Never Fear these Seven Fears…
You can just wipe these things off your list of media driven things to worry about. You are welcome!
NOTE: Huuummm.. You are “reading on the Internet” NOT to fear stuff you “read on the Internet” you should fear. I see how that can be a problem…
RealClearScience—Ross Pomeroy—Oct 25, 2017—
Fear is the most successful marketing ploy there is. Trapped in a pit of trepidation, people will often grasp for whatever will get them out. This means that saviors offering “solutions” have a nefarious interest in pushing people down the pit in the first place.
But prepare yourself with science and skepticism, and you’ll stay grounded amidst the cacophonous whirlwind of charlatans crying wolf. Here are seven supposedly “scary” things that science says you shouldn’t actually fear.
Gluten.. ….It doesn’t take much searching to uncover claims that gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, can cause up to 55 diseases and inflame the whole body. While it’s true that gluten triggers a damaging autoimmune response in the 0.7% of the population that has Celiac disease, for everyone else, it’s almost certainly harmless. If you want to go gluten-free, feel free. But know that gluten is no dietary bogeyman.
MSG… …Fear of monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, has subsided of late, but it wasn’t too long ago that Chinese restaurants in the U.S. prominently displayed signs announcing that they had cast aside the common food additive. Why? Because people in Western societies were afraid that MSG, an amino acid which occurs naturally in tomatoes and cheese, causes headaches and other health malaises. Rest assured, there’s never been any convincing research to back this up. Moreover, the claim is roundly debunked by a massive, ongoing real-world experiment. MSG is ubiquitous in Asian cooking, so as one wise food writer wondered, why doesn’t everyone in China have a headache?
Fluoride… …In 1945, cities across the United States began adding fluoride to tap water at a level of roughly one part per million. This paltry step reduced cavities in children and adults by as much as 25 percent! As such, the CDC has called water fluoridationone of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Despite, fluoride’s salubrious track record, some people worry that water fluoridation is dangerous. There is little to no evidence that this is true. Fluoride is naturally present in the environment, and the amount in tap water is minuscule. With the wide adoption of toothpaste and brushing, community water fluoridation may not be as advantageous as it used to be. However, its presence in water is not something one needs to worry about.
Vaccines… …It’s truly flabbergasting how one of the greatest public health measures of all time is now so vilified. But rest assured, despite all of the disconcerting drama, vaccines are not associated with autism. While they do trigger some side effects(just like all medications), serious complications are infinitesimally rare. You stand a far better chance of being shot or killed in a car crash than being seriously hurt by a vaccine! So don’t fear vaccines. Instead, think of them as little shots of superpowers, rendering you invulnerable to dangerous diseases.
Chemtrails… …When airplanes cruise through the atmosphere, their jet engines often leave wispy trails of exhaust, called contrails. These contrails aren’t much different from clouds, which is why they are sometimes called cirrus aviaticus clouds. Somehow, somebody got it into their heads that these trails are actually composed of mind control chemicals. And so, abetted by the Internet, a conspiracy theory was born. No legitimate scientist actually believes this theory, and it’s difficult to conceive how it could be carried out on such a wide scale without solid evidence being uncovered or a whistleblower coming forward. The most logical conclusion is that chemtrails exist only within conspiracists’ latent anxieties.