On October 30, 2011 I read this article by naturopath Brenda Gill
in the online edition of bclocalnews.com, a British Columbia publication.
I left the following comment which as of today, November 2, 2011, has not been posted.
Be careful what you consume. While it is true that observational studies do not reliably show cause and effect, it is also true that dietary supplements including vitamins do not have to be studied before they are sold and usually aren't. As a result, there is no way to know if they offer benefits, cause harm or are just a total waste of money. Only the extremely naive like naturopaths would believe that they either offer benefits or can’t hurt without solid evidence demonstrating that. There could well be something out there that many people take which is as lethal as tobacco and that by the time that is discovered it will be too late to prevent a lot of needless premature deaths.
This is not the first failure of bclocalnews.com or a naturopath writing for it to refuse to post a comment I submitted.
Is there a pattern here?
I don’t take an Internet site seriously that doesn’t permit readers to post comments or offer an easy way to contact the site owners and authors to present differing opinions or evidence that they may have gotten their facts wrong. To me such a failure indicates that the people involved are promoting their personal beliefs, agendas or goods and services and that they don’t want their readers to hear anything that might make them think that the material on their site could possibly be inaccurate.
However, I do take seriously a site that provides for comments, especially one that bills itself as a news site, until, that is, I discover that the site refuses to post negative comments. I think that is downright deceptive. As far as I’m concerned not only does it indicate that the authors are promoting their beliefs, agendas and/or businesses, it also shows that they want readers to believe that they are being open and objective while in reality they are deliberately preventing anyone who disagrees with them from telling that to their readers.
The only way I have found to contact anyone at bclocalnews.com is by going to their site and clicking on the “contact us” link. That brings up a form to fill out. After one has done that, he clicks the “submit” button and wonders if anyone in authority at the publication will ever see it.
I am now going to fill out the form, give them this URL and request that they leave a comment here explaining why my comments on their site have never gotten past their moderators.
Brenda Gill, naturopaths, British Columbia, newspapers, bclocalnews.com