In the last 24 hours, I’ve had someone tell me they wanted a doctor who would “prescribe hikes and acupuncture instead of wanting to give me medicine”, seen a post on Facebook about how “Our bodies have CBD receptors, not Zoloft receptors”, and seen multiple claims about the harms of vaccines. The first person I did politely confront telling her “most doctors wouldn’t prescribe a medicine if it wasn’t indicated, and (most family) medicine doctors spend a great deal of time discussing lifestyle changes with their patients”. It was out of character for me. Usually I let people say their asinine things and move on, but after hearing this stuff over and over again, I had had enough. So I ask, do we have a moral obligation to push back on pseudo science and disregard pleasant conversation? Should we reply to these posts on Facebook our friends post? Should we speak up more? I’m curious about your take.
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