One of the things I’ve found the hardest to do with my new profession is to address the issues that challenge long held beliefs that we’ve been told by professionals for most, if not all, of our lives.
Medical professionals, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and universities are not infallible… they do make mistakes just like all of us. Politicians, lobbyists and news organizations are a mixed bag as far as I’m concerned… some are interested in getting the truth out there and giving us information and policy to make our lives better, others have a more narrow point of view and are more interested in the “spin”.
And as we all know, there are people in every walk of life and in every profession, who might sometimes have their own interest at heart more than ours. We’ve all heard that research is sometimes slanted to produce the desired results of the people who pay for that research. And again, people are not infallible. Sometimes, even with the best intentions, they don’t know what they don’t know.
We all want to believe in our healthcare providers and law makers, but that doesn’t mean we should just abdicate our responsibility to inform ourselves and make educated decisions of our own.
I personally believe that we all enter a dangerous zone when we adamantly adhere to only one sided explanantions or limited viewpoints.
Rather than get defensive or “turn off”, doesn’t it make more sense to be willing to really listen and then do some research of our own? Then at least one can feel that they made an informed decision and aren’t just being led by a ring through their nose.
Making decisions that involve our health and the health of our children does not lie just with the above professionals or organizations…. it lies ultimately with us.
Check out the following video. I have to say that I don’t believe that people are driving around in trucks filled with flouride just waiting to dump it into our drinking water, but there is some very valuable information in this video that can get all of us thinking.
Then maybe do a little more exploring on your own. Regardless of what you decide to believe and how adamant you get about it for yourself or your kids, at least you will have taken the time to become more aware. (I modified some of the info above as reflected in the comment section below).