The Alternative Therapies in my Newsfeed: A side-effect

There are a lot of things that appear in my news and social feeds that would maybe surprise the people that know me. At first glance, they’d wonder why so much pseudoscience cluttered my socials. Alternative therapies up the wazoo. They’d think “Whoooooo, is their targeting way off! No way is she buying a salt lamp or a crystal water bottle or a bunch of oils!”

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The thing is, when you write about stuff like that, it seems internet algorithms don’t much care if you’re writing about it because it’s woo you want to warn people against. You googled it, you clicked links, you found Facebook and twitter pages. Therefore, you wanna see it! So, for the last little while, I’ve been seeing a petition shared around, asking people to sign to block changes to health fund rebates for alternative therapies. Mainly from alternative therapists, annoyed that their services will no longer be covered.

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Opinions.

Everyone has one, no matter how irrelevant the topic might be to their actual life.  And everyone, according to every commentator on the Internet who can’t actually substantiate their argument, is entitled to an opinion. You know the way it goes. A person says something that is perhaps inflammatory or offensive, a handful of people provide an argument to the contrary and the original comment-maker says “Well, I’m entitled to my opinion!” or something along those lines. They use it with authority, as if their opinions are sacrosanct.

Sometimes, you shouldn’t be “aloud” an opinion.

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This is a guest post written by Felicity Frankish from The Baby Vine.

The Death Chat

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Parenting is full of hard (and hilarious) conversations. The first one that springs to mind is usually The Talk- the good old “how are babies made” chat. But another important talk might come up sooner than you think. The conversation about the end of life. It could be the loss of a beloved pet or the death of a special family member. Or it could be as seemingly innocuous as a dead mouse on the road…

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Crystals HERE, Crystals THERE, Crystals, Crystals, Everywhere!

Okay, this is getting out of hand. So much magic rock fuckery is appearing in my social feeds and it’s starting to get me hot under the collar. I do not ‘like’ or ‘follow’ crystal healing pages. Shocking, I know!

The reason I am getting flooded with crystal propaganda, I think, is because the shills for Big Crystals tend to target their advertising at a certain demographic. My demographic. Women of a certain age. Apparently, we all like pretty rocks. I mean, that’s kinda fair. I do like pretty rocks. But I don’t like being sold overpriced pretty rocks that come with a lot of bullshit promises.

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