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In response to the recent letter attacking the reputation of iridology, I would like to add my opinion. I am a 25-year-old who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome about four years ago.

Throughout the course of my illness, I have seen a number of physicians and taken a number of prescription drugs. Only since I have changed my diet and rid myself of a number of stressful situations has my condition improved. I have been prescription drug-free for at least two years and would add that I have a lesser faith in modern medicine, except in more acute and life-threatening cases. I would also add that I am currently seeing an iridologist for this condition, and I, like this woman's husband, spend a great deal of money on vitamins and herbal remedies. Though I know that this alone will not heal me of my condition, I feel it is better than pumping my already weakened immune system full of synthetic drugs or doing nothing.

Iridology, like everything else, is not a 100 percent guarantee. The same is true for doctors; some are good while others are quacks. What people often fail to realize is that many modern medicines are synthetic reproductions of natural plants and herbs, and that these remedies have been around for thousands of years while modern drugs have only been around for the last 50 years or so.

Michael W. Best Alden

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