It would do well to remember that people have been doing "artificial" things for thousands of years. If you think about it, the only truly natural things we do are eat, sleep, breed, and poop.
We have been making fires and cooking food for...thousands of years. That's not "natural". Other animals eat their food raw.
We have had witch doctors or herbalists or medicine men digging up plants, crushing them into extracts, and making tonics or poultices since the druids. Do any other animals do that?
Making detailed plans about what we can and can't eat, when or when not to eat, is not natural either. What do animals do? They eat when food is available. They hunt or scavenge when it's not.
Modern medicine is built upon this same idea that we use our brains to do things that other animals do not. Crushing up a plant into a poultice or creating an extract in a science lab aren't that much different. Some plants are far more dangerous than some drugs, and we figured that out when someone ate a plant and then died. You can't avoid bad consequences by being "natural." Even if you believe in some sort of benevolent god who created plants for us, clearly he/she still created many poisonous and otherwise fatal substances.
Applying progesterone cream is a big "naturalist" thing that is actually pretty unnatural. It's made from diosgenin extracted from soy or yam. We weren't even able to extract the diosgenin until the 1950s...which we did because of UNNATURAL SCIENCE.
Yes, we can be our own undoing because of our wonderful brains. With our brains we created more efficient ways to make food. But that didn't remove our primal instinct to hoard food because there might not be any tomorrow, hence the reason that, throughout the ages, humans become fat gluttons as soon as they become prosperous.
We can also be really silly and proclaim that buying a face wash crushed up from plants in a lab and then distributed on trucks to Whole Foods is really "natural." If you think the ingredients are better, fine. If you just like the face wash better, fine. But to say that, BY DEFAULT, you are superior or "not lazy" than anybody else is a bit of a wild claim. You want to be natural? Throw away your computer you're posting on these boards with, dump all your belongings, and go live in Motou or Bouvet (which are pretty much untouched by humans).
There are good and bad solutions for acne. There are good "natural" solutions, and bad ones. There are good "synthetic" solutions, and bad ones. You need to use your amazing brain to figure out what works for you.
Edited by Green Gables, 05 October 2013 - 10:10 AM.