Would You Jump Off a Bridge if a Doctor Told You To?
November 17, 2009 § 3 Comments
I often wonder why people take a doctor’s advice as gospel. What ever happened to doing a little of your own research and making an informed decision?
Example 1 –
Recently, a friend a I were having a discussion about our kids and vitamins during this cold and flu season. My friend told me that her doctor recommended her kids take those Viactiv chews to get some extra Vitamin D since they weren’t big milk drinkers. It sounds like good advice until you read what’s in them. Don’t go to Viactiv’s website though because they don’t disclose the nutritional information! I found the ingredients on another website:
Corn Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Powder, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Artificial Flavor, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Glyceryl Monostearate, Vitamin D3, Sodium Phosphate, Vitamin K1
See anything wrong with this picture? First thing I notice is the hydrogentated oils. Who knows about the other stuff. I’d have to look it up! In any case, not something I’d give to my kids.
Example 2 –
I know there is SO much controversey about the swine flu vaccination already but I have to bring this up because I’m quite dissapointed. There are recent reports that Dr. Oz, made famous by appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show and now has his own show, will take the swine flu shot himself but his “WIFE won’t let their 4 kids vaccinated”. REALLY? If the vaccine was that safe and effective, wouldn’t he give it to his kids as an insurance policy? Here’s video of Dr. Oz talking with Campbell Brown about it.
For the record, I choose not to get the swine flu vaccination and will not get my kids vaccinated. This is what is going to make me sleep better at night. Certainly I don’t have problem with people choosing otherwise. The bottom line is educate yourself! Doing a little research about things even if they come from a doctor is in YOUR best interests!