Perry, I have to agree with your critics. The logic underlying your case needs to be clearer and more compelling. Still I don’t mean to say I did not like the piece, and I do have the sense that it contains or is based upon non-obvious truths… I understand you mean to suggest that there are positives that might associate with things that we naturally have a negative reaction to. Fine, but you need to put more energy into convincing the reader of these surprising benefits. AND I think you need some humility (as we all do). you don’t seem to KNOW these benefits will outweigh the worriesome costs. you just think they might. …. fine. but just say it that way.
still loved the article