Fact or Fiction…..Don’t Believe Everything You Read

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Recently, While Researching for an Article

I came across some information that, not only was it inaccurate, but it was downright dangerous. I was researching wild berries simply because I love wild Elderberries, I was searching for any other edible berries to share with my readers. What I did find was scary as hell.

There was a site displaying a picture of poisonous berries.

This site said these berries are edible. They got the name of the edible berries right, but the picture was of poisonous berries for  their readers to look for berries that resemble these.

Incorrect.

So I scrolled to the bottom of the page to leave a comment on how the picture was incorrect and that they needed to change the image immediately. To my surprise, there was many comments as to the validity of the image portrayed as an edible berry. I was so happy to see that most people do research and know the difference and hopefully everyone will not take one’s statement as fact.  So many people expressed their distaste for the lack of research on the website’s author and that they need to dismantle their site and start over when they know for sure what they are doing and hopefully not one person took the word of the website’s author and went looking for these poisonous berries. I had a hard time sleeping that night.

My Promise to You

Everything I post on this site has been tried and true. Most of the information is from my wonderful childhood and of course, my Grandmother. She lived a long and healthy life and I believed everything she told me. Of course when I got older, I started researching things she told me and found that everything she told me is true and fact, Actually I found her ways to be more healthier than I ever could have imagined. Through careful research and many hours reading at the library, so much information on the subject of health and well being through natural resources astounded me.  I only touch on the subjects of my posts. If you were to research anything I write, you will find so much more, books more.

So Please Be Careful What You Read.

Things to look for

  1. Dated articles  Is the site recent or possibly abandoned
  2. Does the author name themselves. Most articles that have a certain amount of untruth won’t have an author. Always look for an author.
  3. Is the site within a link to sell you something that is not associated with the site content. For example, a site on health trying to sell you  something unrelated to the posting.
  4. Is there a way to contact the site’s author via comment or email
  5. How old is this post and how long has it been since the last post.

Signals for not trusting a site are there, you just have to see it.  Although this site is relatively new, it’s a constant flow of information that I hope you will research for yourself and that way I know you will come back and want to learn more. I welcome extra research, how else are you going to know that what I say is true? It’s good practice to validate everything you read. Trust me, I won’t be offended. I hope you know that all my information is tried and true, and that I have done or researched everything I write about.  I am here to help everyone get healthy and it burns my butt when I come across sites that have little or no research before they throw things on there for you to believe as fact.

No Bells or Whistles on this Post

It’s just me, ranting. I do have my opinions, and I express them openly. I hope I enlightened you with awareness. That is what this site is all about. I hope you come back and visit to learn more about awareness and health and let’s all dedicate ourselves to some fun projects that I have posted already and there are many more to come. Please come back and visit me. I love the company.

Have a Bountiful Day

Kitty

Founder of Bountiful Harvesting

Author: kitty

My Son Kenny and I enjoy everything that is all natural. We enjoy nature , rescuing animals in need, advocating for the Homeless. We are getting back to basics and hope you will come with us and learn great ways to eat healthy, live peacefully, and enjoy life. Love all animals, it is the greatest love of all Help the Homeless, they all have a story to tell

4 thoughts on “Fact or Fiction…..Don’t Believe Everything You Read”

  1. Nice post and great info. Living in west virginia I grew up eating elderberry jelly and had to pick the berries. elderberries grew in the same area as what we called pokeberries. They look alike except pokeberries are larger and can kill you. It pays to know the difference

    1. Donald. I had no idea about Pokeberries. Living in Michigan I always searched out Elderberries. They are so hard to find here. I found a few but hardly ever when they were in the stage of ripeness. When I did find them, I picked all I could reach and froze them. I love love love Elderberry. I made pies and jelly with it. I finally resorted to ordering a domestic Elderberry. The berries are larger than the wild ones. I will have to research this, because I was going to post an article about wild Elderberry. Most people have never tasted Elderberry. I have and they are delicious. There are so many varieties of Elderberry and the leaves are different depending on what species they are. I always picked what looked like elderberry. I guess I was lucky. This info is so good to know. I will follow up on this and when I post an article about wild and free food, I will definitely let my readers know the difference. Thank you for sharing this information with me. Thankfully I never ran into a Pokeberry. I may not have known the difference. I hope you don’t mind if I quote you in my next post on wild berries. Thanks again for your valuable information.. Kitty

  2. great points to keep in mind, most importantly is to use your own good judgement!

    I would hope that no one would intentionally post incorrect info, or intentionally use in anappropriate image to support their info, but mistakes can happen

    it is discouraging to see that a mistake having been pointed out already has not be fixed, that is the wonderful thing about this media, mistakes can be fixed!

    all the best,

    1. Derrall. I agree with you. It is sad when people post articles just for the sake of posting. I just happened to recognize a plant that was poisonous listed as a plant to eat. It scared me enough to write this post. Too many people are unaware when they post articles that could be deadly if the wrong person reads it and takes it for truth. It really makes me mad that this information could hurt someone. I did notice the difference, but how many other people didn’t? I went to leave a msg as to what I discovered to be untrue and was surprised and happy that there were many many other people who noticed the wrong picture also. It just goes to show that even though we post this information, it should still be investigated and researched completely. The site named 52 plants that were wild and edible so if you run across this article you will see the replies on the bottom. I believe that this site is abandoned because there was no response from the author. IT really should be taken down. The post was 52 edible plants. So if enough people comment on it hopefully Google will see it and take it down. I truly fear that someone could have taken that post for truth and ate those berries. I can only hope that they didn’t and read the comments first. Thank you for your comment. I hope you will come back and visit again. And I do investigate and research everything I post because my goal is to help everyone get healthy and most all of my posts are tried and true. The others are completely researched by books from the library, not the internet. I am finding a lot of information on the web that is simply not true. So always investigate yourself and don’t believe everything you read….Kitty

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