Several months ago, there was a story in the local and regional media that covered the tragic loss of a toddler who passed away from meningitis. The hoopla surrounding this tragedy was based on the parents, who were self professed advocates of naturopathy, and chose that route of treatment rather than that of western medicine. I followed this story very closely, as I was instantly captivated by the headline that read something to the effect of “anti-vaxxer parents charged in death of their toddler who died of meningitis”. For weeks and weeks I read, and read, and read, all that I could find pertaining to this family, and their story. I read articles both for and against, as I wanted to be as educated as I could possibly be. The tragic loss of the beautiful life of that toddler was only part of the true tragedy. What I had read in the comments on virtually every article that I had come across were truly abhorrent. Name calling, threats, belittling, vulgarity, these were all common themes in the comments. Commenters attacking each other, attacking the family, naturopathy in general, basically it was a free for all of word diarrhea on anyone or anything that had an opinion on this story.
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