The tricky thing about belief

You might be wondering why I’m posting an article about beliefs. This isn’t a religious page, I hear you say! And you’d be right. But belief doesn’t just cover religious views.

Anyone can believe whatever they want. Whatever religion you have, that’s up to you. If you want to believe in ghosts, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster, that’s up to you. You can believe the moon is made of cheese, and that’s OK!

But when you try to persuade people that your belief is the truth, then things get a bit more fuzzy. And if someone is trying to convince you of a cure for something, or that a certain course of action is bad, then they need more than belief.

When someone tries to ‘sell’ their belief (whether just through pushing the idea on others, or through actual selling) that’s when things can become harmful, particularly in the context of medical treatment – see, I told you this topic was relevant 😉

I have been in a few fibroid groups over the years, and there are always people who believe there is a natural cure. If they want to try it for themselves, that’s fine. But if they try to push it on others, or present it as fact rather than belief, or try to charge money for it, that’s something I have zero tolerance for.

You can believe the moon is made of cheese all you want, that won’t make it so!

When you’re trying to make a decision on whether or not to have a hysterectomy (or any surgery), you need to base that decision on factual information. Beliefs are not facts. If I told you I believed standing on one leg for 2hrs a day would make your fibroids go away would you believe me? (I hope not!). If I tried to sell you a program to teach you how to stand on one leg for 2hrs a day because it would cure you of fibroids, would you approve of that? Or what if I told you that a hysterectomy was the worst thing you could do, it would ruin your life, and all you needed to do was stand on one leg for 2hrs a day and you’d never need surgery, would you think that should be allowed?

(by the way, standing on one leg for 2hrs a day *will not* cure you of anything!).

The internet allows a lot of people to put forward a lot of views. Just because someone believes something, doesn’t mean it’s true, and doesn’t mean it should be promoted in the context of helping women decide about surgery – especially if they are using false scare stories to promote their belief.

When you’re out there on the internet, looking for information, look carefully at what you read. Don’t believe everything that’s out there; there are plenty of people promoting an agenda or trying to make money out of your fears of surgery. If you’re in a Facebook group and someone tells you it’s their right to hold a certain belief, well that’s true. But it’s not their right to try to present that belief as a fact, and it’s not their right to use that belief to try to persuade you not to have the surgery you want.

It’s not about what you believe, it’s about what you KNOW.

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