Monday, November 12, 2012
This is a link to a DailySpark blog article attributed to Becky Hand, the SP Dietitian:
I read this bizarre article the day it was posted, I believe. There was an interesting discussion developing underneath the article, to which I added my thoughts. The comments already there were in no way inappropriate or attacking anyone--they were rather good, in fact. At least one person had posted a link for Becky to check out. Others had added their 2 cents in support of Becky's assertion that low carbers are a bunch of "liars", and of course low carbers had weighed in with their contrary thoughts and experiences. As I said, everyone there was behaving in a very civilised manner. Becky had not participated in the discussion at that point.
I went back to see the post today, as I was curious how the discussion thread might have developed. I was a bit surprised to find the entire thread of comments gone, and no comments allowed on the article.
I tracked down another SP member who had posted a very thoughtful comment in the thread (EMMANYC). She had posted blog about the article and the fact that the discussion underneath had been removed.
There is now a thread on the SP Cafe message board where we are discussing the goings on.
I understand that this is SP's site, and that there are plenty of other sites I can go hang out on. That is sort of beside the point, I think.
What bothers me is that this site is supposed to be a "community" of diverse adults, but there is a total lack of respect for any point of view that diverges from those of the "SP experts", and this lack of respect (as evidenced by this confrontational article I linked to) seeps into every aspect of the "community". The lack of regard trickles down from the "SP experts" to the members. I think it's a bit shortsighted and strange to not want to have productive discussions with a variety of opinions expressed. I feel strongly that we can ALL learn from those sorts of exchanges, and that having a diverse group of opinions, diets, fitness ideas, etc. can only benefit us as a whole.
*EDITED TO ADD: it seems Becky (or someone) has just changed "lies" to "myths" in the article.