In the Slate article, “Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times Magazine: The Dangerous Chemophobia Behind its Popular Story About Childhood Arthritis,” Bryn Mawr Professor of Chemistry Michelle Francl points out the possible dangers of benignly named alternative medicines.
Francl’s article created a lot of buzz online, with more than 6,500 Facebook “likes” and nearly 1,500 comments on the Slate website.
From the article:
“As a chemist, a teacher, and a parent, I think (and blog) a lot about how to immunize people against chemophobia. It’s not because I want to keep chemical companies in business, but because I want to keep my students and friends from being duped into using chemicals that are unsafe, whatever their source.”