Beware of Quacks and Quack schools

A bogus naturopath, Laurence Perry, was convicted of manslaughter back in 2002.  He was only sentenced to 12-15 months in jail.  As early as 2007, there were credible reports that Laurence Perry was practicing again, in Decatur, Alabama.  Then, in 2013, Laurence Perry had been reported to have been practicing “for several years” in North Carolina.

Quackwatch goes on to list his credentials, which it calls diploma mills.  But, what exactly is a “diploma mill” and how do we tell it from a valid medical school? Continue reading “Beware of Quacks and Quack schools”

Beware of Stem cell con artists

Before you buy stem cells online, watch out for the stem quacks.

You may remember this CBS report on Stem cell fraud (it doesn’t seem we can embed this, but we’ve linked to it below.)

Here’s a more updated story, sharing many of the same facts, by Regenexx (Jan 2018).  It seems online stem cells are still dodgy, and now the con artists look even more official, with names like the “Stem Cell Institute of America,” using a trademarked product called “PaliGen Flow.” What is PaliGen Flow?  It’s worthless at best, perhaps even harmful.

Stem Cell Fraud in Korea (in Korean). A scientist explains why he reported stem cell fraud. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find English subtitles for this video yet, just know that stem cell fraud is an international phenomenon.

It seems stem cell fraud has reached at least three continents, and is spreading in the developed world.  So, perhaps things are even worse than the original CBS report claimed.

Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?

Fact checking seems to have been outsourced.  It used to be the domain of in-house sub-editors, but now it is almost entirely up to volunteers to spot accuracy in the media.  And, unfortunately, what passes for investigative journalism these days is little more than academic conjecture.

Take the BBC’s recent report claiming that the “real” opioid crisis is that poor countries don’t get enough.   The more you examine the facts, the more difficult that claim is to believe. Continue reading “Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?”

You really are being watched by your doctor

The FDA has approved a new kind of pill that informs your doctor when (or whether) you take it.  If you swallow the pill, it sends a signal that tells your doctor and insurance company.  If you don’t, the lack of signal lets them know that too.

Most people will say that don’t mind, that they take their medicine.  But statistics show that thousands (or millions) of patients do not follow their doctor’s prescriptions.  Would being watched change that?

“We all have something to hide,” according to Randolph Lewis, the author of Under Surveillance.  Lewis quotes another journalist, Glenn Greenwald, saying, “If you have nothing to hide, why don’t you send me all of your passwords and all of your emails?” Continue reading “You really are being watched by your doctor”

What is an epidemic?

“Flu rates have doubled in the last fortnight, according to the figures, raising the spectre of an epidemic within a month if trends continue,” – Laura Donnelly.

Earlier this year, education skeptic Joseph Ohler claimed that the “prescription opioid epidemic” was “fake.”

Laura Donnelly, the Health editor for the Telegraph, wrote on Friday that, “Britain will be in the grip of a flu epidemic by the end of the month if the virus continues to spread at its current rate…” Continue reading “What is an epidemic?”

Is Fatca bad for medicine?

Fatca, the Fiscally Absurd & Tedious Counterproductive Administration, or (euphemistically) the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is an example of United States government pushing others around, supposedly to find tax cheats.

In reality, Fatca hits everyone.  If you’re suspected of being an American living abroad, or if you’ve lived in the USA and moved out, and then receive ten dollars from Amazon, eBay or Vimeo, or any other online shop, affiliate scheme, or freelancing website, they will refuse to give it to you until you fill out intrusive paperwork.  That’s right, not ten thousand dollars, ten dollars.  They would probably do it for ten cents.

And, it will definitely hit you if you invest in medical research, or if you seek investors.

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Are the nurses really leaving?

Politicians give their opinions on every element of human life.  Consequently, many people blame politicians, or even voters, for changes in supply and demand.  After all, these issues were brought up before the election.

It is true that, while there is net migration into the country, many people are leaving the UK (and perhaps doctors and nurses have a net outward migration).  One British man gave the following reasons for becoming French:

The list of dead ends seems grotesque, worthy of a Marx Brothers’ film: the record number of European nurses leaving the NHS, for fear of not being allowed to stay in the country; people in poverty-scarred Cornwall having massively voted Brexit then worrying, just a day after the vote, that their (vital) European subsidies would stop; the British farmers, pro-Brexit, also getting indignant at the stopping of subsidies – a detail they seem not to have thought of; the Home Office considering recruiting Polish customs officers, because there are too few Britons for the job – yes Britain needs Poles to help keep out the Poles!

Continue reading “Are the nurses really leaving?”