Post # 1
Yesterday I had a lady cancel a test that requires radiation because she was going to be in the same room as a pregnant woman the following day. I assured her the isotope would be out of her system by that time and would have absolutely no effect on the baby or anyone else but she was adamant about what she read somewhere on the internet. Um, hello. #1 I am the professional and I know more than what you read on some website, #2 you’re putting off something that is intended to diagnose your ailment, and #3 because you decided to cancel at the last minute you wasted a time slot (not to mention an expensive chemical) that could have been given to someone with more common sense. Seriously people, consult your doctor with your concerns, not the internet!
Post # 3
There’s a serious lack of good science reporting and critical thinking skills out there, alright. And it has real world consequences, as you experienced. But, just to offer another possibility; is it possible this woman is terrified of what might be found/diagnosed? I don’t doubt she ‘read something somewhere’, but perhaps she has added incentive to buy into it to validate her anxiety and behaviour in this regard.
Post # 4
@Aquaria: You can’t cure stupid… my pet peeve is when people have to get rid of their “toxins” because of their “inflammation”. Not that toxins can’t cause inflammation, but those are just trigger words that someone has been reading a lot of internet woo.
Post # 5
Last week a friend of mine posted on FB this crazy right-wing video about how the New World Order was planning to sterilize the population of the world (Europe and America, mostly, because that’s where the powers are) by poisoning us through our food. Fluoride in water gives you cancer, GMOs cause sterilization, Aspartame is made of E.coli feces, stuff like that.
I spent an hour and a half with three as-long-as-you-can-get-them comments on Facebook complete with scientific explanations, studies, quotes, links, and references refuting the ENTIRE video. I could have done better things with my day off but that kind of shit makes me SO MAD and people just accept it at face value and continue to use it to misinform other gullible people that can’t take the time to do a simple Google.
PLZ FOR TO BE DOING RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN. THANKS!
Yes, scare tactics make me insane.
Post # 6
@Aquaria: YES! And especially as it always seems to relate to pregnancy. There seems to be this concept floating around that unless you’re incredibly anal and obsessive, you’re going to be a bad mom and kill your baby. Especially if you eat cheese (and soon enough, gluten!) The irony is that kids these days have more behavioral and health issues than ever before. Perhaps it’s lack of exposure/ building immunity, teamed with helicopter parenting?
Post # 7
@Polygon: this, or just doing a “detox.” Meanwhile, if you ask a doctor they say a detox is what your liver is doing for you every single day.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
It’s not so much scare tactics that annoy me, but people taking things for face value at whatever they read or hear!!! Like, does no one do their research or critical thinking anymore?
Take my DH’s dad… he’s convinced that FEMA is setting up concentration camps. Um, no…. when a natural disaster takes place, like Katrina, they need someplace better to let people stay than a stadium, auditorium, etc etc. They are building some of these places in somewhat “stable” areas… like so they don’t take a bunch of hurricane victims and plop them down rght in Tornado alley, you know? He looked up a picture so I did snopes and its a satellite picture from North Korea, apparantly, of a detention facility, and someone photoshopped FEMA”s seal onto the picture or something. I was like “SEE?!?! Do your research!!!!!!!!!”
But then again I have to wondery WHY someone wants to take a photo of a North Korean detention center and photoshop FEMA’s seal onto it… like, why? What are you getting out of it other than some sort of sick pleasure?
Post # 9
@Polygon: There are tons of posts even on this site, about people who want to do cleanses to flush the toxins. Yet if you actually ask questions about what toxins, and how does vegetable juice flush that specific toxin. But they don’t know just “toxins”.
Common sense is not commonly used.
Post # 10
I wish I could cleanse my life of toxic stupidity.
And yes, I hate those scare tactic articles that people post. Especially the ones that have been blatantly disproved like immunization sand autism.
Post # 11
OMG this is the source of major arguments in my marriage. My DH won’t take X rays, won’t go through the scanner at the airport and believes all of that crap about the juices removing the toxins. And then when you tell him that this is a crock, you get accused of not having an open mind. It’s so maddening.
Post # 12
I’ve never personally understood the need to do a “detox” thing either.
And all the stupid people on FB who repost news stories from fake news sites like it’s real. Not really a scare tactic since it’s fake news, but people that take things at face value. I saw 2 people repost that “marijuana overdose kills 37 in Colorado on the first day” from the Daily Currant. Eeek.
Post # 13
@Andthepupmakes3: The irony is that kids these days have more behavioral and health issues than ever before. Perhaps it’s lack of exposure/ building immunity, teamed with helicopter parenting?
This. I noticed that my friends’ kids (basically the kids that my generation is having) either have a million allergies or are sick all.the.time. I was born in a Commuist-back-then country where food was scarce yet my parents/relatives were lax with raising me. Heck, I ate out of a dog bowl as silly kids tend to do, and no one freaked b/c “I was builidng my immunity.” The result? I very rarely get sick and have no known allergies to date.
Another scare tactic used re: pregnancy that drives me insane? The whole “You MUST have kids by age 27.5 b/c all your eggs will shrivel up and die by 30” tactic. The Daily Mail is notorious for such articles.
Post # 14
Yes to all of this! Being a researcher it is infuriating when people, especially my own family, take the word of idiots on the internet with zero credible sources over facts provided from actual research and actual experts (not those psuedo ones on tv).
Ugh…. so infuriating. I hate political idiots too who look at a headline and have gut reactions without reading the article and being critical of it first, without looking for the actual facts about the story before they spew their terrible interpretation of the story to everyone who will listen. I have to extinguish stories these people spread weekly in my office as I’m the only one actually up on politics because of my job. I have to break it down so they can understand what is actually happening. A simple google search and reading would help oh so much, but no… that’s too much work for them. sigh.
Post # 15
@thenewmrsmax: UGH nothing makes me rage more than self-righteous, anti-vaccine moms.
I am friends with a girl on FB who has 2 little kids. She doesn’t vaccinate. She is ALWAYS posting about how her kids are sick – WELL NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. YOU AREN’T PROTECTING THEM FROM DISEASE. The only reason I’m still friends with her is because my family knows her family so I see her a few times every year and I don’t want it to be awkward. But she makes me SO ANGRY.
Post # 16
@Andthepupmakes3: YES! And especially as it always seems to relate to pregnancy. There seems to be this concept floating around that unless you’re incredibly anal and obsessive, you’re going to be a bad mom and kill your baby. Especially if you eat cheese (and soon enough, gluten!)
I had medium rare steak last night.. according to some… I’m trying to kill my unborn baby. All I know is that it was DELICIOUS and the first thing in days that actually tasted good and didn’t make me feel like I was going to barf. I also had lunchmeat today *gasp*