Can we trust scientists?

I saw this video on New Anthropocene recently and think it’s worth sharing. It is mostly about climate change but also science more broadly and why people don’t always trust the scientific consensus whether it be a consensus about climate change, vaccinations or evolution.

Many years ago I lived next to a young woman who had cancer. She and her mother decided not to go ahead with the recommended course of chemotherapy and instead tried Gerson therapy, an alternative treatment for cancer without any evidence that it actually works. Why would someone choose to ignore the scientific consensus where matters of health are concerned? Sadly, the young woman died. She was the same age as me.