Read and weep for the children that happen to be born to criminally deluded or gullible parents…
Yes yes, one of our favorite subjects: magical healing and other fairy stories! From a Telegraph article by a Ms Anna Tyzack entitled: “Complementary medicine – does it work?“. Of course we already know the answer for a large number of modalities that fall under the umbrella term “Complementary”. This is a just dose of the same old really bad reasoning, which over the years has allowed all sorts of pseudoscience and crank degrees to creep into academia, national health systems, etc.
I loved this one from the Canadian Dragon’s Den. A guy walks in trying to get a $2.5 million investment for 25% of his company (thus valuing his company at $10 million). He got kicked out and rightly so. In fact I think they should have called the police and arrest him for fraud. Because his company sells… water! As a cure for every single ailment in existence. Yes, including cancer.
No, it’s not actually the case as it was reported in such influential and accurate media as the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. However, a new study showed increased levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, linked to benefits in human health, pushing the balance slightly (only slightly as we will see) towards consuming organic milk with some tangible excuses behind.
I came across CureTogether.com lately, a site that relies on its members in order to provide collaborative diagnosis, and potential treatments -an instance of crowdsourcing as it’s called. In essence, visitors rely on a popularity contest to determine what their symptoms mean and what the most effective course of action might be. And this is so, so dangerous!
Of course we already knew this. At least, and assuming one does not live in an isolated bubble of delusion, one could suspect and expect this kind of criminal behaviour from a cult that believes in magic water with no shred of evidence
The Guardian, has an online column called “Comment is Free” where The Guardian, The Observer, and about 600 writers contribute with posts on religion, current affairs, politics, science, and health. Unavoidably, along with thought provoking “comments” you also get “bullshit” -as Penn and Teller would so vividly say.
So there is this guy, Mike Adams, he runs this site/shop/community/whatever which is basically a well of abysmal stupidity dissemination. At first look, there seems nothing wrong with this site, I mean it just tries to promote a more natural or drug-free lifestyle, right? Which is fine if you draw proper lines and if you understand the risks, right?