This is all kinds of mean and nasty. However, given how mean, nasty, superior in their fabricated ignorance, and generally viciously fuckwitted professional homeopathy shills are, I am not even going to try to feel bad about it. It was inspired by the claims of one John Benneth, he of the clathrates and homeopathic ‘gay cure’, to be into poetry and haiku. This from a guy who can barely string a coherent thought together, thereby eliminating any lingering hope anyone might have of his being the new James Joyce, in spite of his writing reading more like extracts from Finnegan’s Wake than anything else.
This is the sort of thing that makes responsible and informed people go apeshit: firstly, the erroneous claim of a ‘cure’ for autism; secondly that this ‘cure’ should be that notorious mixture of sugar pills and antediluvian bullshit frequently referred to as homeopathy.
The culprit? Amy L. Lansky, whose PhD is presumably in talking out of her arse (“It’s in computing: close enough” – the SO). This is her webshite, which is proof positive that a PhD in computing does not make you a competent web designer: ImpossibleCure.com.
You have to hand it to quacks: in the face of all reason, they keep trying to shore up discredited theories with bogus evidence and spouting tired old lies that even a child can see through. Such tenacity must be admired, although if they’re expecting respect as well they can whistle for it.
They also like to keep hammering away at their critics, especially luminaries such asand Edzard Ernst. Here’s an absolute gem of self-delusion dressed with vitriol that purports to unmask the latter: Edzard Ernst – Critic Of Homeopathy Exposed | National Center for Homeopathy. He’s influential, especially in the UK. Homeopaths don’t like being publicly debunked by somebody who used to be in their cult.
It’s not a good idea to act like a total merchant banker in my presence. I don’t scare easily and I don’t like being talked at as if I’m an idiot. Threats and bluster from quacks and frauds merely encourage me in my hope that I may be doing something right. As a result, I practise my WTFometer kata with added enthusiasm.
You may point out that, as Arthur Conan Doyle first posited and the Dunning-Kruger Theory of Fuckwittitude predicts, fools are incapable of understanding that others may be smarter or have a better grasp of the subject being discussed. That is so, but surely the instinct of self-preservation against public ridicule should kick in sometimes? For one particular foaming quack, this was one of those times.
A little light relief today. I found a homeopathy website daft enough to put up a FAQ and thought I’d give them a hand by proofreading and correcting the answers, which I have shortened to the most relevant paragraph in each case, or we’d be here all bloody week. The thick layer of misleading, or downright false, statements laced with pseudoscientific WTF is fairly typical of what you’ll find all over the Internet. This bunch are in Canada (see end of article for link) and I have no idea if they have the right to call their products ‘medicines’ or claim to treat specific medical conditions. Those in a position to complain to the appropriate authorities might want to check it out. Close examination of the site will also reveal the barely-dissimulated intention of scaring marks away from real medicine and locking them into the homeopathy cult. Again, this is par for the course.