To whom it may concern:
I subscribe to several RSS feeds on the Huffington Post. I appreciate the idea of a forum in which enlightened people can publish their views so that they can be debated and forwarded around the Internet. I also run a blog that aspires to this ideal, although my blog is nowhere near as popular as the Huffington Post.
I do not agree with all of the commentators on the Huffington Post, but I am tolerant of almost all of them, and in some cases, their blog entries challenge my own beliefs. However, I cannot respect the Huffington Post’s recent acceptance of Dana Ullman as a contributer. Mr. Ullman is a homeopath, meaning he has a career in marketing homeopathy and homeopathic remedies for ailments. Homeopathy is a pseudo-scientific mode of quackery that has absolutely no medicinal value. Time and time again homeopathic remedies have been proven to work no better than placebo.
I am also disturbed by the Huffington Post’s continued publication of blog entries that lobby against flu vaccination. As every scientifically literate knows, the flu vaccine is more important this season due to the H1N1 flu. There is no reason to worry that the vaccine is unsafe. On a related note, hysterical blog entries against the MMR vaccine for children are unwelcome and dangerous. The claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism in young children have been debunked for years. A steady stream of studies published since these claims became popular Internet and talk show fodder confirm this reality.
I encourage the Huffington Post to publish all political, social, and medical opinions, but I must protest the publication of outright quackery. To me, and to many of your readers, publishing blogs of homeopaths and anti-vaccination ideologues are akin to publishing blogs of Holocaust deniers and flat earth theorists. In order for the Huffington Post to stay relevant, it must resist publishing the complete nonsense.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA