"However, we who post on the Curezone have a responsibility to those who only read. A la-de-da attitude may be all well and good in our own lives, up to a point, but it may be harmful to the quiet ones looking for guidance."
This is really a good statement. Its so easy to make suggestions or recommend something we might have read about, but have not experienced ourselves. We all have to take responsibility for our health, our words and our actions; however in a place like Curezone, we need to also feel a sense of responsibility for those who are blindly seeking answers and might be willing to fall for anything they think might be a quick fix. I have a cousin who has not had a natural bowel movement in over 25 years. She depends on Ex-lax to get her to go when it is convenient for her. A couple of years ago I told her about Curezone and how much it was helping me. She bought one product, I think it was called something like "Colon Blow", used it three days and decided alternative medicine could not work because that product did not help her. She now teases me about my beliefs and sums all alternative health care as"Dancing naked around a bonfire while slinging a dead cat over your head, then do a 10 gallon enema with root beer". There will always be those who doubt and abuse, there will be those, like me, who do a lot of reading and research on both sides of the question before trying something, and those who will fall for anything and everything. All need to be treated with kindness, dignity and respect. And, we need to remember to,above all, cause no harm.
"This business of 'research' is difficult. I find myself thinking that I don't need to be so 'serious', and even that too much focus on the negative will bring me more of the same. (Getting more of what I don't want?)"
If we research ourselves to death, but never take positive actions the we wind up with nothing but theories. On the other hand if we blindly follow everyone without learning and thinking for ourselves, we can wind up in worse shape than before. It not enough just to say we are going to fast for 30 days, or do a liver cleanse, or take this or that supplement. We need to try and discover how our bodies function and how fasting and cleansing works and how they might affect us. Any "expert" who refuses to answer questions and explain why their methods or suggestions work is failing the people he/she claims to be trying to help. I don't mind the negative as long as it treats the reader with respect and acknowledges their intelligence in seeking the truth behind the theory. I never take a supplement without researching both the positive and negative aspects. It does not offend me in the least when one chooses not to take my advice as long as the respect and sound reasoning is there.