You know, I decry scientific illiteracy as much as the next critical thinker, but I have to part company with certain skeptics when they engage in straw man fallacy tactics by dismissing concerns over “chemicals” with unhelpful generalities about how “life itself would be impossible without chemicals” and snipe condescendingly at such unfortunate ignorance as some people getting alarmed when told that there’s a chemical called “di-hydrogen oxide” that’s in everything (that’s just an awkward name for water: two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom), a kind of joke that was dreamed up to illustrate scientific illiteracy. Yes, it’s true that all sorts of perfectly fine naturally-occurring compounds that are part of our biology and exist throughout the biosphere have chemical names that could sound ominous to the unschooled. It’s even true that some manmade ones are perfectly fine, too, as well that some natural ones are dangerous.
But despite…

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