And it was fun
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
May 7th, 2011
Dr. Oz, on one of his shows, had invited
one of the top Icons in the self-styled
"Skeptic" internet movement,
Novella MD, to debate Alternative
Medicine. Oz, literally, made a
fool of Novella - or, perhaps, I should
say "Oz let Novella show what a fool
he actually is..."
I chuckled all the way through the show.
When I first started investigating the
leader of the New England Skeptic group,
Steven Novella MD, I was visually
captured by a video of him being
interviewed by the self-styled "Amazing Randi" (a whole other story). I
had to look closely at the video, and
even play it back a few minutes, because
I was struck with the impression that
Novella was wearing a hand-made toupee
constructed from a piece of light grey
high-impact Family Room carpeting.
More, it looked as though he was lightly wearing
Tammy Faye eye makeup.
I wasn't surprised, and certainly not
dismayed at Novella's personal
appearance - for I've met a lot of
quackbusters, so I am used to
abnormality. A strange form
of pompous-ass-ity seems to be a
connecting link between them.
Novella has been on my radar
for a while as I put together the pieces of who the
2011 quackbuster team really are. I graph how
they operate. He fits, easily, into the usual
quackbuster pattern of fake resume, crap
career, and, like
Stephen Barrett, a molten hatred
for those in the health professions who, through
their own education and abilities, accomplish
positive things and get deserved credit for it.
Novella claims to be a
neurology professor at Yale University, and throws
the name "Yale" around like he was throwing seed to
the morning chickens - but, to me, that is an
outright fabrication. Novella, evidence shows,
works for a medical center that "rents" the name
"Yale" from the University, who then, assuming the
monthly payments are up to date, gets to claim that
all their staff doctors are, in fact, professors at
Yale (insert bad smell here).
short, Novella is just another justifiably self-disappointed
The reality of Novella, easily
found, is that he testifies for insurance companies,
and that seems to
be the extent of his practice. I get a picture
of Novella saying "that hatchet imbedded in Mr.
Smith's head by his employer is causing no
neurological damage, and it is clear that Mr. Smith
is faking his claims of pain... His employer
was right to fire him when he didn't show up for
work the next day. Mr. Smith clearly
self-inflicted his injury... and has previously
demonstrated his social recalcitrance when he failed
to institutionalize his autistic child, actually
claiming that the autism started after a series of
152 vaccinations were given in one day by a
pediatrician. It is clear that Mr. Smith, and
his wife, caused the autism themselves, in that they
are clearly genetically defective... blah, blah,
blah..., blah, blah, blah..., blah, blah, blah...,
blah, blah, blah..., blah, blah, blah..., blah,
You know - the usual quackbuster testimony.
But, as you can tell, I had not
yet taken this self-inflated carpet-head to task
yet, skewering him, as it were, with the truth of
his reality. Frankly, I was looking for
something more - and I am still looking.
What am I looking for?
Knowing what I know about Randi's sexual
Randi/Novella video, and Novella's obvious relationship with James Randi, has raised red flags
with me about the ENTIRE pseudo-skeptic movement.
leaders have faded into obscurity, and a somewhat
known, but little regarded,
has reached ascendancy. They call themselves
the "Skeptics," and true skeptics they are not.
before I got around to Steve Novella...
Dr. Oz called him on his show
last Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, and, quite simply,
made "carpet-head" look like the pretentious,
he really is, in a simple
half hour segment - dismissing Novella, and
everything he claims and stands for, in a nice, pat-Stevie-on-the-head,
gentlemanly manner in front of a nationwide
Good job, Oz.
As a result, neither Novella,
have managed to get by the sheer shock of their
total rejection of their nonsense "evidence-based"
health care offering by a major media source, and a
nationally recognized doctor with a REAL University
(Columbia) affiliation - Dr. Oz.
Now, of course, the
pseudo-skeptics, have their combined panties in a
bunch. All over the internet they are calling
Oz names, using, of course, their made-up internet
names - not their real ones (They are terrified of
being personally identified). These people are
not known for manliness.
Each of the
estimate, has between fifteen and thirty different
made-up internet identities. For them, I guess,
if they are losing a factual or intellectual
argument to someone in a discussion group they just
bring five of their other identities online to back
them up, pretending these are really five other
people agreeing with them.
why are these people important to us in the North
American Health Freedom Movement?
The quackbuster masters cannot
field an army of substantial people. No one
with any real credentials wants to be
associated with them in any way. Just look at
the examples you see.
What they have been forced to
do is to put up shams. Using fake identities
and attacking from that kind of position has served
them well. They do two things: (1)
They use what's known as "link-farming" to control
search engine placement for their articles.
(2) It is from that fake identity move that this
group controls the health care portion of Wikipedia.
My estimate is that only about seven or eight of
them, each using between fifteen to thirty fake
names, make up MOST of the Wikipedia health care
structure (editors, administrators, committee
members, and perhaps even arbitrators at the top.
And Wikipedia management is too dumb to be able to
figure out how to weed them out.
Doctor's Data v Barrett, et al case has this
group very rattled. VERY rattled. For,
I predict, when DISCOVERY starts, and
Stephen Barrett gets dragged into a
video-taped Deposition, the very first questions to
Barrett will involve questions asking him HOW his
crap articles manage to appear on the first page of
search engines. When those questions are
answered, and the Federal Judge will FORCE Barrett
to answer, I predict that that "carpet-head," Steve
the Nipple Ripper," and a not-so-short-list of
pseudo-skeptics, who think they are in hiding,
are going to have to lawyer up to defend themselves
as Co-Defendants in a Chicago Federal Court.
They better have a
quarter-million, each, handy, to retain counsel
You can view the Dr. Oz
segment, "Why your doctor is afraid of Alternative
Medicine," where he pats Novella on his carpeted
Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate