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Alternative Medicine


9/4/15

How the cancer known as "Alternative Medicine" has metastasized in the U.S. (14:44)

How much would you give to be able to examine
Senator Harkins' offshore bank accounts?

Maybe this will give you an idea why candidates
will spend millions of dollars to win a job ...

that only pays thousands


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3/12/15

Finally ... a blunt, no-nonsense verdict on homeopathy

I guess the "blunt, no-nonsense" part must have given away the fact, that ...

this was outside the United States


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5/24/14

Is this the final nail in the coffin of the anti-fluoridation kooks?

Don't count on it. Kooks are like rubber duckies in a bathtub:
you can clobber them with a baseball bat as hard as you want,
but the little suckers will always float right back up to the surface.

Oh by the way,

here is an email exchange I had with some of the kooks (3 pages)


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12/11/13

Homeopaths in India go on hunger strike

On the plus side, if they all die of hunger,
maybe they'll reincarnate as herbs ...

and be ground up into homeopathic pills


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7/19/13

Science vs. Pseudoscience

And the winner remains ... Pseudoscience

Who was the main proponent behind the current multi-vitamin craze?

"Joseph Fortunato, chief executive of General Nutrition Centers said
"The thing to do with these reports is just ride them out.
We see no impact on our business.
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2010

Victims of alternative medicine are similar to the victims of Stockholm Syndrome:
in each case they bond with their abusers.
In Stockholm Syndrome, they hope to gain the trust of their abuser
and therefore, a better chance at survival.
In alternative medicine they bond because they want to regain hope for survival,
or a least an improvement in their condition,
by accepting what the frauds are offering them.

Stockholm Syndrome


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1987

In 1987 chiropractors (and other quacks)
won a big victory over the American Medical Association,
ushering in an era of legalized quackery.

Stripped of government protection, the public was now left to fend for itself.
While this sounds bad, it could be turned into a blessing in disguise
if it forces the masses to develop the rational thinking skills necessary
to defend themselves from frauds.




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1987

'Alternative Medicine' is a name coined by con artists
to add legitimacy to their fraudulent practices.
It is for the same reason that religious believers call their invisible ghosts ... gods.

The old name for Alternative Medicine was accurate enough ... quackery.


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Anti-Vaxxers


10/20/16

In more advanced countries, like Australia,
they don't screw around with the Nut Jobs who threaten their children:

Australia won't tolerate nurses who push anti-vax nonsense

Australia stands up to anti-science morons
by refusing benefits to anti-vax parents ...

Vaccinate those little bundles of dribble and sputum ... or else

Australians show America what good government looks like;
taking action that will save many innocent lives.

Senate stomps on Anti-Vaxxers


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3/15/15

Classic Emails (9 pages)

My attack on anti-vaxxers
(and by mistake - one pro-vaxxer)


And just when we were all getting to know one another
and I thought I could almost feel real bonds being formed ...

they all went silent


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2/27/15

Jimmy Kimmel's attack on anti-vax loons
(with the help of some doctors) ...

is hysterical (4:57)




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2/19/15

The psychology behind the anti-vax movement

He put it a whole lot nicer than I would have.


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2/9/15

Liberal icon Bill Maher bitterly disappoints the skeptical community
with his anti-vax nonsense (12:30)

But Orac takes down both Maher and his panel ... point by point

Now THAT ... was a beautiful read.

And if you think Maher should be flogged a little more ...

this was pretty good too


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2/2/15

You are never going to believe this ...

Which state has the highest vaccination rate?

Remember this link?

Where shall I begin the list of cliches?
"Every dog has its day"
"Around every dark cloud there is a silver lining"
"There's a speck of light in the darkest night"

Okay, I made that last one up: but you get the point ...

Congratulations Mississippi!


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9/8/14

Jenny McCarthy's child didn't develop autism because of a vaccine -
that has been conclusively ruled out by scientific research.
The evidence indicates that, in most cases, autism is inherited.

However, parents do not have to be helpless bystanders.
They can have a dramatic impact on the severity of their child's autism.
But this requires a huge investment of time and love;
something that not all parents are willing, or able, to provide.

Helping kids with autism

McCarthy tried desperately to put the blame
for her son's condition on the medical profession.
But the evidence implicates, not the medical profession, but the parent's genetics;
and the study you just read heaps more blame, not on the medical field,
but on McCarthy herself, who could have done so much more,
but chose instead, to invest her time in a glamorous career.
So maybe the real motivation behind McCarthy's crusade is ... guilt?

So how much death and misery have been brought to Americans
as a result of the ignorance and influence of Jenny "Body Bags" McCarthy?

About twice as much, as brought by ... the 9/11 terrorists

(but the difference is, her carnage is still ongoing ... with no end in sight)


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11/15/13

Chicken Pox Parties

My official statement:

Any parent who intentionally gets their child infected with chicken pox,
or any other communicable disease,
should have their children taken from them, and then be sent to Federal Prison.
After their release, they should be prohibited from ever raising children again.

(Unofficially ... you don't want to know what I really think should be done to them)


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6/1/13

How to go from hero to scum ... the story of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Kennedy spreading anti-vax propaganda

When I saw Kennedy's work in the movie "The Last Mountain"
I believed him to be a true American hero.
As an environmental lawyer he is quite well qualified in environmental issues.
But like so many others, Kennedy assumes that his expertise in one field
automatically makes him an expert in other fields.
By that, I mean that he overrules the scientific consensus
in a field in which he is not qualified.
That is the very definition of arrogance.
Now he spreads the pseudoscientific lies of the anti-vax movement.

There is no one sitting on Death Row, in any state,
who is responsible for more deaths than Jenny McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

And another hero has fallen
(No, I didn't mean Jenny McCarthy - I was thinking of Linus Pauling)


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2/15/13

Okay, I admit it.
This slam against anti-vaxxers is a blatant steal from the web site of

The Friendly Atheist

But Hemant's comment was just too funny, not to steal:

"Remember polio?
Cases of polio have decreased 99% since 1988.
It’s been eradicated in the U.S.
Do you think it’s because God was all of a sudden bored ...
with crippling young kids?
"


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Food, Drink, & Vitamins


11/4/15

"Junk Food" is a scapegoat for obesity ...
according to many scientific studies like this one (1:51)



It's time to step away from the keyboard ... and the remote


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10/23/15

Alternative medicine supplementation continues its unblemished record of ...

failure


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7/10/15

GMO's ... explained (11:25)




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10/22/14

Dietary supplements are designed to relieve you of one thing,
and one thing only ...

that annoying wad of cash in your wallet


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10/15/14

If you consume "energy drinks" ...

you should probably read this


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9/25/14

More powerful scientific proof in support of the position that ...

GMO's are safe


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7/24/14

Neil DeGrasse Tyson tells anti-GMO freaks to "chill out"




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7/10/14

Antioxidants and cancer

Good rule of thumb:
When deciding on whether to take the advice of scientists or salesmen ...

Go with the scientists


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10/7/13

Should you take vitamin supplements?

With 2/3's of Americans classified as either fat or obese,
vitamin deficiencies are extremely rare.


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9/3/12

Huge meta analysis of health studies found no evidence that "organic" is better.

Pay More ... Get Basically The Same Benefits


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Quacks & Frauds


6/17/14

I've been waiting for this for a long time ...

Dr. Oz finally got his ass cooked ... in the Senate

If it were up to me, Oz would be sharing a cell and shower facilities with ...

Kevin Trudeau

So how does America reward its biggest charlatans, liars, and quacks?

With oodles and oodles of money ... and fame (2:40)



(and the show "The Doctors" isn't much better)

UPDATE

Registered quack (Dr. Oz) will fight back to preserve his empire ...

and keep the flow of money from fools ... rolling in

Quote from Oz: "We provide multiple points of view, including mine
which is offered without conflict of interest.
That doesn’t sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts.”

That quote from Oz reminds me of the old story
about the wife who comes home from work unexpectedly,
and catches her husband in bed having sex with their hot young neighbor.
When the wife protests, her husband simply denies that they are having sex.

The wife says "But I just saw you - I mean, I can see you!"

Her husband continues to deny they are having sex.
Confused and befuddled, the wife leaves the room and returns to work.

THAT, my friends ... is Dr. Oz


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3/17/14

The fall of Kevin Trudeau: from a mansion in Switzerland ...
to a 10-year lease on a tiny cell with "Bubba"





And here's the life Kevin left behind (11:01)

Must have been great ... while it lasted


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2014

Of all the people in the world,
who do you think has made the most money off quantum physics?
Niels Bohr? Paul Dirac? Richard Feynman? Werner Heisenberg?
Maybe John von Neumann? Max Planck? Or even Erwin Schrodinger?

Not even close.
That honor belongs to a mind far more powerful than any of those listed above ...

Deepak Chopra

Here is a picture of him when he was young




And here is a picture of Deepak as he looks today



Oh well, I guess the anti-aging thing didn't work out so well for him,
but quantum physics has made him filthy rich,
so at least he won't go away empty-handed ...

(I just wish he would go away)


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11/20/13

Sylvia Browne remains the epitome of consistency ...
she hasn't gotten one right yet.



Sylvia died at age 77 (11 years before the age ... she predicted)

That article made me gag. It sounded like it was written by her agent.
I don't have respect for the dead when, while alive,
they did nothing to earn that respect.

Good riddance to bad garbage ... rot in peace.


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4/23/13

Remember the millionaire businessman
who got even richer by selling fake bomb detectors in Iraq,
costing many people their lives?

Well ... he got convicted


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2013

The Burzynski Cancer Clinic files a DMCA to force a video off YouTube. Why?

Watch and find out (9:39)

UPDATE

(It looks like they've used some of their vast resources
to also remove the video above
which would have told you why they forced a video off YouTube)

Take your pick

Whenever you are trying to figure out which side the "bad guys" are on,
look to see which side is trying desperately to shut the other side up.

That is always a dead giveaway


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Other Pseudoscience


1/31/15

Classic Emails (3 pages)

What exactly is the Canadian Institute for Applied Astronomy?

It's a web site for astrology kooks


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10/27/14

I sent the following email to a science writer who was reporting on a story
about a petition circulated by scientists, against ...

Brain Games (4 pages)

I wasn't defending "Brain Games."
I couldn't defend or attack them because the petition was so poorly written
that it didn't specify which claims were being challenged.

I was attacking the scientists who made general, vague accusations.
As scientists, they should have known better. Then I found this ...

One type of "brain game" that does improve mental functioning

So I sent a followup email:

"This study, published in PNAS, gives a great example of why
you should have been more specific when you were attacking "Brain Games."
You need to specify which claims were excessive or untrue,
otherwise you are simply mounting an assault on thinking."

(they didn't reply before, so I expect they'll ignore this one too)


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2013

Do lemmings really commit mass suicide
by jumping off cliffs and drowning?

Those Disney pricks should have been the ones
who were pushed off the cliff



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10/22/12

6 Italian scientists sentenced to 6 years in prison for ...
not predicting an earthquake!



Why weren't any psychics convicted?
Why weren't any clergy convicted? (they claim to talk to God)
Instead, they convicted the ones who admit they can't predict earthquakes.
I vote that we all boycott Pizza until the conviction is overturned.
(On second thought, let's just boycott Roman Gladiator movies).


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7/11/12

No - the eyes do not tell you if a person is lying

Richard Wiseman Debunks Neuro-Linguistic Programming


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