The Cure-All: A Reason to Be Skeptical

CONTENT WARNING: Mention of sucide

A small word about the previous article: I have been looking at the tips suggested, and a reader brought up something in a comment which I must address: not everything here is a cure-all. I mean, sure, the fruit, vegetable and lean protein diet can work for a lot of people, but not for everyone, to paraphrase. To be honest, I’m a little skeptical of cure-alls in general.

Truth is, if it is touted as a some sort of cure-all, I will get skeptical. I mean, the current touted cure-alls are CBD and bleach. (Isn’t bleach ingestion a form of suicide?) Explain the science to me. How in the world does a cure-all cure all things? What is it about the cure-all that is so necessary?

Perhaps I inherited this attitude from my mother. She was initially skeptical of me taking an ADHD drug when I was young. In time, it helped me so much, I took it for years. Eventually I grew out of needing it. I myself was resistant to taking an antidepressant initially, as well. In time, I accepted it and embraced it wholeheartedly. Another saying we have in the mental health world: “If you can’t make your own neurotransmitters (insulin, etc,), store bought is fine.” I feel that skepticism was necessary at one point for survival, but embracing things that help does us well, too.

So, in my previous article, there are a lot of things touted as what seems to be a cure-all in it, such as reducing stress, getting sleep and drinking water. Why did I suggest these tips in my previous article, since they seem to fall in the cure-all category? Because many of these tips (sleep, slower eating and lowering stress levels) are actually backed by studies and science. Chronic stress, for example, the type most people have, negatively affects a lot of health aspects, physical and mental. There is usually a good reason behind what I post. I am not going back on what I am saying now. If it is touted without the science and facts to back it up, then be skeptical.

That is also how I came to the conclusion that vaccines do not cause autism. What few people seem to remember about Andrew Wakefield’s study is that large-scale studies produced by such institutions as UCLA and the CDC, designed to create the same result (autism caused vaccines), DID NOT PRODUCE THE THEORIZED RESULTS. That is when the vaccine theory fell apart for me. This was early in the 2000s, by the way. Remember, remember, research and study all the facts you can before making a decision. Then, if new information comes up, factor that in.

In Case You Don’t Get It, I’m Pro Vaccine.

I had the chickenpox in fourth grade. 

I don’t even remember half of it, because I would sleep. I would itch, and pick at sores, and just be generally uncomfortable. I missed two weeks of school. I missed talking with my friends, too. Well, acquaintances. (It was hard for me to make friends.) And now I learn that the shingles virus is inside me? That I could get shingles?  The point is, I would never wish chicken pox on another person.  

When I heard that there was now a chicken poxvaccine, I was actually happy. Now, children do not have to experience itching, sores and fatigue, and shingles risk, to get strong against it.  

And now people want to give that safety up? Because autistic people like me exist? And they think the vaccines did it with no backup whatsoever besides their emotions? What is wrong with them?  

Of course, I did expect a few measles outbreaks would stem the tide. But so much measles! So much sickness! And those antivaxxers are stubborn as mules! 

Vaccinate your kids. You never know who isn’t.