Too often, we see articles about bad outcomes because of pseudoscience. Most recently, this story about a mother who lost her baby at 45 weeks after trying freebirth surfaced. This "master herbalist" is on trial after killing a 13-year old boy with DM type I by treating him with herbs.
The worst part is, the pseudoscience persists in varying degrees. FDA has come out with statements denouncing Miracle Mineral Solution and other bleach based products intended to be consumed as a cure for autism, HIV/AIDS, etc. A naturopathic "doctor" using IV vitamin C and baking soda to treat cancer, with her website and practice still up today even after losing a defamation suit. b-hcg drops available on Amazon for weight loss purposes. Snake venom kits still being sold, not in line with any evidence based guideline.
Obviously, there are varying degrees of harm in play, direct ("drink bleach to cure your AIDS!") vs. indirect ("don't vaccinate your kids") and a lot of claims in a gray area. Some people with websites, some people with entire "medical practices," and some people just commenting on Facebook pages. Some people selling bleach to cure autism, some people selling essential oils to cure autism.
What do you ideally wish for those who preach pseudoscience? How would you ideally like to enforce laws against preaching pseudoscience? Who do you think should get in trouble?
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