April 29, 2016

Pseudoscience, quack medicine — and the SECRET reason liberals love it

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

When an Alberta toddler dies of meningitis after his parents opt to treat him with veggie smoothies instead of antibiotics, who do you blame for the proliferation of pseudoscience that led to this tragic situation?

Do you blame empty-headed celebrities who attach themselves to the anti-vaxx crowd and who promote their "personal lifestyle" cults as an "alternative" to boring old drugs?

Do you blame limelight-loving MDs who shill questionable weight-loss quick fixes and set themselves up as martyrs fighting the medical establishment?

Do you blame capitalism-hating academics who devote themselves to undermining the pharmaceutical industry?

Or do you blame SJWs who get triggered when the doctor tells them they need to lose weight, take medication for their bipolar mania, and stop diagnosing themselves with Asperger's syndrome?

Well, if you're the Media Party, you place most of the blame on the safe target, the one nobody's going to stand up for -- good old religion.

Then you call for more government regulation of frontline healthcare professionals, or those who call themselves healthcare professionals, because the pseudoscience industry is a multimillion dollar business, and you had best believe the government wants its cut.

You'll get a whole lot farther pinning what ails our health care system on a woefully undertrained naturopath or a doctor who over-billed the government  than you ever will blaming Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Jenny McCarthy. It's a lesson that's not lost on progressive governments like Rachel Notley's or Kathleen Wynne's.

It's easy to tar a bunch of health care professionals with a broad brush because they are mostly anonymous and are usually far too busy saving lives to devote themselves to amassing Twitter followers.

Besides, if these doctors were really so smart, how come they aren't fabulously rich, famous, and handsome like Dr. Oz?

That's how you can tell the pseudoscience industry is a left-wing scam like the green energy racket or the human rights industry:

It's brimming with hypocrisy and quid pro quo.

But there's something far more sinister here at play here than just your average left-wing shakedown.

The fact that healthcare professionals, private businesses, and the devout get vilified here and celebrities, governments and quacks get a free pass means that the social order is upside-down.

It means that the left's attempts to redistribute power are working.

Thanks to their efforts, people with no medical training have more trust among the public than those with medical training.

And it means that science is going to keep on being devalued the more power the left accumulates.

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commented 2016-05-04 05:38:22 -0400
There never was a suggestion that meningitis was curable, naturally. But facts are facts and tens of thousands die annually from misdiagnosis and prescription drugs in our current medical system. People make mistakes based off the information they have although there intention is genuine in nature to do the right thing. I honestly believe these parents weren’t out to harm their child. Just misinformed as many doctors can be at times.
commented 2016-05-01 12:09:32 -0400
Jay L. you can never treat meningitis ‘naturally’ . EVER.
Blood poisoning is another, there are many.
I believe and subscribe to many alternative approaches to health and healing, but you have to know that meningitis especially in small children is often deadly.

The article about the parents decision, seems to imply that they did seek medical attention and advice from a regular doctor. That doctor must have told them of the danger. The parents ignored the facts. The child died. The child may have died anyway but would have had a fighting chance if the accepted treatments for meningitis had been made use of early on. Had they vaccinated the child he would probably still be here today.
commented 2016-04-30 11:12:06 -0400
Sad story. A lot of finger pointing. The truth is, had the Father cured his son naturally there wouldn’t be two word about it. It wouldn’t be shared, wouldn’t be given the time of day. Only failures and finger pointing make the news, even at “The Rebel”.
commented 2016-04-29 21:29:46 -0400
commented 2016-04-29 13:46:22 -0400
I live in Victoria and the average non-political person here has taken the bait hook line and sinker. Had a discussion with a co-worker and he was flabbergasted that I didn’t buy into the global warming fraud. “Science says”, he said. And seriously he wondered if we would be around in 69 million years because of what we are doing to the earth.
commented 2016-04-29 13:12:00 -0400
- – - Jack : the left are hooked into “green” like it was a religious cult and they get played by their own politicians because cult0like belief in anything is a weakness that can be exploited – and exploit it they do – right into the new global feudalism.
commented 2016-04-29 13:06:11 -0400
I don’t agree with everything in the column but it is worth noting the convenient connection between some business and leftists. In New York, Chicago, and other big liberal cities, politicians cried for more “projects” to be built, they said, out of compassion for the poor; but lo and behold, who gets the building contracts but close friends or donors to those very politicians. It’s hard to decide where the “compassion” stops and the “greed” begins.
commented 2016-04-29 12:57:38 -0400
Darcy: good point. Big pharma is hooked into big government and big media as well as having major influence with the CMA/AMA – I understand some of it, they have huge liabiities to protect. But they are too cozy as a government patronage client. This does not denegrate the success of standard effective medicines and practices like immunization and anti biotic treatments.

Naturopathy has its place as well, it is about maintaining health through diet and herbal/vitamin supplement, and aleviating minor ailments – I don’t see them in competition with professional medicine at all – you go to a doctor when you are sick or injured – you go to a naturopath for holistic preventative care when you are healthy and want to stay that way (even your doctor will tell you 90% of health is diet).

It seems a tad disingenuous to highlight one incident where a naturopath is involved dealing with parents who went to the wrong medical approach and claim naturopathy as witch doctor voodoo – particularly when mainstream medicine has 10s of thousands of malpractice claims yearly and insurance actuarials state more than 1/2 million patients die from medical misadventure yearly. It’s not like medical science or their practitioners are infallible.

Making this a partisan political ideological issue is at best a stretch at worse intellectual lethargy.
commented 2016-04-29 12:55:02 -0400
Well let’s see. Your kids gets sick, you phone the dr. to make an appointment and the wait time is 2-4 weeks. You go to the hospital and the nurses all ask you why didn’t yo go to your family dr. You try to explain it to them and they give you attitude. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Most dr’s in those after hour offices won’t even give you a prescription. So yes, more people are going to die because of all the lies that the government put out there. As for msm YOU are the ones that are suppose to give us the news. NOT feed us bullshit.
commented 2016-04-29 12:19:26 -0400
Thanks Bill….could not have said it better. The only reason the blunders of the Medical and Pharma communities has never made center stage is our own fault. The whole “trust me, I’m a professional” has been shoved down the throats of the masses to quell our questioning of authority. Pure bullshit.
The last 3 DR’s I have had were shills of Big Pharma. Instead of curing the problem, they chase symptoms.
Prevacid….Lipitor….I have not completely lost respect for DR’s but never hesitate to question.

People need to smarten up and take accountability for their lives and bodies. Doctors should be a resource, not an insurance policy.
commented 2016-04-29 12:09:55 -0400
Was wondering how much time Joshua has actually spent investigating the pro and con issues of vaccinations? Is it fair to assume the blogger hasn’t seen `The Greater Good’ available on youtube? Or maybe he has watched video’s like last month’s, `The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report’ found also youtube?
The information about the dangers of vaccines is easily available, debunking Joshua’s claims takes less than an hour. Question then is why has the blogger not done his homework?
commented 2016-04-29 12:04:51 -0400
What these parents did was dumb but it was founded upon a very real fear.

The anti-vaxx meme started from the very real situation of the vaccine supply becoming contaminated and damaging unsuspecting users a number of times. Second, Big med/Big pharma teamed up on a vaxx pimping crusade to enrich both industries by redundantly vaccinating whole populations in epidemic scare campaigns or vaxing children/babies far far too soon before their immune systems are fully functional, – this resulted in a plethora of childhood ailments. Even veterinarians know you can’t dose down a puppy with strong vaccines before it is old enough to withstand the shock to the immune system.

A study by a Doctor Thomas Verstraeten, of the CDC, found a connection between infant exposure to thimerosal-containing (mercury) vaccines and neurodevelopmental injury. He found a significant correlation between thimerosal exposure via vaccines and several neurodevelopmental disorders including tics, speech and language delays, and possibly to ADD. When this and subsiquent studies went public the anti-vaxx meme by concerned parents began.

So put this in perspective Josh, there are shades of grey here and you make a mistake in politicizing it as a partisan issue – not all accepted medical/scientific wisdom is good (as your 19th century ad shows when physicians thought tobacco, cocaine and heroine to be a health agent). Medical science has made lots of presumptuous blunders prescribing dangerous substances, like thalidomide, Vioxx, paxil, zoloft and others. Check the Civil and criminal action settlements against big pharma, almost without exception the charges involve fraud and kickbacks to the professional medical community.

Read labels and listen to dissenting studies/opinion within the science community before you leap to any conclusions concerning the validity of the scientific consensus opinion of the day.
commented 2016-04-29 11:35:05 -0400
I don’t believe what the left says about anything. I always do my own research and always suspect they are lying and deceiving for their own gain. It’s the liberal way! Why these parents didn’t do the right thing is beyond me. I could not have watched my child die like this couple did. When the hell does common sense kick in for these people? That child was obviously dying and they were concerned about using medication? It’s unbelievable that they were so against real medicine, that they let their own flesh and blood die in pain and agony. That poor little boy. May he rest in peace!
commented 2016-04-29 11:34:09 -0400
The Media Party is a constant spin of absolutes and picking sides and judgements.

Really – Torstar, CBC, CTV, CanWest, Postmedia – they can all fuck right off – useless spew of biased judgements and socialist promotions.

Dropped my cable subscription 5 years ago – best thing I ever did – haven’t bought a paper since 2000.

The Media Party is just a group within the Liberal party which is a group within the money families of Canada of east – Demarais, Dussault, McCain, Irving – and a few other monopolists.
commented 2016-04-29 11:32:38 -0400
True not all of the alternate treatments are efficient but we have too easily become the willing lab rats of big-pharma.
Big-pharma will sacrifice lives to ensure a healthy bottom line. The way they peddle drugs today is no better than the dealer on the street corner.
They use government sanctioned fear mongering to distribute their poisons and in the meantime lobby our governments for more liberties to sell these poisons.
The older generation can remember the rime when medicine cabinets held very few “medications”.
Today, even the young have a whole raft of medications that they “need” from lip balm to headache medications.
They, and we, have been brainwashed into believing that we are chronically ill.
We should ensure that we don’t take everything big-pharma says as gospel.

commented 2016-04-29 11:12:14 -0400
As far as the death of the toddler is concerned, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents. They ignored medical advice, and I question whether or not the ‘naturopath’ ever saw the boy. They too are professionals, take first year med and several years of schooling to become accredited. If a naturopath saw the toddler and didn’t immediately send him to emerg they should lose their license. The parents are idiots, absolute idiots.
commented 2016-04-29 11:09:19 -0400
Hmmm…so the lefties don’t like modern medicine and vacinations? Sounds like Darwinian selection to me.