Yes, I know this topic has been posted to death, but sometimes you just have to vent to people who understand. I was chatting yesterday with the secretary at the community college where I teach. She said she was doing a correspondence course to get her degree and that it was on Health and Wellness. I told her I thought that was great (not the correspondence course part). She then went on to extol the virtues of raw food that she'd learned about in a book she waved. I didn't (don't) judge that but just cautioned to make sure she feels well as she isn't getting much protein. She told me that fruits and vegies have plenty of protein, waving the book around and I should have gotten the flavor of "a convert to a new way of thinking who has THE answer and isn't open to input that challenges it. I should have but I didn't.
As she continued talking about diet she got onto the topic of Diabetes (and that is definitely where I should have said, "I need to go start class!" She started talking about glycemic load and glycemic index and "the right carbs" at which point I told her I was a Type 1 diabetes and those things aren't that relevant to us. She didn't acknowledge my comment by saying "Oh, so you understand" or even "Oh". She then got off talking about how important it is to focus on other aspects of health such as sleep and stress. I then mentioned that I got my Masters in a place that very much emphasized health and I was familiar with wholistic concepts and agreed with her. No reaction. Next she pronounced that diabetics don't realize that they need to cut all the fat in their diet." That's about when I lost it, though I "kept it" to the extent that it's a very small campus and I work with her regularly, so I kept my tone calm. I briefly said dieticians traditionally emphasized fat reduction but for a Diabetic it's all about carbs as that's what raises blood sugar. She then went on to give a decent explanation of how fat delays the spike, but with little understanding of the context of how we use that information. She wasn't particularly interested in my explanation of this as it interrupted her spiel. OYYYYYYY!
I really don't mind ignorance; I'm a teacher and I don't mind educating. What I mind is people who don't "know it all" but think they do and want to have a monologue rather than a dialogue! I WILL NOT engage with S while in the office again, repeat...repeat.