I’m so annoyed with irrational people at the moment!! :-/ People whom I know personally… And then I ‘discover’ they have some bizarre notion about reality.
For example: Today I shared this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/15/vaccines_and_autism_antivaccination_group_advertising_on_billboards.html on Facebook.
I discovered (yet another) friend who thinks vaccines ‘are dangerous’. :down: Another friend asked this person why they thought they were dangerous. To paraphrase: ‘google children dying from , search Mercola.com’ AAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHHH!!! (I now completely understand how Charlie Brown feels about Lucy!)
There I feel better.
It’s so frustrating to have to be polite when they are just WRONG! :coolsmirk:
Okay, I’m better now. Thanks for letting me vent.
So, I see this in part as what I’ll call the ‘patient empowerment movement’ gone bad. My (overly simple) story goes like this…
For decades people ‘blindly’ followed the advice of their physicians. They didn’t question the doctor for the doctor ‘knew all’. But sometimes, things didn’t go like the doctor said. So over time folks decided they should ask their doctor’s more questions. Okay, that’s wise, IMO. ‘Why do you think it might be ‘x’? What types of treatments are effective? Etc.’ Then, it became. ‘Well, I think I’ve got ‘y’, is that it?’ Sadly, today it seems to be: ‘You’re just a doctor. What do you know? I’ve read all about my condition on the inter tubes. So I’ll just treat myself. Who needs that pesky expensive health insurance?’
Why do so many people seem to feel empowered (and even confident!) in being their own expert?
P.S. Not that I’d expect it here, but… Disclaimer: The first person to post pro anti-vaccine nonsense is going to get an atomic wedgie! You’ve been warned. :lol: