I spend quite a bit of time each week answering comments on my blogs, both old and new. I love answering comments and no question is ever a “dumb” question in my book. The only dumb questions are the ones that never get asked!
That being said, there are always a few comments each week that really grab my attention for whatever reason. To give you some idea, I was having lunch with my husband yesterday and was telling him about this absolutely brilliant comment by a reader that I was still marveling about. He immediately suggested that I do a weekly blog spotlighting standout comments.
What a great idea!
So here I am, kicking off a new Friday series that will spotlight a few brilliant comments from the prior week.
Be advised that, on occasion, I may spotlight a truly boneheaded comment as well. Boneheaded comments typically come from conventionally minded people with a bad attitude who make some lame, in the box, propaganda statement without even reading the post and considering “the other side of the story” so to speak.
I have no problem with comments that aren’t in agreement with what I write. We all have our own perspectives after all. It’s those comments which don’t even consider the other side and the commenter makes this known in a manner that is rather rude that causes me to take issue.
Brilliant or boneheaded? Let me know what you think! Here are the spotlighted comments from this past week:
From Christin on Fish Eggs: A Superior Source of Vitamin D:
“Salmon roe was one of my babies 1st finger foods. They love to grab the tiny eggs. Way better than cereal “O”‘s…Yuck!”
Christin, my jaw was on the ground after reading your comment. What an excellent idea to give babies little fish roe to munch on as a finger food! I never did that when my kids were little even though I knew all about how wonderful and nutritious fish eggs are and what a much better choice they would be than those nasty, nutritionless Cheerios and other boxed cereals! I wish I had done this too!
Another excellent comment by Michelle, regarding Seedling Garden in 95F Heat:
“I’ve had a garden here in Lakeland, FL for a couple of years now and here’s a few things I have learned. In this area, you want your spring seedlings to be in by late February. Also, if it says FULL SUN — it’s doesn’t mean Florida full sun. Most plants need a break from the heat here. If your garden is near concrete, it’s even hotter. The concrete will reflect the light and heat making it harder to grow things. Over the summer, just plant cover crops. It’s basically our “off-season.” You can do well with black-eyed peas and Sunflowers at that time. Then get ready for the bigger growing season by planting again in September.”
Thanks Michelle for the Florida gardening tips. I will be planting again in September per your advice!
And finally, a brilliant and insightful comment from Elizabeth on A Tale of Exploding Watermelons and Fruit Fed Fish:
“Pretty soon I will give up grocery shopping altogether. Nothing is safe unless you grow it or kill it yourself. We need a serious food revolution that will take down Monsanto and eliminate the chemical pesticides and fertilizers from our food supply and we need it yesterday. Those of us who can garden and buy local meats at reasonable prices are somewhat in the minority. Everyone else is either too broke to buy the organics at the store or are going broke doing so! It should be a RIGHT to buy chemical free food. It should not be a “lifestyle choice.” That type of thinking just leaves out a lot of people who just plain can’t afford it. And that is a human rights issue.”
Elizabeth, I honestly never thought about all this food mess we’re in as a planet as a human rights issue but that is a slam dunk observation! People really do need to have a food revolution in their own homes as buying organic produce and avoiding fast food is not going to get them healthy. We are so far down the rabbit hole on this one that only drastic changes to how we grow, source, shop, and prepare our food is going to make any difference in reversing the epidemic of chronic disease in ourselves and our children.
Unfortunately, there were a few boneheaded comments this week as well. They were from several dentists that converged on the How I Healed My Child’s Cavity post. One of them actually called me a flat out liar!
This comment from Kent G., DDS:
“My friends and colleagues Adam, Marc & Grisha are on point here. This type of anecdotal evidence is worthless if not backed up by clinical, reproducible results. There is a scientific method for a good reason: it works! If you want to convince anyone with a scientific background or an analytical mind, you need to approach the forum of discussion with a modicum of scientific evidence. Otherwise, you’re embarrassing yourself, as are the sheep of your flock.”
Dr. Kent, anecdotal evidence is far from worthless particularly with all the flawed and blatantly false “scientific” studies that are being exposed these days! It is the patients that assume cavities always need to be drilled and filled and that there is no other way than brushing and flossing teeth to prevent them that are the real sheep! I personally don’t need a scientific study to tell me that I see a hole in a tooth one day and that the hole in the tooth is gone a few weeks later. If you cannot respect a well researched book such as Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price DDS and his observations about how nutrition can heal and prevent cavities, then no scientific study will convince you either.
Thanks to everyone who posted comments this past week! I love reading your ideas and insights and understanding what is on your minds and hearts. Keep ’em coming! Another edition of The Weekly Comment Spotlight will be posted next Friday!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist