Date: March 3, 2010 8:38 PM
Topic: “Natural” Doesn’t Mean “Safe”.
I was reading entries in the Skeptic’s Dictionary today and came across a very interesting and humorous entry for “Natural”. You can read the entire entry here http://www.skepdic.com/natural.html. In fact, I’d recommend reading it because I have some thoughts on this so what I’m about to say might make more sense if you read it first.
The general upshot of the entry is that “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “Safe” or even “Healthy” for that matter. For instance, a rattlesnake is natural, as is the venom it produces. Being bitten by said snake is also natural in the sense that biting and injecting venom is a natural response of a rattlesnake to perceived threats. But I think most people would agree that just because a rattlesnake is “natural” doesn’t mean that it’s “safe”, and being bitten by a rattlesnake is not definitely not healthy.
I would recommend thinking about this the next time you see or hear the word, “natural”, being used to sell or promote something, wether that something be food, medical treatments, cleaning products, clothes or whatever else you can tag with the “natural” label.