Pseudoscience in America: How bad is it?

Pseudoscience has been known to be rampant across different practices such as reflexology, iridology, medical astrology, therapeutic touch, meridian therapy, subluxation-based chiropractic, and other health-related aspects. The question is, how bad has pseudoscience been affecting America? Read on and find out.

Just last July 2013, propagandist Jenny McCarthy became a co-host at the popular daily time show “The View”. This irked some because back in 2007, McCarthy campaigned for anti-vaccine campaign when she said in the famous talk show Oprah that her son’s autism was caused by MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. In this interview, she described how she noticed changes in her son. She even said that it was like the soul was gone from her child’s eyes. But the truth of the matter is, whatever affected her son was certainly not because of the MMR vaccine as extensive research showed.

Since McCarthy was famous, a lot of parents believed in her claim which is scientifically bogus. As a result, some parents did not allow their children to be administered with vaccines. A measles outbreak occurred at the time she was promoting her advocacy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even said that was the most widespread whooping cough outbreak so far since 1955. 18 children even died of the disease. Still, parents would not let their children be vaccinated because they were misled by the claims of McCarthy.

In 2011, experts from the Institute of Medicine analyzed a lot of research articles about vaccines, and not only the MMR vaccine. They discovered that very few health problems were associated with vaccines and that certainly, the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Vaccines are guaranteed to be safe and effective in providing immunity for the body.

This is just one example of a case of pseudoscience that has become successful in proliferating in America. How bad is it? It is very bad indeed. Here, you can see the impact of baseless and pointless beliefs that are not even based from scientific evidence, and yet, people believe it just because a prominent person tells it. So while you’re still at it, make sure that you do not believe immediately anything that you see or hear from the media. Whether it’s your favorite superstar or somebody dressed as a doctor explaining something, do your own research on different things. Pseudoscience should not be taken lightly as it continues to grow in a wider scale. See the effect McCarthy’s belief caused? Well death of children and the spread of disease is nothing to be disregarded. Be vigilant and keep yourself informed.