There are so many things I could write about today but this is just sitting in my head this morning: There are alot of crazies out there. By that I mean not people who are mentally ill, which deserve compassion, but those who are sane and act in crazy ways.
This was spurred by this post over at Enviroblog on a question they got regarding whether you should eat salt with iodine (i.e. is iodine a problem). This seemed like a bit of an obvious answer and while trying to be helpful I think they were using it as an vehicle to talk about the importance of getting enough iodine in light of the perchlorate-in-food-and-water issues we are having in this country. I’m fine with that, the issue needs more attention. What I didn’t expect was the large and rediculous backlash against the post by people who said they loved the blog. I’ll only include the first response but you should go over and read them all.
How can you say “Stick with the iodized salt!” – isn’t it better to educate people how to find natural sources of iodine, instead of mass-medicating the nation without its consent by using factory-manufactured artificial iodine?
Okay, it’s mass-medication but unlike fluoride, at the levels we’re talking about there aren’t any risks. Also, what’s up with “factory-manufactured”? Is everything you use made by hand in the middle of a forest glen? I bet he also doesn’t like “chemicals”. Okay, I’ll post one more:
Are you guys promoting Morton?
Table salt is a KILLER!
Hee, hee, hee. There are some normal people in there and people who agree aren’t as apt to comment as people that disagree, but still, that’s a whole lot of crazy. I find this all extremely depressing (but also darkly funny). People trying to carve out a moderate and well-reasoned path aren’t supported very well, unfortunately. You talk about the risks of rocket fuel components (perchlorate) in food, water, and breast milk(!) and Kerr-McGee says you’re scare mongering. You talk about how iodine is important to keep up thyroid function, especially in light of perchlorate exposure and the natural-exclusively-and-always-equals-safe crowd accuses you of being in industries’ pockets. And the people in the middle just don’t get worked up enough to make the kind of noise those on either side make. I’ve got no solutions; it’s just an observation that the middle road is a lonely one and that probably has something to do with the increasing polarization of politics even though the actual population isn’t polarizing along the same lines.
To brighten things up I’m back with your weekly aural pleasure. It’s got a nice sound for Halloween week:
Enjoy your Friday! Eat a doughnut, or a salted bagel!
PS How come mongering is only used for fish and scares? How come there aren’t cow mongers, or happy mongers or AngryMongers?