I read on another science blog a short post about not testing on animals anymore. The first thing I thought was “Finally. I’ve been telling people this for years.” Immediately thereafter, I realized I probably should be posting these ideas in one place for easy reference. Thus:
No more animal testing
If the cosmetic and medical companies are not testing on animals, that means they are testing on you, your children, your spouse and your pets. The safety of the baby lotion you put on your child is determined by a computer model. Which is fine if the programmer included sufficient parameters and there were no previously unknown problems (computers only know what we know–they just know it faster). However, if the new combination of ingredients sets off a heretofore unseen reaction, your baby is the way the industry finds this out.
While one can try and avoid this using organic and “natural” products, nature is not the loving mother portrayed in fairy tales. Organic produce has sickened thousands. It is still possible for a combination of ingredients to cause a severe reaction using an “organic, natural product”.
One in fifty children has some form of autism:
This headlines proves definitively that any “illness” that is a combination of symptoms with no discernible cause can be increased by any percentage desired by expanding the criteria for the illness. Or a new diagnostic criteria may be in order. If indeed there are one in fifty children has autism, we should be able to find a common factor in all of these children. This is not going to happen, however, because the disease includes everything from “anti-social” to severe social impairment (not speaking, head banging, etc). It is not reasonable to think these behaviours all come from the same source or even represent an illness in the milder forms. This is a symptom of a society that values complete conformity, not an illness.
There is one bright light in all of this: Parents are finally believing their children do not have to be crippled for life after a diagnosis of autism. With intense therapy as a toddler, the child can completely overcome the behaviours. In other words, autism is no longer deemed a life-long, incurable illness. That is wonderful news.
TV commercials for medications
This is one topic that really bothers me. A woman says she developed diabetic nerve pain but had no idea what it was. Then her “wonderful” doctor prescribed drug “X”. If the woman’s doctor failed to educate the woman as to the complications of diabetes, “wonderful” is not the word I would use. Incompetent comes to mind. I was 15 when diagnosed as diabetic. I knew diabetes could cause blindness, amputations, nerve pain, kidney damage and impotence. That was 40 years ago. Now “patients” proudly proclaim they did not know any of these things and their incompetent doctor was wonderful to prescribe a drug for whatever problem a drug could address. Medicine drops back 50 years in competence. That is not good.
Getting dumber all the time
I am reading a book about “The Dumbest Generation”, how people today are basically clueless in a world rift with information.
My husband and I used to discuss how eventually this would lead to a disastrous society. That was 20 years ago and we are seeing the beginnings today.
Every difficulty in life–weather, food, socialization, work–are crises waiting to happen and none of us can possibly cope. It’s snowing in the middle of March–whoa! Now what do we do? This has never happened before. Actually, it probably has. When people pay no attention to their surroundings they don’t realize that what they are being told is unusual is not unusual at all. (Naming the winter storms must please Gaia–we are naming her children I guess. Otherwise, I see no reason for the change. Hurricanes are named, winter storms–looking forward to Tornado Fred this summer. Not.)
Obama’s limo driver reportedly put diesel fuel in a gas limo over seas and a new limo had to be brought in. Schools are eliminating “honors” because it makes people feel bad if they can’t be really bright. In a few years, the surgery your child needs for that compound fracture on his leg will be done by a surgeon who feels really good about himself and if he has any questions about what to do in surgery, the nurse can “google” the information and display it on a screen. You may laugh, but it is coming to that point (see my first topic). Our society values everyone being the same. Competency and ability are irrelevant. If a kid wants to be a rocket scientist but can’t do math, no problem. We can get someone who likes math to help him. If he makes a mistake, oh well.
When I judged science fairs, a girl had made it to state comparing orange juices. One of those “juices” was SunnyD. No one was allowed to tell this girl that she was totally, completely, WRONG in her experiment and her beliefs. We had to smile and let her go on believing or we would hurt her feelings.
It is good to be a delta……….