The Scientific Method Is Trying to Kill You
Let’s check in with the “Living” section of the one of the internet’s most popular and successful Liberal News websites! Oh, look, a review penned by a “Health journalist, coach, and advocate” named Alison Rose Levy, of a book by Dr. Andrew Weil, the famous crackpot “integrative medicine” practitioner who does not believe in “surgery” or “medicine.” He has a prescription for health care reform, though! The government should make people go to his integrative medicine clinic or something!
Do you have something insane and stupid to add to this conversation, Coach Levy? Would you perhaps like to argue that being anti-science is somehow a Good Liberal attitude?
But what isn’t so widely acknowledged is how marketing agendas have shaped our understanding of health care. If you believe, for example, that no intervention is valid unless it has been studied in a randomly controlled double blind trial, you have been sold on a research method appropriate for testing toxic synthesized chemical developed by pharmaceutical companies–but perhaps un-necessary for less toxic substances, like foods and plants. This is just one example of the many ways that our attitudes about health have been imperceptibly shaped by corporate agendas.
Ah, yes, evidence-based medicine. A profit-maximizing tool of Big Pharma ever since Claude Bernard came up with the idea of a blind trial in the 1860s. (His research was probably funded by Pfizer—we have no evidence to support that claim, of course, but “evidence” is, as we have mentioned, a nefarious capitalist trick).
The staggering dishonesty and utter wrongness of that quoted paragraph cannot be overstated. Double-blind clinical trials, the things that are supposed to keep ineffective treatments and dangerous drugs off the market, should not be applied to “plants.” Plants are natural, and not corporate, and thus always safe and effective.
Elsewhere, vile quack Mark Hyman tells parents of children diagnosed with autism that a gluten-free diet and B12 shots will cure it. (And don’t forget to BUY HIS BOOK!)
Once again we ask where the fuck are the grown-ups at the Huffington Post? They are publishing, promoting, and legitimizing misinformation and dangerous quackery. They are allowing hucksters to sell snake oil to their audience. It’s scarcely different from, and maybe even more reprehensible than having an entire “vertical” dedicated to 9/11 Trutherism. Does the HuffPo really want to be a rich liberal World Net Daily? (Arianna, don’t answer that.)