How the Culture of Alarmism Is Making Us Afraid of Everything — and How to Fight Back

by Julie Gunlock

"There is so much hype and hysteria nowadays, and Julie cuts through the nonsense with great information and a sense of humor. If you're a rational parent, this book is a must read!" – Kennedy, radio personality, special correspondent on Fox Business' Stossel and former MTV VJ

"Julie's exciting new book exposes the fraud of government overreach. Her truth will set you free which should be an American's natural state." – Bill Cunningham, National radio and TV host

"Sick of being told pretty much everything you do, eat, touch, sleep on, soak in or spritz is bad for you, your baby or both? Here's the antidote: Science and skepticism, served up with a dose of sympathy for all of us moms just trying to do our best." – Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog, Free-Range Kids

"America, we have a problem. Actually, we have a 'Problem' problem, and Julie Gunlock has the cure. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the alarmists and scolds are trying to tell us how to live. With humor and insight, Julie Gunlock helps us push back against the Nanny State and own our own lives once again." – Cam Edwards, NRA News Cam & Company host

(WASHINGTON – DC) – Parents are bombarded with claims that the world is a dangerous place. This culture of alarmism is weaving its way into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, making parents worry about common everyday products, food and healthy activities.

In her new book, From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Is Making Us Afraid of Everything — and How to Fight Back, Independent Women’s Forum’s Director of the Culture of Alarmism Project (and mother of three) Julie Gunlock shows how food nannies, environmentalists, public health officials, politicians and government regulators benefit from keeping the American public scared. Alarmists understand that parents naturally worry about the health and wellbeing of their children and will do just about anything to keep their kids safe.  By leveraging this natural anxiety, alarmists gain the trust of parents and convince them to perpetuate the myths of danger, change their own behavior, and demand government “protect” them and their children.

The culture of alarmism’s greatest damage comes after they’ve successfully scared the general public. That’s typically when the politicians and government regulators descend with promises to “save” us from these dangers, through additional regulation and programs that expand their power base. The cost of this dynamic is high: wasted tax dollars, higher costs and inferior goods for consumers, and fewer jobs in companies navigating through red tape. More importantly, we all end up paying a personal cost with needless worry and a less free, less happy society.

This book is for you if….

– You feel like you’re living in an episode of Lost in Space and are tired of the constant “Danger! Danger!” warnings.

–  You love facts and hate junk science.

– You think you know better than a government bureaucrat what’s best for your family.

– You’re tired of the sancti-mommy at school drop off making you feel like a bad parent.

– You suspect the world isn’t as dangerous as everyone says it is.

As the mother of three young children, Gunlock understands that moms and dads already have enough to worry about. Alarmist warnings often distract parents from the real dangers and legitimate risks facing kids. Nervous parents who feel overwhelmed by the conflicting reports about what’s safe and what’s not deserve a little honesty and should be spared the constant drum beat of hysteria that comes from environmental, food and public health nannies.

This book aims to do just that, and encourages all Americans to have some perspective, use common sense, enjoy life, and to reject the culture of alarmism.

Paperback • 2013 • $9.99
IWF Press • ISBN 978-0615906904


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Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.