Consumer Watch – Part 002: Vaccine Ingredients

Fear Mongering Tactics

Example of Fear Mongering Tactics

Fear mongering seems to be the most commonly used tactic to influence people’s minds nowadays.  There are a lot of things to be worried about, so slick marketers do their best at using fear and generic factual data to generate the desired response.  DiHydrogen Monoxide is a great example of this fear mongering tactic (taken from Wikipedia)

Dihydrogen monoxide:

  • is called “hydroxyl acid”, the substance is the major component of acid rain.
  • contributes to the “greenhouse effect”.
  • may cause severe burns.
  • is fatal if inhaled.
  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.
  • in nuclear power plants.
  • in the production of Styrofoam.
  • as a fire retardant.
  • in many forms of cruel animal research.
  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
  • as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

In case you didn’t figure it out yet, dihydrogen monoxide is simply water.  So you can see how easy it is to flip generic facts into fear-generating propaganda.

This article by Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning goes over each ingredient that is listed in vaccines, as well as some just rumored to be listed, and clarifies the facts about each one.  Once you understand the ingredients, you are less vulnerable to fear-mongering tactics and able to make a more informed decision.

Vaccine Ingredients

 

 

Consumer Watch – Part 001: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Here is a great article and podcast showing that High Fructose Corn Syrup calories cause all the same issue as any sugar-based calories. So in conclusion, High Fructose Corn Syrup is not some terrible magic fat juice, it is just like any other sugar.  If you don’t want the effects of diabetes and obesity, don’t eat so many sugar-based calories, whether HFCS or cane sugar, or whatever.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Toxic or Tame?

Consumer Watch – Part 000: The Mission

from http://insideoasis.wordpress.com

Reapplying a religious mission 🙂

The mission is to provide clear, concise, and unbiased information on popular topics allowing readers to make better informed decisions and hone their critical thinking skills.

No ideologies, just good methodologies.

Here are explanations of the general stances taken by this site.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_skepticism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_humanism#Tenets

This is the blog I wanted to create for a series on consumer-based skeptical issues. Since I just want to do an aggregated-type blog I will typically just type a short summation of a long article that has lots of good references.   This makes it easy to post on facebook because sharing good information is my main mission. Having a quick headline-style summation, with an article attached that has lots of good references gives a good information depth.  Different users want different levels of details, so this should cater to multiple styles.

Since Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning is good at coming up with clear and concise summations of issues, he will be a major source, as will the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe 5×5 podcast.  Let me know in the comments section of other good resources if you have them.