I’m not sure if this is an Asian woman thing, but my mom likes to listen to the worst advice. I recently attended this talk at some neuroscience convention, and while I didn’t understand most of what was said, I did come away with “exercise = good, because no exercise => vascular disease => depression => dementia”.
So I’m trying to explain to my mom that she really needs to include more exercise into her lifestyle for her own good, and she’s basically just side-stepping the issue and ignoring me.
That on its own is pretty annoying, and it’s part of the reason why talking to my mother is sometimes such an exercise in frustration. But what’s even more annoying is that one of her gossipy friends could tell her that wearing a jade bangle and drinking ginseng tea while facing the north wind can prevent cancer, and you know what I’ll find her doing the next day? Standing there with a jade bangle, a cup of ginseng tea and a compass.
So in her mind, medical science is not worth paying attention to, while whatever Mrs Loo says is like the fucking word of god or something.