Not the Ducks! -Push Back Against Doctors

One of the amusing things in general about the anti-vax is their unwillingness to be able to do work. I do get some amusing hate mail. Mostly its the “Fuck You baby Killer” variety which is a dig on the fact for a short period, I was FTB’s official abortionist. See? I used to do abortions and quite frankly I don’t think it is any of my business judging the people who have abortions for their situations. It is their choice. If you are against abortion then don’t have one.

I got sent this as a sort of “dagger through the heart” post meant to end my stance on vaccination. I figure I should do this as a two parter. So let’s look at the first “letter to doctors”. This one from someone speaking as a parent.

If someone said “speaking as a parent, I think it is okay to mix water and electricity” we would consider them shoddy parents. Yet the same sort of logic is considered acceptable. Parents often make poor decisions with regards to children’s healthcare and that is fine. However don’t portray yourself as an equal in terms of knowledge. One of the prices of my education is realising how much I don’t know. A lot of my medical posts are after a read through of the literature and text books.  [Read more…]

Not the Ducks! – Jennifer Marguilis and 45 Reasons to Not Have a Home Birth

These were put up by Home Birth activist Jennifer Marguilis. It’s a satirical attack on the practice of Obs/Gynae while trying to encourage more women to utilise an often ignored form of quackery.

Home Births are an often ignored form of quackery. While not as pervasive as homeopathy, a lack of female skeptics has meant that this issue has generally not seen as much airplay as anti-vaccination and homeopath quackery. I myself came across this on a post on herbal medicine for deliveries and how a midwife was using “Natural Methods” rather than our evil medicine which is powered by the souls of forsaken children.

Open Heart Surgery

It’s a pretty big list but let’s have some fun with it! And yes this is a mainly “obs/gynae post”. Male readers may go cross eyed and stare uncomfortably at their wives. [Read more…]

I Get Mail – Dipanjan Biswas – You Should Give the Homeopaths a Chance

I don’t understand the fuss and I think this post is really very commercial. If Homeopathy can treat Ebola and save thousands of lives, its worth a try. How does it matter what it contains as long as it can SAVE YOUR LIFE. A Wife will bless it for saving her husband, a child will bless it for saving his parents, a mother will bless it for saving her son. You make ego sound more important that drawing a smile in people’s faces ! You are demeaning life in this way. You should be infected with Ebola and then after that think about writing this post.
You seem to be a writer working for the medical companies’ profit rather than for the entire human species. Had these remedies been so easy, Ebola would not have been this famous as AIDS because they are almost untreatable. But the most famous treatments come from the oddest of places. Thank God you are not a doctor !
Do remember that it was Socrates who was executed once for proposing once what the entire world believed was false. He was executed for telling that the earth revolves around the earth wheareas the world at that time believed the opposite and for this he was executed. We are far from Socrates time but you are speaking like one of the people from their times and so are the people who are supporting the cause without doing an investigating on their own. Stop behaving like puppets and use the brain God has given you.
I am not saying that Homeopathy is the only solution but it should be given a chance to be one of the solutions.


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Jenny McCarthy – It’s not the Playboy, it’s the statements

I felt the same way as being attacked when I posed for Playboy. To me, it’s a collective fear I think people have. If they’re not reading my books or doing the work on what I’ve been saying, I can understand why they would have hateful feelings. But read what I’ve said!… I’m done talking about it.”

Jenny McCarthy is rather irked that we have held her to her words. [Read more…]

Priorities Among Pro-Life

This is the rather charming press release from Children of God for Life.

A little back story, a short distance from my quiet little hospital lies an institution run by a charity I don’t quite like. Sure they do good work, but often they deny women the chance to decide what they should do with their own bodies. World Vision International lurk around my way. I see the t-shirts given out by them. And I am aware that the good they do comes with the ulterior motive of spreading Christian belief and while they explicitly do not flog Bible before Bread, they still have that undertone.

But contact with them puts me in touch with other pro-life organisations. Including Children of God for Life who today released a press statement.  [Read more…]

Louis Farrakhan – More Ebola Conspiracy Theories

This one came about from a tweet by Louis Farrakhan. See? Farrakhan who is a Nation of Islam leader is promoting the old conspiracy theory that White People invented Ebola. Along with AIDS.

This is just tragic. Not just because there are thousands of Americans, many of whom are black who are desperately fighting against HIV and Ebola not as people who have the disease but people who wish to make these diseases things of the past. [Read more…]

Epidemic – Ebola Conspiracies in Liberia

There are a lot of conspiracy theories knocking around at the moment with regards to ebola. Everything from cover ups to magical Jewish conspiracy theories exist with regards to this deadly disease.

Richard Dawkins once said that the garden was beautiful enough without there having to be fairies at the bottom of the garden. I think this is the opposite. Ebola is a deadly disease without there being a need to involve allege Jewish Super Science. [Read more…]

Not the Ducks! – eBola

One of our greatest fears, especially in the USA is a deadly disease. Mainly because with a privatised medical system you end up with people “toughing it out”. You would be surprised (since India’s universal medical system is so overworked most people have to turn to private) what people can tough out.

Things like “my child has swollen to twice his normal size. I am sure he will get better”. And indeed, there will be someone who thinks his symptoms of ebola aren’t that deadly and stay at home. Or go to work. Typhoid Marys are things that do exist.

This is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola so far. Medicin Sans Frontier report more than 1,400 infections and a fatality rate of 57%. To many  people, the isolation tents are places to die rather than places where you are saved. And these people are incredibly brave.

I have told you guys I work with Tuberculosis patients who hold a similar fear. But TB doesn’t spread as easily as Ebola nor is it as fatal. Doctors tend to bear the brunt of such illness because we don’t wear masks when we see patients and can fall ill from what they have. So far 800 people have died.

There are brave men and women out in Africa fighting to save lives and stem this disease. And the fact the case rate is so low is testament to their efforts. Our capacity to control population movement via quarantines has helped stop the spread. I have often said that you don’t know who you are until you are in the dark. That what we consider ourselves is a careful construct. That until we are pushed to the very edge we will never realise what sort of people we are. These people who are out there fighting this disease in Africa are incredibly brave and doing a vital service to the rest of humanity.

Ebola was discovered in 1976. Africa has a long history of deadly diseases coming out of it. It is a zoonotic disease that used to have deadly outbreaks in isolated villages.

It is a severe acute viral illness. The symptoms are fever, weakness, pain, headache and sore throat. Followed by vomitting, diarrhoea, rashes, reduced kidney and liver function. Haemorrhage occurs. People are highly infectious as in the haemorrhagic stage blood is often sprayed via coughing. Ebola has a long period of infectivity with some people testing positive 60 days after infection. The incubation is also rapid with some patients showing symptoms in as little as 2 days.

The lethality of the disease was what helped keep it from spreading. It literally spread so fast and so lethally that it never left anyone to carry the disease. This outbreak is unusual in that it has hit a major city.

You are at your best in the dark, you are also capable of your worst. And the vultures from the quack brigade have come crawling out of the woodwork.

If you guys send Donald Trump to Africa then you will have fewer problems

We must suffer the consequences of helping others! If we were all selfish like Trump, we would all be Millionaires. Arseholes… but millionaires.

Or you know. Our world class medical facilities will help us formulate new ways of treating a deadly disease and help protect real live people (not just real live millionaires) from dying pointlessly of something we could fight.

 How dare we help. Save us from Libertarian’s champions. I cannot even parody Trump’s casual villainy here.

If the mere shade of ebola turns Donald Trump into a gibbering idiot and all round douchebag then I truly fear what sort of man he at the darkest of times. Remember all those anti-vaccination stances Mr. Trump held? I wonder will he stand behind them if we do invent the ebola vaccine.

Probably this guy

And he isn’t the only one.  This site makes a rather interesting claim.

Thieves oil can be diffused to kill airborne microbes, applied topically on the skin to help the body fight off infection, and also used internally in homemade capsules. If Ebola was going around in my area, I would diffuse Thieves oil daily for 15 minutes every few hours. I would apply it to my feet and armpits 2x/day or more and take it in capsules at least 2x/day for preventive purposes.

Apart from the subtle irony in calling your snake oil “Thieves Oil”. This simply doesn’t get how Ebola works or how it spreads.

Ebola is magically killed by this random plant as long as you spray it around your house like air freshner for 15 minutes a day (Ebola is a very polite pathogen and makes appointments). I don’t even know why you would apply it to your armpits and feet. The only pathogens I know that like feet and armpits are fungal infections and the elusive armpit to armpit transmission has since eluded scientific discovery.

And the homeopaths have got in on the action too. This to my knowledge would simply not work.

1. Crolatus horridus (rattlesnake venom) 2. Bothrops (yellow viper) 3. Lachesis (bushmaster snake) 4. Phosphorus 5. Merc. cor.

Like cures like and I know 3 of these toxins can cause haemorrhagic issues. By that logic you should infect yourself with dengue fever under the “Ninjas can’t catch you if you are already on fire” principle. And the site posits the old “we are about to swept aside by this foreign disease”.

Another site reassures its readers that while the disease is far away there is always the chance of terrorists using it.

In order for the con to work, you need the ignorance of what Ebola and indeed what Africa is. To many people it’s grass huts and lions. Just as India is all Aladdin Architecture and Temples. Mumbai would probably blow their minds.

Fortunately, for your fears there is a panacea. Water that’s been smacked against this special leather board. Because water learns if you beat it hard enough with a leather paddle.

I may hate this man’s capacity to prey on the weak but I have to admit? The guy’s got brass monkeys for not only creating a fear but then selling magic water to people who really aren’t at risk to “cure” it. It’s making a profit with water!

Pseudoscience and CAM or “quackery” as I prefer calling it demonstrates the real potential harm it can do. All that Echinacea and St. John’s Wort are  provide you with a sense of well being and positive thinking that you are protected in the same way that a lucky sock does. As we begin to take the quack industry seriously we realise one important thing. That these people are replacing medicine with quackery and while it won’t kill you if you are healthy, I am sure the care of doctors has more survivors than the quacks.

The lack of a specific protocol makes Ebola a prime target for charlatans. Unable to find any official regimen, the made up ones of charlatans seems more planned and thought out than the “intensive care” of medicine.

Prevention is about avoiding exposure, properly dealing with those already infected and disposing of the dead and any infected fluids, not deodorising your room with magical febreeze.

And conspiracy theories about ebola are out there too. Because why explain something in a simple manner when you can involve reptilian overlords and the Illuminati.

The two Americans affected are Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol. Brantley is already in the US, and Nancy should be there by the time I land.

The dialogue from the quacks, the libertarian right wingers and the usual suspects is the same. WorldNet Daily is off scaring people about immigrants bringing in Ebola and other diseases. Dave Hodges and the president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Jane Orient are both working together to undo any goodwill the public have to doctors by claiming that “100,000 West Africans are in Central America, have been taught to speak Spanish and are coming across our Southern border” carrying Ebola, naturally. Because these people not only show a complete lack of understanding of how difficult it is to learn other languages but how hard it is to do so while having ebola. That’s like trying to play Contra blindfolded.

The dialogue of many of the fears are dominated by people like Mike Adams, Orient and Trump. As of now? Trump’s ideas have had thousands of views.

The truth is? You know how there are so many panic stories coming out of Africa? A lot of them are simply that. People panicking. The media is in general after a “scoop” and the more sensationalist the better. It’s why the “buzzfeed” headline exists. Avicenna Last travelled to the UK and you won’t believe what he wrote! The same fears that people have in Africa are mirrored in the press of the USA and UK. For all our education, we rarely remember our own education.

We have effectively forgotten that ebola is not spread by air but by bodily fluids. So we begin to treat its victims as if they had TB. The truth is? If the CDC are planning to bring a highly deadly disease into the USA for study and treatment then at the very least you would see staff following a strict checklist of aseptic technique to rule out infections. The staff themselves will be under scrutiny and if they really want to go all out they will put patients into isolation booths with a negative air pressure (meaning air comes in, not out if doors are opened) preventing the spread of the pathogen.

Ebola Clinic from Medicin Sans Frontier

These are the people who will help beat ebola.

Not people like Trump. People like Trump are the sort of people who throw their fellow man to the wolves for a quick dollar. If it were profitable to help? Then I am sure he would be out there making a killing.


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