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This is very similar to what I experienced as well. Add to that a child with autism, and the vitriol becomes much more intense. I think you guys saw what happened when I posted on the vaccinations debate about autism.
I've heard some really awful things about my son, and about my choices from the natural community. Surprisingly, I haven't heard anything but kind remarks from mainstream parents about my son. But from the AP community, which I used to be a major part of, it's been pretty vile. I don't participate in the AP community much anymore. But I do, and have baby worn, coslept, cloth diapered, breastfed, participated in homebirth advocacy (NOT anymore. I was always told it is safer than hospital birth, but apparently the science does not bear out, and I'm very pro-science) and gentle disciplined since I became a parent about a dozen years ago.
Crunchy cred? I gots it. Except for the science thing. I mean, we grow almost all of our own food, and what I can't grow I get delivered from a CSA. We beekeep, we're working on a new chicken coop for chickens, have solar power for our home and solar heated pool, aquaponics, I grind my own flour, make my soap, cleaners, shampoo. Dye and make many of our clothes. But we believe in western medicine and science, and have a child who is not damaged from vaccines, even though he does have autism. And I'm shunned. This is really the only board on MDC I feel I could post on.