With all due respect, your January 21, 2015 B.C. Views entry Hippy science is easy, and wrong by Tom Fletcher was scandalous and irresponsible for this day and age.
With multiple diseases rampant with no known cures, health maintenance and disease prevention seem to be our only hope.
I’m not sure if your paper or Mr. Fletcher have heard of the concept of choice? I admit that I can only view Dr. Oz in limited amounts myself but the fact that he is attempting to make individuals healthy in an alternative way to mainstream medicine is admirable.
Health product promotions are no different from, say, investment product or vehicle promotions. Do your homework first. Does Mr. Fletcher know where “supplements, tea, homeopathy, coffee,” etc. come from? The same origin as “medicine’s most potent drugs” (see www.epharmacology.hubpages.com/hub/Where-do-drugs-come-from-Sources-of-Drugs). His dependence on Scott Gavura’s article on ScienceBasedMedicine.org does not mention that Mr. Gavura is not a doctor but a pharmacist. Gee, I wonder if he is biased?
I see the correlation between food additives, (excess) salt, meat (with growth hormones), fluoride (lethal in high doses), prescription drugs (highly regulated because they have the potential to kill) smog (a noxious mixture of gas and particles), vaccines (an agent that resembles a diseasecausing microorganism), GMOs (unproven safety and no labelling) and drugs and poisons. Does anyone else?
As well, gluten is an intolerance not a toxin. Wow, I think that Mr. Fletcher should stick with legislative issues as noted as his specialty at the end of his entry. He is so far off the mark concerning health maintenance and disease prevention that my eyes just kept getting bigger and bigger while reading further into his “opinion.”
Mr. Fletcher’s view is more of a rant than an informed perspective, in my humble but pro-health and choice opinion, and that is not even addressing water, vaccinations, EMFs, GMO, oh my God!
Let’s have informed columnists please. That is my opinion and could I suggest that anyone writing to the editor might offer a solution to the concerns they are voicing. Mine is to offer choices for health care.