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December 28, 2007

IMO, testimonials are fine in a religious context. Most of the religions I study, however, are not dealing with life and death issues. (Exceptions, I suppose, might be Christian Science and the Jehovah’s Witness policy on blood transfusions.)

However, when it comes to medical science or health issues, testimonials should always be ignored. The stakes are simply too high.

Generally speaking, testimonials are only used selectively. A sales person is not going to show a potential client (or patient) negative testimonials, only positive ones which which help her or him sell the product.

That is a common tactic, by the way, with a lot of health-related MLMs. They actually teach people how to use testimonials in order to generate lots of sales. IMO, it is highly unethical.

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