Not the Ducks – A Dissection of Quackery

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? [Read more...]

Not the Ducks – Measles Doesn’t Believe in Your God

It’s rather weird to think of the Measles as a deadly killer. In fact the problem is it’s not. The chance of you dying from a Measles infection is very very low.

But the fact of the matter is simple. Measles was once one of the biggest killers on the planet. More feared than Polio and with a death toll that makes HIV look like something more quaint.  [Read more...]

I Get Mail – Pertussis Porkies

“The trickiest thing with this vaccine is something called Original Antigenic Sin. To give a very simplified explanation, the immune response to the vaccine is incomplete and therefore the vaccinated can still carry and transmit the bacteria. This may also explain why vaccination “immunity” doesn’t last as long as natural immunity. What makes it really bad is that once you’ve been vaccinated, even if you later go through the illness, you’ll never be able to develop long-term immunity. Your body has been set to an incomplete immune response PERMANENTLY.”

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Tetanus? Schmetanus!!!

Part of the anti-vaccine movement’s strength is that the majority of diseases we vaccinate for are thankfully rare these days. So it’s easy for them to say “Oh! That thing? Yeah it’s harmless! Proper diet and cleanliness is what you need! Not those doctors and their knives! Bloody scaremongerers! Don’t you know they are rich! Rich people are all evil!”

Doctors are rich because the job is

1. Stressful

2. High Responsibility

3. Detrimental to the health of the doctor

4. Difficult

Anyone can be a doctor, but not everyone is willing to make the sacrifices needed. And for that we have professionalised medicine. Is it just me or does the idea of an amateur self taught “doctor” seem detrimental to the health of our patients?

To see this article on the Truth about Tetanus doing the rounds makes me worry that there are amateur doctors out there. [Read more...]

An Idiot’s Guide To – Tetanus

This is a project I wanted to do for a while.

Basically? Anti-Vax vs. Vaccination is a major problem in a large part of the developing world. Quackery movements in general are meshed together. And as I always say, the best ammunition against them is education.

So I figure we should discuss some common diseases. Just “Stuff” about how they really are. [Read more...]