Dullulate v. To howl, wail, or lament loudly about the failure of reality to conform with your cherished delusions.
Wikipedia is one of the most popular information sources on the internet, and one of the few widespread sources that is committed to factual accuracy rather than a specific agenda. Quacks, cranks and charlatans hate it of course and see it as part of the conspiracy.
Mike “Health Danger” Adams posted a spittle-flecked rant on his webshite Natural News which purports to be “10 shocking facts you never knew about Wikipedia and Jimmy Wales”.
Needless to say, it is unmitigated arse gravy.
(NaturalNews) Now that the truth about Wikipedia being a blackmail extortion racket has emerged, people are starting to connect the dots on the criminality and corruption that dominates the discredited disinfo site.
Nope. Wikipedia is not a blackmail extortion racket, and when we found evidence that it was being used as such, we stamped on it with great force.
Background: a nest of sockpuppets – possibly only one person but maybe more – was patrolling declined “articles for creation” submissions then contacting the subjects, offering to wrote articles, and subsequently charging a fee to “protect” them – and if the fee was not forthcoming they would nominate the article for deletion.
You may be familiar with Mike “Health Danger” Adams from his relentless promotion of fake medicines. It’s easy to forget that he is more than just a shill for every form of quackery under the sun: he is also a textbook example of crank magnetism.
Following the warehouse explosion at Tianjin, Health Danger saw fit to demonstrate just how deep he has fallen into the conspiracist cesspool:
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation… Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Yup, you got it: the US has perfected a weapon capable of taking out a small target from space, and instead of using it on, oh, I don’t know, ISIS or the Taliban or someone, instead they chose to use it on a random warehouse in China in order to start a war. Because war is the extension of politics by other means, right?
(NaturalNews) EXCLUSIVE: Mainland Chinese dissidents have handed Natural News the following bombshell story.
Yeah, EXCLUSIVE! You won’t read this on CNN or MSNBC. Not even Fox News are brain-dead enough to run with this bullshit.
The Tianjin explosion was waged as an act of “kinetic retaliation” by the Pentagon in response to China’s currency war Yuan devaluation, according to dissident sources from mainland China. The Chinese government has put in place unprecedented secrecy surrounding the mysterious explosion, and aggressive police state tactics are now being invoked to control the flow of information surrounding this event.
There is of course no other possible explanation for this. The lack of any credible information about what happened and why in the hours following the explosion could only be the result of suppression. The fact that a large area was flattened, burned and covered in toxic chemicals can in no way explain the security, lack of full information on cause, or anything else. No sir.
The Chinese government’s official explanation for the explosion, which has now killed 114 people, is a complete whitewash. China is going to declare regional martial law in the next 18 days, Natural News has learned, in order to exercise total control over the movement of people and information. The government has banned reporters from entering the area and has begun arresting bloggers who promote what the government calls “conspiracy theories” regarding the cause of the massive explosion.
You know, I get the feeling that Health Danger is jealous of all the traffic Alex Jones is getting with his Jade Helm bullshit.
Quick clue, Mike: the Chinese government needs no excuse to round up dissident bloggers, they never have. What you’ve done is to leap on scaremongering circulated round an echo chamber of people who are paranoid about the Chinese government, and treated it as fact without ever thinking: wait, how likely is that?
You can believe that Shrub might have declared war on China. That would totally make sense, especially if Japan had started a trade war with Texas. He never was that good at distinguishing different types of abroad. But Obama? Declare war on China?
Both before and after the massive explosion, the Chinese government has been flying “black helicopters” in formation across Beijing. (Update: Previously, this article stated the helicopters began flying after the explosion, but we have been corrected on this point, as helicopters were witnessed in the sky in the days before the explosion as well.) Chinese dissidents took numerous photos of these helicopters and were able to deliver these exclusive pictures to Natural News.
Black. As opposed to, you know, silhouetted against a bright sky, a circumstance in which anything will appear black. Yes, this is just like the time the German government sent up a black Embraer ERJ-195:
The British government, with the economy in shreds, could only afford to send up some black birds:
And the Dutch government mobilised its elite troop of black bicycles:
Chinese dissidents have told Natural News they have reason to believe the attack on Tianjin is a warning shot from the United States, which is terrified that China is on the verge of announcing its own gold-backed currency while declaring a fire sale on U.S. debt holdings.
This is “hard money” conspiracist bollocks, and China can no more afford to go back to the gold standard than can the US. Most people think that a return to the gold standard is unlikely, for any country, because it limits a government’s ability to do a thing that governments love doing – print money. But there’s a crossover between “hard money” nuts and Truthers, and Adams is certainly a Truther.
To be fair, though, I am perfectly happy for Adams to pour out as much of this drivel as he likes. Lots of people believe in alternative health bollocks but are much less likely to trust someone who comes out with frothing-at-the-mouth idiocy like this. And anything that undermines trust in Adams, is good.
Thus screams the headline at the website of the Alliance for Natural Health, a group who would normally hates pharmaceutical companies but for some inexplicable reason seems inclined to give Burzynski a free pass.
The Alliance for Natural Health is of course pimping its Action Alert round the quackosphere. They want their followers to write to their representatives demanding that Stanislaw Burzynski is allowed continued access to dying people.
Obviously that’s not quite how they present it: instead they plead for dying patients to be allowed access to Burzynski’s “lifesaving” treatment.
One small problem: there is no credible evidence it saves lives. Diligent investigation has failed to find a single person whose survival is beyond the limits of expectation of either an indolent tumour, prior treatment (surgery, radio and chemotherapy), or the natural course of the disease.
Burzynski begs to differ. He has registered 61 clinical trials, of which one was completed and has never been fully published. Cherry picked results are released through zero impact and predatory open-access journals. An “Independent” study from Japan (conducted by a research collaborator, so not independent) reportedly confirms the effect. Or rather, it doesn’t confirm it.
Overall survival was not statistically improved (p=0.105) in the AN arm (n=32).
But all is not lost!
Antineoplastons (A10 Injection and AS2-1) might be useful as adjunctive therapy in addition to HAI after hepatectomy in colorectal metastases to the liver.
Based on what? The fact that it doesn’t kill the patients but doesn’t cure them either, is a null result.
So why do the ANH support this pharmaceutical manufacturer in making his specious claims ? Actually the reason’s not that hard to see: Burzynski portrays himself as supplying a “natural” treatment (even though, as a synthesised analogue of a compound found in urine, it is no more or less natural than aspirin) – and of course he’s being oppressed by The Man.
Why oh why does the FDA hound Burzynski so? What has he ever done to deserve it? Other than selling an unproven treatment as if it was proven, setting up fake “clinical trials” in order to keep doing so, failing to report life-threatening adverse events for years at a time, changing the rules on a whim with the approval of an institutional review board run by someone with a vested interest in the clinic, employing unlicensed doctors, using propaganda in lieu of evidence, destroying vital original medical records, telling patients that progression is the cancer “dying form the inside”?
Oh, and and blaming parents for the deaths of children when they finally discontinue the toxic treatment in the last weeks of life to give the kid less misery at the end. What a prince.
Stanislaw Burzynski had an idea four decades ago. At the time, nobody knew if it was right or wrong. Convinced he was right, he was determined not to share the glory (and the money) so he set up in business on his own despite having no training in oncology and not even being board certified in internal medicine.
He started selling his treatment as safe and effective; after many years he was stopped from making this illegal claim, and forced to administer it only under clinical trials. His lawyer freely admits the trials were an artifice designed to allow business as usual.
Three times the FDA inspected his institutional review board and found a litany of ethical violations.
Eventually a boy died, and the scam was shut down for a while. And now it’s grinding its way through the Administrative Courts with the Texas Medical Board.
The easiest way out of all of this would be a bit of legislative alchemy: passing a law that says the treatment works, thereby exempting Burzynski from all the tiresome business of evidence and science that he clearly has no intention of pursuing.
And the ANH want to help. Because ideology is vastly more important than protecting vulnerable people from charlatans.
Inplain n: To describe a phenomenon using circular reasoning and other fallacies in order to further a delusion.
Example: Homophobe and homeopath John Benneth inplains a demonstration of confirmation bias by True Believers in homeopathy.
I have coeliac disease. I have always had coeliac disease, but I was only diagnosed a couple of years ago. The diagnosis is the best thing my holistic healer (i.e. my GP) ever did for me: suddenly my health history makes sense, and since diagnosis I am free of IBS, migraine and a load of other symptoms.
Coeliac disease is no big deal these days: gluten free food is widely available. But there’s a sting in that particular tale. Consider, for example, Reading’s gluten-free coffee shop, Nibsy’s. Yes, everything is gluten fee, including the flapjack. I did not need to go into the usual rigmarole about cross-contamination, there is no gluten in the place. I asked if the proprietor was coeliac, and was instead presented with a copy of Wheat Belly (aka Wheat Bollocks) by William Davis. I felt almost guilty pointing out that virtually everything in the book is misrepresented, mis-quoted or plain wrong.
I was chatting to a restauranteur about this, and he expressed great irritation that people would come in, loudly demand gluten free, and then eat a gluten-laden pudding because while they are “a bit gluten sensitive” it’s OK to eat some gluten. For a coeliac, even a stray crouton dropped in the soup vat can lead to a day of misery.
I don’t know any coeliac who loudly demands anything. Most will ask detailed questions to assess awareness of cross-contamination and the difference between “no gluten containing ingredients” and gluten free.
Some places are really good: Pizza Express and Carluccio’s are on my completely safe list. So is the Flowing Spring, a local pub that caters for all kinds of dietary problems, and also serves fantastic music events as a sideline. Top choice for special outings.
Others, not so much. The canteen at my last contract: the chef made a soup containing sausage, and did not realise that most sausage contains gluten. Lovely lady, tried so hard to be helpful, but was not properly trained up (thankfully the food labelling regulations help here).
There’s another problem: places populated by self-diagnosed “gluten sensitive” hipsters who aren’t, where lax kitchen practices are simply never put to the test – until and actual coeliac has the misfortune to cross the threshold.
Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity may or may not exist. Coeliac is under-diagnosed and pretty common, so it is difficult to say what proportion of people who feel relief after switching to a GF diet are, in fact, coeliac. But the majority of diagnoses of gluten sensitivity other than by TTGA blood test and/or duodenal biopsy, are questionable.
To quacks and charlatans (e.g. hair analysis peddlers), gluten sensitivity is basically a free pass. Gluten is always evil, therefore diagnosing sensitivity is never a problem. People will switch to a GF diet, which means being more careful about what they eat, and will usually enjoy at least short-term improvements through the usual grab-bag of placebo and nocebo mechanisms. And that’s the real evil: persuading people to adopt a restrictive diet, which is more expensive and may well lack key nutritional components such as folate fortification of bread flour, for no purpose other than ideology.
I benefit from the wider availability and higher profile of gluten free food. I am massively annoyed by glutenbollocks. I am, in short, conflicted.