Friday, September 6, 2013

Take a Look Around...You're Not Alone

When it comes to change, you've probably met ridicule from others, perhaps even discouragement in your own heart. If you advocate for a healthier world and a more respectful system, people might laugh at you, tell you that you're exaggerating too much and that you're all alone. In discussions, you find yourself making the same points over and over again while listening to the same myths and canned comebacks.

But take a look around before you feel burned out...things are changing. Here are a few recent examples.

UPDATE 10/31: Kraft is removing artificial dyes from 3 of its macaroni products! This is after a petition started by Food Babe! We ARE making a change in the world!
"Kraft's new recipes, which begin shipping early next year, will be for its macaroni and cheese varieties that come in the SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween and winter shapes. Two new shapes will also be added."

Proctor & Gamble, the world's largest personal care company, has banned phthalates and triclosan. 

Phthalates, long opposed as endocrine disruptors and triclosan, the antibacterial agent thought to cause everything from issues during pregnancy to muscle weakness, are being taken very seriously by the biggest and completely mainstream personal product company in the world. And you think you're a drop in the ocean? You're not a fringe weirdo when the biggest personal product company in the world is removing chemicals, too.

Who knows, maybe this won't be so ironic in future years!

Look at this study showing recent medical graduates are skeptical about vaccines. (Analysis here.)

Some newly graduating doctors think vaccines are more harmful than helpful and at least 15% of them worry about the claims that vaccines are safe and effective. What's that? DOCTORS? Questioning vaccine fanaticism?

It's chasing us!

Let's do another.

Read some scathing words from the American Medical Association (AMA) and keep your jaw off the ground!

" To use evidence properly, clinicians need to share evidence with patients so that they can make well-informed choices about their care. Evidence is ethically essential to informed consent, and employment of evidence is an ethical duty of the clinician.
Nevertheless, in many U.S. hospitals today, the management of labor and delivery doesn’t look very evidence-based. Many well-intentioned obstetricians still employ technological interventions that are scientifically unsupported or that run counter to the evidence of what is safest for mother and child. They do so not because a well-informed pregnant woman has indicated that her values contradict what is scientifically supported, a situation that might justify a failure to follow the evidence. They do so out of tradition, fear, and the (false) assumption that doing something is usually better than doing nothing [2]. These problematic motivators are not unique to obstetrics, but obstetrics seems to be particularly resistant to the evidence, perhaps because of the emotional climate surrounding pregnant women and babies." (Emphasis mine.)
It seemed like a good idea at the time!

So before you accept any mockery about your fringe ideas or your lonely advocacy, remember that you aren't the only one and that change is happening! Keep up the hard work, keep standing for what's right and enjoy the good news!

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