Everyone is a scientist nowadays…
You don’t need to spend too much time in the natural healing arena to realise that everyone is a scientist from the university of Google. Everyone has been qualified and certified as a fundi in all things health, thanks to the world wide web (of a lot of lies). This has proven to be both good and bad.
Let’s start off with the good. It is very encouraging to know that the population has finally decided to take their health back from the, forever disappointing, mainstream medicine industrial complex. A population that is informed is better able to care for itself and no longer blindly accepts poisons as medicine. This information revolution is better equipping people who are serious about their health to make medical choices that are good for them in the long run, not just for the temporary relief of certain symptoms.
This information-hungry populace, unfortunately displays a disturbing hypocrisy. They become research experts when offered natural health products but that does not extend to the mainstream medicines. People are willing to research every aspect of the cannabis plant (as medicine) but still haven’t researched opioids, chemotherapy, etc. This hypocrisy has seen people declare cannabis as evil and dangerous but will gladly put their own children on ‘mood stabilisers’ because the school said so.
The bad side of these researchers is that they will choose which information to believe based on what affirms their original stance. These people are not looking to learn, they are looking to confirm what they already believe. This position, as we’ve seen, is a dangerous one because people will end up shunning proper help because their ‘research’ proved that their uninformed opinion was correct after all. This problem has actually put us in a position where, instead of empowering, knowledge actually weakens because the wrong stands are being bolstered.
Another downside to this information overload is that people acquire knowledge but without understanding. This is clearly seen when you ask them why they want certain (technical) information, it is hardly ever because they grasp the subject. It is because they are searching for certain keywords or phrases that will connect with what they already think and/or believe.
Despite all that, I still look at this new research culture as a positive thing because, though some may be duped, those who are serious will actually be empowered to make the right choices.