I agree. She's been sucked into the "nature as loving mother" mentality and is now parroting the common belief that natural substances are inherently safer, gentler, or more beneficial than synthesized ones, which are apt to be poisons created by maverick chemists messing with forces they can't understand.Originally Posted by Motecuzoma
Actually, I can. As someone else pointed out, the natural/synthetic dichotomy is a false one, and this is the point that people are trying to make with "pompous" statements about how water is a chemical and some natural materials are dangerous. Unfortunately, people like Elizabeth and yourself stubbornly cling to your beliefs even after they've been falsified.But you can't sit here and say "water is a chemical" or "Arsenic is natural" with a pompous attitude all the while discounting the facts regarding the potential health hazards and proven, detrimental consequences of numerous "man-made chemicals."
This is a strawman. We are speaking of perfume, not insecticide.Her point, which is so readily being shot down, is that a large percentage of mass produced chemicals created in laboratories with the intention of human consumption (?fragrances?, sweetener, insecticide, hormone injected cattle, etc... etc... etc...) have been proven to be carcinogens.
Furthermore, many so-called "carcinogens", such as artificial sweeteners, are only toxic at doses that are levels of magnitude greater than would ever be used in practice. Yes, if you inject sixteen pounds of Nutrasweet into your bloodstream, you may develop tumors; do you plan to do this?
Neither capricious or arbitrary.I think there's question to this statement. I won't go too far into my personal views, but "chemophobia" is a strong word, as is "nature worship." Both, in this context, capricious and arbitrary. Both extrapolated through only a few sentences.
Man-made chemicals are generally understood as well as naturally-occuring ones, if not better.. and most synthetics in use in perfumery have been used by large human populations for years, if not decades.we, as human beings, all sit with the longest life expectency this species has had since it's evolution/creation. That's a great thing, isn't it? I want to have more of it and that is exactly why I and others like to question the possibility of the unnecessary use of synthesized, untested and virtually unknown chemicals.
Skepticism is a fine thing, but it must be tempered by reason, not paranoia or superstition.