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More Nonsense from Dr. Jay Gordon

Posted in Neurologica by Skepdude on October 15, 2009

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Dr. Jay Gordon is a pediatrician to a particular subculture of pseudoscientific celebrities, such as Jenny McCarthy. He lends his MD cred to this community. He also appears, in my opinion, to be a shameless self-promoter – one of those pop professionals (Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil) who has sold his soul for some easy celebrity.

Regardless of his motivations, he has been spouting arrogant nonsense about vaccines for years, essentially arguing that his clinical gut feeling and anecdotal experience trump the actual science. This is exactly the wrong approach to science-based medicine.

In a recent open letter on his website, he adds to the anti-vax chorus advising not to get the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. It’s almost as if this crowd wants to maximize the morbidity and suffering from this somewhat preventable disease. I know this is not literally true, but their ideologically motivated and confused actions will have the same effect.

Gordon starts his letter with, of course, some anecdotal evidence from his practice, admitting that he is seeing many cases of flu-like illness over this summer, but:

They all felt miserable, and they are all feeling just fine now.

The implication here is that H1N1 is not that bad. In an average flu season, 30,000 Americans die from the flu. By all accounts, we are in for at least a very heavy flu season, and H1N1 has been killing more young and otherwise healthy people as well as pregnant women (while the regular flu tends to kill the old and infirm). Again we see Gordon perfectly willing to substitute his own anecdotes for hard data.

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BCA libels Simon Singh!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 15, 2009

In a stunning turn of events the British Chiropractic Association’s press release which I wrote about a while ago, has defamatory language in which they accuse Simon of  having “maliciously attacked” the BCA, thus putting themselves in a worse position than Simon was for using the word “bogus”. The BCA is now in hot water and as Jack of Kent points out Simon can now sue them for libel! Amazing, let’s see what Simon does about this! He’s been handed a great hand by his enemies!  They have replaced the original Press Release with a modified one, but the original one lives in teh intertubes; they can’t hide it.

I told you they’re losers didnt I.

Britich Chiropractic Associaton a.k.a sore losers

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 15, 2009

The British Chiropractic Association, BCA does not like the latest judge ruling giving Simon Singh the right to actually defend himself. The HORROR! So today they sent out a pathetic press release.They whine that the judge didn’t get to hear all sides of the story. No shit Sherlock! You were given an opportunity to lay out your side on the Guardian Newspaper and instead chose to try and intimidate Simon by suing him. Now pay the consequences!

They whine that Simon wants science writers to be able to write what they want free of consequences. Wrong losers! He wants to be able to tell the TRUTH and engage in open scientific debate,  without fearing a long, expensive, punitive libel law suit such as the one you choose to engage on. Now pay the consequences!

They whine that Simon Singh did not retract his article and apologize when given the chance! Why should he o’ troubled ones? He made a claim that is factually correct. You cannot, and you have not even when you pathetically tried, to prove scientifically that your claims are true. Instead you chose to sue, trying to sweep this mess under the rug. And Simon Singh was not intimidated, he took the fight to you and now you feel the rug being swept up from underneath your feet. Now pay the consequences!
The BCA would do well to be aware of the Streisand Effect or else they run the risk of learning first hand of the Dion Effect (sobbing uncontrollably and wishing you’d taken a different course of action!)

2012: Combat the Nonsense

Posted in Universe Today by Skepdude on October 15, 2009

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2012 poster, with a little addition by N. Atkinson2012 poster, with a little addition by N. Atkinson

In a rather cruel media ploy, the creators of the upcoming science fiction movie “2012” are purposely feeding the flames of internet panic about the ridiculous claims that the world will end in 2012. This viral marketing campaign has created fake science websites and encourages people to search for “2012” on the Web. While there are many websites, like Universe Today, which provide solid and methodical evidence that the 2012 hysteria is complete nonsense, hordes of other sites out there are full of gobbledygook and a gross misstating of what they claim to be scientific evidence that some astronomical event will decimate our planet. Why are these hoaxers doing this? For the oldest reason ever: for profit and notoriety. If you visit their websites, most are trying to sell books or videos.

For those reading this article because you have concerns about 2012, we encourage you to read our complete series of articles on 2012, and it won’t cost you a thing. The articles were written by Dr. Ian O’Neil, who has a PhD in solar physics. Additionally, below is a list of other resources that should help answer any questions or concerns you may have on this topic:

1. NASA scientist Dr. David Morrison Dr. Morrison, a world-renowned expert on the solar system (and asteroid impacts) has published a free pdf, “Doomsday 2012, Planet Nibiru and Cosmophobia,” a concise summary of the claims and answers containing solid scientific responses. It is published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific as a public service.

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