The internet was an invaluable resource to our family when we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a medical crisis. The best information helped clarify the finer points of diagnostic codes and treatment plans, which in turned helped us ask our doctors better questions.
Of course, there was some bad information out there too–and a lot of bad information, once my daughter was discharged from the hospital. When I say “bad,” I don’t necessarily mean “deliberately malfeasant” (because I’m assuming many blogs are published in good faith), but rather “bad” as in “ideologically myopic and totally self-serving.”
I was reminded of how rotten bad information can be while I was researching RSV for my previous post. So, now that my daughter is back in school, I wanted to briefly write about ideology. Or more specifically, three common phrases which are frequently used by people who distort information to fit into a narrow worldview: Continue reading