March of the Paternalists

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  • 10/22/2007
Seichel. In Hebrew it means discretion and in Yiddish it means "common sense" or as Joseph Aaron puts it...good sense, street smarts, the kind of wisdom you don’t get from getting a Harvard diploma.

Seichel tells you what’s right and what’s smart better than any book or guide or intellectual.

Or any FDA panel.

Seichel tells you that when millions of parents over 40 years have used cough and cold medicines responsibly they have a better handle of their kids needs than the media seduced know it alls who gathered in Rockville.

Did any of them consider that, because of the ban, parents will simply water down or dose adult cough meds to help their kids stop coughing or sniffling? Or that they will turn to even less effective or untested "natural" remedies that may be even more dangerous?

No, because the panel and the American Academy of Pediatric were not guided by seichel but by the "safety uber alles" principles pushed by the trial lawyers (websites now coming to a computer near you) have pushed medicine past science and common and into the panic room.

The decisions we make out of fear and to eliminate risk completely will always lack common sense and reek of mob rule.

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