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Security quotes of the week

Security quotes of the week

Posted Oct 25, 2012 17:23 UTC (Thu) by DrMcCoy (guest, #86699)
In reply to: Security quotes of the week by jake
Parent article: Security quotes of the week

"Natural" is a widely used code word by people promoting "alternative medicine" (homeopathy, energy healing, acupuncture, ...) while badmouthing actual medicine as "unnatural" (for example, vaccines).

Just 5 minutes on the site and you see all those things:
http://www.naturalnews.com/037653_vaccine_additives_thime...
http://www.naturalnews.com/037677_cancer_chemical_exposur...
http://www.naturalnews.com/030126_diarrhea_homeopathic_re...

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.


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Security quotes of the week

Posted Oct 25, 2012 17:49 UTC (Thu) by jake (editor, #205) [Link]

> Linking to such a site in this context and this uncritically is
> dangerous

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 ...

jake

Security quotes of the week

Posted Oct 25, 2012 18:15 UTC (Thu) by DrMcCoy (guest, #86699) [Link]

> I'm sorry you think so, but the quote of the week is not meant to be an endorsement

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

Security quotes of the week

Posted Oct 26, 2012 13:35 UTC (Fri) by njwhite (guest, #51848) [Link]

I find it very interesting to see how ideas important to us in the free software community spread outside of it. Karen's work on the dangers of proprietary software in medical devices is exactly the sort of concrete, quite easy to understand thing which spreads widely, and it's very useful and interesting to see how it does.

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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