Public Health: What ‘Cha Going to Do in 2012?
Will Dr. Oz please stick to nutrition education and other subjects he personally knows very well?
Will political legislators in Washington D.C. and our state capitals will not create unnecessary problems with more silly laws?
What are YOU going to do?
Bitch about arsenic in drinking water affecting less than 5% of Americans? TV Doctor Oz’s producers are fear mongerers. Tuesday’s show with the (President’s Cabinet Secretary) overweight USEPA Director appealed to the fears of Americans.
During the course of the show, they wheeled out all of the following:
- diseased liver,
- post-operative heart,
- cancerous lung, and
- bladder that had cancer.
Talk about scaring the audience, EPA Administrator, and millions of television viewers!
This begs a question… where are Americans getting valid information about health and safety? From the unreliable Internet? On Twitter? On their Facebook? Somewhere in text messages?
Frankly, modern contemporary Americans are at a big loss.
Young Americans would know better if they would read newspapers, go research items in a library, conduct scientific studies of their own, and avoid passing along rumors and invalid “Old Wives Tales.”
Dr. Oz spooking women, who choose to watch his TV shows, into believing that they may be anemic is one thing. Contributing toward conventional wisdom throughout the United States of America that we have pandemic health or public safety problems is something else.
False information begets fear and anxiety — and fear with ignorance begets stupid decision-making and bad public policies and faulty laws.
Again, my wishes for the new year is that media personalities, like Dr. Oz, will stick to nutrition education and other subjects that “the expert” personally knows very well.
I also wish that our political legislators in Washington D.C. and fifty state capitals will not create unnecessary problems with more silly laws.
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