John / Billybob
Great article, thanks.
Like the environment, socialist utopians use risk to further their cause....ignoring higher risks if they don't promote the cause, and fixating on lower risks if they do...i.e. stomping on the big business that produces the chemical of note.
Another case in point, radon in ground water. Can be a high risk but.....God is the responsible party not big business because radon in ground water occurs naturally. So this issue was hot until it became apparent that it had no political viability.
There is also much irrational emotion involved. I worked on a case where tritium vapors were legally emitted into the atmosphere under permit. In foggy weather same tritium vapor descended to the ground and entered non-potable shallow ground water. Breathing Tritium vapor is far more risky to health than ingestion of tritium, yet, the tritium in ground water became an environmental issue of concern. I was happy to point out this contradiction in my report
This occurred in a nuclear free zone. It was a fun case.
The problem is that medical journals and most mainstream media outlets rely heavily on pharmaceutical advertising. The general public does not get an accurate assessment of the risks of the drugs. Nor are adequate safety trials done, again, because the only funding available is from the drug companies themselves.
The risk assessment argument is also fallacious with regard to vaccines, which are often mandated as a condition of employment or school attendance. I should be able to insist on complete safety for a medication that is being forced on me.
Very similar to the logic the far left uses: 1900 soldiers have died in Iraq (over 3 years) vs how many people die on American highways every year.
Perspective is sorely lacking in the great unwashed's minds these days.
Another great post,
I enjoy reading your articles, keep up the great work.
I've seen it many times attributed to Socrates about his wife Xanthippe. Ancient indeed!
Take two asprin and call me... when you die! (Lawyer advice).
My best friend had a pretty bad accident about 4 years ago (hit by a car). He's pretty upset by Vioxx being taken of the market. Says it was the only thing that took care of his chronic pain. He believes that it should be his informed choice to continue to take it, now that he has been apprised of the risks.