irresponsible.

“Yes, not flossing can make you fat.” Really? Given your gigantic following, I think you have a responsibility to make sure any health claims and encouragements you provide are grounded and accurate.

Do I think you’re going to inadvertently harm or kill someone because they decided to do a juice cleanse or floss after reading this article? Not really. But I think we all deserve to live in a world where we do our best to represent reality, especially when giving advice to so many people.

Again, great work. But I implore you to bulk up your resources — or just be a little more clear in making the distinction between your experiences and science — in your next post.