How should scientists respond to science denialism?? John Cook explains @ConversationEDU

I find this really interesting. Dealing with those opposed to science is exhausting.
Working in public health, I give vaccines everyday. People have actually accused me of being part of a conspiracy. Thinking I’m actually “let in” on some secret, and I am working to mislead the public.
Google will be our downfall, I’m sure. There is just too much info and it’s too easily accessible. (And most is ridiculous). Just trust the experts. It’s their job. There is no hidden agenda ( for the most part).


Inoculating against science denial

John Cook, The University of Queensland

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.

Denial is not something we can ignore or, well, deny. So what does scientific research say is the most effective response? Common wisdom says that communicating more science should be the solution. But a growing body of evidence indicates that this approach can actually backfire, reinforcing people’s prior beliefs.

When you present evidence that threatens a person’s worldview, it can actually strengthen their beliefs. This is called the “worldview backfire effect”. One of the first scientific experiments that observed this effect dates back to 1975.

A psychologist from the…

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April 23-#100happydays-day 14

Enjoying a cold beer after work because today is my Friday! Being able to work part time makes me very happy!

April 15-#100happydays -Nursing as my profession 

In general my job does make me happy. I’m very happy I chose nursing as a profession. The opportunities are vast, and the hours can be quite flexible to fit your lifestyle. 

I’ve been a nurse for 13 years, and worked in a few different areas. Started my career in Neonatal ICU.  Then after travel nursing I did about a year in the emergency department.  I worked about 5 years in the recovery room. 

In the last year before I went on maternity leave I started working in public health. It’s been a nice change. I get to work with preventing sickness instead of treating it.  My focus is childhood immunizations and healthy growth and development. I really enjoy it. I’ll save my vaccine ranting for another post. 

Travel nursing in California 

It was 10 years ago this week that I started my 5000 km journey to California. 

I worked with a recruitment company and after the painful processs of becoming qualified to work in the USA, I was on my way!  I had accepted a 13 week assignment in the city of Torrance, working as an RN in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

I drove down with my parents, and had to make many stops along the way. Setting up a bank account in Great Falls, applying for social security in Reno, paying for my RN license in Sacremento. 

Waiting for my RN license!

Eventually I made it to my little apartment in Hermosa Beach. Pretty sweet deal, I had a furnished apartment paid for by the recruiters. just a couple blocks from the beach. It was fantastic. 

My parents flew home a few days later, and I was on my own. For the first time ever, I was truly by myself. Some people thought I was crazy for moving to a strange city all alone. Some said I’d be lonely.  I had never lived alone before this time, and I was ready to enjoy every minute. I also felt ok meeting new people, so I looked forward to forcing myself to go out and make friends. 

I worked straight nights at my job, and I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic hospital. The NICU was great. Staff were super and I loved the way it was run. (This eventually led to me leaving the NICU in Saskatoon, because it just couldn’t compare). 

The hospital i worked at.

I was having a great time. I was able to make friends, work, save a lot of money, and have a lot of fun! When my 13 week assignment was up, I decided to head home for the summer, and return in the fall for a new contract at the same hospital. 

Some of the great nurses i worked with.

Upon return I worked the same unit, still nights. This time I lived in the city of Redondo beach. I loved living in these beach communities. So casual and fun, and LA craziness was just close enough to visit from time to time. 

My apartment in Redondo

I stayed for another 9 months or so. Travel nursing was such a wonderful experience, and one of the best decisions I ever made. I began to grow a little sad with the temporary life style though. Friends came and went in 3 month increments. I dated a bit, but nothing ever seemed to have long term potential. 

Deep down I knew I wouldn’t live there forever, but it was still so hard to leave. A lot of people think I’m crazy for ever leaving, but I feel my timing was just right. I was in my 20’s and had a great time. Eventually, the parties would have died. The night shift life would have caught up with me. The crazy friends all  settled down. 

So now I can remember the experience, and I can still feel like a cool kid and say “well, when I lived in California….”

Redondo pier sunset

Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Me in Hermosa

5 things to know about measles right now.

Even though this article is geared towards the US, and I’m in Canada, the topic is till very important here too.

Childhood Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Culled from The Nation’s Health of the APHA. This excellent piece was reported by Lindsey Wahowiak.

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. So why is the current outbreak happening?

The vaccine for measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, was developed in the 1960s, and since then, the U.S. has seen a dramatic drop in the number of cases reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it eliminated: the absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area. But measles is still a threat around the globe, and can be brought to the U.S. by travelers. And a new outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in California is causing concern.

2014 saw a record number of measles cases, with 644 reported in 27 states. And in just the first 30 days of 2015, more than 100 new…

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Relief, hope and gratitude in RUH Recovery Room

My former ( and still casual) workplace. It’s great to hear it’s running smoothly. I find it’s an area of the hospital the public doesn’t know a lot about. It’s nice to see it profiled. We often had such busy days. The area often became a “holding tank” for various patients waiting for a spot, or an overflow area for other wards. It became very difficult to do my job properly, which is one of the reasons I stepped away from the hospital setting for awhile. I hope many changes are on the horizon.

Feds Say Measles Outbreak Tops 100 Cases

As a public health nurse, this topic is really important to me.
Immunizations are so important and so safe!