Something that has always puzzled me is why people who offer guaranteed cures for diseases like AIDS, diabetes and cancer are so frightened of anyone who speaks out against them. Surely, if they could do what they claim they can do, riches and fame beyond imagination would be theirs and any opposition would be ridiculed if not ignored. The really amazing thing is that these quacks have so little faith in what they do that it is not necessary to even try to prove them wrong to attract their attention and ire. All anyone has to do is say that they don't like the quackery.
This suggests to me that these quacks know that what they are saying is nonsense. They also know that it is nonsense that will collapse under even the most cursory examination. The letter reproduced below comes from the PR outlet for not-a-medical-Dr Hulda Clark, and almost perfectly exemplifies the fear and paranoia. It seems that the entire works of this "international humanitarian" (as Mr Bolen describes her) can be destroyed by the actions of a "de-licensed MD", a "pimple doctor", an "emotionally disturbed man" who is also "a house painter", a "22-year old veterinary student", and (best of all) an "unemployed computer consultant (whose wife supports him)". What a gang of thugs! If the five of us got together I am sure we could come up with an answer to world hunger and poverty. World peace will be a little harder, but I am sure people as powerful as us can do it. (Note to humour-challenged "alternative medicine" believers – the last three sentences are a joke. Actually, they are "irony". Look it up.)
More evidence of wagon-circling can be detected in the fact that the DrClark mailing list at Yahoo! Groups no longer has archives available to the public. Also, there is talk on the list about throwing out the "spies" so that list members can talk about Clark's ludicrous theories without any chance of exposure to facts. It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. Here is a clue for the moderator of the DrClark list – Hotmail.
|Update: The purge has happened, and people were banned from the DrClark list, some without ever having posted anything to the list. Here is my own badge of honour. Why are they so frightened of people even reading what they have to say?|
Another thing apparent from the letter below is the common tactics used by threatened people to respond to the threats. I have talked to people who are involved in the fight against those who would deny the reality of the Holocaust and they see the same sort of tactics. Lies about qualifications (Dr Barrett is not a "de-licensed MD", he has retired and no longer needs to have a practitioner's licence), lies about financial status (I am not unemployed and my wife does not support me), associations with hated groups (Tim thinks we are Nazis, but has yet to play the trump card of calling us paedophiles), claims about shady (but substantial) sources of finance (often made in the same sentence as statements about how the target is simultaneously broke), claims of enormous support for the quack from millions of people and other clichés of the paranoid. (See the CCRG Correspondence File and the GAL Chronicles for the work of an expert.)
I have made an offer which can be seen at The Cancer 100 Challenge to assist anyone with a cure for cancer to apply for (and inevitably win) a Nobel Prize. All Hulda Clark has to do is produce some cured people. If she can do what any large hospital in any major city can do then we will be proved wrong and will crawl away in our embarrassment.
Why won't she do this? Because she can't! She has never cured anyone. She will never cure anyone. She is a quack and a fraud who preys on desperate people, misguided people and hypochondriacs. She knows it and Bolen knows it, and that is why they are so frightened of five people who have no power other than the ability to point at the quackery and say "look at this".
From: "Tim & Jan Bolen"
To: "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters 2"
Subject: CLARK UPDATE: The Figueroa vs. Clark case – WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING....
Date sent: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 11:56:16 -0800
Opinion by Tim Bolen
Everyone in the American Health movement knows about the legal troubles (the Indiana case) dumped on Hulda Regehr Clark – and the outcome. What many don't know is that there is, and was, a plot to cause her these problems – and that there is one specific individual, a kingpin, an aging propagandist, behind it all. His name is Stephen Barrett, and he is a de-licensed MD, operating out of his basement in Allentown, PA. Barrett is now, and has been, conducting a "wild-eyed" onslaught against world health humanitarian Hulda Regehr Clark. PhD, ND.
Early in 1999, Barrett ordered his minions, including his personal attorney Christopher Grell, to mount an all-out, anything goes, attack against Clark.
Clark's books had been selling well, far better than Barrett's books.
With big promises of financial reward, Barrett had advertised on his website (quackwatch.com) for, and found, a female plaintiff to claim that Clark had somehow damaged her at Clark's research clinic in Mexico – a bogus lawsuit against Clark and twenty one other defendants.
Barrett's attack against Clark didn't stop with just that bogus lawsuit. Barrett goes far further than that. He mounted an all-out attack, one that if Clark supporters hadn't been prepared for, might have worked.
THE EVIL ASSAULT AGAINST CLARK.
(1). Apparently, in early 1999, Barrett ordered attorney Grell to file criminal charges against Clark with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego. The FBI declined to investigate (they had better things to do), but did run an NCIC check which, we all know, ended up in Clark's arrest on seven year old charges, which were later dropped, in Indiana.
(2). During the case activity, Barrett sent an emotionally disturbed man, who blames Clark for his mother's death of cancer, to a Clark rally for the express purpose of disrupting it. The man claims that although his mother never did Clark's protocol (he wouldn't let her), that somehow Clark is still responsible for his mother's death. Barrett, who has had Psychiatric training (although never Board Certified), was well aware that this man had said in public "I don't know what I'd do if I ever met Clark." Barrett sent him anyway, and did not notify police of the potential danger to Clark, and her supporters. Fortunately, Clark supporters, monitoring Barrett's chat group (healthfraud.ssr), intercepted the discussion, and alerted authorities. The man was ordered off the property, and Clark was kept safe.
(3). Barrett's heir apparent to the "quackbuster" throne is, I believe, Terry Polevoy, MD, a "pimple doctor" in Canada. Polevoy is now, and has been, under investigation by Canadian authorities for a number of reasons. According to the Canadian press, Polevoy entered Canada as a draft dodger from the United States. Polevoy stalked Canadian Radio personality Christine McPhee for months, and other females for shorter periods of time. Polevoy may have ceased his clandestine following of McPhee, and others, after police raided his home late one night, questioning his activities. Canadian medical authorities are investigating allegations of mental instability and professional misconduct against Polevoy. Polevoy could lose his medical license.
Polevoy operates a "hate" website where he specializes in attacks against leading-edge health professionals that spurn the heavy prescribing of dangerous drugs. Polevoy conducted such a virulent attack against Clark in Canada that Clark Supporters felt it necessary to put an armed cordon around Clark when she was the guest speaker in Toronto. Toronto police were standing by to assist. Polevoy's website was turned off by his original provider, but he has since found space for his virulence from another fringe group..
(4). Barrett conducts an internet campaign to disrupt Clark's activities and her support network.
(a) Barrett has set up a system whereby when someone "searches" for Clark information on the internet, they are sent to a series of websites, including his own and Polevoy's, where virulent dis-information is thrust at the reader as authoritative. The websites are run by a house painter in Ohio, a 22-year old veterinary student (who works with Polevoy) in Canada, an unemployed computer consultant (whose wife supports him) in Australia – not by anyone with credentials.
(b) Barrett minions have infiltrated and disrupted the Clark discussion groups. Several of Barrett's hate-mongers have infiltrated the DrClark@eGroups list and verbally truncheon Clark supporters and those interested in information on Clark's protocols.
(c) Barrett threatens lawsuits against anyone who tells Clark supporters the truth about Barrett's activities.
(d) Barrett is making false statements, and providing mis-information, to internet service providers in attempts to damage the Clark network.
(e) and more...
BARRETT – GRELL, THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE...
San Francisco based lawyer Christopher Grell is Stephen Barrett's personal attorney, and has represented him, AND LOST, in at least two cases we know of. Grell has a record of absurdly filed lawsuits, which he spends a lot of time on. He causes the opposition to spend a lot of time (and money) on these cases, and then he loses – and then loses on appeal.
I believe that Barrett and his minions, including Grell, have conspired to intentionally abuse our court system to "stalk" Hulda Regehr Clark for the express purpose of stopping, or slowing, the research she has devoted her life to. I believe Barrett and his minions know that Clark's protocols have helped thousands of people – and for that reason they want them stopped. I believe that Barrett, and his henchmen, want the protocols stopped knowing that such an action would cause the suffering and deaths of millions of people worldwide – and they don't care.
I have reason to believe that Christopher Grell is a legal "stalker-for-hire." I believe that Stephen Barrett, directly, or once-removed, is a "wild-eyed" vexatious litigant, and is the "real litigant" behind Figuero vs. Clark. In California there is law forbidding "vexatious litigants," those that use the courts to harass, and stalk, people they do not like, or do not agree with.
I have reason to believe, Barrett, and hence Grell, are working directly for, and indirectly for, and are being paid directly, and indirectly, by the sleaziest of the drug lords.
BARRETT HAS THREATENED TO SUE ME...
Stephen Barrett has threatened to sue me several times over my opinions about his activities, but has failed to do so. I believe he knows that I would use the opportunity to sieze his records with a court order, and I'd be in his basement lair with my research team, and their microscopes, before he could bellow "Heil Hitler" four times in a row.
Stephen Barrett is scared to death of me – and he should be – for if I get access to his records, I'll turn over everything I find interesting to a Federal Grand Jury investigation, and write a book about it...
THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW...
The public needs to know "Who exactly is paying Christopher Grell's legal fees?" In the Clark case alone (two years of litigation against 22 defendants), it looks like Grell was able to amass billing hours somewhere between $700,000 to 1.2 million dollars. As far as I know the Figueroas don't have this kind of money, and I doubt that Stephen Barrett is sending him personal checks. So where is the money coming from?
Specifically, who, EXACTLY, is PAYING Grell to harass Clark?
Barrett makes claim to be an "expert in quackery." He, and his minions, have named Hulda Clark as a "quack." Barrett's "lack of expertise" was exposed last year in a court case in New York state, when it was discovered, in the courtroom, that Barrett mis-represents his credentials, claiming he is "a retired Psychiatrist." Barrett was forced to admit, under oath, that he, in fact, had never been Board Certified, in any State, or anywhere in the world, as a Psychiatrist.
Barrett's publicized Curriculum Vitae seems to indicate that he, for whatever reason, was unable to hold a job for any length of time, over the ENTIRE LENGTH of his career.
The government of New Zealand, in a scathing report, OFFICIALLY declared the writings of Stephen Barrett as "propaganda, and of no evidentiary value."
THE NEW MEMBER OF CLARK'S LEGAL TEAM...
Carlos F. Negrete is a well known California based Civil attorney who takes on, and WINS, high profile cases. Among his many experiences, he has successfully fought HMOs for their refusal to treat patients. He is a known advocate of patients' rights.
After analyzing the Clark case Negrete says "This is a very suspicious case. It looks to me that there is a hidden agenda here, that has nothing to do with the original filing of the case. For good cause, we are demanding that Plaintiff's attorney immediately produce evidence backing their doubtful claims – and produce the Plaintiffs for deposition, which we will video tape. Up to now, although the Plaintiff's attorney has made grandiose claims, he has failed to come forward with any meaningful evidence. Shockingly, the Plaintiff's attorney has failed to produce one single piece of medical documentation to support ANY of his client's dubious claims. More importantly, the Plaintiffs have not "legally verified" any of the answers to our questions. And, attorney Grell is refusing to produce the Plaintiffs for deposition. I'm beginning to wonder if there really is a Plaintiff, at all, or whether Grell has made them up out of whole cloth."
Negrete also says "Dr. Clark will not be intimidated into stopping the research that she has devoted her life to, for the benefit of millions of people. We intend to vigorously fight these specious, unsupported, and irresponsible claims. Dr. Clark does not intend to cower away from mean spirited attacks on her reputation. We strongly believe that Dr. Clark will ultimately prevail in the lawsuit and be vindicated."
Barrett isn't going to like Negrete, one bit...
THE FACTS OF THE CASE...
Christopher Grell sued twenty-two defendants in the Figueroa vs. Clark case. In almost two years he has made no effort to subpoena more than half of those. Some of those named in the suit as co-defendants with Dr. Clark, the Clark team has never heard of, and it is not explained in the suit what their relationship might be. One of the defendants named does not exist at all, and never has. Another defendant wasn't even around during the time of the supposed incident.
It is not known whether Barrett's lawyer, Christopher Grell, did shoddy preparation for the Figuero lawsuit, or whether his actions were intentional. There are facts about Grell and Barrett which point in either, and both, directions. Shoddy preparation and inadequate legal activities can be a tactic to exhaust the opposition's legal funds.
Grell can't, or won't, produce the so-called Plaintiffs, Esther and Jose Figueroa. The Plaintiffs don't appear to have any part in the case. And it looks like they are not, themselves, answering the court-ordered legal "interrogatories" and demands for information. It may be that Grell/Barrett are keeping the Figueroas themselves in the dark, for their own reasons, or to further their own agenda.
Meanwhile, Stephen Barrett's minions announce the so-called Figueroa "complaints" in the case all over the internet as though they were true.
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