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They’ve done it again. Last October CTV Calgary News had (alongside an infectious disease expert) a homeopath espousing the virtues of discarding tried-and-true methods of fighting H1N1 – such as vaccination – in favor of ‘nosodes’, for which not one shred of evidence for its efficacy exists. Now this: On last night’s 6 o’clock news segue called Medical Watch (done by Karen Owen), a homeopathic treatment for food allergies was presented (link).

We’re not told at all how the ‘patient’ (Nathan) came to be diagnosed with having ‘food allergies’, but testing specific allergens involves placing suspected compounds in a sealed vial and seeing how the ‘patient’ responds:

“We’re doing organophosphates and we’re noticing his arm is not able to hold so he is allergic to this vial,” says Dr. Meghji who is still treating Nathan.

Huh? No testing for histamine-triggered inflammatory responses (which is what causes the symptoms of allergies)? Of course, since the vial is sealed, the ‘patient’ is not actually exposed to what is supposedly causing health problems. So how can there be a reaction to diagnose? And “Dr.” in the current context, by the way, means ‘naturopath’, not MD. Surprise, surprise.

So, just how does this procedure, known as the nambudripad allergy elimination technique (NAET), work? Placing vialed allergens near the ‘patient’ purportedly desensitizes the patient to the allergen. Does this involve an immune response to the allergen, causing a desensitization to the culprit compound over time by direct repeated exposure to small amounts? Oh, no. This is homeopathy. Any explanation for how it works must bear no relation to what we have evidence for. The explanation is much more grandiose than something as banal as an “immune response”:

Dr. Meghji says the homeopathy, combined with acupressure, seems to reprogram the brain and get rid of the allergy. “I’m still skeptical…but what I can tell you is it works.”

That’s right. The report actually claims that the ‘patient’s’ brain magically gets ‘reprogrammed’. Despite all the evidence and understanding of the biochemical pathways involved in allergies, it is all in the ‘patient’s’ mind. No one, it seems, has told Meghji that the real culprit histamine is produced in mast cells and basophils found in connective tissue and has nothing whatsoever to do with the brain. We know this from doing actual laboratory experiments. What laboratory and clinical evidence is there for this paradigm shift in our understanding of allergies? None.

Even worse explanations are available. In one case study, where a 3-year old suffering from food allergies to proteins found in dairy products was supposedly cured (without even a cursory attempt whatsoever to allow for other possible explanations) put it this way:

According to NAET therapists, an allergy is considered to be an energy imbalance between the electromagnetic energy of the person and the allergen.1

“Electromagnetic energy of the person”? That’s woo-speak. Totally meaningless jibber-jab. Prove it. All of the claims of NAET are made from case studies which – while interesting – are not a way to base conclusions on efficacy and benefit. For that double-blinded and properly-controlled studies are essential.

And I love that despite Meghji’s supposed skepticism she continues to ply this quackery at $600+ a pop when the only thing she can bring to the table is a bare assertion that ‘it works’. Color me unconvinced, but I find that insufficient.

Let’s make this perfectly clear – there is medicine, and then there is quackery. There is no such thing as ‘alternative medicine’ or ‘complimentary medicine’. These two belong in the latter category. Screw the euphemisms. Not a single claim made by homeopathy has ever been verified by double-blinded properly-controlled studies. Efficacy has never been demonstrated beyond the placebo effect. Diluted solutions of pathogens from which homeopathic preparations are made have never been shown to be anything other than water. The ability of water to hold the memory (whatever that means) of the active agent has never been demonstrated and has actually been falsified. No explanation for why mixing a homeopathic preparation at each dilution by striking it (termed “succussion”) increases potency has ever been given and that it actually does increase potency has never been shown. No one has ever explained how decreasing the dosage of a bio-active compound increases it’s effect. If I drink only water that used to have alcohol in it, will I get super-drunk? I doubt that. It simply goes against what we know about chemistry and biochemistry, things we can demonstrate in the lab and in the clinic. You know, those pesky FACTS.

And let us be equally clear as to where the burden of evidence lies – it lies on those making the claim that homeopathy works, especially since its claims violate long-standing and well-supported views on physiology and biochemistry. People who say things such as “Well, you can’t prove it doesn’t work!” haven’t a clue as to how modern medicine works. In medicine, a treatment must demonstrate efficacy and benefit through several levels of clinical trials and takes years of hard work that isn’t appreciated by the general public. We don’t allow the use of treatments for which efficacy and benefit has not been shown.

This is why the angioplasty treatment for multiple sclerosis is not in wide use. While it is an intriguing hypothesis, it remains only a hypothesis and replication demonstrating benefit must be done first. I feel for sufferers of MS, but this is the way it has to be. Angioplasty can have severe consequences if it goes wrong, and if it turns out that it is not effective in treating MS then an invasive procedure has been done needlessly with potentially serious harm as a consequence. We have these protocols for new treatments for good reasons. The so-called ‘alternative medicine’ group seems to ignore prudence.

Then there are the others who say “Well, doctors don’t know everything.”, as if that somehow translates to a validation of homeopathic quackery. It doesn’t. Of COURSE doctors do not know everything. They even make mistakes. But what they do know is grounded in science. Naturopaths and homeopaths are not grounded at all except in anecdote and make-believe and are essentially without any oversight to ensure that their claims are actually verifiable. Which one is better? Which is more likely to produce effective treatments beyond the placebo effect? Yet there are always those idiots out there exclaiming “Someone has to stand up to these experts!” as if that’s something worthy of more than mocking?

CTV Calgary News is supposed to present accurate information, not misrepresent ‘alternative medicine’ (there is no such thing – either it is medicine or it is not…) as being a valid option. People who are not science-savvy will take this story at face value and potentially suffer harm by opting for treatments based not on evidence as to efficacy, but on anecdote. The only disclaimer came after the segue – a single sentence saying the medical community doesn’t think this works. This is completely out of whack with the relative amounts of evidence for each side. What the medical community thinks of this quackery gets barely a passing mention (not even in the report itself – it was added by the anchorman almost as an afterthought) while a procedure with only anecdote in support gets several minutes of air time? What the hell? If anything, the news item should be warning people against such fraud! This peddling of credulous bullshit from an essentially unregulated service industry is irresponsible reporting and we need to call CTV Calgary News out on this.

Un-freaking-believable.

References
1. Terwee CB. Succesful treatment of food allergy with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) in a 3-year old: A case report Cases Journal 1:166 (2008)

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14 Comments

  1. Well, I still admire your Health Care System that allows only a few people being (mis)treated such way and for their own money. If you have a centralized Health Care System, as we have in Germany, and as you will have soon, probably, then big resources are drained in such a dubious therapy. [http://healthcarebubble.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/acupuncture-fully-covered-by-german-health-insurances/] while money is urgently needed at other places, obstetrics for instance, as an article in German physician’s newspaper writes [http://www.aerzteblatt.de/v4/archiv/artikel.asp?id=74903].

  2. I read the article and I agree. Content interesting and they can be better discussed.i practice this discipline about 10 years and i achieving impressive results. Can you give me questions about it, an answer to you It is importante exchange all impression and method between doctor and master.Thanks for permitted my post
    Lorenzo Grand Master Reiki Usui and Karuna From Italy

    • I have only one question: what double-blinded controlled studies have been performed which support this claim?

  3. I’m totally with you on this. “Alternative Medicine” is a term I hate. In the end health care is business and there will always be people highly dissatisfied with traditional (party line) medicine. It’s a trade like any other. I have been a chiropractor for over 33 years. I was “declared” an “alternative” practitioner when the term came into vogue. I do one thing and one thing only. I attempt to see to it that my patients walk out the door structurally looking more like the anatomy book says they should be looking than when they walked in. Since one simply can not change the structure of ANYTHING without affecting its function I have been highly successful. I do a 5 minute exam BEFORE taking a case history and tell the patient why they are seeking care and for what BEFORE they tell me. 90% of the time I am right, they are astounded and we get down to business. There is no magic. There is no “belief”. There is simply an understanding on the part of the patient with regard to what changes (and why) they have to make to restore proper biomechanical functioning. It’s called patient education. It ain’t rocket science. But, then again, neither is writing prescriptions for the same five drugs all day long because 9 out of 10 of your allopathic brothers and sisters would. As “if” health problems have their root causes in an acute “lack” of pharmaceuticals in your patients belly.
    That being said, and understanding how people in general operate on “belief systems” , as you seem to, it’s easy to understand how they can be fooled into yet more magical thinking, [see: homeopathy]. It’s human. We are neurologically primed for it. We consume health care LIKE we consume religion. There is even good reason for that! The placebo effect arises out of belief and “expectation”. For a million years that is all healers and shaman had to work with. Is it a surprise that those highly susceptible to the placebo effect gained an evolutionary advantage? It’s only yesterday that we began to even BEGIN to understand anatomy, physiology and chemistry. Yet, to question ANYTHING medical is to question the orthodoxy of “the” orthodox church of western health care. Crisis medical care is, or can be, astounding stuff. It prolongs lives! But, only one tenth of one percent of medicine is crisis care. The rest simply rides on the accomplishments. Double blind studies? For over 30 years women were told they were crazy for not taking hormone replacement therapy when they became menopausal. Thousands of studies were done. OOPS, it turns out, after billions in profits, that the “therapy” CAUSES the very things it was claimed to cure. Today over 100 million prescriptions are written yearly in America for people because they have a “chemical imbalance in their brains”. Unhappiness is now a disease. Children are drugged to sit still. NOBODY is capable of regulating their own cholesterol… all are defective (almost) and medications are consumed like candy. In short, there is reasonable finger pointing to be done all round.
    The fee for service system stinks. It just causes more service, needed or not. The cost of education in ANY health care trade school puts the new practitioner so deeply in debt that he/she MUST generate lots of cash. So called “alternative” practitioners are more susceptible to the allure of profit because they start at a disadvantage economically to begin with. Their patients have lost a degree of “belief” in medicine, or they wouldn’t be there. So, sell them something else to “believe” in. Acupuncture, Homeopathy, bracelets that balance your “energy” flow, magnets for your shoes… it doesn’t matter. As you know, people WANT to believe in magic!
    Beyond that, when people are faced with their own mortality (health problems) they almost crave supernatural intervention. Prayer, church, any mumbo-jumbo will do. Anything BUT unvarnished reality.
    I enjoy your blog. Perhaps you would enjoy…
    http://levelsofillusion.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/homo-suggestibilis/

    Wishing you well

    • Wow. Do you really think chiropractic is effective in treating illness? You are right in there with the homeopaths, buddy.

      Read my lips: Chiropractic IS so-called ‘alternative medicine’, and I class it right up there with iridology, homeopathy and naturopathy. The basis for chiropractic is that treatment of disorders is done “under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system” (from the entry in Wikipedia). This has no evidence whatsoever going for it, and flies in the face of everything we know about disease. It’s ironic that you recognize that acupuncture, homeopathy and bracelets are woo because there is no evidence for their claims, you don’t apply that same thinking to your own brand of woo.

      And that’s exactly what separates medicine from woo – evidence. One provides treatment on the basis of evidence of efficacy, the other because it hasn’t yet been proven wrong (though, in point of fact, it usually has been…).

      While I don’t know anything about your particular brand of chiropractic, allow me to generalize:

      Most chiropractors (about 3/4) recommend that people NOT be vaccinated against disease, when there is a mountain of evidence supporting the efficacy of vaccination. Measles is making a comeback because people are listening to these quacks.

      Chiropractors often make claims that are completely lacking in evidence in favor. A quick look at the claims made on the websites of local practitioners of chiropractic are simply ridiculous. Chiropractic can cure asthma or alleviate the symptoms of PMS? What randomized double-blinded controlled study has ever shown these claims have merit? NADA.

      Chiropractic “manipulations” are just downright dangerous. They can worsen pain and can cause stroke from crushing the basilar arteries in the neck resulting in disability or death.

      If you look elsewhere on my blog, you will notice that I have posted an article by Simon Singh which stated that the claims of chiropractic are ‘bogus’ (and should be prosecuted for making claims that are without evidential support).

      What was the response of the British Chiropractic Association? Was it to present evidence which supported their claims and show Singh to be wrong? No. They went straight for the lawsuit over the word ‘bogus’ (which is the correct word for chiropractic claims) and LOST. Why? Because their claim are bogus!

      Here in Alberta, government funding of chiropractic treatments has ended. While I think this move was motivated more by budget cuts, I APPLAUD IT JUST THE SAME.

      While you and I may agree that over-prescription is a problem and that medication should not be prescribed when a lifestyle adjustment would serve the patient better, I see chiropractic as WORSE. If it is used to treat illness, it serves only as a placebo and all evidence available shows that it does nothing to treat the underlying disease or disorder. This is simply DANGEROUS.

      And many doctors DO prescribe lifestyle changes for patients with e.g. elevated cholesterol. And even if it is over-prescribed, at least statins have actually been demonstrated to accomplish the lowering of cholesterol levels. By the way, the harm of elevated LDC was discovered by the mainstream medicine you so distrust. And for some people, even radical dietary changes can fail to lower LDC to acceptable levels. What do you do then? Well, prescribe statins, of course!

      Just because you and I agree that NAET is woo doesn’t mean that I’ll automatically buy into your brand of nonsense. All I can do is plead with you to stop with chiropractic, the treatments for which have never been shown to provide efficacy under randomized double-blinded controlled conditions. You have caused great harm to those who have placed their trust in you and in an alternative to proper medical care.

  4. Well Shamelessly, it turns out that you are but another cheerleader for what you “believe” is orthodoxy.

    [dangerous].. Chiropractors have the lowest rates of malpractice of any branch of the so called healing arts. You don’t hear US crying for tort reform. As for myself, I carry 3 mil/5 million dollars worth of coverage. It costs me a tad under $800 a year. But hey, you would know better than actuarial accountants… you got Wikipedia!

    [you post].. “And that’s exactly what separates medicine from woo (I assume you mean you) – evidence.” That, I guess would explain why a day doesn’t go by without a referral from a GP or Neurosurgeon or Orthopod. And, of course, why they trust members of their own families in my care. No evidence.

    So lets see, if a highly skilled practitioner can, through a physical specific adjustment, move a bone that is exerting mechanical pressure on a peripheral nerve and end a screaming case of sciatica… you would cry QUACK and opt for cutting the patient open like a fish and start carving. That your idea of science?

    I love your last line… “You have caused great harm to those who have placed their trust in you and in an alternative to proper medical care.”…

    That was really a gift. Harvard school of public health estimates over 100,000 deaths a year in american hospitals due to just plain incompetence. MD’s are giving up practice because insurance costs are so high. They actually want to change the law of torts JUST to stay in business! BUT, incredibly low rates of malpractice AND VERY high rates of patient satisfaction make me dangerous. I would venture to say that if a patient ever died in a chiropractors office it would make the front page of the New York Times.

    I see what you have done. You have taken all the “belief” people usually have for Gods, spirits, religion, angels and such and applied it ALL to what you “think” you know about health care. Orthodox all the way. Pity you can’t burn witches any more. Other people who rely on “belief” are fools….. but not you.

    • Interesting how you present no evidence that any claim of chiropractic is valid. If that is what you mean by my belief is orthodoxy, I’m guilty as charged and completely unapologetic about it. All you can do is play the martyr card, and I ain’t buying it. My question is, why aren’t YOU at all concerned that there is no evidence to support any of the claims of chiropractic? It’s very premise has never been demonstrated, so it is no surprise that randomized controlled study show no efficacy for chiropractic, except perhaps back pain (and even here this is unclear).

      As for cost efficiency, chiropractic is LESS cost effective than physiotherapy, at least when it comes to lower back pain treatment [Perfusion 2005;18:202-214].

      I don’t know about malpractice, but incidents of disciplinary actions, outright fraud and sexual boundary transgressions are much higher with chiropractors than medical doctors [J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2004;27:472-477], so don’t give me the “we’re more ethical than medical doctors” crap.

      As for your satisfied customers (for customers they are…), you should realize it is likely that about 50% (count ’em – 50%!!!!) would report adverse effects such as radiating pain, headache, tiredness, etc. following treatment by a chiropractor [Spine 2005;30:1477-1484; Man Ther 2004;9:151-156]. No harm, right?

      But wait- we have very little info on the severe adverse effects deaths needlessly caused by upper spinal manipulation. In 1995, California neurologists responded to a survey asking about the number of strokes, myelopathies, and radiculopathies induced by cervical “adjustments” [Neurology 1995;45:1213-1215]. The numbers were staggering. Same for a British study [J Roy Soc Med 2001;94:107-110]. And a French study showed the same [Annales de readaptation et de medicine physique 2002;46:33-40]. But it is likely that incidents of severe adverse effects of chiropractic are vastly underreported.

      You folk aren’t just dangerous. You’re public enemies. I don’t believe in burning anyone – including witches, since they don’t exist anyway, but I do believe in not allowing people who are in a place of trust to harm others.

      As for the loss of life due to medical mistakes, that is indeed regrettable. As with any human endeavor, mistakes are made. The trick is to minimize this as much as possible, and medicine has saved many more lives than lost, a claim chiropractic can not make. Stopping medicine would instantly result in massive numbers of dead while ending chiropractic wouldn’t be noticed in any medical statistic. And since there is little-to-no evidence that chiropractic offers any benefit, injuries and the loss of life due to chiropractic manipulations can be prevented 100% simply by prohibiting chiropracitc. Alberta’s recent delistig of chiropractic is an excellent first step.

      And chiropractic IS a religion. Its basis is unsubstantiated dogma (“Chiropractic involves restoring normal spinal function to allow your body’s nervous system to function as it was intended…” claims one local chiropractic clinic website…), and woe be unto anyone who questions whether there is such a thing as “subluxation” (again, for which there is no basis in science). Chiropractors stand to lose their licenses if they question the central dogma. Heck, the Palmers actually considered making chiropractic a religion early in its history. Not much of a stretch when one considers the similarity between chiropractic and religions.

      So, between the two of us, which one has presented facts supporting their position? Is the one presenting factual data the fool? Or the one who irrationally accepts unsubstantiated claims as being true? The only way to get my respect is to bring your evidence to the table. Show me the controlled double-blind randomized studies. Put up or shut up.

      As you have gathered, I have no respect for your “profession”. I have no respect for theology, since it’s premises are all unfalsifiable; I have no respect for homeopathy, as it’s claims have been proen wrong; I have no repsect for iridology since it is such bullshit that if you line up 20 iridologists you will get 20 different diagnoses for what’s wrong with a perfectly healthy person (this has been done). And I have no respect for chiropracitc, a discipline which makes scientific pronouncements without the science to back them up. This makes it a pseudoscience. Unlike you, I CARE about whether my beliefs are true, and the best (and only, as far as I can tell) way to do that is look at the evidence in favor of that belief. Go figure.

  5. You are going to have to help me out with this if you don’t mind.

    [you post] ..”So, between the two of us, which one has presented facts supporting their position? Is the one presenting factual data the fool? Or the one who irrationally accepts unsubstantiated claims as being true?”..

    Which one are you?

    You ask, “why aren’t YOU at all concerned that there is no evidence to support any of the claims of chiropractic?”.. [Answer] I don’t have to be. Neither, it appears, are the insurance companies, 50 state medical licensing boards and millions of patients. There are miles of pro-chiropractic literature, but, you won’t find them at the anti-chiropractic web sites you consult for the “scientific truth”. Imagine my surprise to learn that a Physical Therapy study “discovered” that they deliver the goods at less cost. It reminds me of all the “holy” double blind studies done by pharmaceutical companies on their own products. Their motives are beyond question.
    ..”But wait- we have very little info on the severe adverse effects deaths needlessly caused by upper spinal manipulation.”…

    Come on. I’m embarrassed for you on that one. You are making me feel like a God. LOOK at my power! Despite the fact that I am, what was it you said.. “You folk aren’t just dangerous. You’re public enemies.”.. nobody but you seems to know it. While the medical profession is on it’s knees trying to get the malpractice laws changed so they can stay in business I’m killing people and stacking them up like cordwood out back of my office. Nobody sees it! The maimed and murdered patients families just don’t report it to anybody, so, I pay less for malpractice insurance than for car insurance. If THAT doesn’t prove I have magical powers nothing does. Seeing a chiropractor is much more dangerous than seeing a medical doctor, ergo, they can’t afford insurance because the rates are so high… and mine are peanuts. Nothing odd about that. After all, what would an insurance company know about risk. I mean, compared to you.
    Has it never occurred to you that there are some things that simply can not be “controlled double-blind randomized”. How would you CDBR setting a broken leg, angioplasty or lancing a friggin boil for that matter. CDBR worked for hormone replacement therapy for over 30 years! It was fact right up until the opposite was true. So, do you eat butter, or is it margarine now, or butter again… or?

    Here is where you show your hand. ..”so don’t give me the “we’re more ethical than medical doctors” crap. Are those quotation marks I see? Who are you quoting? It isn’t me. Are you now hearing voices in your head? I understand that happens to deeply religious people as a matter of course.
    In closing, I don’t want your respect. Just read the crap you swallow.

    …[“As for your satisfied customers (for customers they are…), you should realize it is likely that about 50% (count ‘em – 50%!!!!) would report adverse effects such as radiating pain, headache, tiredness, etc. following treatment by a chiropractor [Spine 2005;30:1477-1484; Man Ther 2004;9:151-156]. No harm, right?”]…

    So, half the patients I see immediately get worse. But, they all get together and decide not to sue me, ever.
    [you state] ..”All you can do is play the martyr card, and I ain’t buying it.”.. And then you go on to give me Godlike powers of harming half the people I have ever treated not only with impunity… but with their apparent good will ta-boot.
    I’m headed out back to see if I can walk on the swimming pool without sinking in.

  6. [HOLD THE PRESSES!}

    Look at what you added to your last post.

    …”Unlike you, I CARE about whether my beliefs are true, and the best (and only, as far as I can tell) way to do that is look at the evidence in favor of that belief.”…

    I don’t think a Bible thumping Born Again Christian could have said it better.

    “Look at the evidence in favor of that belief.”

    It’s IN the Bible, I mean, what else is there to say?

    [Just an observation] Call it my First law of Blogs: The number of bells, whistles, do-dads, gee-gaws and folderol one finds on a blog is directly proportional to the bullshit therein. “If you lack the real goods, dazzle them with foot work.”

    [Hint] …”I CARE about whether my beliefs are true”… is a silly thing to say. Nobody has to “believe” truth.

  7. Look, and I won’t blame you a bit for this.

    You should delete all these posts. It’s your blog and you have a right not to look foolish on your own blog. You are posing as some kind of an authority here, some kind of “intellectual”.

    [Then you post] ……”Unlike you, I CARE about whether my beliefs are true, and the best (and only, as far as I can tell) way to do that is look at the evidence in favor of that belief.”…

    In intellectual circles buckaroo, that’s a hanging offense. Take it down before too many people see it.

    • Oh, goodness, no! I want EVERYONE to see how little evidence means to a practitioner of woo. Comparing me to a Christian fundamentalist is absolutely precious! Especially since no Christian fundamenalist has the least interest in evidence. And neither do you, apparently, or you would have presented it. Unlike a fundamentalist, I AM able to be presuaded when the evidence is contrary to my position. But you haven’t presented me with a single scrap. I’m a scientist by trade. As such, I require evidence before I accept any concept. Particularly a claim which is not only bizarre, but runs contrary to strongly-supported theories like germ theory. It’s going to have to be extremely good, too.

      You came on here thinking I was just going to blindly agree that chiropractic is somehow mainstream when it is quite clearly fringe. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have started talking about it. The most you have presented me is anecdote, and the plural of anecdote is most certainly NOT data. I gave you a chance to present a case, and you returned with ad hominem and conspiracy theories.

      And I DO care about whether my beliefs are true. I just don’t assume they are. I require evidence. There are obviously areas where you are the same. It’s just that you haven’t applied them to the central tenets of your own profession. Just ask yourself the question: Why do I believe the claims of chiropractic are true? If the best answer is those anecdotes, I hope you consider re-evaluating those beliefs.

      People act on what they believe. It is self-evident that if we act on beliefs that are true, then the action is likely to be a correct one. If we act on false beliefs, it is more likely that harm is a result. I think chiropractic is very likely a false belief because it has no evidence in its support. And needless measurable harm has been a result.

      The best way to knowledge and therefor the best way to a good foundation for belief is scientific inquiry. There is simply nothing remotely close to being as successful in this endeavor.

      Clifford’s Credo says it best-

      It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

      And that’s why I don’t agree with you. The chiropracitc community has nothing to offer in the way of evidence, and its history is a sordid affair. To believe its unsubstantiated claims is simply wrong.

  8. [You post] I’m a scientist by trade.

    NEVER!

    NO scientist would EVER be so bone headed as to post this: …..”Unlike you, I CARE about whether my beliefs are true, and the best (and only, as far as I can tell) way to do that is look at the evidence in favor of that belief.”…

    or, are we talking Creation Science?

    That must be it. They too look for evidence “in favor” of their “beliefs. That’s how religion works.

  9. I write to you now on behalf of the REAL atheists of the world. YOU sir are an impostor! YOU sir falsely advertise your bogus atheist status here… By claiming, “100% pure atheist concentrate.”

    YOU sir are a “BELIEVER”.

    You have, by your own words, admitted your guilt. I will not post again the infamous and ludicrously funny quote of yours because it would be like beating a dead horse. You mention Jerry Falwell in one of your pieces. Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and ALL the rest of the religious huxters base THEIR views of reality EXACTLY the same way you do. They too think the best (and only, as far as “they” can tell) way to do that is look at the evidence in favor of that belief. That’s why they built The Creation Museum. They filled it with “evidence” that is “in favor of their belief”. Just like the inside of your head.

    On behalf of the REAL atheists out there we request that you STOP all primping and posing as an atheist, immediately! You are a clear BELIEVER in “lesser Gods”. You have simply changed the focus of your uncontrollable desire to believe. But, a rose by any other name is still a rose Laddybucks.

    YOU sir… are a phony.

  10. OK. Are you off your meds? Oh, that’s right- you don’t believe in meds. Why don’t you give your neck a couple of cracks, then?

    As entertaining as this is, and you’ve demonstrated how ignorant, small and pathetic you are, you’re done, Mr. Tinfoil Hat. The first question I always ask is what is the evidence for what you believe and why should I believe it? I’ve repeatedly given you the opportunity to present it. All I have been given in reply are ad hominem attacks and accusations that I’m not a real atheist because I don’t buy into your brand of woo. Both are laughable to anyone who knows me or even reads the entries in this blog.

    Since you are contributing nothing to the discussion and are simply attacking my credibility that I have in spades, you are here-by banned. I will leave your comments up here to show everyone just how little a chiropractor is and how utterly baseless their belief system is. And you’ve proven that chiropractic is a religious belief based on unsubstantiated dogma. When someone else doesn’t buy into it, you attack their character just like a Christian fundamentalist. Sure, I’ve attacked chiropractic, but I’ve demonstrated with supporting documentation that chiropractic is not only nuts, but dangerous. That’s not an ad hominem; that’s a statement of fact.

    You’re a nutjob and a moron of the highest order.

    ***** SMITE! *****


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  1. […] Posted in Bad Medicine, Medicine, Nutrition, Science, Skepticism This Calgary local news story is somewhat disturbing. Not disturbing in the same way that CTV Calgary News presented a homeopathic remedy as a viable method of treating food allergies (which the ‘patient’ – read: son-who-has-a-sucker-for-a-mother – was unlikely to have had in the first place) without any input from the evidence-based medical community whatsoever to explain why this ‘treatment’ can not be differentiated from quackery. That was one of the most irresponsible and unethical pieces of journalism (I use the term very loosely) I have ever witnessed. You can read more about it here. […]

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