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Era Keys
  • Era Keys
  • Ormond Beach, FL
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The recent uproar on the letter from TEDx about GMO's, 'food as medicine', and natural healing.

Recently on facebook, articles and other social networks has been a mind boggling debate on letter TEDx sent out after a conversation started on reddit about TEDx's view on bad science/pseudoscience (found here:http://blog.tedx.com/post/37405280671/a-letter-to-the-tedx-community-on-tedx-and-bad-science) Many people are going on the rampage of saying "TED is Dead" and others are applauding TED for banning such ideas. What everyone seems to be missing is this part of the letter:

"Red flag topics

These are not “banned” topics by any means — but they are topics that tend to attract pseudo-scientists. If your speaker proposes a topic like this, use extra scrutiny. An expanding, depressing list follows:

Food science, including:

GMO food and anti-GMO foodists
Food as medicine, especially to treat a specific condition: Autism and ADHD, especially causes of and cures for autism
Because of the sad history of hoaxes with deadly consequences in the field of autism research, really look into the background of any autism-related talk. If you hear anything that sounds remotely like, “Vaccines are related to autism,” — RUN AWAY. Another non-legitimate argument: “We don’t know what works, so we have to try everything.” Pretty much all the time, this argument is designed to cause guilt in suffering parents so they’ll spend money on unproven treatments."


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  • Sep 21 2013: I feel as if most, probably all although I can't read them all, are taking things out of context from the letter, or just flat out ignoring the way things were phrased. I do think that its ok that TED is warning potential speaker organizers that there are wackos out there that are pushing the wrong information. I can't say that I agree that the letter was worded well. I know on first reading I was quite offended that they would say food medicine was pseudoscience, but then I stepped back and read what they were really saying. That isn't something that everyone does which is probably where all of these nasty TED bashing articles are coming from.
    On topics that I would like people to hear more about, Food medicine and GMO's are definitely two, but I know the reason the topics should be "censored" for a lack of better words. I have done extensive research on GMO's and hold the opposite stance of the general public because I waded through all the muck that is what TED should be trying to avoid.

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