A friend of mine was telling me the other day that he used to date a girl who he “outgrew.” He said that he bumped into her when he went back to his hometown. She happily told him that she was engaged to marry a “doctor.” He asked her what kind of doctor her fiancé was, and she happily replied that her fiancé was a chiropractor. We both laughed at the thought.
If you know me, you know I have issues with chiropractors calling themselves “doctors,” especially those who claim that “adjustments” can cure or prevent infectious diseases.
The reason why I introduced this post with that anecdote is because there are a ton (and I do mean a ton) of people out there who think that they are “medical professionals” because they did some studying here and there, or read some book somewhere. For instance, here’s exhibit A:
For those of you who can’t read that, let me transcribe it for you:
“I appreciate your sentiments I will.say however I am not threatening anyone. I just know that my child was injured and suffers because of her vaccinations. I am with you one hundred percent mark guess that’s why were friends on fb. I’m not high and mighty.im just simply stating as someone with a medical degree and a parent of a little girl who’s autistic I think I know a little in regaurds to that which I speak professionally and personally. Everyones entitled to their personal choices it just aggrivates me to see some people who so obvioulsy don’t have any experience whatsoever on this subject matter speaking in such a knowing matter. It is them and only them that those comments were directed towards.”
Yeah, she’s a person “with a medical degree” alright, just not a doctor. My sources tell me she’s a Licensed Practical Nurse, an LPN, someone whose degree can be attained in a few months from any number of technical schools or community colleges.
Exhibit B is an old friend of ours, someone who legally threatened me, and now claims the following:
In his Facebook note, because that’s how scientific knowledge is spread these days, this guy actually wants physicians to call him about a syndrome he invented. The whole thing is difficult to read. Basically, he takes the signs and symptoms of some infections and applies them to autism. Kind of like if I said that an aneurism was meningitis because they both have headaches associated with them. From what some of my dear commenters and I found out, the guy has no medical degree, no medical or scientific background, and likes to sue people a lot. Yet he finds it necessary to get into discussions about vaccination and write things like “I’ve dealt with these kids” when referring to children with Lyme Disease.
The rest of the exhibits are well-known anti-vaccine activists like “The Kid” who thinks his studying of epidemiology makes him an epidemiologist, the formerly American now Australian lady who charges for a magazine that rarely is published, and the botox-using woman who wants to “green our vaccines.” They all lack a science background or training, and, yet, they think they can look at research papers and use them as evidence about the benefits and detriments of vaccines. Why, with “experts” like these, who needs doctors?
Yes, yes, I know that there are vaccination advocates who are also not trained in any of the biological sciences. There are actors and actresses and other famous people who promote the good use of vaccines. Here’s the deal, though: they never claim to be experts in the subject matter, and they never make unsubstantiated claims about vaccines. If they do, they do more harm to the cause than help. And I and all the scientifically trained people in the discussion will call them on it just as forcefully was we call out the anti-vaxxers.