This is amazing. After all of the rubbish that’s passing for ‘science’ today, it’s a small wonder why most people do not trust modern medicine today.
People are more educated, and have more access to information than at any time in history. This means that it doesn’t matter as much how authorities and others blast us with lies and/or propaganda. The funny thing about the truth is that it is timeless. It doesn’t need complex theories and books full of apologies, rationalizations, dogma and fear-mongering to support it. But lies and propaganda do.
It’s only a relatively short matter of time before it becomes common knowledge that chemotherapy and radiation therapy are worse than the disease they’re supposed to be treating. How long did they think they could keep a lid on the truth of these things in this era of the Internet and social media?
People are getting sick and tired of the same old lies and propaganda. People are tired of suffering and dying while more effective cancer treatments and cures are being denied, hidden, maligned, and suppressed. It’s a sophisticated game, but as all games do, the end of the tunnel is getting closer.
Keep studying, searching and learning. We have to network with people who are out there finding the truth and sharing it with others. Be one of those people. It’s going to take a team effort to publicize more effective cancer treatments, and the principles of good health.
A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say.
Especially in rich nations, faith has waned in vaccines that have saved millions from the ravages of polio, tetanus, small pox, influenza and many other once rampant and deadly diseases.
Smashcancer: The science on the efficacy of vaccines is shaky, at best, even though it’s pushed hard through the major media. What they won’t discuss is the rampant conflicts of interest of many of the top people that support vaccines. Vaccination is a very emotionally charged issue. I think it’s a personal parental choice. Nobody has the right to force parents to give their children vaccines, in my opinion.
“The level of confidence is not what it was twenty years ago,” French immunologist Alain Fischer told AFP. “It is crumbling.”
The scale of skepticism is startling.
A survey conducted by the British Academy of Medical Sciences last year found that only 37 percent of Britons trusted evidence from medical research. Two-thirds cited friends and family as more reliable.
A quarter of 1,500 parents polled in the United States in 2017 believed that vaccines can cause autism in healthy children, despite a complete lack of credible evidence.
One-in-ten had refused to give their offspring at least one vaccine.
In France, meanwhile, more than 40 percent of adults have expressed doubt about vaccine efficacy or safety.
These opinions have consequences.
Comment: The consequences are that fewer children will be damaged by vaccines.
Whooping cough, measles and mumps-communicable diseases that had effectively disappeared-have all seen a resurgence in the United States in the last decade because the number of parents refusing to inoculate their toddlers rose above the threshold needed to ensure what scientists call “herd immunity.”
In France, health authorities were forced to take action: as of this year, any child that has not been vaccinated for 11 specific diseases will not be admitted to kindergarten or school.
Many factors account for this upsurge in mistrust, experts say.
Victim of success
Most damaging, perhaps, are a series of scandals involving inadequately vetted drugs, poor oversight by health officials, and attempted cover-ups.
France was profoundly shaken a blood scandal in which nearly 4,000 people were infected with the HIV virus in the 1980s after receiving contaminated blood transfusions.
In 2010, off-label use of a diabetes drug called Mediator was shown to cause fatal heart problems. And last fall, thousands of severe malformations in newborns were attributed to the epilepsy medication Valproate.
Smashcancer: Aren’t the above some pretty good reasons to doubt the words of health officials and others? And this isn’t even including such things as Vioxx, and other FDA-approved drugs that were later found to be unsafe after being ‘scientifically proven safe’.
Similar scandals relating to EpiPens for anaphylaxis and cancer drugs, as well as price gouging, and concerns about the over-prescription of opioids has shaken public confidence in doctors and ‘Big Pharma’.
In a recent survey in Britain, 82 percent of doctors and 67 percent of adults agreed that clinical trials funded by drug companies were often biased to produce a positive outcome.
A medical misstep of another kind was the publication in 1998 by The Lancet, a respected medical journal, of research that drew a causal link between vaccines and autism in children.
When it was later revealed that evidence underlying this claim had been falsified, the study was withdrawn and its author Andrew Wakefield barred from the profession.
Smashcancer: Wakefield didn’t falsify his claims. He was just scapegoated and punished for reporting things that didn’t agree with Big Pharma’s pre-selected narrative on the safety of vaccines. Read what he had to say himself about vaccine issues and decide for yourself whether the man is an unprofessional fraudulent lunatic or a principled researcher. And be sure to check out the Comments section because it is chocked full of links to reputable references supporting Dr. Wakefield and the things he’s saying.
But the damage was done.
Vaccines and other medicines are also a victim of their success.
“We no longer see the diseases, just reports about possible side-effects,” said Cornelia Betsch, a researcher at the University of Erfurt in Germany who has written extensively about vaccine policy.
Comment: We no longer see the diseases? There have been plenty of outbreaks of so-called eradicated diseases (and these outbreaks frequently occur among vaccinated populations). Check these links out:
- Vaccinated Norwegians contracted mumps during “outbreak”
- Surprise! Measles outbreak documented among fully immunized group of children
- Outbreak of whooping cough at Massachusetts high school affected only those who were vaccinated
“That leads us to over-estimate the risks of vaccination, and under-estimate the risks of the diseases.”
At the same time, the underlying logic of vaccines seem counter-intuitive, said Eric Oliver, a political scientist at the University of Chicago.
“Injecting septic substances into my body to prevent disease is not a natural idea,” he told AFP.
Our brains can also be tricked into seeing causal links between rare events that, by coincidence, happen at the same time.
“Many children are diagnosed with autism at the age of two-about the same age they get their MMR vaccines,” Oliver noted, using the abbreviation for measles, mumps and rubella.
Smashcancer: So Oliver never actually presented any evidence that the MMR vaccines and the onset of autism are not related, or that something else caused the autism. And neither did the author of this article. The author never actually addresses the possibility that the people who are asking questions about vaccines, as well as parents who witnessed their children get injured by vaccines, are correct. Appears that the agenda is that “vaccines are safe and effective” regardless of the evidence. Here is another interesting article about the subject.
Add the “echo chamber” of the internet and social networks, and a perfect storm of mistrust begins to form.
“Social media have rapidly become the main information source for many users,” said Walter Quattrociocchi, a researcher at the Laboratory of Computational Social Science in Lucca, Italy who has studied the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories.
Facebook now counts more than two billion monthly active users.
When it comes to conspiracy theories, the tendency to gravitate towards what one already believes-known as “confirmation bias”-plays a crucial role.
“Users happily embrace false information as long as it reinforces their preexisting beliefs,” Quattrociocchi said.
Smashcancer: This could actually be said about the people that support vaccines. They support and embrace any study, no matter how biased it may be, to support the use of vaccines.
The increasingly blurred boundary between verifiable fact and subjective assertion that defines what some call the “post-truth” era doesn’t help.
A 2014 tweet from Donald Trump, said Quattrociocchi, is a textbook example.
Now President of the United States, he wrote on Twitter then: “Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!”
He later tweeted that childhood vaccinations were acceptable, but not in “1 massive dose.”