Check this out. What you will see is a quick but insightful review of some of the problems that can be caused by media spreading misinformation pertaining to health. Outcomes like the current measles epidemic being fed by anti-vaxxers spreading rumors that vaccines can lead to problems like autism.
And organ failures being caused by overdosing on supplements that have been promoted in the media as being “natural.”
Or cancer victims being convinced by advertorials that they should avoid genuine medical treatment, only to rely on “essential oils and vitamins” instead.
Bottom Line. The message from the physician-author of this piece is clear. Doctors need to get politically involved, doing things like urging their legislators to pass laws imposing tougher penalties for marketing “snake oil,” and to stop allowing religious and philosophical objections to children being vaccinated.
Rather than having physicians being content to “stay in their lane,” he shares a quote from a 19th century pathologist opining that “if medicine is really to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life.”
I think that is right!