Is this my business? No. Should I keep my nose out of it? Quite possibly. But I have served as a moderator for a few different websites, (very!)large and small, and have a few thoughts:
Smilemomma has answered your initial questions, and she wasn't the only one to note a certain tone that is not exactly conducive to proactive, positive problem-solving. I imagine this is an especially difficult board to moderate as so little can be truly peer-supplied information; rather than keeping an eye on things, smoothing over disagreements, energizing things if they get slow, and that sort of more "invisible hand" kinds of things, she is our primary source of information, usually. That takes serious time, since by definition we want the well-thought-out, accurate advice, not something just tossed off.
You may well have had some terrible experiences with the medical community -- your comments about vaccinations and a look at your website, featuring unattended home births, seems to indicate that you are generally distrustful, and I'm sure there's a reason for that.
However, as a third party sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, Smilemomma's explanation made very good sense to me, and I hope she doesn't feel beholden to answer your latest round of questions. You're obviously intelligent -- you are obviously a very good writer, for example. But it seems like there are some rather commonsensical answers to your newer questions, for example:
|You said that the reason that the body cannot heal an abcess on its own is partly because it is enclosed, but from what I understand a draining abcess is not enclosed. Why is an artificially created hole better than the one that the body makes? Isn't creating a hole in a tooth in a dentist's office with instruments actually more likely to cause accidental trauma, spread infection and introduce foreign germs (I liken this to amniotomy as my background is in childbirth)?
Infection is bad. Period. The idea is to stop the infection as soon as possible. Period. Yes, the body may eventually make a hole, after the infection has had lots of opportunity to spread. Smilemomma has gone into some of the dangers of the infection spreading. The artificial hole gets rid of the infection more quickly, under controlled circumstances. I understand that there are some unfortunate parallels -- episiotomies, for example, where a nice "controlled" snip was thought better than an "uncontrolled" tear. And I have lots and lots of respect for people who think for themselves. But this basic fact -- infection is bad -- really doesn't seem to be up for debate.