parasite on the brain

Joan Marie Shields jshields at rigel.oac.uci.edu
Wed Nov 24 16:33:53 EST 1999


Philippe Esterre <esterre at malarde.pf> wrote:
>Thanks to professor Pappas for warning us, one more time, about Hulda Clark
>' "bizarre beliefs" ! 

>As a parasitologist (scientist) and a member of different discussion lists
>on Internet, I see sometimes such ridiculous publicity for books or devices
>proposed by people who are not physician nor scientist. Mostly in USA where
>such "ecological niches" seem more available (?) than in Europe, but the
>problem has one solution: an in-deep moderation of the 'Parasitology list',
>with a clear definition of its objectives... 
>In other words, does the list have to be more private, that is restricted
>for specialists in the domain, or open to  general public ?  If it is this
>second choice which is made, it is clear that some researchers in
>Parasitology will unsubscribe.

On one hand I agree with the above - but on the other hand, perhaps it 
would be a good thing to not totally dismiss such posts from this news-
group.  We can use them as a means of educating the public.  People are
going to believe the easy cure-all unless they have the facts about why
they aren't useful (or in some cases even safe to use).

I would propose that if we have a moderator that they delete advertisements
but that they not restrict other post topics.  Try to keep it as open to
the general public as possible (though get rid of the ads).  



joan shields


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