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Midweek reading

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to write much for today. Fortunately, this gives me the perfect opportunity to remedy a situation in which I’ve been remiss. As you know, Kathleen Seidel has been tirelessly exposing the dubious science promoted by Mark and David Geier, who advocate using Lupron to shut of sex hormone synthesis as a means of “treating” autism by “making chelation therapy more effective.” She’s posted much more since I last referenced her.

The advantage of my not having much time is that you can read the results of her investigations directly without my extensive commentary. So, please, dive in. Below are the latest updates in the saga:


Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Four): On Questionable Terms
. Kathleen describes how the Geiers’ terminology has evolved in response to valid scientific criticism, from “precocious puberty” (a very specific diagnosis) to a more vague and fuzzy “hyperandrogenicity.”

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Five): Testimony of the Faithful. Kathleen describes how the Lupron protocol is being sold through testimonials of True Believers.

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Six): Desperation Time. I don’t know how Kathleen did it, but she transcribed an entire interview with Dr. Mark Geier on late night conspiracy radio.

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Seven): The Citations Are Not What They Seem. Kathleen publishes a nice debunking of the Geiers’ claim that mercury binds testosterone in physiologic conditions, and also describes in detail their misuse of citations.

And there’s more to come!

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