Yes, this really annoys me; how people argue that since it's natural it's better/good for you, and of course un-natural is bad for you...
Well, here are a couple of things that are natural, and some things that are un-natural:
- the sun, that for example can give you a serious sunburn - not very good for you, but completely natural
- sunscreen - not natural, but good for you if you're going to spend time in the sun
- water - natural; and good for you if you drink it (just not too much - it's always about doses), but deadly if you inhale it. (Think about water next time someone argues that if it's dangerous to breathe it has to be dangerous to eat...)
- glasses - not natural, but I think they're a really good idea
- radon gas - 100% natural, radioactive gas that comes from the ground. In the "right" doses it may cause lung cancer
- uranium - also very natural, and a heavy metal, and radioactive. I wouldn't eat it...
- flying - extremely un-natural, but many of us do it quite often
- chlorine - natural, and deadly
I could go on; even rape is probably natural if you look at how most mammals have sex (biologists: please feel free to correct me on this one!)
When I was pregnant I saw this all the time, people actually arguing that it can't be bad for you or the baby since it's natural - this is just plain stupid, and it's a dangerous way of thinking.
Why do so many have this idea that "natural" is better?
Whether something is natural or not tells us exactly ZERO about the dangerousness/healthiness of the product!
Ok, back to being happy figure making science girl again (or at least pretending to be: honestly it takes forever to make these figures, and I'm kind of starting to be really sick and tired of it :P ), I just had to get this off my chest :)