I have recently been finding and removing blog comments that are irrelevant to the posting they are associated with and that appear to be thinly-disguised advertising for specific commercial health products or services. Further, those comments say nothing about the science related to the product or service promoted.
I ask users not to post such comments and I will remove any I come across.
This is a non-commercial science-oriented blog. Given the growing readership for this blog, I could probably realize a significant revenue stream from advertising. However, I have decided to keep the blog non-commercial and that includes comments. This is not about the value of any product or service. It is about the integrity of the blog as a vehicle for scientific communication.
I will, however consider comments responsibly addressing the science behind specific products or services on a case-by-case basis. I will not consider comments that dismiss the science, for example, by saying “our product strengthens the immune system,” or “supports mitochondrial health”without saying how it does that and citing supporting research literature publications as I do in my blog entries.
And for the vast majority of you who have generated useful and interesting comments, thank you.