Lynne McTaggart’s making some waves out there in the anti-Medicine movement. For those who are unaware, Lynne leveraged her wide variety of skills into becoming one of the anti-medical lobby’s spokesmen. She’s the author of What Doctors Don’t Tell You and also runs a site. Needless to say? She’s a pretty big deal among the quack community.
And to new readers? They are quacks. They are bullshit merchants. That is the kindest thing I can say about them. They invent treatments for problems that either don’t exist or are being treated by other things and flog it for vast profit.
At a fundamental level the difference between medicine and quackery is that medicine is science. The quacks? None of what they do is scientifically proven or in some cases the advice that they give is nothing short of deadly.
Lynne McTaggart has absolutely no medical background what so ever. The people taking medical advice from her and her site? They think she is an expert. Many of the things she says are plain outright wrong. And she’s set her sights on the HPV vaccine.
The Human Papiloma Virus is at the moment the biggest single preventable cause of Cancer in women. Roughly 12,000 diagnosed per year in the USA and 3000 deaths thanks to the regular pap smear detection detecting so many. But here is the thing? Why treat when you can prevent? The treatment for a cervical carcinoma is not difficult but frankly? It’s a hysterectomy. It’s a procedure and a necessary one for a lot of people, but why would you want to not drop the rate of this procedure?
Well? For many people it’s because the “fear” of HPV keeps the wimminz in line. After all? If you aren’t scared of cancer causing penis cooties then you may run off and have a sex life. To which I point out that HPV is a STD you can catch from someone scratching their arse and shaking your hand. Did you wash your hands after putting on underwear? Did you wash your hands before? Infections spread a lot faster than people think. It’s not just Penis in Vagina that spreads it.
And again? Why is it a big deal that women get the HPV? Well? Because the vaccine is given to young kids. 12 to 14 so that they aren’t sexually active. Makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is to think that it means that we are encouraging 14 year olds to go out and have all that sex people assured me that I was having when I was a teenager. Won’t Someone Think Of the Slutty Children!
Well we did. I would rather my daughter not had to take her uterus out or die from cancer. I would also not want her to have disappointing sex with some boy I consider an imbecile with stupid pants but frankly that seems to be a problem with every generation. I was some girl’s young man with stupid pants (baggy, shapeless, metal jeans and bright red hair.) who would not achieve anything in his life. And try as I might I know that this hypothetical daughter will probably think the world of this hypothetical stupid panted imbecile who smells like an explosion in a Brut and Axe deodorant factory, but I don’t want her to suffer for her bad choices but learn and maybe the imbecile won’t turn out to be so bad.
The HPV is a killer of women. But most importantly it’s a killer of “slutty” women. Those who advocate against the vaccine think it’s a deserved infection for not marrying your high school sweetheart and having sex solely for procreation and not to see if you can move the bed. You have to be incredibly naive to think that even in the golden age of the past people were not shagging around. It also assumes the man in the relationship won’t cheat. Because men cheating on their wives just never ever happens. And if it does? It’s clearly her fault. Why if she had not picked a cheater she would not have crotch cancer! Maybe she was just a terrible wife so he had to get his jollies on the side. Clearly if you weren’t having sex with more than one person you wouldn’t have this…
In an ideal world maybe we would not need this sinful vaccine for sluts and whores but in our world bereft of gum drop fairies and unicorns, HPV exists. HPV infects women irrespective of how slutty you think they are. It infects men irrespective of how slutty you think we are too but the incidence of our cancer is lower which is why the focus has been on women. It can transmit via skin contact and a variety of other ways. Honestly? The fears that this vaccine will herald a new age in promiscuity is just nonsensical. It’s like suggesting that motor cycle helmets increased the number of people jumping over burning buses.
I actually think all of us should have the HPV vaccine since it protects against penile cancer in men and stops transmission. I do know a lot of men who do want the vaccine because they are gay and engaged in penetrative sex since Genital Warts are transmitted despite condom usage and the HPV vaccine is protective.
Sarcasm aside? The HPV vaccine is a godsend. India is trying to get the license for local production because cervical cancer and HPV infection rates are high here and this could save so many many lives. It was so effective that it’s trial was cut short because it was unethical to deny women in the control group this protection.
And Lynne McTaggart thinks you and your children do not deserve it’s protection. The Echo Chamber is astonishing. I don’t think I can get 14,000 people liking anything I complain about her. I know things I have written about Immunity have not reached such a wide audience. I suppose the lies she writes just make better reading.
The Times has implied that our story about the ‘cervical-cancer’ vaccine Gardasil was irresponsible. Here’s how we put together that story:
I spent weeks studying:
Here’s the thing.
People think “Weeks” is a long time for anything. It’s not. Lynne has absolutely no qualifications. Her wiki says she diagnosed herself with “toxic yeast” but she has no actual medical qualifications. Her self description is grandiose but doesn’t mean anything. She is a spokesperson “on consciousness, the new physics, and the practices of conventional and alternative medicine” which doesn’t mean anything. Alternative medicine is bullshit but what on Earth is New Physics? My Chopra Senses Are Tingling.
And this means that the knowledge base is titanically unsound. There is nothing but ignorance. She is “speaking as a mother”. No one ever says “Coming from a position of total ignorance, my opinion must be as valid as those who are educated and my statement is no way daft”.
It is like me suggesting that CERN would be improved if they stopped trying to destroy the planet with a black hole. It’s a statement of such incredible ignorance. It’s like asking why no one would pick up the ball during a football match, it would be so much easier than trying to kick it.
Every quack is proud about the hours or weeks they spent studying a topic to which I must point out that education is tested for a reason.
1. You may spend years studying a topic and still flunk an exam. You can still be wrong you know.
2. The amount of time you study the topic does not correlate to the complexity of the issue and in my experience the anti-medical brigade has absolutely zero understanding of any topic.pertaining to medicine. It’s not a sin, I don’t have any idea about electronics. It’s why I don’t try to wire up my own house because in my mind there is a little voice that says “don’t do it, you will end up as a Darwin Award” while I assume there is no such voice for these people
3. The amount of time you spend learning something doesn’t make you an expert if you are reading incorrect sources.
• all information about Merck’s direct-to-teen TV marketing campaign
I watched the advert.
See, here is the thing. The advertisement itself tells women the side effects and what it can and cannot do.
In the USA roughly 12,000 women will get Cervical Cancer a year. Gardasil will in a few years stop around 9000 of those. If we vaccinate men we can stop a lot more and stop genital warts and penile cancer. Yes, I think boys should be protected too.
This is a lot of women who don’t have to fist fight goddamn cancer. These are a lot of loved ones who will get to have a happy life free of fear of cancer.
There is absolutely no indication that HPV vaccines are linked to any of the things the anti-vax and quack lobbies claim.
• its major statements in support of the vaccine
This isn’t research, this is paying attention
• all reports of reactions from Gardasil reported on the US government’s database of vaccine side effects, comparing that with its data on side effects of other vaccines
Ah yes. The VAERS reporting system. Two problems? Firstly? Anyone can report something to VAERS and Secondly? VAERS collects ANY event that occurs immediately after a vaccine.
The point of VAERS is to collate all this information. Then to confirm the cases. When this has happened it will tabulate the data and analyse the statistics to look at trends in populations and then using that information to see if vaccinated people are more prone to certain conditions than others. Anyone can submit a claim to VAERS. Even me. And I don’t even live in the USA.
It is not a hard and fast list of side effects because many people report unrelated issues and many of these are not verified. It’s never been meant as a tool for listing side effects but to determine if side effects are caused or not.
• stats on the incidence of cervical cancer, the true incidence of HPV leading to cancer and on cervical cancer deaths
• testimony made by the woman who helped to develop Gardasil (and is distancing herself from Merck)
Ah you mean Dr. Dianne Harper.
No. Dr Harper did not say that.
“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all H.P.V. infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.”
The HPV is extremely safe, it has a very large safety profile.
“I remain a vaccine supporter; and am grateful that GSK and merck have developed the vaccines.” – Dr. Harper
There is a notion that just 5% of HPV ever really harms someone and that notion is just daft. 5% of Polio leaves children paralysed and we vaccinate for that.
• interviews with parents whose children died after being given the vaccine
Funny how there always seem to be other causes and parents just decide it’s the vaccine. None of these individuals seems to actually make it through any real investigation and often parents want something to blame.
• letters from Indian health professionals and published reports describing their experience of the vaccine and its present ban
The HPV vaccine is NOT and I repeat NOT Banned in India. There were issues in the testing of the vaccine and to do with cold chain management. In India one of the major problems is a lack of infrastructure and the cold chain is hard to maintain. India does not have a good highway system nor does it have our massive 18 wheeler refrigerated trucks to ship bulk vaccines around at carefully controlled temperatures. In addition many vaccine staff are not that well educated when compared to the staff in the west because India has a massive population and people are desperate so they don’t understand why the cold chain is important.
The Indian Health Professional here I assume is Jagganath Chaterjee who is an Indian anti-vax (Yeah, I know. That’s what I like to call a Tiger Petter. It’s one thing to be Lynne who lives in the lap of luxury and not see the havoc caused by disease and it’s another to not be able to see what is outside your own window).
• statements of a US lawyer handling many of the legal cases of families whose children were allegedly damaged
Hold your hands up if you contact your lawyer when you need to unclog your toilet or fix your shower. You call a plumber. Why the hell are you calling your lawyer for healthcare advice? If you called me for law advice I would advise you to talk to a lawyer. Why?
Because I understand what a professional is. Also? A court of law does not dictate what is and what isn’t science. Why? Because courts of law are about debate and convincing a jury or a judge who are either not experts or are experts in fields that have nothing to do with the subject.
To explain why this is, all I have to say is Eppur Si Muove.
• published articles and reviews carried out by researchers at the U of British Columbia who claimed the vaccine isn’t ‘evidence-based’ and shouldn’t be offered
You mean stuff from Tomljenovic who has repeatedly been proven to not be an unbiased source on vaccination and who uses the University of BC as a paper mill to publish papers that often have no veracity and are thoroughly debunked including her infamous Autism papers which were categorically shown to be wrong?
The same Tomljenovic who seems to have a rather loose grasp of immunology in her work?
• all the major medical literature about the vaccine, including:
Which all supports the damn vaccine.
o all the medical studies Merck offered in support of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy;
Why are you reading Merck’s stuff? I posted a non-Merck Study.
o studies showing evidence of links between the vaccine and a risk of other cervical abnormalities, damage to unborn babies of pregnant women, worsening cervical cancer diseases and a host of autoimmune and nervous system damage.
The HPV vaccine is NOT recommended for pregnant women. In fact most vaccines are not suitable for pregnant women except the tetanus toxoid vaccine if it is a booster dose and that’s because neonatal tetanus is a bigger fear.
There has been absolutely no link to “worsening cervical cancer disease”, hosts of autoimmune and nervous system damage unless and until you consider Mercola and Natural News to be conductors of studies.
The problem here is that Lynne thinks HPV only affects the cervix. HPV is a major cause of viral warts. Any such would affect the injection site rather than go specifically to the cervix to affect the cells there. HPV has no problem causing warts on your finger so why does she think it’s going to travel from your arm to the cervix?
I wrote it once, had it edited by our medical copyeditor (who has written medical studies for years). She was satisfied with it, but I wasn’t. I rewrote it and sent it over again for a second review.
I have seen anti-vax medical studies. My brother wrote with more scientific veracity and panache aged 13.
The thing is Lynne portrays her site and it’s not a little site as a journal. A Medical Journal.
For the Times article, in many ways a similar story criticizing the business of our company, the author appears to have
The way the quackery brigade deal with criticism of their science is to try and make people lose trust in experts. Oh you cannot listen to the person who actually knows things! His knowledge creates bias and he is unwilling to discuss our poorly researched ideas.
1) spoken to three people who are part of the same, industry-backed organization campaigning to ban a magazine critical of that industry
There is a notion that doctors are all paid by “Big Pharma”. Which is simply not true. So any “real” doctor who hasn’t seen the “truth” is a part of the shady cabal of evil wankers who want you to be sick.
And the magazine in question? It’s not critical of the industry, it’s quackery. It is pretending to be a source of medical information when what it is, is a glossy soapbox for quacks.
Critical of the Industry? For that you should read Dr. Ben Goldacre (link’s on the side). The medical industry has problems with direct advertising and non-independent testing, but you know what? We have actual oversight bodies that have quality as their vested interest.
Unlike the various quack industries. I have repeatedly pointed out that the Home BIrthers do not police midwives who do dangerous deliveries and who have high rates of stillbirth and that they routinely cook the stats (They don’t include ambulance call outs in the stats. If you eliminate all the negative issues from your stats then of course your stats will only be positive). Chiropractic boards are no better. And the less said about Homeopaths the better.
2) talked to one hapless editor of an AIDS publication who apparently was given the impression that we were telling AIDS patients to just have vitamin C and get off their medication
No. I am sure you weren’t. No what you do is tell two stories side by side.
On one side you talk about all the horrors of HIV medication and then on the other side you talk about how something is a total wonder cure. You don’t tell people to get off their medication and have Vit C but only an idiot couldn’t get what your message is.
Interesting note? HIV is caused by steroids. You know who needs to take steroids? Many Asthmatics. What do you think they will do when they read that HIV is caused by steroids in your “journal”? Oh it may not say that HIV is explicitly caused by Steroids but it’s certainly making suggestive glances and winks and nods in that direction.
As for the Vit C thing?
Vitamin C is administered during HIV to individuals who are not eating sufficient fresh fruit. Not in mega-doses which is what the quacks want. Eat some fruits! This is something I tell a lot of people. If you can eat a balanced diet then please do so rather than taking pointless vitamins that should be only used in individuals who cannot eat a balanced diet.
When they looked at the effects of HIV and Mega-dose Vitamins vs medical multi-vitamins, they found out that mega-dose vitamins negatively impacted patients by increasing their ALT level.
ALT stands for Alanine AminoTransferase (SGPT) and is a sensitive indicator of liver damage. The advice given is not just bad but clearly untested and harmful.
3) left a message on our Accounts Department phone and with someone in the export department of our distributors Comag.
As mistakes got that’s a smaller one than telling people that Steroids Cause AIDS when steroids are used as immune suppressants in some auto-immune disorders or transplants. I mean one’s calling a number they found on a website and the other is being 25 years or so out of date with medical science and evidence.
And they are challenging us for slipshod journalism.
No. I am challenging you for being quacks of the quackiest sort. If you quacked any harder you would attract ducks. You are currently quacking so much that I feel the urge to chuck bread at you. That’s not a journal that’s a bloody duck pond since it’s so filled with quack.