Disclosure: Just the Facts Ma’am.
With subjects like Gardasil, it’s not simply that law and science aren’t on the same level…it’s also that we are all blind mice running in a maze with no idea which path is going to lead us to health and which path is going to take us toward the farmer’s wife with that knife that children have been singing about ever since nursery rhymes were put to music.
We won’t know what we should do now…until 50 or more years from now! Hindsight is priceless. We can look back a few decades and say that the polio vaccine was good and Thalidomide was bad. Fifty years of medical tracking makes a big difference in the amount of information we have to work with. There are thousands of public health issues out there right now we have to make decisions about every day.
Clean water is good, but what about polyethylene terephthate (PET)— leeching nasty chemicals into bottled water, especially after the bottles have sat in the sun or trunk of a car for a long time? Or for that matter, plastics in the microwave? Fly ash floating in a Tennessee river is bad. But what about the fly ash contaminated with sulphur that is compressed into drywall that makes people’s homes unlivable? That’s also bad.