Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.
When you believe in things that you dont understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition aint the way
(Stevie Wonder, Superstition)
Fitzpatrick closes with the chorus of the Stevie Wonder song I opened this post with. He's exactly right. The mega-hyped scares about many different things are nothing more than superstition masquerading as science. It has become a common technique – hype up a panic about some health scare (or virtually anything else *cough* AGW *cough*), assert that you alone know the truth and allege a conspiracy to cover up the truth from the public. This in turn leads to bad public policy, bad personal choices and still more scares and hypes. ("What the hell, that one worked, let's try another.") There have been outbreaks of the mumps across the Midwestern United States and now a measles outbreak in Britain.
Superstition aint the way.