Survey Says: I Might Be a Dick
When I see my family fall for quack medicine I always speak up — not because I want to be a dick, but because I love them and value their good health. Quackery can quickly destroy that, so if perceptions have it that I’m a dick, I’ll gladly accept it.
Very occasionally — and I mean that — I forward an interesting skeptical article to my family in the States. This happened recently when I read Dr. David Gorski’s scathing summary of two recent Dr. Oz episodes at Science Based Medicine last week. I did think twice before I hit Send — Dr. Gorski can be a bit overwhelming to the uninitiated, and this article was one of his more animated rants — but he was calling out “Americas Doctor” for promoting faith healing on his show and at the time it just seemed like something that needed to be shared.
One of my relatives has recently become involved in the CAM community, and reacted to the article…well…negatively. In retrospect, I should have seen this coming and simply left her off the cc list, and I’m still not quite sure why I didn’t. I’ve been trying to avoid a confrontation with her for some time now, and up until that point had simply responded to her baiting (or at least, what I’d perceived as her baiting) with deflective humour. Yet this time I was the one doing the baiting, and when the bullets started flying, I returned fire.