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    is that not all science is as settled as people think, and when it comes to medicine, nutrition, and human physiology, it is one of the most complex, controversial fields with a great deal of conflicting evidence regarding many issues surrounding diet. Medical science is also to a degree corrupted by corporate science that serves two very different masters, one of public health interests and one of creating profit, and it is very difficult to separate these interests. And medical science is often reductionist, and willingly would submit the complexities of human physiology (which often eludes reductionism) to the results of studies which deliberately isolate body systems, as if these systems exist in a vacuum and don't have extremely complex interrelationships.

    Most fields of science, such as climate science, truly are independent and serve the public interests. No one is going to get rich from that field, and there aren't any known conflicts of interest among legitimate climate scientists.

    But with medicine, this isn't always true.

    The bottom line is I won't trust my health to medical authorities, without careful consideration, and I want to have the right to think independently and make my own choices when it comes to dietary consumption.

    My body is not public property.

    A lot of medical and dietary science has turned out to be erroneous, and there is still much disagreement and lack of consensus on many issues. For example, modern American scientists often still support use of pesticides which other countries have outlawed. We use a pesticide on strawberries that Canada won't permit in their country, thus American strawberries can't be exported to Canada.

    We should allow people to make their own choices whenever possible when it comes to what they consume.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat May 18, 2013 at 03:42:19 PM PDT

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