After I posted yesterday’s article about the U.S. Federal Trade commission setting stringent new standards for advertising homeopathic medicines (the FTC made the reasonable request that the manufacturers of this stuff provide evidence that it works), I got one comment from a reader named Brenda, which I decided to put above the fold. Here’s the comment in situ, and the contents are below (spelling as in original):
Surely people have the right of choice. R u trying to brainwash people by telling them your way is the only way. I am 50 + and never resort to alopathy, except on two occasions when it was literally forced upon me by people with your idealogy. For two whole days thereafter I suffered with nausea, dizziness and headache, as a result of this. Homeopathy on the other hand has served me very well for 50+ years. Thank you.
I have informed Brenda both by email and after her comment that I’m posting it here, and invited her to respond to any reader’s comments or questions. By all means ask her what you wish. But remember: snark and sarcasm are unlikely to make anyone reconsider their beliefs.