I haven’t yet finished watching the rest of Dr. Rashid Buttar’s endless logical-fallacy-filled and erroneous response to my brief (despite his claim that it was I who was long) comment on his blog, to which I’ve already responded to the first 2 parts here and here. And while I plan to at least finish watching it all, after the new information that’s come to my attention, I don’t know if it’s even worth my time to continue to feed his ego by making him feel like he’s worthy of a legitimate response to all 50 or so minutes of his unstructured rant that never seems to actually supply evidence for his claims. Of course I say this now. He’s likely to say something else monumentally stupid in the rest of this that may aggravate me enough to comment further. So we’ll have to see.
Sure, I never actually expected to persuade him that he’s wrong; true believers are typically far too emotionally wrapped up in their conclusions and their conspiracy theories to ever be swayed by evidence that they were wrong. But I hoped those on the fence who might visit his site might at least be encouraged to think critically and investigate further. This is still my hope. And as a somewhat novice skeptic I do see it as my duty to earn my stripes by debating the cranks too small for the big guys to bother with. But I’ve already refuted a lot of Buttar’s arguments and I can always continue to monitor his blog.
So anyway, on part one of my response to Dr. Buttar, his blog’s moderator, Joshua Pettit left a comment that to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really read very carefully at all earlier. After a few other commenters challenged some of the claims made in Pettit’s comment, I actually read the comment instead of just skimming it. Pettit stated:
“As one of the Top 50 doctors in the United States, with patients visiting our Clinic from 31 different countries, his speaking engagements, his teaching and Physician Training program, our seminar series, Know Your Options, The Medical Series DVD production, writing of books and his research with polypeptide sequencing and identification… his staff (mostly myself) assists with the distribution of information via our blogs.”
Wow! I’m honored that one of the top 50 doctors in the United States is taking such lengthy time out to address my concerns. My ego would love for that to be true. But is it? Like his employer, Pettit has a habit of not sourcing his information so I had to investigate on my own. I did indeed find numerous websites that made this claim, most of which used similar wording:
-The first site I came across was Dr. Buttar’s own website, drbuttar.com, where it says:
Dr. Buttar has been invited to and testified in front of the North Carolina Congress as well as the United States Congress, giving special testimony before the Congressional Sub-committee on Human Rights and Wellness. Phillips Publishing and Stephen Sinatra, MD have listed Dr. Buttar as being among the “Top 50 Doctors in the United States”.
-Then on this page it stated:
“These efforts have led Dr. Buttar to be cited as one of the Top 50 doctors in the US by Healthy Directions, Phillips Publishing and world-famous cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra.”
What’s the source of this information? According to this site:
“SOURCE The Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research”
Could that be the same Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research found at drbuttar.com in which Dr. Buttar serves as “Medical Director/CMO”? Why yes it is. Imagine that.
-Next, I found this claim on the Amazon page for a book that Buttar maybe co-wrote (his name is listed on the site as the second name under the “About the Author” section though his name isn’t listed above or on the book’s cover). The book is called (and I shit you not) “Gemstone Energy Medicine: Healing Body, Mind And Spirit” On the Amazon page it says:
Dr. Buttar has lectured worldwide at scientific congresses and professional symposia and is a frequently invited presenter at medical conferences. Phillips Publishing and Dr. Stephen Sinatra have listed Dr. Buttar as one of the “Top 50 Doctors in the United States.”
The book description reads:
“Simply by stringing pure, high-quality gemstone spheres into necklaces and wearing them around the neck, anyone can enjoy the full benefits of these revolutionary energy medicine tools. The stones can transform health, foster happiness, clarify the mind, and uplift the spirit. At the forefront of a revolution in energy medicine, therapeutic gemstones are among the most powerful healing tools available today. A quantum leap beyond the popular, but unreliable, crystal healing, the book includes
* Quick Reference Guide
* a 30-page chart listing 300 conditions and the recommended gemstone necklaces
* Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for performing 27 gemstone sphere therapies
* Guide to Care and Cleansing of Therapeutic Gems
* 30 full-color photographs and dozens of illustrations”
So Dr. Buttar seems to be promoting obvious medical quackery in the form of magic healing gemstones and magic amulets. Are you fucking kidding me?! If Dr. Buttar can heal people with magic gemstones, I recommend he apply for James Randi’s Million Dollar Challenge. If Dr. Buttar doesn’t like money he can always give it away to charity.
-Next I found the claim on the Amazon page for Buttar’s wacko cancer DVD, “Know Your Options: Cancer, the Untold Truth” You might think a doctor who rejects chemotherapy, radiation and surgery treatments for cancer would be discredited and no longer allowed to treat cancer patients.
Well, it turns out that that is what in fact happened to Dr. Buttar:
I came across David Gorsky’s criticisms of Buttar on the Science-Based Medicine blog where Gorsky states that Dr. Buttar was
“….disciplined by the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. Basically, the Board restricted his practice so that he could no longer treat children or cancer patients.”
What? Funny how Dr. Buttar didn’t seem to mention this. And how many Top 50 doctors in the country are forbidden to treat children and cancer patients? My guess: ZERO! I highly recommend people read Gorsky’s blog entry on Buttar.
So who are these sources that dubbed as one of the top 50 doctors in the country this discredited doctor who’s kept away from from treating children or cancer patients for their own safety?
Apparently the only one that seems to be making this claim is Buttar himself and his employees. And they sure like to mention the claim as often as possible–I guess Buttar’s just being modest. [rolling eyes]
The inaccurately named “Healthy Directions” actually used to be named “Phillips Health” according to their website, meaning that some of these sites are counting the same organization as 2 different sources. Imagine that. Oh, and that “world-famous cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra”–yeah, he works for them too. It says so on their website. Imagine that. So all 3 of these sources that we’re told dubbed Buttar as one of the top 50 doctors in the country turn out to be JUST ONE FUCKING SOURCE!
And the company isn’t some leading medical industry. It’s just an ordinary company made up of a few alternative medicine practictioners like:
Dr. Julian Whitaker – “He is a member of the American Medical Association although he has never been certified in any specialty recognized by this body.” “Anti-aging medicine has been criticized by mainstream medical practitioners.”
Dr. David Williams – No data
Dr. Susan Lark – “Lark advocates a holistic approach that favors safe, natural alternatives over toxic drugs and surgery.”
Dr. Marcus Laux – No data
and Dr. Janet Luhrs – No data
Why would anyone take their opinion seriously?
Does the rest of the medical world know about this little sham operation Buttar’s got running where he just has bullshit companies award bullshit doctors with over the top accolades so they can bilk more unsuspecting patients? Correction: not patients; I mean CUSTOMERS!
Conclusion: Dr. Buttar, his employees, and a single organization not recognized by the mainstream medical community dub Dr. Buttar one of the top 50 doctors in the United States. That doesn’t make it true. NOT EVEN CLOSE!
Maybe if I pay Healthy Direction enough money they’ll dub me the number one best doctor of everything in all of human history without me having to even attend a single class at med school.
Fast forward to the 1 minute, 30 second mark for what appears to be an accurate depiction of Healthy Direction.