92% of medical professionals 'agree that misinformation and anti-science pose a dangerous threat to the future of healthcare' (6)

2 October, 2019

Good day to all of you,

In the past few days, the neighborhood listserv in my previous city, a wealthy, well-educated suburb of Washington DC, has been alive with a discussion of the health risks of gadolinium imaging. One of my neighbors posted a link to an inflammatory, non-evidence based podcast on the topic, and defends it as 'all of us have a right to our own opinion'. The author of the podcast has a history of anti-vaccination posts as well.

There is, of course, the thought that 'we all have the right to our own opinions, but not our own facts.'

I'm wondering how the program Dr. Eastman describes might be adapted, or perhaps has been already, for the broadest range of presumed educational levels and access to care. Certainly the vaccine issue is one in the US; gadolinium imaging is a very developed-country 'issue', and I bring it up only because it concerns me that it is apparently so easy for misinformation and lack of complete information to be disseminated and promoted as of value in determining one's approach to health care.

Best wishes,

Pam Sieving

Pamela C. Sieving, MA, MS, AHIP

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HIFA Profile: Pamela Sieving is a special volunteer at the National Eye Institute/National Institutes of Health, and an independent consultant in biomedical information access; she works primarily in the vision community to increase access to information needed to preserve and restore vision.

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