October 9 2014
A Culture of Alarmism has emerged in this country in which government nannies, public health officials, trial lawyers, and the mainstream media have generated hysteria about food, household products, and other supposed dangers that threaten Americans and their families. We’ve seen this kind of alarmism directed at parents, particularly moms. Julie Gunlock, IWF's Culture of Alarmism project director, recently sat down with New York Metro Parents' Lucy Bayly to discuss the culture of alarmism that faces parents and how to fight back.
From toxic tomatoes to poisonous pajamas, parents are increasingly bombarded with ‘expert’ studies that claim our consumer choices are putting our children’s lives at risk. Julie Gunlock’s book, From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back (IWF Press), aims to demonstrate how alarmist misinformation is resulting in higher product prices, stressed-out families, and products that are actually less safe. We recently discussed how to separate the wheat from the chaff, and raise our children with perspective. As Gunlock says, “We shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about our perfectly healthy and appropriate choices.”
Who is the crusader aiming her “anti-alarmist” message at? “Well, every 15 seconds a mom is dealing with someone who’s asking for more snacks, or a drink, or they banged their head,” she says, and it’s those parents she hopes to bring some awareness to.