Debunking Mike Adams’ 10 Biggest Lies About Healthcare in America

April 21, 2010

Mike Adams laughing at his victims

Mike Adams belongs in jail. Either that or in a mental institution. His propaganda does direct harm to those who read it and are fooled into thinking he’s a medical expert when he isn’t. How he can get away with his claims without it being considering practicing medicine without a license is beyond me. A few decades ago, his activities would have been considered medical fraud. And yet today, this merchant of death is allowed to get away with deceiving the public about the efficacy of medical science. It’s simply criminal.

Now Mike Adams has produced a list of supposed lies about medical healthcare, all of which instead expose his own lies.

So let’s go through them:

“Lie #1) Vaccines make you healthy”

Nobody makes this claim. If fact, right off the bat the writer of this list exposes either their complete ignorance of medical science or their complete contempt for their readers by flat-out lying to them. Vaccines are the safest and best PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT and cannot help anyone who already is infected with the virus the vaccine was intended to prevent.

“Lie #2) Pharmaceuticals prevent disease”

This is nothing short of a scientific fact brought about by over a 100 years of clinical research. In other words, this is just a refusal to accept reality itself. The author might as well claim the Holocaust never happened either while they’re at it.

“Lie #3) Doctors are experts in health”

This is the tactic of every denialist. Because their claims can’t be backed up with any evidence, they have no choice but to attack the very notion of expertise at all in an attempt to lower everyone else to their pathetically poor standards. The fact is that no so-called “alternative” “medicine” has been proven to work under a proper standard of measurement (if it did, there’d be nothing “alternative” about it), so their REAL agenda is to lower the standards of evidence to allow any unproven “remedy” to be called medicine. It’s no different than when creationists try to lower the standards of science to allow “intelligent design” or when Holocaust deniers try to lower the standards of historical research to allow for their particular brand of historical revisionism. The author of this list, Mike Adams, has no medical background of any kind and is apparently insecure about it, so he’s invented an imaginary expertise in medicine and is insisting everyone with real credentials have no qualifications even millions have been saved using real medicine while Adam’s methods have never proven to save a single life ever.

“Lie #4) You have no role in your own healing”

Again, nobody makes this claim. Doctors happily encourage patients to engage in healthy diet and exercise as this my help prevent countless health problems such as heart disease and some cancers, etc. However, no amount of diet and exercise will prevent all cancer and certainly none of it can cure your cancer once you have it. It’s a complete fantasy of the delusional that the human body is capable of fighting off all disease on its own unaided by medical science.

“Lie #5) Disease is a matter of bad luck or bad genes”

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Bad genes are a major component to countless diseases and disorders from cancers, diabetes, and autism. While other diseases are largely the result of catching a virus just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course luck isn’t the only factor here. Nobody in the U.S. is likely to catch polio for instance for a good reason. Thanks for strong vaccination campaigns, polio has been completely eradicated from all but about 5 countries in the world. Also using condoms, for instance is an effective way to prevent STDs.  Sadly, delusional fools like Mike Adams flat-out refuse to accept Germ Theory and think they can treat people with their voodoo medicines. They can’t.

“Lie #6) Screening equals prevention”

Once again, nobody makes this claim. Screening certainly benefits prevention for reasons that should be common sense to everyone above the age of 4. The sooner you catch a problem before it get worse, the better. But no, screening to find a problem itself is not itself preventing the problem and nobody would claim otherwise. That’s just asshole dumb.

“Lie #7) Health insurance will keep you healthy”

Once again, nobody claims this to begin with. Sensing a pattern here? No, the mere fact that one has health insurance does not guarantee health because that’s simply ridiculous. Unfortunately, nothing Mike Adams would have you believe does keep you healthy has actually ever proven to do so under proper clinical testing. But of course, like any denialist, Mike tries to dodge the lack of validity for his own claims by focusing his efforts on a smear campaign against whatever aspect of reality he’s competing against.

“Lie #8) Hospitals are places of health and healing”

Here, Mike Adams commits a “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” fallacy by exploiting a sad fact that many people unfortunately do die in hospitals due to infection brought on by a failure of medical personnel to maintain sanitary conditions. The system is far from perfect and unfortunately mistakes are made that lead to patient death. Mike Adams might learn something about this if he ever decided to actually study. But he doesn’t practice medicine, nor can he by law. Again, this is just a smear campaign against his competition because he is not prepared now or ever to present hard data that shows that he can legitimately treat anyone. Are there problems with the current hospital system? Sure. Does that mean the best solution is to throw out that system entirely? No. The best solution is to simply work towards improving the system we have, not to start treating patients with voodoo.

“Lie #9) Conventional medicine is “advanced” state-of-the-art medicine”

This is really just meaningless rhetoric designed to create the illusion that science-based medicine is somehow either arrogant or prone to using meaningless marketing slogans. Adams puts those terms in quotes as if these are buzz words used by physicians. But has anyone ever heard a physician call their treatments “state of the art”? This is pure silliness. Adams directly says here that Germ Theory is “outdated.” Really Mike? Fucking prove it, asshole! Germ Theory has over a hundred years of clinical studies backing it up. It’s as proven as gravity and evolution. Maybe we should start calling Mike Adams the Bananaman of medicine.

“Lie #10) More research is needed to find “cures” ”

Here, Adams says, “This lie is especially hilarious because western medicine does not believe in any “cure” for any disease.” Bullshit. First of all, there’s no such thing as “western medicine.” This is a fiction invented by quacks like Adams to create a non-existent dichotomy. The real dichotomy here is between proven science-based medicine and quackery. Second of all, countless patients have been cured of countless diseases using medical science. Most people in fact know people who have personally been cured of some form of cancer using medical science. What medical science does not do, however, is typically promise positive outcomes for diseases because the existence of unforeseen factors prevents treatments from working 100% of the time. This is still better than Mike’s “alternative” treatments that prove effective 0% of the time.

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Mike Adams is a giant tool

January 24, 2010

Okay, if you know who Mike Adams is and aren’t delusional then you already knew he was a giant tool. Adams is most known for his anti-medicine and pro-“alternative” “medicine” articles on NaturalNews.com as well as his self-appointed role as the “Health Ranger.” The guy has a reputation amongst the sane as being one of the craziest mofo’s on the planet.

But none of this is news. What is news is that Adams has just posted an unintentionally hilarious rant against his skeptical critics that’s just chock full of logical fallacies, childish insults, and utter nonsense. Now detailed responses from more established skeptics with far more patience than myself have already been posted here and here. But I just wanted to point to my favorite gem from Adams right at the start of his article, which perfectly sums up the kind of inanity one should expect to find in the whole piece:

What skeptics really believe

I thought it would be interesting to find out exactly what “skeptics” actually believe, so I did a little research and pulled this information from various “skeptic” websites. What I found will make you crack up laughing so hard that your abs will be sore for a week. Take a look…

• Skeptics believe that ALL vaccines are safe and effective (even if they’ve never been tested), that ALL people should be vaccinated, even against their will, and that there is NO LIMIT to the number of vaccines a person can be safely given. So injecting all children with, for example, 900 vaccines all at the same time is believed to be perfectly safe and “good for your health.”

What skeptics? Where? I would really like Adams to source his claims and point to a single prominent skeptic who claims that “ALL” vaccines are perfectly safe, that everyone should be forced against their will to get vaccinated, and that there’s “NO LIMIT” to the number of vaccines a person can be safely given.” This last item on the list is just an obvious distortion of a statement Paul Offit made in response to a specific erroneous accusation and not literally something he or any other rational person would recommend. And no one who’s even moderately intelligent should have so greatly misunderstood unless that misunderstanding was on purpose.

The section of this article that’s available for free is full of equally erroneous claims about “what skeptics believe” and reminds me of a line in Revenge of the Sith:

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

Any time you see someone using absolutist statements about what their critics believe, it’s usually a good red flag that they’re misrepresenting their critics’ position. Skeptics believe that “ALL” vaccines are safe? Really? Shit. I didn’t get the memo.


News From Around The Blogosphere 10.23.09

October 23, 2009

1. 800 Nigerian scam websites shut down

In a statement EFCC, which has previously relied on raiding cyber cafes and complaints from the public to clampdown on the crime, said it has now adopted smart technology working in conjunction with Microsoft, to track down fraudulent emails.

When operating at full capacity, within the next six months, the scheme, dubbed “eagle claw” should be able to forewarn around a quarter of million potential victims.

2. Health insurance companies declare past rape a pre-existing condition – After 2 men slipped her a knockout drug, Christina Turner feared she’d been raped. As a precaution, her doctor prescribed a month’s worth of anti-AIDS medicine, which turns out to have made her virtually uninsurable. Several months later, she lost her health insurance. But although she never developed HIV, when considering whether or not to cover her, health insurance companies decided the HIV medication raised too many health questions and told her to come back in 3 years. Where’s the outrage, Sarah Palin?

creationists3. Happy birthday, Creationist Earth

. . .in 1658, Archbishop Ussher determined that the world was created precisely at 9am, 23 October, 4004 BC, making today the official creation day, and the earth 6012 years old.

4. FDA and FTC go after Andrew Weil – Weil is one of the most notorious “alternative” “medicine” conmen working today. Now the FDA and FTC have sent him a warning demanding he stop selling bogus herbal flu remedies containing astragalus on his website. And of course leading Quack Profiteer Mark Adams is very grumpy about this no doubt because he suspects he might be next.

5. Mumps epidemic in Brooklyn

The outbreak was traced to a child who went to Britain – where the illness is more common because of lower levels of vaccination – and then attended a summer camp upstate, apparently infecting dozens of kids.

Thanks anti-vaccinationists!


News From Around The Blogosphere 01.13.09

January 12, 2009

ATHEIST DISCRIMINATION:

i_dont_want_youFlorida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart had this to say about his fellow Americans:

“I was very moved by the song that talked about the damage that atheism has caused and is causing. It was very moving…. The songs carry the sense that evil will not prevail, and so the message is that the truth ultimately prevails…. These times will pass because eternal truth will survive atheism and the difficulties of the 20th Century.”

Well atheism will survie your term in office, Congressman. You may be a receiving a complimentary box of tissues from me on election day. Prick.

Intelligent design my ass! – A woman refuses to abort her conjoined twins because of her strict religious (Catholic) beliefs. The twins have 2 heads and 1 body with only a 1 in 5 chance of survival according to some sources, and none at all according to others.

psychic-crystal-ball_1114702cWoman sues “psychic” after having her life ruined because she happens to have the same name as the woman the “psychic” fingered in Caylee Anthony case. – Yeah, it’s really kinda complicated. Just click the link. I wonder if she saw this coming?

saps-taps-parodyThe single most pathetic “ghost” video I’ve ever seen – It still amazes me that people actually buy this crap.

baby-with-middle-fingerSpeaking of total crap, the sCAM folks at  Natural News have responded to Patrick Swayze’s public rejection of alternative medicine – Shockingly, they’re not happy about it. After all they claim to have the magic, yet still unproven, ability to cure all cancer:

The mainstream medicine group that has failed to conquer cancer for half a century has clearly gotten into Swayze’s head.

. . .

The mainstream chemo theory is to weaken and destroy the cancer cells with chemical poison which also weakens and destroys the rest of the body’s cells and organs in the often misplaced hope that the symptoms of cancer (tumors and cancer cell masses) will somehow be eliminated before the treatment itself kills the patient. It is a desperate gamble that fails more often than not.

. . .

Fasting can be a key part of beating cancer, but not so much because it starves the cancer cells. Rather, fasting helps the body eliminate toxins and waste and helps it regain proper balance. Contrary to what Swayze has been led to believe, proper nutrition is also very much a key to beating cancer, because it is essential to build and maintain a strong immune system.

Seriously, is it wrong to want to see these guys hit by a very large bus?

6 cases of shamelessly false advertising

Richard Dawkins to release a new book in September – The title is The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

Math is cool: Winnie Cooper says so – Every guy I know that’s my age has grown up watching The Wonder Years and has the hugest crush on Danica. It’s so awesome that she’s now getting to use that icon status for good.

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergency‘Reverse Evolution’ Replayed In Real Time – “Scientists have turned back the clock on the evolution in the fruit fly to provide key insights into the basic mechanisms of evolution.

In his book, Wonderful World, Stephen Jay Gould writes about an experiment of ‘replaying life’s tape’, wherein one could go back in time, let the tape of life play again and see if ‘the repetition looks at all like the original’. Evolutionary biology tells us that it wouldn’t look the same – the outcome of evolution is contingent on everything that came before. Now, scientists at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in Portugal, New York University and the University of California Irvine, provide the first quantitative genetic evidence of why this is so.” Here that John McCain? FRUIT FLIES!!

Dead Stars Tell Story Of Planet Birth – “Observations made with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal six dead “white dwarf” stars littered with the remains of shredded asteroids. This might sound pretty bleak, but it turns out the chewed-up asteroids are teaching astronomers about the building materials of planets around other stars.”


News From Around The Blogosphere 10.15.08

October 16, 2008

The battle isn’t over in Texas – The Texas Board of Education has named the 6 people who will be on a committee to review science curriculum standards. And 3 of them are creationists:

  • Stephen Meyer, vice-frakkin’-president of the odious Discovery Institute in Washington state;
  • Ralph Seelke, a pro-ID creationist and biologist from Wisconsin;
  • Charles Garner, a chemist from Baylor who is also a pro-ID creationist.

The first 2, Meyer and Seelke, wrote the new ID textbook, Explore Evolution.

So, three good guys and three ignorant ideologues, with the overall head of the board of education being Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist. It’s going to get ugly.

You hate me! You really hate me! – University of Minnesota Professor Randy Moore has won an award from the Discovery Institute: “The Award for Most Dogmatic Indoctrinator in an Evolutionary Biology Course.” Though obviously an ironic award from Evolution deniers, I’d say it’s quite an honor. So congratulations for pissing off the creationists!

Suit against God tossed out over lack of address – 2 months ago I blogged about Ernie Chambers, the senator who sued God. Well now the case has been thrown out because the God had no known address and could not be reached. But I thought God was “everywhere?” Anyway, this isn’t over. God won’t escape the law forever. I will not rest until God’s protection racket is shut down and he is behind bars. (Thanks Michelle)

Denis Leary in need of serious rescuing – I’ve always liked Denis Leary. I’d even call myself a Denis Leary fan. But now he’s really stepped in it. Mirroring the moronic comments of Michael Savage several months ago regarding autism, comments in Leary’s latest book has exposed him to be an autism denier. In a chapter titled “Autism Schmautism,” Leary writes:

“There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can’t compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks…to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons.

“I don’t give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you—yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.”

Now compare this to Savage’s controversial statements from months ago where Savage characterized nearly every child with autism as:

“. . .a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.”

“It is an overdiagnosed medical condition. In my readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism.”

On the July 16 installment of his program, which is broadcast every weekday, Mr. Savage suggested that “99 percent of the cases” of autism were a result of lax parenting. He told his audience: “They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron.You’ll get nowhere in life.’ ”

“ ‘Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’ ”

And now Leary’s excuse for backing away from the comments are also mirroring Savage’s, that he only meant some parents are exploiting the diagnosis and not all:

Leary suggests that those critics obviously haven’t read the book.

“Or if they have,” the Emmy-nominated actor said in a statement, “they missed the sections I thought made my feelings about autism very clear: that I not only support the current rational approaches to the diagnoses and treatment of real autism but have witnessed it firsthand while watching very dear old friends raise a functioning autistic child.”

Autism Society of America:

“For Mr. Leary to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is ridiculous. Mr. Leary’s remarks reflect the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago, misconceptions that have been completely disproven by the scientific community.”

Leary is still insisting that he’s not denying that autism exists and that the whole thing is being taken out of context. His solution to the alleged misconception: read his book. Of course I’ll reserve judgment until the matter is further explored but right now I think Leary was right about 1 thing: he is an asshole (Thanks Brain).

Interview with an Islamic fundamentalist:

It’s not just acupuncture, it’s laser acupuncture – Ugh! The stupid! It burns! Even more reason to avoid reading NaturalNews.com.

Alcohol shrinks the brain

Human testicles yield stem cells: “Scientists have derived potentially therapeutic stem cells from adult, human testicles—a development that may eventually make new medical treatments possible while avoiding moral dilemmas.”

Is College Worth It?

And they have the nerve you charge you a buck?! – A new study finds that bottled water is full of contaminants too. I’ve sung the praising of the U.S.’s water supply before. For all the problems in our country, you’d still be hard pressed to find cleaner tap water anywhere else in the world. And the fact is that besides the convenience factor, the prettier packaging, and the weight loss on your wallet, commercially sold bottled waters aren’t really any healthier than was you can get from your tap. Plus, they don’t even contain fluoride in them, which contrary to the conspiracy nuts out there, is actually beneficial.

Religulous creeping up on Expelled’s box office gross:

Bill Maher’s Religulous has made $7,049,342 in 13 days.

Ben Stein’s Expelled made $7,598,071 in 39 days.

Religulous is still in theaters. Expelled is not.

Double standard within the atheist community – Several weeks ago, I blogged about the vandalism of the University of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics’ flag. Sadly, many of my fellow atheists want to write this off as no big deal and just move on. I think that’s truly sad. Here’s a video of the making of the replacement flag:

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

Evolution From Fish To Land Animals Revealed – “New research has provided the first detailed look at the internal head skeleton of Tiktaalik roseae, the 375-million-year-old fossil animal that represents an important intermediate step in the evolutionary transition from fish to animals that walked on land.”

People With Autism Make More Rational Decisions – “People with autism-related disorders are less likely to make irrational decisions, and are less influenced by gut instincts, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study adds to the growing body of research implicating altered emotional processing in autism.”

Oldest Fossil Impression Of Flying Insect – “While paleontologists may scour remote, exotic places in search of prehistoric specimens, Tufts researchers have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest whole-body fossil impression of a flying insect in a wooded field behind a strip mall in North Attleboro, Mass.”

Another Route Out Of Africa For Early Humans – “The widely held belief that the Nile valley was the most likely route out of sub-Saharan Africa for early modern humans 120,000 year ago is challenged in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”


News From Around The Blogosphere 10.2.08

October 3, 2008

Researchers catch Lake Victoria fish in act of evolving

Flirting with Palin earns Pakistani president a fatwa:

A radical Muslim prayer leader said the president shamed the nation for “indecent gestures, filthy remarks, and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt.”

Speaking of Palin: Ron Numbers on Palin’s creationism

Pseudo-scientist Mike Adams compares Western Medicine to the subprime mortgage clusterfuck – Mike writes for Natural News aka woo central. And in a bit of wishful thinking, he writes this gem of an article entitled, Why the Institutions of Western Finance and Western Medicine are Both Doomed to Fail. To illustrate just how far gone this guy is, here’s an excerpt:

“The fraud of Western Medicine is that everybody can get healthy by taking fictitious patented chemicals (pharmaceuticals) rather than addressing fundamental issues of nutrition, exercise and exposure to consumer chemicals.”

With logic like that, I wonder if he’s related to Neil Adams.

Jenny McCarthy goes after the presidential candidates – Last year McCain said there was no doubt that a link between vaccines and autism exists. But Jenny says that McCain opted out of meeting with her at the last minute. According to the news sources, McCain denied her requests “after learning there’s no hard medical evidence linking vaccines and autism.” Man, I hope this is true because at least Obama has already spoken up recently and stated “I am not for selective vaccination. I believe that it will bring back deadly diseases, like polio.” I’ll take it.

Also, I previously blogged about a letter to the editor I wrote to my local newspaper concerning the antivaccination movement. Today an edited version of that article appeared in the paper.

New research casts doubts on calorie restriction?

Atheism 101 reading list

Sony promotes The God Delusion! – Dawkins bestselling book was prominent in the promotional setup for the Sony Reader — an e-book reader much like Amazon’s Kindle:

YouTube censors another cracker desecrating video – Only this time it’s not even a Eucharist, just an arbitrary cracker.

Answers in Genesis reviews Religulous – Somehow I doubt they’ll declare it a must-see. They’re still sore over having. . .

“. . .experienced Maher’s subterfuge and dishonesty last year in gaining access to the Creation Museum and AiG President Ken Ham for a (fictitious) documentary on the “cultural landscape of the United States.”

This is ironic considering how fine they were with the far more elaborate subterfuge by the makers of the anti-evolution mockumentary “Expelled.” Pot. Kettle. Black. Bullshit!

Do TV, movie, and game ratings really do any good?

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

New Species Thanks To Different Ways Of Seeing – “A study of brightly coloured fish has now demonstrated that this has less to do with aesthetics than with the sensitivity of female eyes, which varies as a result of adaptation to the environment. Females more attuned to blue will choose a metallic blue mate, while those better able to see red will prefer a bright red male. These mating preferences can be strong enough to drive the formation of new species – provided that habitat diversity is not reduced by human activities.”

Short RNAs May Have Contributed To New Species – “MicroRNAs, the tiny molecules that fine-tune gene expression, were first discovered in 1993. But it turns out they’ve been around for a billion years.

Evidence reported in Nature on October 1 by scientists in the lab of Whitehead Member and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator David Bartel provides a window into the early evolution of these key regulators, placing their origin within the earliest of animal lineages. The research also suggests that microRNAs present early on have undergone extensive changes, which likely have altered their functions across various lineages.”

New Dinosaur Species Had Bony Frill And Horns – “The fossils revealed a herd of dinosaurs that perished in a catastrophic event 72.5 million years ago. The animals are characterized by a bony frill on the back of the skull ornamented with smaller horns. They also had large bony structures above their nose and eyes which lends them their name: Pachyrhinosaurus (thick-nosed lizard). These structures probably supported horns of keratin.”

Compact Fluorescent Lights: Mercury Problems? – “A team of Yale scientists has found that certain countries and some U.S. states stand to benefit from the use of compact fluorescent lighting more than others in the fight against global warming. Some places may even produce more mercury emissions by switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lighting.”

HIV/AIDS Pandemic Began Around 1900 – “New research indicates that the most pervasive global strain of HIV began spreading among humans between 1884 and 1924, suggesting that growing urbanization in colonial Africa set the stage for the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”

Teens With Certain Gene Have Delinquent Peers – “Birds of a feather flock together, according to the old adage, and adolescent males who possess a certain type of variation in a specific gene are more likely to flock to delinquent peers, according to a landmark study led by Florida State University criminologist Kevin M. Beaver.”