Neither I, nor Sarah get personal on this site, as a general rule. Sure, we rant and rave at times, but we try to keep our writing on-topic and as factual as possible. That's not to insinuate that we are not very opinionated concerning the life and death health issues that we so boldly catalog. We clearly do have strong opinions about the issues. However, our concentration has been upon creating a one-stop site for critical health issues, and a resource where people can actually read the whole truth -- not just the information that is politically expedient. We are very proud of this site, and we know for a fact that we have saved lives, and we have injured no one in the process. Few people are fortunate enough to be able to honestly make that claim.
We have enraged plenty of people along the way too, including the iodine drinkers, the Reiki practitioners, the witches/Wiccans, and several lawyers for the other side who have worked to bait us into 'practicing medicine without a license'. It's been a wild ride, and fortunately, our opponents have not been terribly bright. Remarkably, we have taken virtually no flack from practicing doctors or nurses -- many of whom know that we are speaking the truth, but are too afraid themselves to say it. They have good reason to fear, and many of their bolder peers have lost their medical licenses for speaking out. Censorship is not necessary when the establishment already has monopoly control of licensing, education, and the 'official' publications. The group that seems to hate us the most is pharmacists, and there were several who stalked us when we were the administrators of the alternative health section of WikiAnswers. Eventually they did get us shut down, and the site's political pandering to the complainers eventually caused us to resign our positions at WikiAnswers. Something eerily similar happened when we tried to give away our magazines on Craig's List. Having been the repeated victims of such people tells us that we are doing something right, and that they are afraid of us. Science, after all, does not fear criticism, debate, and discussion.
Believe it or not, Sarah and I are human beings. Seriously. Some of the private comments that we have received indicate that many of our readers feel too intimidated by us to write to us, or to post comments here, and some of them suspect that we are probably like the egotistical and indifferent people who run other health sites. We're not like that guy at that other site (whose name we won't mention) which covers natural news topics, where his handlers have told us that we would need to write a paragraph begging him to respond, while being assured that we will definitely get ignored if we write more than a small paragraph. He's "important" and "busy", after all. You know the type, and unfortunately, we do too. We are not like that. We literally are here for you. We do this because we really care about people, and about the truth. It is nothing more, and nothing less. There is no show here, and no B.S.. We are the real deal.
What we do is really tough. While other sites are covering stories about aromatherapy (I'm not even going there) and meditation, we have stories about shielding oneself from radiation, curing cancer, venomous spiders, and curing allergies, among a very long list. We are about to reach 400 articles (not counting the magazine or audio shows). Through it all, many people have helped us in various ways, and their messages of moral support are priceless. These people have kept us going through the dark times, and inspired us. Saving lives is the absolute pinnacle of our work, and we hold those people close to our hearts like badges of honor.
To put things into perspective. For every paragraph that is written in one of our average articles, we do about 30 minutes of research. Sometimes a story takes days of research, and that is before we even begin the writing process. When we did the magazine, we spent a week (or more) for each article just researching, at a bear minimum. Our readers often assume it has been easy. It's just writing, after all, and everybody can do that! Producing high-quality, easily read, accurate, and credible journalistic material is not easy. It's a tap-dance routine on a high-wire. It is so easy to misstep. In fact, we have concluded that the English language is evil by nature, and it really ought to be scrapped in favor of something less prone to causing embarrassing errors -- like when we wrote 'flower' to mean 'flour'. People assume it is easy, and some of the article submissions that we have received from 'professional' writers made us almost cry. You just wouldn't believe it, and practically none of them followed our writer's guidelines.
So, what is my point? I really had no singular point to make here. I did want to make the point that we are human, and easily accessible. I also wanted to drop a not-so-subtle hint that we need more help from our good readers. There are so many ways you can help us, for instance: suggest story ideas, write for us, make comments, draw more users to our site, make donations, or just tell your friends and family about us. Of course, the overall moral support helps greatly too. Thank you. We are doing the best that we can with our limited resources, and we are providing a unique resource to everyone who is fortunate enough to find it. Finally, I wanted all of you to know what life is like on the other side, when you are the writer, instead of the reader.