Monday, 25 January 2010

A quack explains what sceptics really believe

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By all rights, this should really be ignored, but it's just too funny. Mike Adams is an American who calls himself the "Health Ranger" and is the editor of a ludicrous "alternative health" site called "Natural News". Now, Mike is a little miffed that an online sceptic campaign stopped him from winning a "Shorty Award", a meaningless gong voted for by Twitter users. He was nominated in the health category, and when people spotted that he was in the lead, the online sceptical masses (for we are strong...) set about making sure that skeptical blogger Dr Rachel Dunlop won instead.

So, presumably in an attempt at revenge, Mike decided to sit down and write an article called "What 'skeptics' really believe about vaccines, medicine, consciousness and the universe". In doing so, he succeeded in writing perhaps the least intelligent and informed thing that has ever appeared on the internet (and, I mean, have you seen the internet?). Just look at the opening paragraph:
"In the world of medicine, "skeptics" claim to be the sole protectors of intellectual truth. Everyone who disagrees with them is just a quack, they insist. Briefly stated, "skeptics" are in favor of vaccines, mammograms, pharmaceuticals and chemotherapy. They are opponents of nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, chiropractic care, massage therapy, energy medicine, homeopathy, prayer and therapeutic touch."
 Believe it or not, that's just Mike warming up. You should see the rest of it. Hilarious.

14 comments:

Saronimo said...

Terribly sorry, I'm too busy to read this. I've only given my newborn baby 700 untested vaccinations today and am running late.

Yeti said...

Ridiculous.

Has he pulled out of the shorty awards now, he no longer appears on the shortlist?

Jumile said...

The article just left me gobsmacked.

I can't work out if he wrote it while really upset about something, or whether cherry-picking fruitier concepts from all over the Internet and claiming they represent all skeptics is really his idea of informing his readership. If so, it's no surprise that he's into magical thinking.

Barry said...

It's so utterly ridiculous one might imagine it's a parody. I'm afraid, alas, that it is not. There really are functioning human beings out there who manage to combine such total, mind-boggling stupidity with an uncanny ability to not eat their own faeces or die from self-inflicted electrocution.

MedTek said...

Yeti- He was disqualified due to many invalid votes from new Twitter accounts. Not sure that was his fault, really. Certainly not worth suing over for pity's sake.

rutty said...

Well he's got me convinced... that he's a clueless idiot

Phil said...

Scary stuff. I'm too astonished and horrified to say more.

Chutzpah said...

If he was going to make the claims, he should have left references to the sites he read them on after his 'quick' search.

Far from it being my job to point out holes in this guy's business, but have you seen his shop? His recommended supplements are in the region of $600 each! No wonder he gets annoyed when he loses a marketing opportunity. He hates losing out to a blogger who doesn't try to sell over-priced products, just blogs about scientific truth instead for no financial gain.

I'm now off the give my 16 month old his daily dose of anti-depressants.

Eiskrystal said...

-but have you seen his shop? His recommended supplements are in the region of $600 each! No wonder he gets annoyed when he loses a marketing opportunity-

The mark of a conman who has fallen for his own con is nearly always a lack of irony, more than made up for by their immense hypocrisy. Big, fat pharma indeed Mr. Adams.

Captain Mandate said...

Not only do DEAD foods have the same nutritional content as LIVING foods (not sure why the caps, I'm just caught up in the drama of it all), I find they are much easier to get to stay on the plate.

this is a depressing read, I'm gonna go check the baby's bottle to see if there's any prozac left...

Captain Mandate said...

I guess we got off lightly since he failed to mention the horrific genocide of countless innocent faries since the advent of skepticism

Anonymous said...

This is too fake not to be a poe.

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