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    I'd feel a massive wave of homeopathic sympathy for them.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    My mom has somewhat gotten taken in by the homeopathic morons. Not to the point where she's an anti-vaxxer, but close to it. The first time she said something in regards to our plans for our son I stomped on her opinion so hard she hasn't brought it up again. I have no time, nor tolerance, for such bullshit.
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    I think the anti-MMR people in the UK have done a massive amount of damage. My partner was nervy about getting our first daughter vaccinated because of all the crap that had been in the Daily Mail etc, which her mum reads...
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    RenThing:

    I'm far from being uncritical about proper medicine and the way bigger pharmaceutical companies act, but it's so goddamn frustrating that if you have the dimmest inkling about how world works, the anti-vaxxer and homeopathy stuff is so easy to stomp down. The latter is just about "medicine hard, hoodoo easy and 'understandable'" phenomenon :/ Actually an anti-vaccination nut is the only person with whom I've had to had the "can you imagine someone giving you evidence that would change your mind on this?" "no" "okay, forget it, you're a fanatic and fanatics are irrational" exchange...
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    I'm probably better off keeping my mouth shut w/r/t medicine but I completely agree with above comments about homeopathy and vaccination. I'm an acupuncturist and a Chinese herbalist and the people who come to see me are frequently disappointed to hear that I'm a rational empiricist and not inclined to agree with their "misguided" beliefs. These people are super irritating...I know because I had to spend 3500 hours of grad school listening to them nattering on about all kinds of soft-headed nonsense. And now I get tarred with the same brush.

    On a lighter note:
    San Francisco's 'world rudest waiter' restaurant Sam Wo shuts after 100 years
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    @Celan

    Actually, they've reached an agreement with the health department to stay open if they can address the code violations.
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    @Celan - It's interesting that you should say that. I think I am often very guilty of tarring all practitioners of "alternative" medicine with the same brush. Recently I've realised that actually I don't really know what I'm talking about.

    As a P.S. I wasn't vaccinated as a child as a result of my parents (at the time) being Christian Scientists. As a result I contracted (they think) mumps as a baby and lost the hearing in my right ear. I have never been able to listen to the Beatles on headphones.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    has anyone read flat earth news, or bad science for that matter. They address homeopathy and the autism scare really well. Its such an obvious thing that its amazing anyone believes this shit at all
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012 edited
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
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    Wait, are these the same people who were saying things were fine at Fukushima?
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    Yeah, no way in hell would I believe that.