I’ve been using Tim Farley’s excellent What’s the Harm site recently.
This is a valuable resource for when people ask you, “What’s the harm in drinking your own urine?”
This got me thinking about my own answer to this question. My first thought was of my mother, who once saw a Naturopath for a puzzling set of symptoms. The alternative therapist suggested she take iodine. Soon thereafter, a qualified doctor diagnosed her as hyperthyroid. Taking the iodine could have been deadly.
Then I thought of my Uncle Bruce, who suffered from a rare form of thyroid cancer. He had a thyroidectomy, but then vetoed chemotherapy in favor of fasting, vitamins and herbs, and a trip to the Phillipines for psychic surgery.
When he died, his specialist said he could have lived an extra 5-10 years had he tried conventional treatments.
What’s your personal What’s the Harm story?