Dr. Oz, Vitamins, Alternative Medicine & the Growing Power of Skeptics

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Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 12.05.54 AMOnce in awhile we just need to follow the bouncing ball, no matter where it takes, us, bouncing along, from one topic, which is terribly strange, to something extremely serious.  Upfront, I do not watch Dr. Oz.  I don’t watch afternoon talk shows. Oh, I did when Phil was on, but that was centuries ago.  I would troll the Jerry Springer show for my grandmother Froehlich, who enjoyed the transgender shows.  I have never seen a Bigfoot and don’t plan on seeing one.  I think I would probably freak.  And, up front, yes, I think something is out there, and it isn’t a great ape, Gigantopithecus, or an American gorilla.  If so, we would know all about them – they are lethal.  I am not an anti-vaxxer.  I think our American system is doing the big pharma over-kill, and demanding far too many immunizations for our children.  We should be following a European model, but people can’t get rich off that. I am an unashamed advocate of vitamins, supplements, homeopathy, and alternative medicine.

This article is NOT about climate change or global warming.   For the record, I think we are undergoing some serious climate change, that is not warming. The past few years have seen a strange up-tick in volcanic eruptions. We’re one major eruption away from repeating the Year Without a Summer.  A couple eruptions and we’re into a Little Ice Age. But, that doesn’t fit the popular narrative.

I don’t like “skeptics”, at least not today’s version.  As a teen, I was even a member of what is now some skeptics organization, the name of which has changed over the years.  I remember reading their journal, in the back of my father’s car, when he picked me up after a long afternoon candy striping. (FYI:  I logged over 5000 volunteer hours).  I’ve always been into science, even as a little kid.  One of my earliest memories is watching an early launch, with my grandmother Froehlich, who was basically astronaut-happy. For a lay person, I have an excellent working knowledge of science in general.  If we were living in a perfect world, I would be an archaeologist.  We don’t.  But, I know my science.  I also am extremely familiar with the workings of organized skeptics.  I kept thinking, as a teen, that they had a tendency to protest too much. That is when they were honest, and had not sold out to the highest bidder.  Today, though, I think they are as dishonest as tea party ‘patriots’ and a heck of a lot better organized, and maybe better funded.

Please follow the bouncing ball.

What does Bigfoot have to do with Dr. Oz?

It’s one thing to oppose idiocy, another to attack organized religion, and another to be a corporate sell-out.  Neil Tyson is a scientist.  He does not like organized religion.  Fine.  He’s paid his dues.  He knows his science.  Bill Nye, the ‘Science Guy’ is a valid scientist.  He is also a corporate shill and sell-out.  I have no problem with Tyson’s annoyance with religion.  Half the time I feel the same way.  Nye’s dislike of religion borders on hatred. I have no tolerance for him.

Science is something which should be open-minded.  Yes, we should have a healthy skepticism – of anything.  You prove/disprove theory that way.  There is a difference, though, when ‘skepticism’ is used to eliminate, destroy, and shut-down viable science and voices. I want to know about things.  I want to explore and open my mind.  As someone who has spent a life-time observing the skies, I know there is more out there than we want to logically think there is.  If not, it is, just as Carl Sagan said, even more remarkable.  Logic says we are not alone in the universe.  It’s that simple.  And, with my luck, I’d be abducted by Jobba the Hutt and not Han Solo, so I am not actively seeking to prove or disprove alien life.  For my part, having lived where I have for the past 15 years of my life, I am well aware most of what we think is something wild and crazy is basically our tax money at work, developing really cool stuff.

Science should not be used to silence and destroy the way religion once did.  Skeptics in the name of science do this, quite frequently.  I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been following the Ketchum study of possible Bigfoot DNA since day one.  I also don’t mind stating that something is going on outside, and it is big, hairy, and just a little bit scary.  No, I’ve never seen one.  I know people who have – and these are viable people who are not given to flights of fancy, drug use, or insanity. The biggest detractors, outside of the insanity of the Bigfoot community (and it is insane) are two individuals, on is Dr. Bryan Sykes, a respected DNA scientist and expert out of Oxford.  Well…

The Sykes people were the ones to completely discredit Dr. Melba Ketchum.  Frankly, I think part of the problem is that she is blond, pretty, and from Texas.  I am convinced we are looking at a tremendous amount of gender bias.  We have been told that Ketchum’s credentials are dispute, never mind she is one of the top veterinary DNA specialists in the country. Her reputation has been destroyed.  Her DNA study, which is still ongoing has become the object of ridicule and derision.  She’s a blond bimbo from Texas who said she was raped by a Bigfoot.  How could anyone possibly take her serious?  No one bothered asking Dr. Ketchum if she was raped by Bigfoot, they just went around saying that she said she was, further blackening her career.

And, no, she was not raped by Bigfoot.  She has been trying to get to the bottom of that nice big lie for ages.  Her study is still being augmented and examined.  The interesting irony is that, aside from skeptics, people who are not scientists, Dr. Sykes, and Sharon Hill, her work is still being studied.  It can’t possibly be correct, they say, especially Bigfoot hunters who don’t have a background in science.  Oh, and Dr. Skyes, who is a man, teaches at Oxford, and has a magnificent British accent.  His work is beyond reproach…

Well…

Try finding the headlines that Sykes Yeti study is a fraud, he fabricated some of his credentials, and is now completely debunked.  Nope,  how many sources mention that his work is now being rapidly redacted for fraud, but Ketchum’s is ongoing?

Anyone….

Anyone….

The most fun is Sharon Hill, professional skeptic, Christian hater, and all-around logic infested blogger who is the bastion of American skeptics.  In order to disprove Ketchum, her attacks draw directly from Hill’s own ‘research’, and from attacks on Ketchum from within the Bigfoot community.  She has no real science to dispute her attacks, even though she is a geologist.  But, she is skeptic, ergo, she is right and the blond scientist is wrong.  Hill has made it her recent life’s work to destroy Ketchum, and is doing a fairly good job at it.  Yet, Hill has said nothing about Sykes’ redacted Yeti study.

The reason I bring all of this up is because Sharon Hill is now part of the machine to destroy Dr. Oz. In order to support her important work, she’s begging people to donate to keep her going.  I know the world in which she lives.  She is a regular on the science fiction convention scene.  She is also a leader in trying to silence Christian prayer at public events.  There is something shady about so many skeptics, including James Randi, of whom she worships.

Much of the ‘rational’ wiki and media is empowered by a group called Rational Media.  Their treasurer is Jacob Murane.  Try Googling him.  This is what I found. Try figuring out who Alexander Davis is, aside from being their director.  David Gerard is a director. He is an author, but try finding his work.  I’m a nobody, but have a bigger web presence than this guy does. This is their brain, Rational Wiki.  You see, they were kicked off Wikipedia for having an agenda.  Another board member, Ian Rhile, appears to be the Ian Rhule who is a professor of chemistry at Andover. Another board member is Jason Shanfield.  The only person I can find with that name who is remotely accomplished is a consumer attorney in Chicago, only, apparently that is not who this Jason Shanfield is.  This is his web site?  We’re talking rational adults here, professionals, all?  Their records haven’t been updated for a year.  You might want to check out their finances.

For all the attention they allegedly receive, and all their importance, RationalWiki is basically nothing.  On Twitter they have nearly three thousand followers.  Your humble scribe has 20,000.  There is something almost fraudulent about these people.  They have an agenda.  I also suspect they are little more then hired guns, doing the bidding of whoever pays them.

I bring this up, because Sharon Hill, who specializes in debates on panels at science fiction conventions, is now attacking Dr. Oz.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t watch his show.  She is part of a group who specialize in character assassination of anyone who disagrees with them.  They are terribly intellectually dishonest.  They’ve been after the homeopathic industry for ages, don’t believe in supplements, vitamins, alternative medicine, and denigrate anyone who doesn’t hold their opinion that all vaccines are good.  So far, Dr. Oz is their biggest target.

True to form, they use lies, half-truths, and questionable experts.  One of the ten physicians who has written a letter demanding Oz be discredited, has lost his medical license, another is a truther for the tobacco industry. They are taking their attacks mainstream, stating that 1,300 physicians with a social forum for doctors have voted and 57% of those 1,300 think Oz should resign his position at Columbia.  What is missing in the article is that there are over 300,000 members of the forum.

Fortunately, Dr. Oz has decided to counter-attack these people.  It’s about time someone does.  The The Wiki of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, founded in 2014, is after Oz.  It’s founder, Mark Crislip, is a noted ‘scientific skeptic‘, and enemy of alternative medicine, and shocker, is part of the rational world.  Let’s put it this way, these are the people who think that there is no such thing as Chronic Lyme Disease.

“…”Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society, the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella also contributes every Sunday to The Rogues Gallery, the official blog of the SGU.” …”

These are the people who damn anti-vaxxers.  They’re the same ones damning the anti-vaxxing parents who are the evil individuals who caused the measles outbreak via Disneyland.  Never mind.  It has been revealed that the majority of those who came down with the measles had been vaccinated.  You aren’t seeing this on any of their sites, are you?  They are the ones who made fun of the Ebola crises, and think there is nothing wrong with GMO foods.  In other words – let’s see if Monsanto is bank-rolling them.  In fact, that is the claim about the attacks on Dr. Oz, that is is being bank-rolled by big pharma and the GMO industry.   He’s being attacked by the American Council on Science and Health – big pharma – and science based.

Mercola
Mercola

That is what some of this is about – science based medicine verses evidence based medicine.  The ACSH is ‘science’ based, or rather big business based.  We know Monsanto is involved with the ‘skeptics’.  Let’s be honest here, there is bound to be a Koch in the woodpile.   This is my problem with ‘skeptics’.  They are paid to be skeptics.  They’re intellectually dishonest, out to destroy who ever they are paid to destroy.  Dr. Oz is in their sights.  He’s upset someone, probably someone at Monsanto, ergo he must be destroyed.

They are all connected, and go back to James Randi, who has been the subject of pedophilia allegations.  In fact, there is a strong pedophile link hiding within much of this network.  They are quite good at SEO keywords, and know how to bury links.

“…February 11, 1996, Toronto Star: “What I had hesitated to mention is that the colorful Randi has been involved in a number of lawsuits. Part of the evidence brought against Randi was a tape of his telephone conversations, of explicit sexual content, with teenage boys. Randi has at different times claimed that the tape was a hoax made by his enemies to blackmail him, that he made the tape himself, and that the police asked him to make it. Whichever version is true, it’s amazing indeed that such a person could be taken seriously as a scientific adviser in an organization dedicated to denying claims of child sexual abuse.” This tape was played during a trial in which Randi was accused by Eldon Byrd, a good friend of Uri and a former Naval Surface Weapons Center researcher, of defamation by claiming he was known pedophile. True or not, during the trial Byrd and his team played a tape on which Randi was speaking to a small boy about sex and how much it would cost. Randi claimed it was all a setup by Byrd and the boys on the tape were prank callers. The judge wasn’t so sure about that, especially because Randi voluntarily called back one of the boys after the latter told him his money was running out. It’s a confusing story, but you wonder what he’s doing at the FMSF…”

There is a strong current of pedophilia running through the entire movement. Some of the skeptics who have links to the attack on Dr. Oz include a few individuals who appear to be top-notch scientists until you start doing some digging.  In other words, someone wants this man discredited.

I think I need a shower.  But, before I do, I wonder who is bankrolling all of this?

(And, in full disclosure, while I was putting the finishing touches on this post, I tossed down a handful of vitamins and supplements).  My bad?  Sharon Hill would think I am.

 

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