I wish I was less of a scientist when somebody posts some holistic medicine/homeopathic remedy/naturopathic treatment/herbal mumbo jumbo on Facebook.
I have friends who are very into the holistic lifestyle- or whatever you want to call it. They routinely post stuff that is just totally not true, scientifically false.
I really wanted to write a (scientifically) snarky response along the lines of, “Why don’t you ask someone with rheumatoid arthritis about how great inflammation is?!”
Is physiologically appropriate inflammation a good thing? Yes, it’s crucial for your immune system to function.
Is chronic inflammation a good thing? No, it causes things like arthritis, bowel disease, kidney problems, etc.
Also, it has been said, but apparently bares repeating: Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you!
You know what’s natural? Arsenic. It sure as hell isn’t good for you.
You know what else is natural? Radon, fecal coliform, infection, migraines, cancer. Just because they are natural, doesn’t mean you want them!
I’m never quite sure how to respond to these kinds of posts. Most times I just keep my mouth shut/scroll down. Other times I feel the need to educate. Does it ever get through? Nope.
Thus, I wish I was less of a scientist when a friend posts holistic mumbo jumbo on Facebook.