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Really? Natural and News somehow == crackpot? -- I guess I don't quite see that ...
It may well be a crackpot site, I have no real idea, but the quote (and the concept) seem pretty sub-crackpot to me ...
Security quotes of the week
Posted Oct 25, 2012 17:23 UTC (Thu) by DrMcCoy (subscriber, #86699)
Just 5 minutes on the site and you see all those things:
Linking to such a site in this context and this uncritically is dangerous; it gives it an appearance of approval and endorsement, making it look like a valid resource for information.
Posted Oct 25, 2012 17:49 UTC (Thu) by jake (editor, #205)
I'm sorry you think so, but the quote of the week is not meant to be an endorsement ... we often put up quotes of things we don't agree with, necessarily ... they are meant to just air a view of one sort or another, or alert folks to a threat they perhaps hadn't thought of, etc.
btw, "Natural" is used by lots of folks in lots of different ways ... I don't think you can pigeonhole it to the extent you seem to want to ...
Posted Oct 25, 2012 18:15 UTC (Thu) by DrMcCoy (subscriber, #86699)
I just don't like having those quacks shown in any good light whatsoever, since with their eschewing of science, they produce a net gain in human suffering.
Even if the context this time is fits here, and the problem is an actual problem, it justs irks me how those people use it as a building block in their message that the "medical establishment" is rotten to the core. I mean, just look at the "related articles" links at the bottom.
> btw, "Natural" is used by lots of folks in lots of different ways ... I don't think you can pigeonhole it to the extent you seem to want to ...
Well, at least the term "natural medicine" (NaturalNews is a "medical" site after all, "Natural health news") is pretty well defined as crackpottery on the internet:
- Wikipedia redirects "natural medicine" to Naturopathy
- The google results are pretty conclusive too
Posted Oct 26, 2012 13:35 UTC (Fri) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
The site hosting the article may well have lots of articles that most of us find dangerous, but that doesn't diminish from the good of seeing how somewhat shared interests are represented there.
And yes, 'natural' is a particularly overloaded term. In my circles, in England, using the term natural in relation to health or medicine is generally going to refer to this sort of 'alternative medicine' stuff. I suspect it varies a great deal according to location and social circle.
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