It is just another fearful addition to an ever-growing pile of fears. Another example that has been troubling me lately: Our daughter is pregnant with her first child. She is on the receiving end of a never-ending litany of things she mustn't do, eat, drink, think, whatever, during her pregnancy because to even think of doing those things will forever permanently damage her unborn child. We're talking 'don't eat chocolate', for heaven's sake, because of the infintessimal amount of - gasp! - caffeine found therein. Women spend their pregnancy being told about all the awful things that might go wrong, especially in labour, so instead of enjoying the pregnancy with anticipations of a perfectly normal labour, they spend the time worrying.
Were she to take even half of it seriously, she'd have to live in a cocoon (a sterile one, of course) and eat only sterilized food for nine months. Fortunately, she has a good sense of humour, and has the sense to sort through the nonsense to find the good advice.
Any thoughts on this modern-day phenomena of media-manufactured fear-mongering that is assaulting us daily? Any other examples that irk you the most?