Posts Tagged 'alt-med'

This isn’t right. This isn’t even wrong.

The title of this post is a quote from Wolfgang Pauli. It was the ultimate scientific smackdown in response to a terrible paper, which was vague and unfalsifiable.

Based only on Pauli’s quote, let’s then take these 3 statements:

A) Pauli was not supportive of the paper

B) Pauli was supportive of the paper

C) Pauli’s favourite Care Bear would have been TenderHeart Bear, had he not died in 1958.

Of course, A) is right B) is wrong and C) is not even wrong. Essentially, C) isn’t wrong but it certainly isn’t right. It is a disconnected supposition based on… well, nothing. We have no evidence to even begin to test the idea that Pauli would have loved TenderHeart Bear.

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Go Drink Some Bleach… No, Really.

Wow. Sometimes the capacity for stupid being misinformed is impossible to overestimate.

So there is a product called Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS). Even without the presence of the word “miracle”  hanging off the front, the name is already in danger of falling into the quackery precipice (the quackipice, if you will). The world of mineral supplementation is already filled to the rafters with false claims and unnecessary products. Adding claims of miracley goodness already seems like taking the piss. More on this later.

Before we continue, I want you to study the following scientific diagram very carefully. It will be on the test.

Kills all known germs. And you.

Delicious but deadly. Bleach and medicine are not the same

So, MMS is beloved by many in the runaway mine-train of the alt-med “community”. Of course it is. After all it is marketed as the “answer to AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases” (See the crazy here). I like the idea that they didn’t want to sound like they were getting carried away so tempered the whole “curing cancer” thing by just saying “most”. Yeah, that keeps it realistic. I think most people would be able to smell the bullshit a mile off.

Oh what’s the harm of a bit of innocent quackery if people enjoy themselves?” you may ask. Well aside from the usual anti-medicine rhetoric that proponents come out with that may directly cause people suffering from life-threatening illnesses to shun effective treatment , there is an additional threat here.

Remember that diagram above?

That’s right, ladies and gentleman. The “miracle” in MMS (which is actually a 28% aqueous Sodium Chlorite) is, essentially, bleach. Sodium chlorite is used in industry to generate chlorine dioxide, which is a highly effective bleach. The way the alt-med nuts advise you to take is with citric acid. Which of course is a good way to release that delicious chlorine dioxide.

The thing that amazes me about this is that the kind of advocates of MMS are the very people who protest against “life threatening side effects experienced from chemical drugs”. Firstly everything is a chemical, nutjob, and secondly I can’t think of anything much more chemically than bleach. They acknowledge that you get side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. You also get a burning sensation in your throat. Because you’re drinking fucking bleach.

So to sum it up: it’s obvious quackery at the first glance of the claims to cure AIDS and cancer. It refers to itself as a miracle, always a good sign of bollocks. And most of all, and I’m not sure if I’ve made this point, it results in the consumption of refreshing, delicious, thirst-quenching bleach.


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