Category Archives: Quack Medicine

The Unfortunate Implications of the Anti-Vaccine Claim of “Vaccines Cause Autism!!!”

Today I was walking home from class and mulling over various issues when my mind happened to think about the anti-vaccine “VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM!1!!” gambit.

You know this one: the so called “link” between vaccines and autism, and how you’re better off not vaccinating your kids because ZOMG AUTISM IS SO HORRIBLE.

And you know what? Pondering over the subject, I realized that the claim that vaccines cause autism and that you’re better off not vaccinating your kids is actually full of very unfortunate implications.

(This might have been partially inspired by the TVTropes page on unfortunate implications. I can verify that TVTropes WILL ruin your life.)

What happened the night before. Credit to xkcd.

What happened to me the night before, when I was supposed to do Latin homework (damn you TVTropes). Credit to xkcd, used under a CC BY-NC license.

Unfortunate implication: autism is DA WORST THING EVER and it’s better for a kid to be dead than to be autistic because disabilities are SO TERRIBLE, especially for the parents, because their “real child” has been “lost” and that no “real child” has disabilities.

Disclosure: I have a mild form of autism (formerly Asperger’s before the DSM got rid of that category and put it in the autism spectrum on the high functioning end).

So to me, this is actually pretty personal. And offensive.

I can totally sympathize with parents whose kids were recently diagnosed with autism. Seriously, finding out that your child will be facing some difficulties that isn’t their fault (to put it lightly) sucks. Feeling helpless sucks. You want to help your child, and that’s totally normal.

But the “disabilities are inherently bad and we need to make sure that no one else ends up disabled, even if it means that the kid might die” just smacks of WARNING, HIGHLY OFFENSIVE.

What it does is to enforce the paradigm that people with disabilities are “lesser” and not as human as the neurotypical people. It enforces the idea that if you’re disabled, you’re better off dead because how the hell can you stand to live knowing that you have a disability?

And it leads to the idea that risking preventable diseases (that can totally kill your kid!), autism biomed, chelation therapy, Lupron therapy, and even outright murder is totally justifiable, because hey, your kid wasn’t “normal” (whatever that means), and you just wanted to make them better, even if it means causing them further suffering in the process.

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh, that’s some pretty serious unfortunate implication stuff right there.

And that stuff’s offensive.

Anti-vaxxors: no, you do not speak for me or for people like me when you claim that autism is caused by vaccines (which is totally not true by the way, this being one of the many studies on the topic). Nor do you speak for me when you then start saying that it’s better to risk death than to get your kid vaccinated because autism is so terrible.

That stuff is ableist as hell. And I want no part of it.

People: please, please get your vaccines. The world will be better off with it.

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From NaturalNews: We Should Totally Tell Cancer Patents to Use DMSO!

There is so much cancer quackery in the world, I swear. I don’t think it’s ever possible to get to the bottom of the barrel, since it’s like everywhere.

That and autism quackery, but that’s its own little can of worms.

The article: “Whatever Happened to DMSO for Cancer and What Is It Anyway?”

But before the mocking, let’s do a little science lesson.

DMSO (dimethyl sulfide) is an organosulfer polar solvent, a byproduct of the paper production process. It is mincible (i.e. it can easily create solutions) with numerous solvents and can easily tolerate strong bases due to its acidity, which makes it useful for chemical analysis.  It is also used to preserve frozen tissues in cyropreservation, in order to prevent cell rupture due to the formation of large ice crystals. It also can easily penetrate cellular membranes without damaging it, and transport chemicals along with it. For this reason, it is used as a drug vehicle in experiments.

Because of the latter property, it was the subject of experimentation in the 1960s. However, these experiments were soon stopped when people began to worry about possible side effects. Damage to the eye, headaches, a burning sensation at the application site, itching, and a strong garlic odor/taste in the mouth have been reported. Furthermore, because it can easily dissolve numerous substances, there is a risk of absorbing unwanted contaminants into the skin along with the drug(s) desired. For these reasons, the FDA has not approved the use of DMSO in humans for any condition exempting interstitial cystitis (i.e. a really, really, really painful bladder). The FDA also has put DMSO products on a list of fake cancer “cures” to avoid.

There is some evidence that DMSO might be useful as a drug carrier for the treatment of bladder cancer. However, further testing is needed.

Now for the mocking.

The initial excitement during the 1960s and ’70s for a wide variety of uses with natural, inexpensive DMSO […]

DMSO is “natural” now even though it’s an industrial byproduct? *raises eyebrows*

SCAM proponents have a weird definition on “natural”.

[…] was eventually suppressed by the Medical Mafia and followed by obligatory disinformation campaigns.

Because there was evidence of glaucoma when we were using it in animal models. That’s not suppression, that’s saying that the risk is too great.

The unofficial explanation for the Camelot raid and shutdown was that the clinic was using vitamin B17, or laetrile, an FDA-banned substance for treating cancer. Laetrile was banned even after it was proven safe and efficacious against cancer. Because as a natural substance, it wasn’t patentable for huge profits.

I went over the story of laetrile in a previous post. Needless to say, laetrile has been linked to cyanide poisoning, is not effective for anything, and is not safe to consume.

Also, just saying, but you don’t need to patent something to make huge profits. Acetaminophen isn’t patented, and yet it still brings large profits to the companies that sell it. In addition, much of the medicines that we have come initially come from natural sources (e.g. aspirin, digoxin).

(I really need to finish that series. Note to self.)

Instead of the chemo destroying everything in its path as usual, the DMSO escorted the chemo to cancer cells only, thus greatly reducing the amount of chemotherapy needed for a result.

DMSO can read minds? And it somehow intuitively knows to only go towards the cancer cells, and not to the eye or whatnot? And it’s smart enough to not transport chemotherapy drugs to surrounding cells?

The scientist in me finds it really, really, really hard to suspend belief.

Using only 10% of any chemotherapy drug and getting positive results adversely affects Big Pharma’s profits.

See: Damage to the eye, headaches, a burning sensation at the application site, itching, and a strong garlic odor/taste in the mouth have been reported.

Also, uh, if it worked, scientists would happy embrace the treatment and we’d call it medicine. If there was something better, and it worked, why would pharmaceutical companies NOT want to market it? And why would doctors NOT use it? After all, the goal of medicine is to treat and help patients—if there was something better that we can use for a treatment, we’d totally use it.

DMSO has been used by itself for anecdotal success with cancer.

Anecdotes =! data.

Now, NaturalNews was nice to us, and threw us a bone with a study done in India. This is the study in question. The actual text is behind a pay wall, so I can’t actually go over the methodology and see if it’s valid.

But let’s say it is. Let’s say that it actually does what it says it does.

One study isn’t enough. We still need to be able to replicate it, see if the results in rats can apply to humans, etc. So while it is promising, this is by no means the end of the controversy. That’s how it works.

The FDA requires DMSO to be sold only as a solvent. Please research thoroughly with the sources provided before purchasing DMSO.

Industrial DMSO is not pharmaceutical grade. There’s a huge chance that there’s contaminants (both chemical and bacterial, since it’s not sterile) inside industrial DMSO, and these contaminants might kill you. DO NOT DO THIS.

Needless to say, I don’t recommend you actually purchasing DMSO and using that to treat cancer. At least not at this time. More research is needed to see if it works.

Happy Saturday!

My One Trip to the Cesspool of Pesudoscience: whale.to

Today, I went off the deep end in search of new blog material, I opened an incognito window on my browser, and typed in whale.to in the address bar.

Oh gods. Oh, oh gods.

I knew that whale.to was not a reliable source and that if you quote it seriously, you’re going to get laughed out of the room. I knew that that site was going to be chock full of misinformation and that you need to watch out before you get sucked in. Everything pesudoscientific ever to come into existence can and will end up here, plus some additional things such as conspiracy theories.

So I thought I knew what to expect.

It’s even worse than that.

The following is a sample page on what you might find on whale.to. This is a screenshot, and not a link to the actual page itself. Hence, none of the links are clickable. You have been forewarned.

It’s so wrong that it’s not even wrong anymore.

I don’t even think this is worth debunking or mocking. It’s so ridiculous, mocking it won’t even do it justice. That’s how bad it is.

I’m going to go find brain bleach.

Happy Friday!

BIG PHARMA! BIG CANCER! BIG BUSINESS! CONSPIRACY! NaturalNews Mocking!

ETA: I’M A TERRIBLE SPELLER! THIS IS WHY I NEED TO PROOFREAD TITLES!

Happy Veteran’s Day people! Today, another serving of woo, mocked up to your taste.

Woo NEVER gets old, does it?

The article: “Raw Organic Fruits and Vegetables Can Cure Cancer, So Why Don’t Oncologists Tell Their Patients?”

The presumption: raw foods will cure a cancer patient.

Someone want to explain to me how that works?

There is a 75-year “CON” known as Western Medicine, but it’s a hush-hush topic in the news and in newspapers and magazines. Although medical doctors and surgeons are experts at fixing broken bones or removing animal fat from clogged arteries, the “pharmaceutical nation” known as the USA is caving in on itself, but nobody is allowed to talk about it on TV, or they lose all their sponsors.

Only a few sentences in and we’re already getting ZOMG CONSPIRACY!!!11!!. It’s like BOOM! CONSPIRACY! IN YOUR FACE!

And of course the media’s in on it. And the doctors, and Big Pharma.

How many people were bribed again?

There is also a world of medicine known as organic food, but some people want to cook it, fry it, boil it or broil it, or even worse, grill it out, and that LIVE food becomes DEAD food, useless to the body, which needs nutrients for immunity, cellular health, vitality and sustainability.

Because it’s so terrible to want to eat something warm and soft rather than something cold. And because obviously we were much better off before the invention of fire, when we had to risk diseases.

And of course, because by the time the food gets to your stomach, it’s not already dead/denatured/whatever from the stomach acids.

So why don’t oncologists talk about RAW foods, which are full of nutrients, oxygen for the cells (the cure for cancer) and the RAW REGIMEN when people are on their “death beds” or “sent home to die” with pancreatic cancer, liver cancer or cancer of some other organ that you have to have to survive?

Because

  1. More nutrients =! cancer cure?
  2. You get more oxygen through breathing than by eating (besides the fact that your gut doesn’t actually absorb oxygen)?
  3. We have evidence that chemotherapy can help treat/cure people, and we have evidence that people who forego conventional cancer therapy just so that they can eat vegetables 24/7 die?
  4. Giving false hope to patients is really unethical?

Are these “Western Medicine” practitioners evil, money-grabbing cons or are they just ignorant, miseducated and unknowing? How could that be? How could you be trained to do surgery or read lab results and not know ONE THING about nutrition? Do some of them know but are not saying because their income would drop to about 25% of what they make now, using dangerous chemicals to treat a chemical-driven disease?

False dichotomy much?

Of course doctors know about nutrition. They also know that we don’t actually have evidence showing that ODing on micronutrients is going to treat/cure cancer.

Also, the fact that this author thinks that cancer is chemically-driven shows how much this author actually understands cancer.

(Hint: although hazardous chemicals can increase your risk for cancer, cancer is, first and foremost, uncontrollable cell division due to screwed up DNA).

No oncologist in the world suggests medicinal mushrooms, and take a big guess why!

Because eating a whole bunch of mushrooms isn’t going to treat/cure cancer?

(For a second there I thought the author meant psychedelic mushrooms. Uhhh.)

I mean, I know that oncologists do recommend people to eat healthier, but uh, that’s pretty much the same advice your physician gives you as a matter of point.

The answer to every one of the questions above is to just listen to the people who DO KNOW about RAW foods and can tell wonderful stories of their own recovery from deadly cancer and why they chose nutrition over chemo, surgery and radiation. Learn from honest souls who share their most personal journeys, through and past the “cons” of the cancer-industrial complex.

Because obviously anecdotes are the same as data if you have a lot of them.

Consider the fact that even scientists have found a natural cure for cancer, and people TESTIFY in court that it works, even for children with “terminal” cancer

Because court testimony is the same thing as a randomized clinical trial.

Check out Fooducate – the free phone app that scans the barcodes of foods and drinks, tells you if it’s GMO and rates it for quality!

Except that GMOs don’t cause cancer. And the scientific consensus agrees that GMOs are perfectly safe.

[…] if you don’t “eat” cancer, it doesn’t “eat” you.

Wait. Why were you even considering going down on Cancer anyhow?

I don't think going down on Cancer's very comfortable.

No, seriously. Why were you considering going down on this? It boggles the mind.

Onions: Some Sort of Magic Germ Sucking Portal Thingy

A friend of mine posted this in an online community that I frequent. Apparently this had been making the rounds on Facebook, and she posted this in a thread I started on said online community mocking SCAM and other pseudoscience.

Let me reproduce it in full, so that you can see that I’m not quote mining. It’s been reproduced online, see here, here, and here.

Wow- very interesting….Everyone should read

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!
PLEASE READ TO THE END: IMPORTANT

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

Got it? Good.

Now to get down to the mock/debunking.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Some questions:

  1. Who was this doctor in question?
  2. Why are you speculating on how many rooms this supposed farmer’s wife had?
  3. Who was your biology teacher? Or did you not pay attention in biology class, given the fact that influenza is caused by viruses and not bacteria. And viruses are too small to be seen under a regular microscope. Electron microscopes weren’t even invented until 1931, so while we did know that viruses can cause disease since the late 19th century, we didn’t even know what they looked like.
  4. Why couldn’t the bacteria be just plain old bacteria? Bacteria are everywhere, and it’s quite likely that there was already bacteria on the onion naturally. If you took an orange peel and studied it, you can find bacteria under the microscope too. But does that mean that oranges absorb bacteria?
  5. Are you even 100% sure that it’s bacteria and not onion cells?

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Because one data point is enough to draw a conclusion. Because testimonials are the same as data. Because herd immunity from flu vaccines wasn’t what kept you from getting the flu. Because it had to be the onion and not because you were washing your hands more or got lucky or something. Because post hoc ergo propter hoc.

I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Because you wouldn’t have gotten better without the onion. Because onions don’t go through decomposition naturally.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

[citation needed]

Also, I still don’t see how that’s like possible. At all. My knowledge of science says “nope, nuh uh, nope, does not work like that”. Does yours?

Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. 

Or maybe you have food poisoning. Maybe you had some spoiled milk. Maybe you ate too much. Maybe you ate too little. Maybe you have an ulcer.

I can play the speculation game too!

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

LOLOLOLOLWAT

People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. 

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, no. If you opened a jar of mayo, that goes in the fridge. Mayo has raw eggs in it, and you don’t want to have that sitting in the counter.

The reason why you see jars of mayo on the supermarket counter in the open? Because the jars are prepared in such a way that it’s as sterile as possible inside. But once you open it, bacteria can come inside and multiply. That’s why you have to refrigerate an open jar.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

I made a lentil salad a while back, and it had cut, uncooked onions in it. I was still eating it a week later, and I’m perfectly okay.

And while my story definitely isn’t data, given the fact that the magic bacteria sucking portal mechanism isn’t explained and no source is provided, I’m going to conclude that it’s perfectly safe to eat uncooked onions, even if they’ve been sitting in the fridge for a few days.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Well, yeah, dogs shouldn’t eat onions because there’s compounds in onions (and garlic and shallots and the like) that can harm their red blood cells.

But this doesn’t actually prove anything. Dogs can’t eat chocolate either, and yet we can eat chocolate and not die.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Wait, so onions can spontaneously generate bacteria? Didn’t science debunk spontaneous generation like a long time ago?

Conclusion: onions will not prevent you from getting the flu. Go get your influenza shots. Wash your hands. Eat onions to your hearts delight, even if it’s been sitting in the fridge for a few days. And science!

Introducing the Falpraesti! A New Way to View the World.

People of the world, have you ever felt as if the world is not as you want it to be? Angry at the fact that there are people who have more power? Upset that what you have is not good enough for you? Frustrated at the fact that no one else sees what you see?

Well, today I have something that might help you allay your frustrations, your anger, and your despair. I hereby present Falpraesti: a new way for you to see the world!

The Falpraesti is a new medical breakthrough, discovered by a famous physician in Sri Lanka among the Inclusionis peoples. Used for over three thousand years, the Falpraesti is the key to is the key towards true happiness, by allowing you to harmonize your emotions and become one with the TRUTH.

Falpraesti is all natural, full of laevomandelonitrile and dihydrogen monoxide, necessary for our active lifestyles and helping you to relax.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen:

I could not believe that the world was not the way that I imagined it, and because of this, I was depressed for over two years. I went to see doctor after doctor, and therapist after therapist, but to no avail. I just could not get over my disbelief!

Then I came upon Falpraesti, thanks to Dr. P. Getoff, After taking Falpraesti, I now have the energy to take on my day. My depression lifted after two days, and I knew that this worked!

I have been free of my disbelief for over three months now. Thank you, Dr. Getoff, and thank you Falpraesti!

Mike Hythloday

Wow, and to think that the Inlusionis have been hiding this secret from us for over three thousand years! Get it today in your local health food store!

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Bonus if you can figure out what Falpraesti means.

Bleach Your Cancer Away with Hydrogen Peroxide! (NaturalNews Mocking)

No really. NaturalNews is seriously suggesting that we should bleach cancer away with a 35% solution of hydrogen peroxide.

What the hell? I’d use something stronger, except for the fact that the hydrogen peroxide is sanitizing my potty mouth.

WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE TO DRINK HYDROGEN PEROXIDE?!

Take deep breaths, deep, deep breaths.

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Okay. let’s just mock this thing, because WTF?

Cancer is dangerous.

Well yeah, metastatic disease is quite terrible and can kill you if it goes too far out. Duh?

Don’t flirt with disaster.

How the hell do you flirt with a cancer cell?

Don’t eat it and don’t go near it.

Um, no one’s telling you to go eat a Petri dish full of HeLa cells.

Don’t drink it.

How do you drink cancer cells? I highly doubt that you can make a cancer smoothie, since the blades can easily chop up the cellular membranes of the cells. And you can’t really make a soup out of it, since the heat of the boiling water will kill it.

Don’t put it on your skin.

Why are you putting Petri dish medium on your skin?

Yes, this is a warning not to put cancer on or inside your body.

Because we all have access to Petri dishes full of cancer cells.

Cancer is in GMO pesticide DNA seed designs and the treatments used on vegetables and fruit.

We inject Petri dish medium filled with cancer cells into DNA? How does that work?

Also, since I’m presuming that they’re discussing Bt toxin. Bt toxin is highly specific and only affects specific receptors located in the GI tract in certain insects. Furthermore, Bt toxins are used in organic farming, as it is a natural pesticide, and has been used in organic farming for five decades.

In addition, you do realize that you’re supposed to wash fruits and vegetables before you consume them, right? If you wash them well (which isn’t exactly hard), there won’t BE any residue on your fresh fruits and veggies.

Toxicity is in the dose, people.

Cancer is in sun block lotions full of toxins that hold in your sweat and block out the vitamin D you would normally get from the sun.

Wait, since when did we create a sunblock that was impervious to sweat? Aren’t you supposed to reapply every few hours because the sunblock sweats off?

And aren’t foods fortified nowadays so that we get Vitamin D in our diets? I mean, even the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends AGAINST walking around in the sun without sunblock just for Vitamin D, and states that there is no evidence that we’re lacking in Vitamin D, let alone that additional Vitamin D will prevent against cancer (among other things).

Also, uh, in case you forgot, UV rays freaking cause skin cancer, which is why they ask us to use sunblock in the first place.

Cancer is in cosmetics, makeup, soaps, toothpaste and shampoos.

Because we sneakily put in HeLa cells during the manufacturing process.

Cancer may be lurking in your refrigerator, your pantry and in your medicine cabinet […]

Why are you hoarding Petri dishes of cancer cells in your house?

Cancer has a rival that destroys it like an M-60 leveling a field of enemy soldiers. It’s called “hydrogen peroxide,” […]

Isn’t that the same stuff that Mother used to pour onto my cuts when I hurt myself? Stun like hell, that.

[…] and the “lame-stream,” mainstream media will tell you how “dangerous” it is at 35%,

Uh, because it is?

People have used hydrogen peroxide to make bombs. We can use it to power rockets. We bleach wood pulp, manufacture bleach, disinfect stuff, and make glow sticks out of the stuff. And you want us to drink this stuff?

What are you, high?

[…] but they won’t tell you that you can drip a couple drops in a glass of water each day and end cancer.

Because drinking what is essentially bleach is going to end well.

Cancer thrives in an acid-heavy system, […]

[citation needed]

Also, seriously, you won’t die of acidosis before then?

The heart and brain struggle to filter out the toxins […]

Because the heart and the brain are the ones in charge of breaking down toxins, and not the liver. Geez, if you can’t even your basic anatomy right, how the hell do you even think you’re qualified to give ANY medical advice, whatsoever?

This is why the doctors and oncologists tell chemo patients not to eat alkalizing foods like kale, because it will “interfere with the chemotherapy.”

Say what now? Doctors don’t tell you to eat kale?

Most cancer patients die as a result of the chemotherapy and radiation damage to their non-cancerous cells.

[citation SORELY needed]

In other words, your good cells that are trying to help your body beat cancer are deprived of oxygen also, leading to new cancers and often death within 5 years.

Because cancer happens due to lack of oxygen, and not screwed up DNA.

All pathogens, viruses, and parasites are anaerobic. They […] cannot survive with an abundance of oxygen

Some examples of pathogens that are facultative anaerobic (as in they can live with or without oxygen):

Yeah, so it really depends on what kind of anaerobic we’re talking about.

What should you do, whether you have cancer or not? Alkalize your body, that’s what.

Because our body totally thrives at a pH over 7.5, and won’t accidentally kill us.

Also, isn’t hydrogen peroxide, like, slightly acidic?

It has been clinically demonstrated that the spread or metastatis of cancer is “inversely proportional to the amount of oxygen around the cancer cells.”

[citation needed that’s not NaturalNews]

Hydrogen peroxide kills cancer cells, because cancer cells do not have the mechanism to break down the hydrogen peroxide and stop it from doing its work.

[citation needed]

The key to curing cancer with hydrogen peroxide is getting ENOUGH hydrogen peroxide INSIDE the cancer cells.

From the American Cancer Society:

According to a review article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, attempts to treat patients by injecting hydrogen peroxide directly into solid tumors or into the blood system have generally been ineffective.

So how do you think consuming hydrogen peroxide, which is much less exact compared to direct injection, would do? Also, how would hydrogen peroxide be smart enough to know to just go to that cancer cell, and not go to some healthy cell?

Proteolytic enzymes, also called pancreatic enzymes, literally cut apart the thick protein coating that covers cancer cells, so the immune system can recognize the cells as cancerous.

This is on so many different levels of wrong that it’s not even wrong anymore.

That’s how wrong this statement is.

I will just leave this link right here.

Nobel prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg demonstrated OVER 50 YEARS AGO the basic difference between normal cells and cancer cells. Both derive energy from glucose, but the normal cell requires oxygen to combine with the glucose, while cancer cells break down glucose without oxygen, yielding only about 1/15 of the energy per glucose molecule that a normal cell produces.

Because normal human cells don’t go through anaerobic respiration.

Hint: they do.

Hydrogen peroxide and several other oxygen therapies are proven to be safe and effective. Pay attention to what you buy though, because 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide is the only grade recommended for internal use.

Because the FDA actually wanted to you consume bleach.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is approved for cleaning work surfaces, and it has to completely decompose into hydrogen and oxygen before you can actually use said surface to prepare food. IT IS NOT TO BE CONSUMED.

Some individuals add a cup of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a bathtub of warm water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. The hydrogen peroxide is absorbed through the skin, which is your largest organ. Others drink a glass of water with several drops of food or reagent grade hydrogen peroxide.

Side effects of drinking hydrogen peroxide include

  • vomiting
  • severe burns in your throat and stomach
  • trouble breathing
  • blindness
  • stroke
  • death

Side effects of bathing in hydrogen peroxide include

  • bleached skin
  • blistering
  • burns
  • serious breathing problems from breathing in the vapors

Source.

Let me repeat this one more time: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. EVER.

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Holy Fruit! The Curious Case of Sea Buckthorn Berry

I think I need a NaturalNews mocking tag, given that it’s where I’m getting a lot of my material from nowadays.

*makes NaturalNews category*

Eh, good enough.

Anyways! Today, for you guys, we have the newest panacea against cancer, memory loss, and diabetes, among others. Let us get started!

With environmental pollutants, radiation, stress and chemicals bombarding us at every turn, […]

Uh, duh? If the sun’s hitting your skin, you’re getting radiation. If you’re inside of your house, you’re getting radiation. And if you’re alive, you’re surrounded by and consuming chemicals all day long.

One of the most dangerous is dihydrogen monoxide. Dihydrogen monoxide has been consumed by those who commit serious crimes such as murder, and has been linked to over 4,000 deaths a year!

BEWARE OF THE CHEMICALS!!!

[S]imply consuming a clean diet isn’t enough to ensure health – additional fortification with nutrient-dense superfoods is often required to avoid serious disease and illness.

If you’re in the developed world, you really don’t need “nutrient-dense superfoods”. Most of us can get necessary nutrients in our daily diet without really trying. If you did happen to have a deficiency (or if you have a special dietary regimen that lacks certain vitamins/minerals, e.g. vegan diets), your doctor should recommend some. Furthermore, there’s such thing as toxicity due to overdosing on vitamins/minerals. Google “iron toxicity” if you don’t believe me.

Luckily, a bright orange Himalayan berry can tackle many of our modern health issues and encourage a robust future.

Berries can get rid of cancer and AIDS?

Sea buckthorn fruit is loaded with over 190 bioactive compounds, including omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acids – the latter is a rare fat in the plant kingdom which is beneficial for weight loss and healing the gastrointestinal tract. The berry is considered one of the world’s most balanced fruits, providing powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamins C, D, E and K, sea buckthorn also contains a substantial complex of B vitamins and 20 minerals. Moreover, it supplies between 4-100 times more vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable. With such an impressive nutritional profile, it’s no wonder the fruit has long been considered a healing treasure in the mountainous Himalayan regions in which it grows.

Some things:

  1. You can get omega-3 and omega-7 in fish. It’s probably cheaper too.
  2. Source for omega-7 being “beneficial for weight loss and healing the gastrointestinal tract”, plox.
  3. Who’s calling the sea buckthorn berry “one of the world’s most balanced fruits”, and why should one person’s claim automatically make it fact?
  4. Our bodies can make Vitamin D (sun) and Vitamin K (E. coli in our gut) on our own. Why do we need more of it? Also, isn’t Vitamin D fat soluble?
  5. Why would we need that much Vitamin C? You do realize that any additional Vitamin C that we consume and that isn’t needed is urinated out daily, right?
  6. Who considers the fruit to be a “healing treasure”? And why should we accept your appeal to tradition claim?

Inquiring minds want to know!

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered the berry reduced post-meal blood sugar spikes. The researchers believe sea buckthorn is beneficial in keeping blood sugar levels stable and protecting against type 2 diabetes.

I believe this is the study in question.

Ten participants and four meals? Really? That’s a large enough sample size and a large enough trial period to say “yep, prevents type 2 diabetes, done!”?

Color me unimpressed.

The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reports that participants who took sea buckthorn oil supplements daily over the course of four months experienced significant improvement in their atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema).

Study in question, only sixteen participants.

Similarly, a study in Food and Chemical Toxicology found sea buckthorn oil applied topically to burn wounds in rats markedly accelerated healing.

Study in question, seven days, no idea on how many rats were involved.

And a review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology states:

“Sea buckthorn has been scientifically analyzed and many of its traditional uses have been established using several biochemical and pharmacological studies. Various pharmacological activities such as cytoprotective, anti-stress, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, radioprotective, anti-atherogenic, anti-tumor, anti-microbial and tissue regeneration have been reported.”

Study in question, this looks like a systematic review, and I don’t know what studies they used to conduct this review.

Also, this is probably not really that worthy to note, but the systematic review was done in India, and I’m not sure if India’s known for its high quality of studies as a whole, whether medical or whatnot.

Sea buckthorn is also helpful for:

  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Rosacea
  • Mental clarity and memory
  • Endurance
  • Vision
  • Healthy skin and hair
  • Respiratory function

[citations sorely needed]

Preferably one with at least 100 subjects, for example, and a long trial period.

Also, seriously, how bad can you be if you think that a study with less than twenty participants is a large enough sample size to proclaim health benefits from some random berry, but cry fowl when over 600+ independent studies show that GMOs are perfectly safe and won’t kill us?

I guess all of that confirmation bias gets to your head.

Combo-Pilling for Weight Loss: Diet Pills and Drug Interactions

So on Thursday, I felt the urge to go down and pick up the mail. The day before, both of my housemates had arrived home on the same bus, so the housemate that usually picks up the mail on Wednesdays didn’t pick it up. Of course, since we’re all students who need to go buy food every single week, we needed to know what’s on sale on certain places, so I decided to go down and pick up the mail for them.

And lo and behold, there was a bundle of advertisements just sitting in the box!

One of the advertisements was advertising diet pills. Being a science-literate college student, I was prepared to ignore it. After all, I don’t think I have to explain that the laws of thermodynamics makes it so that you have to use more energy than you consume to lose weight.

Then a header caught my eye. “‘Combo-Pilling’: America’s Hottest Fat Burning Solution!”

Uh oh.

So what is “combo-pilling”?

From the advert:

The highly controversial practice of Combo-Pilling is truly an underground phenomenon. Odds are, if you know someone who’s losing lots of weight, and losing it fast, you probably know someone who’s Combo-Pilling… Why? Because it allows people to attack multiple facets of weight loss — like dropping fat, overcoming stress eating, and having enough energy to work out — at the same time.

A group of pills can make you stop eating when you’re depressed? Really now.

The first thing that I was thinking of after reading that was drug interactions. To use a common example of drugs that should not be mixed, ever, there’s a reason why you can’t drink alcohol and take Tylenol: because of drug-drug interactions. In the case of alcohol and acetaminophen (Tylenol), taking both of these drugs combined can and will wreck havoc on your liver and possibly kill it.

The thing with mixing acetaminophen and alcohol together is that the effect of acetaminophen and the effect of the alcohol aren’t added together. They’re actually interacting in such a way that their effects are multiplied (known as a synergistic effect). As such, the two drugs working together have a much large effect than what you’d expect, because of this multiplication. Hence, more damaging to your liver, which means you can accidentally kill it. Oops.

Other drug interactions can cause antagonistic effects (as in one drug is rendered less effective). An example of an antagonistic effect is the interaction between oral levothyroxine and oral iron supplements; the two drugs interact in such a way that levothyroxine is not as readily absorbed in the gut. (Incidentally, this is the reason why I can’t take iron supplements, ever.) Still others can combine to have effects that are not found in the drugs individually.

This is why you should always tell your doctor what drugs/supplements that you’re taking: because many of these interactions are undesirable and potentially harmful.

Knowing this, encouraging people to just mix drugs/supplements together without checking to see if it was safe to do so isn’t exactly wise. If anything, it’s reckless.

So what does this diet pill advertisement say in terms of mixing drugs/supplements together?

Ever wonder how some people manage to get so thin… so fast? It could be “Combo Pilling”… the über trendy, “underground” practice of combining two or more diet pills to create “supercharged” weight loss.

Oh <bleep>.

Face, meet table. Table, meet face.

Okay, this presupposes a few things.

  1. That weight loss is inherently desirable.
  2. That rapid weight loss is better than slow, steady weight loss.
  3. That mixing two or more diet pills will always lead to faster weight loss.
  4. That mixing two or more diet pills will never have any negative effects, whether with each other or with food or other drugs.

Does anyone see any problems with these presupposed conditions? Any at all?

Our favorite diet pill combination is Zantrex® 3 (the high energy fat burner) and Relacore® Extra (the calming, feel good, “belly fat” pill). One pill picks you up, the other pill calms you down… both of them help you lose weight… but together, oh my goodness!

I feel like I’m currently in Anastasia Steele’s head, hanging out with her subconscious and her inner goddess. And Ana’s squealing over diet pills because she would hate to be fat because being fat means that her abusive asshole of a boyfriend lover and husband, Christian Grey, would hate her forever, even though he forces her to eat all the damn time because she doesn’t eat enough.

Sorry, I’m digressing.

Knowing about drug interactions, this does bring up an interesting question. What the hell is in this stuff?

After some quick Googling, I finally found the lists. Here’s the one for Relacore. And here’s the one for Zantrex.

Now, the links I just put up also did the research on these ingredients for me (and the conclusion is that individually, they’re probably pretty safe, although none of the ingredients have really been shown to have any weight loss properties).

None of these will help you lose weight, so there are absolutely no benefits of taking these individually. But together, you’d be risking serious interactions.

Now, if you’re like me, you tried to plug in their ingredients into some sort of drug interactions database thing. Here’s one from MedScape. And here’s one from Drugs.com.

One problem. Some of the ingredients that I’ve typed in are not in their database. These are mostly herbal extracts, so I don’t know what’s in them.

Nevertheless, I did type in all of the interactions that I could, and this is what MedScape gave me (they had a wider dictionary):

Significant – Monitor Closely

  • green tea + caffeine

    green tea increases effects of caffeine by Other (see comment). Significant – Monitor Closely. Comment: Potential for increased risk of CNS stimulation due to caffeine component of green tea. Caution advised.

Minor

  • caffeine + thiamine

    caffeine decreases levels of thiamine by inhibition of GI absorption. Applies only to oral form of both agents. Minor or non-significant interaction. Coffee, tea are high in anti-thiamine factors.

  • yerba mate + caffeine

    yerba mate increases effects of caffeine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Minor or non-significant interaction.

  • guarana + caffeine

    guarana increases effects of caffeine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Minor or non-significant interaction.

  • caffeine + calcium carbonate

    caffeine decreases levels of calcium carbonate by increasing renal clearance. Minor or non-significant interaction.

  • ascorbic acid + cyanocobalamin

    ascorbic acid decreases levels of cyanocobalamin by inhibition of GI absorption. Applies only to oral form of both agents. Minor or non-significant interaction.

  • green tea + panax ginseng

    green tea, panax ginseng. Other (see comment). Minor or non-significant interaction. Comment: Use caution when combining green tea with herbs that exhibit antiplatelet effects or anticoagulant activity.

  • green tea + guarana

    green tea, guarana. Other (see comment). Minor or non-significant interaction. Comment: Concurrent administration of guarana to patients taking caffeine may produce excessive caffeine-like side effects, such as nausea, irritability or nervousness. Caution in patients consuming large amounts of caffeine.

Oh dear. The majority of these are “minor” interactions, but still. That’s eight different interactions. and this list is still yet incomplete.

And then you have to imagine these interactions with the other things that people consume, such as alcohol and painkillers and prescription drugs and food and whatnot. This type of thing gets complicated very, very fast. Just adding alcohol and aspirin (two things quite common in most households) brings up the number of interactions to nineteen, with four significant interactions and fifteen minor ones.

So all of the risk, and none of the benefits.

Now does this sound like a good idea to even attempt?

Here is the Feminist Skeptic recommendation: do NOT try this at home. Ever. The risk of drug interactions is too great, and there is absolutely no benefit to be derived. Furthermore, because the FDA does not regulate supplements, you’re pretty much hoping that the manufacturer of any supplement (not just diet pills) are going to act on good faith and not kill you. If you know about laetrile, this is not always the case.

Consumer beware.

The Newest Vitamin Miracle Drug: C for Cracked Up (NaturalNews Mocking)

Damn it, I think I’m going to need a weekend to mock the infographic. I need the time to do freaking research, and I have homework to do.

In the meanwhile, since we got all serious for the last week or so (or as serious as possible), let me by some time with one of my favorite things to do: NaturalNews mocking!

To start off with, apparently Vitamin C is the cure for over 30 different diseases, including chicken pox, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, and polio. You know, the ones that we can prevent now with our vaccines?

And of course, toss on some conspiracy and some anti-science nonsense, and we have your typical NaturalNews article, void on facts and chock full of Vitamin Wut!

Let’s get started.

Over 75 years of medical research and clinical practice reveals, overwhelmingly, that vitamin C has the power to ignite the ‘self-healing response’.

I thought that my immune system does just fine on its own? I mean, if Vitamin C can “ignite the self-healing response”, why doesn’t it work to cure AIDS? Why can’t it cure my hypothyroidism? And why is it that if I cut myself today, my skin will still heal itself even if I haven’t eaten any substantial Vitamin C source in over 24 hours? After all, Vitamin C is water soluble, and you need to take in more every single day.

Medical students receive little nutritional training – only 2 hours in 4 years!

[citation needed]

Believe it or not, in the 1940’s, Dr. Klenner used vitamin C to cure 60 out of 60 cases of polio and that was back in the days when the polio vaccine didn’t even exist. Dr. Klenner even presented his findings – at a large medical conference about his success with high dose vitamin C therapy and it was largely ignored.

ZOMG MEDICAL CONSPIRACY! BIG PHARMA! BIG SCIENCE! BIG CHEM!

But seriously, I’d like to read these case studies. I think there’s more to this than Adams is telling us (as if he can read anything scientific anyhow), but I can’t prove it without the documents relating to the case studies itself.

Instead, big pharma has a stranglehold ‘death grip’ over the I.Q. of most doctors – brainwashing them into believing that toxic antibiotics that destroy intestinal flora (and the immune system) is a ‘wiser’ choice.

Brainwashing? The horror!

How the hell do antibiotics kill off the immune system though? Someone explain that one to me, because I can’t imagine it.

I mean, I’m aware that antibiotics can kill bacteria (duh), but that doesn’t mean that antibiotics will kill you, the person. Otherwise, we’d die from eating chocolate.

Dr. Klenner was one of the first physicians to cure disease with vitamin C. In fact, he consistently eliminated chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and polio with huge doses of IV vitamin C. And, keep in mind, Dr. Klenner did this when vaccines didn’t even exist.

[citation or case studies needed]

Dr. Klenner cured pneumonia, encephalitis, herpes zoster (shingles), herpes simplex, mononucleosis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, rocky mountain spotted fever, bladder infections, alcoholism, arthritis, some cancers, leukemia, atherosclerosis, ruptured intervertebral disc, high cholesterol, corneal ulcers, diabetes, glaucoma, radiation burns – the list goes on and on.

Vitamin C can cure all of that? Really, now? Now how does that work, exactly?

After all, some of these diseases are autoimmune disorders (arthritis, and I believe type 1 diabetes), and do you really want to amp up your immune system more? Wouldn’t that, uh, make it worse?

And ruptured disks? How would Vitamin C do anything to fix that? Could Vitamin C even get into the disk itself? Are we sending out white blood cells to the site? Is Vitamin C smart enough to figure out what you want it to do?

And cancer? How does Vitamin C get into the cancer cells and fix the DNA back to normal? Or are we using it to amp up the immune system again?

And how does Vitamin C get rid of high cholesterol, or soften your arteries? Does it have hands to kneed the arteries back together? Does it suck up the cholesterol? Where does the excess go? Where are the waste products?

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!!!

He published dozens of papers – just ‘google’ Dr. Klenner and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

I did. I was not surprised.

Just pages and pages of SCAM pages, saying the same thing over and over and over.

That’s going to help your credibility, there, Adams.

And then we have the testimonials. Appeal to authority and popularity much?

Adams, I hate to tell you this, but even if you get half of the world to believe you, you’re still wrong. Even if you get half of the Nobel prize winners, you’d still be wrong. Just because a lot of people endorse your product doesn’t mean that your opinion is suddenly fact. You need evidence, which you don’t have.

If you do have evidence, please post them now. But I have to warn you, since you’re claiming this to cure thirty different diseases, you’re going to need very strong evidence, and it better be extraordinary.

In the meanwhile, let’s all celebrate the fact that we’re getting closer to Friday! Yay!