Drinking Bleach…

Fantastic, if depressing, write up from a young man diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and the animosity he faced from a forum of fellow sufferers.  Why did they hate him so?  Because he dared to say that the FDA didn’t approve of drinking industrial bleach.

http://thewelshboyo.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/bleachgate/

I think the worst thing about alternative (aka shitty) medicine is that it preys on people who are already suffering, many of them suffering from something that they’ll have to deal with for the rest of their lives.  Not only does fake medicine not treat their conditions, it can make them worse, make them sick for other reasons, and apparently make them too insane to accept that drinking industrial strength bleach is not healthy.

As someone who has chronic conditions, I cannot tell you how often I have to tell people to fuck off with their advice that I get stabbed with needles, drink magic water, or eat untested chemical shit.  Seriously.  I have to concentrate not to go Hulk, because it’s just absurd.

Well Meaning Idiot: Oh, you’ve been suffering from [x] for years and are treating it imperfectly with expensive conventional medicine, well, I sometimes have headaches, and [insert woo here] works so well for me.

Me: I think masturbation has more scientifically proven beneficial effects, and it’s free.  Maybe stabbing myself repeatedly in the face will make me feel better.  Is there a cure for dealing with stupid people?

Well Meaning Idiot: St. John’s Wort?

*Shoots self*