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Here's how not to point out an error (29/4/2006)
The person who sent me the email below was not happy that I Tapping the back to tap the wallethad said nasty things about a form of quackery known as Advanced Allergy Elimination. This particular form of theft takes those little spring-loaded mallets used by some chiropractors and uses them to hit points on acupuncture meridians, thus curing allergies. There is also a bit of the old arm-pulling trick (it took me five minutes to learn how to do this, but only because I had to learn three techniques) and some bottles of vibrations. Only one allergy can be treated at a time, so patients have to return many times to be cured. You can read what I had to say about this fraud here. The correspondent was obviously upset, and you can see my responses in italics.

From: "Craig Reimer"
Subject: allergy treatment that is apparently a concoction of quackeries!!!!
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 18:29:46 +1000

I DONT KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT RIGHT YOU HAVE TO BE SO JUDGEMENTAL ON THIS ISSUE BUT I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. DO YOU SUFFER FROM ALLERGIES?

Yes. As it happens I am allergic to certain pollens, including some from grasses.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE OR SEEN A HELPLESS CHILD GO THROUGH THE UNBEARABLE ITCHING OR PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH AN ALLERGY? I THINK NOT!!!

You think wrong. I grew up with someone who could have life-threatening asthma attacks at any time.

I HAVE AND IT JUST SO HAPPENED TO BE MY SON. HE WAS TREATED IN FEBUARY THIS YEAR AT THE BRISBANE CLINIC HE WAS TREATED FOR 4 ALLERGEN FAMILIES ALL OF WHICH HAVE GIVEN HIM COMPLETE RELIEF. THIS IS A CHILD WHO COULDN'T PLAY ON THE GRASS BECAUSE HE WAS ALLERGIC TO SO MANY GRASS SEED POLLENS. HE WAS ALSO TREATED FOR DUSTMITES, PRIOR TO TREATMENT HIS ALLERGY LEFT HIM SNEEZING FOR 2 HOURS EVERY MORNING AND ALSO ITCHING CONSTANTLY ON THE FACE. SO TELL ME WHY IS IT THAT MY SON NOW WAKES UP AND DOESN'T SNEEZE HAS NO ITCHING AND CAN NOW BE A CHILD AND PLAY OUTSIDE ON THE GRASS LIKE EVERY OTHER CHILD CAN!!!

One obvious reason is that he was doing a lot of sneezing last spring when the grass was flowering and he isn't now because it is heading into winter. My allergies settle down at this time of year also, and it doesn't take quackery to make that happen.

HE CAN NOW LIVE HIS LIFE WITHOUT DANGEROUS MEDICATIONS LIKE PHERNAGAN WHICH WOULD ONLY GIVE HIM MINOR RELIEF.GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU PREACH TO PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY BELIEVE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I WILL BE SEEKING FURTHER TREATMENT WITH AAE AND YES WILL BE PAYING THEM FOR THEIR EXCELLENT SERVICES. AND MY HEALTHFUND WILL GIVE ME A REFUND TO BOOT!!!!!!!!

The only alternative treatments paid for by my health fund (Medibank Private) are chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy and remedial massage. (I know, it's outrageous that I have to pay insurance for these, but they won't give me a discount just because I will never use them.) I realise that other health funds cover a wider range of quackery, but I didn't think any of them would be silly enough to pay for this obvious fraud. Did the crooks actually put "AAE" on the invoice or did they put something like "chiropractic"? If they did the latter they were probably committing insurance fraud as well as health fraud, just as you would have been doing when submitting the claim to the fund.

See everything that appeared in 2006 here.


What a week in politics! (29/6/2013)
The big political news in Australia this week was the change of Prime Minister, but I don't do politics here except where necessary and that event has nothing much to do with what goes on here. What does matter for the purpose of this web site is that Greens Senator Richard Di Natale got to his feet at least twice to say things that I liked hearing. The first was to move a motion:

That the Senate:

(a) notes:

(i) the low vaccination rates in certain parts of Australia, and the threat this poses to the health of Australian children, and

(ii) the irresponsible campaign run by the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), which is spreading misinformation about the risks of vaccination and discouraging parents from vaccinating their children; and

(b) calls on the AVN to immediately disband and cease their harmful and unscientific scare campaign against vaccines.

The motion was carried, causing hysteria in anti-vaccination liar forums. Here are examples, from an email sent to Australian Vaccination Network supporters:

You can see the full serving of mouth foam here.

You can see this one here. As an example of the commitment to facts shown by the AVN, the full spray contains this:

The most recent death figures for Australia from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the total number of deaths in the country from all causes in 2011 was 146,932. The 18,000 number is idiotic enough, but to think that doctors are causing 36% of all deaths is a sign either of insanity or a total disregard for the truth.

Then things got better. Correspondence between the Senator's office and interested bystanders became very busy for a while, and then Senator Di Natale made a short speech in the Senate:

And I'm still laughing. The AVN appears to be sitting in stunned silence. I don't think they ever thought they would see something like this. And neither did I. Previous attacks on them in the New South Wales Parliament are recorded in Hansard, the written transcript, but this one went out on television and is there on YouTube. Now they don't know who to vote for, with all three major parties wanting them crushed to oblivion. As do I and my friends.

See everything that appeared in 2013 here.


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