Using Analogies to Talk About Health

A three-legged dog in a picture frame is like... is like.... Actually, there is no comparison!

A three-legged dog in a picture frame is like... is like.... Actually, there is no comparison!

Do you get stuck when you have to explain a tricky health concept?

Solution: use an analogy. Analogies make explaining complex topics easier—and they make complex topics easier for readers to understand.

Examples:

The bacteria in the gut are like plants in a garden: the good ones need tending while the weeds need to be discouraged from taking over the plot.

The body’s master hormones are like dancers in the New York City ballet: they perform a tightly choreographed dance and if one falls out of step, they might all get thrown off.

Having hypothyroidism can feel like running a manufacturing business in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area—there’s never enough electricity to power the factory.

When readers can visual something, they understand it. Plus, dreaming up new analogies is fun.

Weekly writing affirmation: I will make an enlightening comparison.

Analogously,

Laine

 

 

 

 

 

Laine Bergeson