I’ve seen this meme floating around Facebook many times that shares the notion that a worried mother does better research than the FBI.
Perhaps they feel like they do more research than the FBI, but I would wager than in most cases it isn’t better.
I know Hollywood movies would lead us to believe that worried parents care more than the FBI when their children go missing in crime thrillers. I pray I never have to experience the horrifying event of having something happen to a child that would make me feel the need to do everything in my power to find them, but for the sake of my argument, I want to replace the FBI in this quote with “the experts”. Experts in research, science, immunology, biotechnology, nutrition — the worries that a lot of moms have for their children today.
There has been a shift in the way of thinking, for certain groups, where celebrity moms are given more clout than scientists and researchers in their fields of expertise. Jenny McCarthy was a worried mom of a son with autism and wanted a definitive cause to her son’s diagnosis. She found some shoddy research, from a doctor who now has his medical license revoked, that has been debunked time and time again which attempted to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. She helped ignite the anti-vaccine craze that still very much has a ripple effect in present day in many parent’s decision-making processes of whether or not to vaccinate their children.
Now we have celebrity moms like Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Michelle Gellar, that have hopped on the anti-GMO bandwagon, endorsing a petition calling for major food companies to label GMOs, as to not conceal what is in their children’s food. I have no doubt that these celebrity moms want what all moms do for their children — the very best. I know that love, concern and their childrens’ well-being is at the heart of their cause, however their star power and advocacy carries a lot of influence, and that scares me when the end result could affect how farmers are forced to grow the food you eat.
I just watched a video on Facebook this morning that has almost 5 million views titled “5 Cancer Causing Children’s Snacks Containing Petroleum”. 5 MILLION VIEWS. Pop Tarts are the first food listed and it’s going to give our children cancer because it has 4 different types of sugar which leads to sugar addiction (even though sugar is not addictive), diabetes and liver problems. Please do NOT blindly share these videos! Dig deeper. Where’s the citations to back up their outrageous claims? You will NEVER find them linked to anything credible. Believe me, I’ve tried, and it’s very easy to debunk the snake oil that they peddle.
When moms claim that they know what’s best for their children, they have every right to do so. I mean, who is anyone to tell a mom how to raise, clothe or feed her child? However, just because you are a mom does not make you an expert in the fields of vaccines and GMOs, for instance. Your Google “research” does not trump peer-reviewed and evidence-based studies done by scientists and researchers that have dedicated their lives to their respective fields.