It's only been a few short months since I joined.
I have received no PM, no warning email, and no indication of what my specific violation was that led to being banned.
This is all I have to show for it - two screenshots (click to zoom for closer look):
Since I'm not entirely sure why I was, in fact, banned, I have to look back and play twenty questions with myself...
There are only two things I can think of right now that might have led to me getting banned:
1) I pointed out, openly, on another forum that posters need to do a better job of producing evidence to support their claims when they are in the domain of conspiracy theories,
Actually, #1 is the only thing I can think of that could have gotten me banned.
I'm sorry, if that is in fact what happened - I have no way of truly knowing at this point because as I've said - I didn't receive any warning or take-down notice.
On one hand, I am disappointed because I thought what I had to say was important and I was learning some new things while there. I also have been genuinely concerned that those who discuss conspiracy theories so much on support groups do one of two things:
Reduce the credibility of all patients who are already in the challenging position of having to support the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease,
Create a distraction that serves the purpose of taking people's minds off the issue of solving the Chronic Lyme Disease puzzle itself, by dragging in all these additional topics and potential causes for alarm (either founded or unfounded, depending on the case) about our health, government, scientists, and business.
I was fine discussing at length the role of pharmaceutical companies and lack of ethics in clinical trials without much controversy... it is only when someone got onto the issue of chemtrails in our skies that I began wavering in my ability to respond rationally.
There is - as it's often said - a time and place for everything. And I can listen to someone else's theory about something - heck nearly anything, really - especially if they supply sound evidence from verifiable sources. But they did not, and I pointed this out to them, that and that they would appear conspiratorial to their detractors and the media - only to be told they didn't care.
And well, I very much do care what is thought of Lyme patients as a whole, and so I pointed this out on that very thread and elsewhere. And I got banned.
So that is probably what happened. That's my best guess. Which is kinda sad, because I found this cool three-part series from the Discovery Channel about the issue of chemtrails I was going to post links to in that thread and asked if anyone had seen them, at least to provide evidence on the level of NASA-style research done on chemtrails at Kettering University:
But you know what? Here's the other hand...
On the other hand, I'm somewhat relieved to be banned. Yes, relieved. Do you know why?
Because every few minutes I was spending copious amounts of time looking up other people's site links about topics completely unrelated to Borrelia and microbiology research - their links, and then other documentation to both support and refute the argument at hand - and it was beginning to wear me out with the sheer volume of material made available for me to assess.
So now I am freed from feeling compelled to make those assessments, and also free from asking for more solid evidence - though that is exactly what I wanted from them. More than to dismiss it all, because I rather people find good evidence for me to support their theories about chemtrails or something else first - before someone from the media tries to ask them not only about their pet theories about chemtrails but also about topics more germane to the discussion, like persistence in Lyme disease.
In the end, I just wish it didn't come down to this. There were other conversations I was having with other members there I quite wanted to continue which were right up my alley, about seronegativity in testing and potential forms of transmission of Borrelia in human hosts. This is what I've been researching and continue to do research on, and liked conversing with anyone else who was reading it. I was also helping one new patient with questions - and helping another person get started with creating their own blog on Blogger - and now, I cannot go back there and help them.
I'm very sorry. If you are on that forum and would like to continue chatting with me here, please post a comment and I will read it - at your request I can keep it screened as well, as I screen all comments. You can also email me at CampOther at gmail dot com.
If anyone remains on that forum, and knows which one it is - could you please inform others of my banning? I'd greatly appreciate it, rather than have some members who were concerned about me think something else happened to me. Thanks.
Now that I'm no longer a member there, expect to see more in-depth research and commentary on this blog (provided I'm well enough to keep going at a healthy clip). I will continue to post commentary, research, patent reports, resources, and articles to this site as I can, including the regular Friday Four.
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