The imbedded American notion….
There is an imbedded American notion that the government and the three branches are the protector, arbiter and architects of the public good. The public assumes that if the FDA allows a regulated product on the market it is synonymous with a “good housekeeping” seal and declared safe. Not all regulated products undergo pre-market review; cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. This imbedded notion lacks “personal responsibility.”
This notion assumes that a government and its agents are driven by a desire to serve the public good without prejudice or viewing the public through their individual spheres and paradigms of beliefs or in some cases, simply what is political expedient. These paradigms and constructs are shaped by societal upbringing, education and one’s own internal sense of morality, justice, fairness and goodness. In this sense, who you are depends on where you are on the issue, and when you or someone you know is faced or affected by it. An individual’s belief and constructs are not time independent but entirely situational and contextual.
In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), Thomas Kuhn aptly wrote that “to understand scientific thought we must understand scientific communities; scientific knowledge changes, not as our understanding of the world changes, but as scientists organize and reorganize relations among themselves.” Equally important to understanding the biological, chemical and engineering challenges of medical products are the cultural, philosophical and regulatory challenges.