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August 15, 2015
Not much here (15/8/2015)
I've been travelling and doing other time-consuming real life things so this week's update is brief. One thing I have done is tidied up my hate male collection. I haven't been receiving many threats and complaints lately, so I will have to lift my game. Similarly, nobody has threatened to sue me for a while, so I definitely need to get out more and annoy more people.
I write and get recycled (15/8/2015)
The latest edition of Australasian Science magazine will shortly be on newsagents' shelves and in the mailboxes of people smart enough to subscribe. As usual it contains my Naked Skeptic column (I had a paradox during the recent snowstorms - it was too cold to get into character properly for writing but I didn't need to wear clothes anyway because I couldn't leave the house). The article includes an admission of a personal failure that could inevitably be exploited by anti-vaccination liars and other quackish lowlifes, but it's always better to be honest.
In the January edition of AS I wrote about the placebo effect. The word "placebo" comes from the Latin meaning "I must please", and is a psychological condition which causes people to respond favourably to medical treatments which actually have no active component. It is based on the expectation that something good is happening, and actually applies to real medicines and treatments as well. Clinical trials are designed to separate real effects from placebo.
The latest edition of The Skeptic includes modified versions of two articles I had written for Australasian Science in the past. You can read the originals at "Confirmation bias, denialism and Morton’s Demon." and "Words have meanings".
The vileness of me. (15/8/2015)
It seems that I have upset someone on Facebook. Judging by the other people who received similar messages it might have something to do with the egregious quack Stanislaw Burzynski.
And I'm blocked (15/8/2015)
An anonymous anti-vaccination liar who can't spell and who claims that vaccination is equivalent to rape threatens to block me on Twitter. I weep copiously. No, I don't.
I replied, and as promised I was immediately blocked.
August 8, 2015
I am guided in several directions (8/8/2015)
I am always open to learning new things or having my misconceptions pointed out. This email educated me on many matters. I am still ignorant, however, of the relevance of the subject line "Butterflybag".
From: Martin Jones
Didn’t agree with your view on Royal Rife, deriding him, and I guess as you would many others who wish to practice Homeopathic medicine instead of the Allopathic poisoning we are asked to accept as "standard practice"
The nonsense attributed to Rife had absolutely nothing to do with homeopathy, and according to the person who invented the word Rife was an allopath.
Wait until you see those you love die at the hands of so called medical experts who place poison into your veins and watch it slowly kill them. Barbaric and useless despite the trillions spent on "the cure for cancer", what a joke.
Are you seriously suggesting that doctors don't care about the outcomes of the treatments they provide?
Of course this is still "current" best practice and we are told to shut up get treated and then die. All the while oncologists still get paid whether you live or die , the Health juggernaut keeps on going.
Do you think that oncologists should only be paid if their patients live? For how long after treatment? One week? One month? One year? Five years? Fifty years? Forever? Are you going to apply the same rule to the charlatans who offer alternative "cures", or is it acceptable for them to charge large amounts of money up front?
Yes we have come a long way in the field of medical trauma , but we are still in the dark ages with our treatment of diabetes, arthritis and cancers, most caused by what we eat and what we breathe in , but I wont mention Monsanto or roundup etc etc.
I'm glad you didn't mention Monsanto or Roundup because they have nothing to do with the causes or treatment of disease. I'm rather surprised to hear that people in the dark ages had access to insulin, metformin, paracetamol, codeine and tamoxifen but I like learning new things.
I am not some raving purist , having worked in the health industry in major teaching hospitals for over 35yrs, HEALTH is a business , the "do no harm" has gone out the window, and has been replaced with "ensure we profit"
Whereas suppliers of "natural" or "alternative" medicines either give their products and services away or operate only at break-even? According to the latest financial reports from Blackmores (Australia's best-known purveyor of snake oil), in the six months to the end of December 2014 there was a profit of $18,615,000 made on sales of $206,361,000. That's a profit rate of just over 9%, a figure that would make most companies very happy indeed.
Get the feeling that I am sick of apologists for those who think because they have a Medical Degree that this somehow infers the title of God upon them ?
Be assured many are waking up to the deception.
Unfortunately not enough people are waking up to the deception of so-called "alternative medicine", which is more correctly called "alternative to medicine".
Try telling your doctor that your not going to take your cholesterol lowering drugs ( another scam), anyway I could, as you probably can go on and on.
Your doctor can't force you to take any drug. Make sure that when you tell your doctor that you are not going to take the cholesterol lowering drugs that you also provide him with a notarised statement that makes it quite clear that he must refuse to treat you if you suffer a stroke, a heart attack or kidney failure. It would be hypocritical of you to accept any intervention but you need to cover the doctor in case someone accuses him of acting unethically.
Please open your eyes and see that the emperor really doesn’t have any clothes on.
Most great discoveries came as a result of those who searched and researched differently , otherwise doctors still wouldn’t be washing their hands between patients.
Why should hand washing make any difference if germs don't cause disease? Remember that the big three alternatives to medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture, all operate on the basis that the "germ theory" of disease is incorrect.
But you are entitled to your opinions, but if we don’t search everywhere for cures we are doing mankind a great disservice.
I know several people who spend every hour of their working lives searching everywhere for cures.
Regards & blessings
Chiropractors. Such fun people. (8/8/2015)
"Outrageous!", you say. "Impossible!", you say. But the last one has happened. Several times.
The President-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia has been forced to resign from the position because it has been revealed that she had been going into hospitals and "adjusting" new-born babies. She admitted on her Facebook page that she had done it at least once, but since this was revealed several more stories of chiropractors doing the same thing have come to light. Ms Helen Alevaki (who likes to be called "Dr" even tough she is only a chiropractor) works out of a chiropractic business named "chiro4wellness" and apparently specialises in a particular kind of quackery known as "Webster Technique" which appears on the surface to be some sort of obstetric practice which pretends to make birth easier. (Ms Alevaki had her own children at home with a midwife. Of course.) The method of gaining access to hospital patients is to come as a visitor, draw the curtains around the bed, and get cracking on the baby's spine.
If a real doctor did this to someone who was not his patient, in a hospital to which he did not have visiting credentials as a doctor, he would face severe discipline and possibly even loss of his licence to practice. The punishment for a chiropractor is to do two hours of training on record-keeping and the use of social media. And to keep on chiropractising without any further impediment. Chiropractic is, after all, a self-regulated industry, and there is that old cliché about foxes and henhouses.
What is outrageous is that chiropractors are allowed to get anywhere near babies other than the usual interaction allowed to normal parents, friends and relatives. They are not doctors, they are not pediatricians, they have no qualifications to do anything related to babies. (Or anyone else, in my opinion.) That there is an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association should be an affront to all the real doctors who treat children without the need to resort to magic. Oh, did I mention that the ICPA urges caution about vaccinations and suggests that parents ask their doctors such questions as "Where is the scientific evidence showing vaccines are safer than the disease itself?", " Where is the scientific evidence showing vaccines prevent these diseases?" and "Where is the balance on the pro-vaccine web sites?". The organisation that Ms Alevaki heads is a member of ICPA.
You can read a media report of Ms Alevaki's resignation from her position at CAA here.
In that article you will see mention of a group known as Chiropractic Australia. This has been presenting itself to the world as an association of chiropractors who want to practice some form of evidence-based medicine, getting away from the innate energy and subluxations of traditional chiropractic. The founder of this group has recently said that further research needs to be done into pediatric chiropractic, but until that is done it is better to err on the safe side and keep fiddling with babies' backs. Or, put another way, keep doing the things which have no evidential backing. Just like all the other chiropractors. This is a "profession" which cannot be salvaged.
Who is that masked man? (8/8/2015)
Much of the credit for exposing chiropractors' adventures in hospitals goes to my friend Peter Tierney, who has been pursuing these quacks relentlessly over the last year or two. (Peter was the 2014 Australian Skeptic Of The Year.) He does his work through a blog using the rather transparent pseudonym of Reasonable Hank. The name behind the blog is not actually a secret, but this doesn't stop people speculating.
The following exchange happened on an anti-vaccination liar Facebook page.
I am endlessly amused by the constant confusion in quackworld about who is who. One example is the continual claim by Patrick Timothy Bolen, spokescloaca to quacks, that I use at least thirty different aliases when posting to Usenet groups (I use my own name and no other), and another was the clown who said that I was totally anonymous running this site and in the very next paragraph revealed my employer, home address and telephone number. I know and have met both Peter Tierney and Ken McLeod but I can honestly say that I have never met the person in the picture face-to-face, although I have seen him in a mirror.
Sometimes I think that if we could harness the heat of burning stupid we could close some coal-fired power stations.
July 25, 2015
Where's he been? (25/7/2015)
I took a sort of a break during July. I've had family visiting (I live a long way from everyone now) and for a while my entire town was cut off from the rest of the world by the heaviest snowfall for 40 years. As my car was buried in snow in my yard I wasn't about to go anywhere anyway. Fun times, but in the immortal words of Arnie the music store employee when he was asked where to find a CD of the Brandenburg Concertos: "Aisle B. Bach". I also had problems with a tooth that had received a root canal job and a crown about 15 years ago. It acquired some infection underneath it and had to be taken out. It decided to crumble, so the dentist had to remove the roots using methods that I'd rather not think about. This was an exception to the fun times.
The mail trickles in (25/7/2015)
I was particularly attracted to the ambivalent spelling in the subject line.
Interesting article though disturbingly angry. I've started taking minerals he prescribed and am seeing improvements of symptoms I suffered from for years. In the end the proof is in the evidence versus any persons opinion
Thank you for your comment. It would help if I knew which quack you are talking about.
A polite anti-vaxxer (25/7/2015)
Chris Savage is a retired Queensland police officer, although whether his retirement was voluntary is a matter for speculation. He spoke at one of the recent rallies where people complained about not getting benefits to which they were not entitled and is a regular contributor to various anti-vaccination liar pages and groups on Facebook. Because Facebook sometimes considers it to be a breach of its community standards to mention people by name (even when replying to them - see here, here and here) some of the sane groups insist that names should be blanked out in screenshots, but my view is "You said it. You own it".
And here it is for the search engines to find.
You can see some of the work of the remarkable Dr Sircus here. He also wants to kill people.
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