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Autism One: As quacky as it ever was

Once again, the yearly autism quackfest known as Autism One is fast approaching. In fact, it will begin in Chicago tomorrow: five days of “autism biomed” quackery and antivaccine pseudoscience. Ever since the Great Schism in the autism antivaccine quackery community, which severed Generation Rescue from Autism One and ended Jenny McCarthy’s run of being the keynote speaker every year, it just hasn’t been the same. Well, not quite. It turns out that a lot of the speakers are still the same, Generation Rescue or not, Jenny McCarthy or not. Just take a look at the speaker list, and you’ll see a lot of familiar names.

Heck, there are some real blasts from the past this year. Believe it or not, those hoary old mercury militia warriors, the father-son team of quacks who treat autism by chemically castrating children and then subjecting them to chelation therapy, Mark and David Geier, are there. It looks as though they’ll be talking about Latest Evidence Associating Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines with Autism Spectrum & Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which will probably just be a rehash of the same pseudoscience that they’ve been peddling since before I ever started blogging mixed together with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s latest “findings.” I guess the Geier’s quackery will always have an appeal in the deeper, darker parts of the autism biomed movement.

Not surprisingly, there’s another constant of Autism One and pretty much any antivaccine or autism quackfest you can think of on the schedule as well. This one should be so obvious that you should be able to guess it if you have even the merest passing acquaintance with the antivaccine movement. Yep, I’m referring to Andrew Wakefield himself, the discredited physician and researcher who lost his license to practice in the UK in the wake of the retraction of his most (in)famous paper, a case series in The Lancet that linked the MMR vaccine to “autistic enterocolitis,” a man whose legacy now consists largely of scientific fraud and measles outbreaks.

And what is Wakefield going to talk about? This:

This presentation describes how patterns of environmental exposure influence outcome. It deals with some of the enduring arguments put forward by those who reject the vaccine-autism connection and sets the scene for why CDC scientists would examine age of exposure to MMR and autism risk in their ultimately fraudulent DeStefano et al. study of 2004.

Yes, we’re talking the CDC whistleblower manufactroversy. It’s a story that Andrew Wakefield and Brian Hooker have been trying to use to attack the CDC since last summer. Most recently, they wrote a letter of complaint to the CDC that was so hilariously off-base and full of misinformation that I’m sure the CDC gave it exactly all the attention it deserved.

Then there’s Anju Usman. We’ve encountered her before being sued for a truly depressing and horrifying repertoire of autism biomed quackery. Her topic? Autism biomed quackery, of course:

Dr. Anju Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois. She specializes in biomedical interventions for children with ADD, autism, and related disorders. She has been involved in research regarding copper/zinc imbalances, biofilm related infections, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She serves on the boards for ASI, TACA, and Generation Rescue. She is board certified in family practice and in integrative and holistic medicine.

In other words, she “integrates” quackery with medicine. I will give her credit for a modicum of creativity in the choice of quackery to appropriate. Sure, there’s the usual “detoxification” nonsense, but she also includes “biofilm,” which is one of the latest buzzwords among this crowd.

But that’s not all! One of the keynotes features not just one, not just two, not just three, but four—count ’em!—four quacks giving a talk about vaccines:

Educated parents are deconstructing vaccine orthodoxy and finding that the science doesn’t just come up short. In many cases, it doesn’t come up at all. It’s time for a new paradigm on an old practice that increasing numbers of parents and clinicians are questioning — do vaccines cause more harm than good? Let’s take a deep dive into the facts, clinical practice, the science, and the options for parents.

  • A framework for children’s health: A pediatrician’s view on infectious disease, germ theory, and immunity. [Larry Palevsky, MD, FAAP]
  • Maternal agency and medical paternalism in pregnancy: An examination of the fetal impacts of vaccination, ultrasound, and the microbiome through the lenses of functional medicine and holism. [Kelly Brogan, MD]
  • What’s in a vaccine? A dispassionate assessment of vaccine constituents, including adjuvants, antigens, and adventitious agents. [Sayer Ji]
  • Parental rights and wrongs: The Fearless Parent tackles mythology, social stigma, and the brass tacks of vaccine mandates, exemptions, and health freedom. [Louise Kuo Habakus, MA]

You know. antivaccinationists always claim they’re not antivaccine. So do a lot of autism biomed advocates. If that’s the case, then why is there always so much attention paid to the supposed “evils” of vaccines? It’s because it’s always about the vaccines. It’s always been about the vaccines. It always will be about the vaccines. In any case, I’ve applied some Insolence, be it Respectful or not-so-Respectful, to each and every one of these quacks before. In particular, I’ve mocked Sayer Ji on more occasions than I can remember, but most recently when he he denied the genetic basis of inherited cancers. I’ve caught Kelly Brogan teaming up with Sayer Ji to egregiously misinterpret a study. I’ve also taken note of Larry Palevsky, yet another in a line of antivaccine pediatricians. Dr. Palevsky happened to capture my attention when he appeared in an antivaccine propaganda flick, The Greater Good. Then, of course, there’s Louise Kuo Habakus, whose antivaccine activism and lies I’ve discussed a few times.

Depressingly, in addition to all these antivaccine quacks, there’s one particularly despicable, one particularly nasty quack. I’m referring, of course, to Kerri Rivera, the woman who advocates subjecting autistic children to ingesting bleach and taking bleach enemas to treat autism. I once asked whether the autism biomed movement will ever renounce the use of bleach to treat autism. The answer, we now see, is clearly no. It looks like it’s bleach enema karaoke again this year, at least if Rivera’s talk is any indication:

This presentation will give a brief explanation of the protocol that has helped 163 children (as of January 2015) lose a diagnosis of autism. It will feature before-and-after stories and pictures of children whose families have successfully used the protocol as well as children who have lost their diagnosis and what they did to get there. There will also be a discussion of the protocol’s use for other areas of the spectrum and beyond.

Kerri Rivera is a biomedical consultant for CD Autism (International) Curando El Autismo (Latin America), and Venciendo el Autismo (Venezuela). Since the addition of chlorine dioxide to her biomedical protocol, she has seen 163 children lose their diagnosis of autism in the past 4 years. Since 2007, Kerri has lectured internationally on biomedical protocols for autism and CD for autism. She graduated as a Certified Homeopath in June 2013. She is the author of “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism.”

You know, since Rivera is now a homeopath, maybe she could dilute the bleach (a.k.a. Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS) to 30C. It would still be quackery, but at least it would be much less potentially harmful. Interestingly, Rivera has finally attracted the attention of the local media in Chicago. Just yesterday there was a story on NBC 5 in Chicago, Chicago Woman Offers Controversial “Miracle Treatment”:

From her home base in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, Chicago native Kerri Rivera counsels parents of children with autism on a “miracle treatment” that she says can rid their children of the curse of the dreaded disease.

Critics say her treatments, which involve the chemical chlorine dioxide, are tantamount to poisoning children, but Rivera refers to those critics as “haters” and “trolls.” She insists the protocol has removed more than 170 children from the autism spectrum.

“If, in fact, chlorine dioxide were this toxic poisonous bleach, there would be a sea of dead children,” Rivera told NBC5 Investigates. “How can this be bad if people are healing and nobody’s dying?”

Medical professionals say the treatment hardly heals, but rather makes sick children even sicker, with no demonstrable benefits.

Of course it does, because it’s a friggin’ bleach! Not only that, but there’s no biological plausibility that such a treatment would work or clinical evidence to show that it does, just Rivera’s “case series” of children on whom she’s plied her quackery. Yes, I’m getting a bit worked up here. Contemplating child torture has that effect on me. I gladly claim the title of “hater” when it comes to a woman like Rivera. I need something to calm me down and mellow me out slightly, so that I don’t go too far.

Ah, fortunately Autism One provides just the ticket: Jere Rivera-Dugenio, PhD, a “quantum medicine researcher” from the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine in Honolulu who specializes in advanced quantum medicine and morphogenetic field physics. His topic? What else? Quantum Medicine as an Effective Method to Balancing the Immune System for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Enjoy:

The presenter reveals an advanced quantum medicine model that balances the immune system of individuals on the autism spectrum. Based upon patents and experiments of Nikola Tesla, this proprietary scalar-wave, morphogenetic re-patterning process can improve individuals with acute, standard, and chronic health conditions that are caused by microbiology, pesticides, toxic chemicals, electrosmog, geopathic stress, mercury, heavy metal, and other environmental factors.

Yes, any quackery that invokes Nikola Tesla and quantum physics is still quackery, but at least it tends to be entertaining quackery, unlike shooting bleach up children’s colons.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

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406 replies on “Autism One: As quacky as it ever was”

I still have trouble believing that people could possibly think any treatment involving bleach is a good idea. I can only imagine they disengage their brains first.
Tesla woo, on the other hand, well it’s usually a good sign to suggest that someone has no background whatsoever in either physics or electronic engineering…

I did not see an attribution for the picture. Is that Orac’s lovely tile and rubber ducky family?

Did you really say, “the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine in Honolulu“. If they’re hiring, I promise to believe in quantum integrative medicine

I see that Stephenie Seneff will be there as well, talking about how mercury aluminum glyphosate some INTERACTION between glyphosate and aluminum or something causes every disease EVAH, but especially autism.

Like JP above, I’m glad to see Seneff there. The more she associates with the nutcases the sooner MIT might actually make a statement about her pseudoscience.

It’s truly depressing that all of these quacks still hold influence on the beliefs of such a large number of people. My own mom is included… she’d rather believe in all of this garbage rather than her scientifically literate son.

I work with chlorine dioxide for a living as part of water treatment systems. It is definitely not safe for kids or parents or any environment where living things exist.

I see that Stephenie Seneff will be there as well, talking about how some INTERACTION between glyphosate and aluminum or something causes every disease EVAH, but especially autism.

You mean how semiotic entropy causes autism?

You mean how semiotic entropy causes autism?

Ha, this is indeed perhaps my favorite Seneff moment, but it doesn’t seem to show up in the blurb about her talk. (Or the “panel” she’s later on.)

I got a giggle out of how she decided to put ALL THE LETTERS after her name: Dr. Stephanie Seneff, BS, MS, EE, PhD.

And although there is sadly no mention of semiotic entropy, I have to wonder if she isn’t getting into sun-gazing:

I will propose simple lifestyle changes that can protect your children from autism, including an organic whole-foods diet, abundant sun exposure to the skin and eyes, and an altered vaccine schedule.

A dispassionate assessment […] Sayer Ji

From what I have read of Mr Ji, I doubt the “dispassionate” part.

[Kerri Rivera] is the author of “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism.”

An homeopath worrying about treating “Symptoms”? Isn’t something only nasty mainstream physicians do?

“How can this be bad if people are healing and nobody’s dying?”

We have a similar argument for vaccines. The alt-med crowd don’t find it sufficient.

Completely OT, but since mebbe last Frida, pretty much every time I leave an Insolent page open to click on another open tab (Chrome, XP Pro), the page self-navigates to this. Just me?

The comments on the NBC bleach article seem to be about what we’d have expected, with lonely skeptics addressing loud and “proud” proponents of child abuse.

I so do miss lilady’s fierce advocacy for special needs children and empathetic, yet factual, smackdowns of woo-besotted parents who’ve been suckered in to demeaning, depersonalising, and abusing their children rather than getting on with it.

A few other presenters/ presentations caught my eye..

– Seneff isn’t the only ex-scientist to stoop to this level- Mikovits and Tomljenovic will appear as well.
– David Lewis will continue perseverating about poo
– Raphael Kellman will probably carry on about the gut/brain
– John Gray will discuss Venus and Mars or something
– keynotes will be Fearless Parent as Orac mentioned and FOCUS For Health ( ne Focus Autism) Barry Segal’s project
-TMR will appear and host a LOUNGE ( with, alas, no lounge acts but perhaps a lizard or two) with alcohol. TMs will talk about avoiding dying and give writing instruction.
– there will be a marijuana discussion
– VaxTruth presents 4 of their dissemblers
– there are book signings galore and two films: BOUGHT and Trace Amounts and the perpetrators responsible for their initiation and distribution
– there will be a red carpet for photo ops prior to the Saturday night gala ( you read that correctly)
-INTERESTINGLY a few people will not be selling their swill- I don’t see any AoA creatures but for Heckenlively- who wrote a book with Mikovits . Jake will not appear.
I wonder why

Unfortunately I cannot be a spy in the house of woo ( too distant, I use my real name, I have to work Thursday and am already booked for Saturday) but I really and truly hope that a devoted minion with a ‘nym who lives nearby will go and report for us. We can all use the hilarity. PLEASE….

Oh Jes-s! I wrote about instruction from bad writers, looked at AoA and lo and behold Gamondes has a new entry about sceptics with photoshopped images and and and.
I swear I did not conjure that fiasco. I did ask for hilarity and the universe responded.( not really, it’s always loony there)

AND she ‘hints’ at a cockamamie conspiracy about who backs these terrible people.
And yes, we know many of them.

Being a responsible person, I should issue a warning to any who might intrepidly wade into Gamondes’ miasmic biofilm of free floating imagery and barking ideation: it proceeds from ridiculous to horrendous.
Not suitable for work or sensitive individuals unless they are trained professionals in the healing arts

Being a responsible person, I should issue a warning to any who might intrepidly wade into Gamondes’ miasmic biofilm of free floating imagery and barking ideation: it proceeds from ridiculous to horrendous.
Not suitable for work or sensitive individuals unless they are trained professionals in the healing arts

I have to run along to a rehearsal shortly and prob’ly won’t be able to read the whole screed this morning, but man, this new one from Gamondes: wow. Just wow.

abundant sun exposure to the skin and eyes

It’s not bleach enemas, but it sure ain’t healthy…

So it’s “biofilms” now, is it? It’s kind of funny, in a sad way, how antivaxers are always trying to look “cutting edge” by appropriating the latest trends in biology (epigenetics, Th1/Th2 T cells, etc.) about 5 – 10 years after they’ve stopped being the latest trend. It’s kind of (vicariously) embarrassing to watch them crowing about the latest paradigm shift that’s going to rock the foundations of science years after the hype in the scientific community has already settled down to boring, mundane research (which, needless to say, will never be allowed to influence their original wild speculations in any way.) I’m trying not to think about what’s going to happen when they get their hands on systems biology – it should be any decade now.

Mike says (#3),

Is that Orac’s lovely tile and rubber ducky family?

MjD’s response,

Possibly, the black mold growing on the bottom edge of the wall further indicates that it’s Orac’s place.

Seriously, in my opinion, Autism One is a fine organization.

In reading Rivera-Dugenio’s topic, one item was new to me – geopathic stress. So off to the great Google I go, to get a degree in geopathic stress. The first link that comes up http://www.safespaceprotection.com/electromagnetic-fields-geopathic-stress.aspx warns me that –

Studies have shown that over 85% of patients who die from cancer have experienced regular exposure to geopathic stress.

Well, that don’t sound good. We should all stay away from that. I wondered where I would find geopathic stress, and the same page tells me that –

Geopathic stress lines or zones emanate EMF radiation naturally from the earth due to geological features such as underground streams, mineral concentrations, fault lines and underground cavities.

Man-made alterations of the landscape, anything from underground cables to road construction projects, can create or intensify geopathic stress

Anybody know where I can move to to get away from this scourge? Because that sure does sound like everywhere I’ve been, and I have traveled a bit.

I also read on the same page –

Electrical ground current is can be a factor that causes Geopathic stress. Electrical current returning to the substation through the earth can act as “stray voltage.” Electrical ground currents occur when the utility’s wire is overloaded and returns back to the substation “off the wire,” traveling through the earth conducted by soil, water, plumbing lines.

Overloaded wires? I know that’s a bad thing. I thought that it was good that there are circuit breakers to protect us from overloaded wires, but then I read (bolding mine)-

Electro-pathological energy created by modern technology can also contribute to geopathic stress in the form of high and low frequency energy from telecommunication towers, electricity pylons, transformers, radar and radio towers. As well as electromagnetic fields that emanate from such structures as high tension, or satellite towers, electrical street poles, or circuit breakers.

But, hey, all is not lost. They have a $150 hologram to protect us.
http://www.safespaceprotection.com/products/radiant-room.aspx

@Michael J. Dochniak

Seriously, in my opinion, Autism One is a fine organization.

And why do you think that?

Electrical ground currents occur when the utility’s wire is overloaded and returns back to the substation “off the wire,” traveling through the earth conducted by soil, water, plumbing lines.

In many situations, 100% of current “returns” in earth ground, by design. It’s been that way since people started shoving electrons through wires to houses. Has he never been in a rural area where much of the power distribution is on a single overhead conductor? The bulk of the current flows more or less directly under the overhead wire, due to those pesky laws of nature regarding current flow and magnetic fields.

Cathodic protection systems would send this dolt in hysterics.

Remember the AoA endorsement of the bleach enemas a few months ago with the theory that they were cleaning out intestinal worms? Well, guess what else is being peddled at A1 this year — helminth therapy… AKA, intestinal worms. Not to mention several versions of magic water, from homeopathy to “structured water clusters.” Someone should get a group shot of Wakefield with all of these hucksters and annotate it. Not exactly the Royal College of Surgeons, is it? It would make a great meme.

Just had a look at the site capital Johnny linked to.

EMF stands for Electromagnetic fields

Um, no. It stands for electromotive force.

If I had a bunch of money to burn, I’d buy one of the blatantly fraudulent hologram things from http://www.safespaceprotection.com (to use Narad’s method in the manner of promotion of P’Hills) and whisk it off to the EMI/RFI test chamber at the local testing lab, just to prove it does nothing.

People who are this ignorant are delivering health advice?! Low johnny and Theo have some serious competition.

I have to run along to a rehearsal shortly and prob’ly won’t be able to read the whole screed this morning, but man, this new one from Gamondes: wow. Just wow.

I must admit that I’m impressed by the Photoshop job inserting people like Michael Shermer, Bill Gates, Paul Offit, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Phil Plait, and other skeptics/atheists into such a creepy picture. Truly Gamondes is reaching David Dees territory. (He’s the guy who’s produces some of the creepiest antivax illustrations out there.)

http://www.deesillustration.com/artwork.asp?cat=satire

Electrical ground currents occur when the utility’s wire is overloaded and returns back to the substation “off the wire,” traveling through the earth conducted by soil, water, plumbing lines.

It must have quite an, um, powerful instinct to return upstream to its spawning grounds.

I noticed Jake Crosby is missing from the speaker list. Does he think Autism One is too mainstream nowadays?

@kfunk937 #14 – I am glad you asked that. It is happening to me constantly and I am using a Kindle, so it is Amazon’s tweaked version of an Android OS. I have been considering looking for an antivirus for this thing in case some weird bug got downloaded.

I got a giggle out of how she decided to put ALL THE LETTERS after her name: Dr. Stephanie Seneff, BS, MS, EE, PhD

In fairness to Seneff, I’ve noticed that a lot at public health/hospital conferences. Every single degree or certification you ever got in your life goes on your nametag.

Although I must agree with Orac that the photoshop job is actually decent I can’t say the same for the design qualities of her Meisterwerken ( is that the correct plural?) which are abysmally atrocious.( and I did work in advertising)

I am vacillating between two hypotheses regarding her production of these epics;
– she is angling for a book deal with Skyhorse: an illustrated volume fit for thinking coffeetables everywhere
– she has blown a head gasket in her PFC

Considering how much time she must have put into creating these pictorial monstrosities and assembling her scavenger hunt style of conspiracy-a-minute essays,
leads me to go with the latter.

This thing is in Chicago and no one remembered to invite Joe Mercola?!? Whoa… burn!

Seriously, he really needs to hear the geopathic stress talk so he can update/re-calibrate his earthing mats.

Ooooh -btw- JP’s in a play: probably in Russian or Polish but a play nevertheless.

I noticed Jake Crosby is missing from the speaker list. Does he think Autism One is too mainstream nowadays?

I would suspect that he has pissed off or is pissed at everyone associated with “Quack One”.

@ Johnny:

I doubt he was asked to participate.
I observe that some of his BFFs are there- Geiers,*pere et fils*, Hooker, the Segals *et compagnie*

Remember the AoA endorsement of the bleach enemas a few months ago with the theory that they were cleaning out intestinal worms?

As (IIRC) Roger Kulp recently noted, even the biomeddlers at ARI have nudged MMS toward the curb.

I understand it’s banned in some countries. It’s mind boggling that it hasn’t been banned in the US.

It’s even more mind-boggling that anyone could watch a relative or a neighbor do that to a child and not notify the authorities.

All they need is a variable phase-inverter to complete the treatment

Any pretense that Tomljenovic and Shaw had of being reputable scientists has evaporated now that they’re rubbing shoulders with the chemical castrators and the bowel bleachers and the rest of this gang of idiots. Yet they stay on at my alma mater. I know how Columbia U grads feel, with Dr Oz polluting their faculty. Hooray for tenure.

Ooooh -btw- JP’s in a play: probably in Russian or Polish but a play nevertheless.

Yiddish, English and Polish, with linguistic prominence in pretty much that order. There are supertitles.

It manages to be both kitschy and highly offensive on pretty much every level. Srsly, it’s avant-garde.

I swear, though, my patience with the director is about a millimeter thick at this point, although that is partially just me being in a surly mood. I may possibly have flipped her the bird about an hour ago.

What in the hell is it with pseudo science connoisseurs and creating childish, immature p-shops of things they don’t like? It comes across as a debate tactic my 3 year old might use.

The great irony is that these people hold a position that is clearly fallacious, and seem oblivious to the self-parody that such graphics communicate.

To me, they scream that they know they can’t win on logic and reason and must go for the over the top emotionalism.

Just unreal to me that a functioning adult would look at those and think they make some sort of cogent argument.

Ok, rant over…

abundant sun exposure to the skin and eyes
It’s not bleach enemas, but it sure ain’t healthy…

What worries me is the need to specify “skin and eyes” as the recipient organs of the solar exposure, as if the alternative is to expose the kidneys and spleen.

Starting prednisone tomorrow and I must thank all those anti-vaxxers out there. There’s nothing like hearing, “Be especially careful to avoid people with measles or chicken pox as either of those can have very serious consequences while on prednisone.” Thanks loads for making me a hand-sanitizing hermit for however long I’m on this crap.

Of course this is Stephanie Seneff, and if she just advised “abundant sun exposure” without further qualification, many of her readers would assume that it had to be directed at their children’s lower-intestinal lining.

It’s mind boggling that it hasn’t been banned in the US.

Sure it is. That’s why they all come as a kit you mix together with instructions on how to use it to purify water (wink, wink). And if you find out about someone misusing it, you can report it and CPS might get around to investigating after they’re done with the reports of kids being allowed to play outside.

“acute, standard, and chronic health conditions”?
WTF are “standard health conditions”?
And why are people with no standards trying to treat them?

Johnny quotes: “Electro-pathological energy created by modern technology can also contribute to geopathic stress in the form of high and low frequency energy…”
No standard frequency energy?

Biofilms. Are those the movies they made us watch in junior high (Yes, I am that old.) showing horrific lesions from STDs?

What’s this I hear about a cute health condition?

“I was in bed for a week with acute hepatitis.”

“You lucky dog! They’re both cute, those Hepatitis girls!”

I went to Catholic school. Only the boys got to watch those films.

In public school we only had slides.

@Doug, #28:
EMF is the abbreviation for lots of things.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMF
My guess is that the Electronic Music Foundation is probably the greatest cause of EMF-induced stress, although for many people, trying to understand the Eclipse Modeling Framework is probably a close second.

How sad. We had slides and swingsets

We had monkey bars.
Watching pissed monkeys falling off their barstools was the highlight of the day.

Mein Herr Doktor,
A cute health condition is one defined as such by the National Bureau of Standards, not to be confused with the National Bureau of STDs.

“How sad. We had slides and swingsets.”
“We had monkey bars.”
We not only had seesaws, we also had circular saws. And a school nurse who doubled as a hand surgeon.

By the sixth grade we ignored all the slides, swingsets, monkey bars and seesaws to play a game of keep away with the kick ball in which the only rule is you could only sexually molest um grope um make that tackle the person who was holding the ball.

@ EBMOD:

Rant away.

They do go for emotional reactions
but I sincerely wonder if they can self-evaluate to the extent necessary to see how truly bizarre their material is.. she probably thinks that it’s so absolutely brilliant and perceptive that her readers will be overtaken by her profound erudition and knowledge of the world and its nefarious ways.

Jake also pretends to have abilities beyond his fellows/ sisters to see into the hidden meanings of events.

I hear the same crap at PRN.

They drop names of philosophers, literary icons, obscure artists and historical anomalies. They’re trying to prove that they are impossibly intelligent and DESERVE to lead others.

HOWEVER how likely is it that anyone can, without the appropriate education, in this day and age, attempt to criticise entire fieldS like medicine, psychology, education and politics? Even a well-educated, extremely intelligent doctor cannot easily criticise the whole field of medicine. A physicist studies one area of his or her field to be expert. Psychologists are described by their area of study- although all of these professionals do have a general background of their entire fields and the scientific method.

No, I think that this is tarted up gossip and free wheeling speculation masquerading as Something Important by a Smart Person. They depend upon conspiracies to cover their lack of evidence and their own ars-: Gamondes admits that these miscreants’ secrecy erects an impermeable barrier for journalists who seek out the Truth.

Besides the obvious lack of self-criticism and self-regulation illustrated by writers like Gamondes ( or the Prof at TMR), how about the editors who allow their websites to be awash in such drivel on a regular basis?

Back in the day, it was said that President G. W. Bush was deeply puzzled at the morning meeting when he was told that Vice President Cheney had angina.

“Men do not have anginas!”, he protested.

He became even more puzzled when he was told that the Vice President had “acute angina.”

I thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to tip your server.

[By rhw way, back when it was current, this joke made the rounds of the mostly femaie OB/GYN staff at the local medical center.]

“Be especially careful to avoid people with measles or chicken pox as either of those can have very serious consequences while on prednisone.”

Stay away from southern California?

I’ll try not to post too many links and end up in moderation again,but I do have a couple.

You forgot to mention Stable Water Clusters,one of the newest forms of woo to be taken up by the AutismOne/AoA crowd.

From the AutismOne page

This will be a groundbreaking update of the use of Stable Water Clusters with autistic children and those on the spectrum who have underdeveloped gastrointestinal tracts and other symptoms with varying levels of severity. Stable Water Clusters have been found to support reduction of inflammation in the gut, and enhance brain and cell function. Using all-natural elevated protocols of Stable Water Clusters, the autistic children and others on the spectrum have shown major physiological and behavioral improvements. Michelle Wong, LAc, will share results of the study and discuss the latest scientific research on the biological properties of this fourth phase of water. She will be accompanied by Lauren Hunt, mother of an autistic son and a practicing homeopath, who will share her personal and astounding experiences with the use of Stable Water Clusters in both a professional setting and private life for the past 2 ½ years.

Join Michelle Wong and Lauren Hunt also at 3 PM Friday, May 22 in the Pollack Room for a roundtable discussion.

A homeopath and a acupuncturist/TCM practitioner.How fitting,because Stable Water Clusters,AKA “Double Helix Water”,is basically homeopathic water.Water so powerful it needs to be diluted,and sells for $62.95 for what looks like a tiny bottle.

As this web site explains.
http://doublehelixwater.us/
Our extensive research venture to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the molecular structure of water has resulted in what we have termed Double Helix Water®. I encourage you to read our book, Double-Helix Water®: Has the 200-Year-Old Mystery of Homeopathy Been Solved?It is the precise summation of our discovery of an unknown “phase” of water.

Now what is meant by phase?

We are all familiar with the liquid phase and ice, the solid phase, and steam, which is generated when one boils water. But we have discovered—due greatly to significant improvements in analytical laboratory equipment, such as the Atomic Force Microscope, and fifteen years of very persistent diligence—that a solid particle exists in pure water, and that particle is itself made of pure water.

Without going into great detail, which is thoroughly covered in the above book, I want to give here a brief description and explanation of this newly discovered phase we call Double-Helix Water®.

…Nonetheless, a valid question arises: How, then, could it do something? What could be the difference between Double-Helix Water and so-called normal water or, say, distilled water?

Again, we believe that another phase of water exists; and we believe (and this has been the subject of our fifteen years of study) that there exists a state or phase that contains water molecules which have gone solid at room temperature; that the liquid phase under a particular set of circumstances can condense into tiny solid particles, and that these particles are in some way responsible for triggering the self-healing process. It is our belief that this phase of water is a central agent in the arsenal of the body’s immune response. And because of their structure and polar charge, we theorize that these particles are the molecular basis for what Chinese Medicine has suggested for over two thousand years: that an electrical matrix surrounds the body and this electrical matrix is the senior dominating factor in all health issues. This is evidenced by Electron and Atomic Force Microscope photographs, which demonstrate that these particles line up end to end to form circuit-like structures. Therefore it is very feasible that we have found a material basis for the Chinese meridians.

Yes this site is pure gold.Here is one of the pages on autism,pure BS.
http://doublehelixwater.us/autism-spectrum-disorder/

Subjects were first scanned with thermal imaging equipment prior to drinking an 8-oz. glass of Double Helix Water. Next, they drank the 8-oz. glass of Double Helix Water. New thermal images were taken 30 minutes after the ingestion of Double Helix Water to establish if any change had occurred. The results can be seen in the video above.

Thermal images should be read as follows: white is hottest, next in line is red, and graduating down to green. Green is generally interpreted as showing a “healthy” or optimum temperature for the human body. These images and the results they show are typical of the hundreds of experiments that Dr. Lo has conducted on stable water clusters and their effect on general health.

@kfunk937 #14 – Not just you. I keep running into it on my iPad’s Safari browser.

I follow a couple of blogs from mainstream autism researchers,where I am also a regular commenter.One such blog is Manuel Casanova’s Cortical Chauvinism.Dr. Casanova has made a number of blog posts that more or less mirror my own opinion about autism.Pro vaccine,anti neurodiversity.A little over a month ago,Dr.Casanova ran a blog post about his presentation at AutismOne.

In the comments,I asked Dr. Casanova why he,or any serious researcher,would speak at AutismOne,given that they are all about vaccines and pseudoscience.Dr. Casanova replied that he hoped he could influence individuals by presenting them with good science.You can read the exchange here.

http://corticalchauvinism.com/2015/04/10/we-already-know-what-is-happening-to-the-brain-in-autism/

Many of you are also familiar with the AVWOS Facebook group,where I frequently lurk,and occasionally post.The other day the infamous Antivax Troll List was leaked.I posed the same question at the AVWOS.Why post at antivax sites?I received a very similar reply.I’m sorry,but I politely disagree.I don’t believe it is worth the time and effort to post on these sites,which is why I gave up.I had also hoped I could convince the hard cores like the Anne Dachels,that autism with serious medical problems was nothing new so I gave up.Maybe it’s because my health is such,mitochondrial and metabolic disease,that I don’t want to waste any more energy trying to deprogram antivaxers.I leave that to others,but I don’t believe most A-V parents will come around,unless their kid,or some kid they know,gets a vaccine preventable disease.They are too deeply programmed.

You forgot to mention Stable Water Clusters,one of the newest forms of woo to be taken up by the AutismOne/AoA crowd.

And, I suspect, at least one hydroponic dope grower. How on earth he got from the PNAS paper to solenoids is anyone’s guess.

Stable Water Clusters?

Vonnegut thought of it first. (Ice9 in Cat’s Cradle)

One day, by the way, I had the honor of meeting Kurt V. and sitting next to him at a talk given by his brother, Bernard Vonnegut, who was a fine scientist and one of the pioneers in the field of atmospheric electricity. Wonderful men, both.

One day, by the way, I had the honor of meeting Kurt V. and sitting next to him at a talk given by his brother, Bernard Vonnegut, who was a fine scientist and one of the pioneers in the field of atmospheric electricity. Wonderful men, both.

Lucky! I have been a big Vonnegut fan since I was 13 or so. I haven’t read him in a while – I think the last time was when I reread a novel or two of his while living in Krakow a couple years ago – but I have recently had the experience of “coming unstuck in time,” so to speak.

^ He had a great essay about Eugene Debs and the Sermon on the Mount, too, as I recall. And another one about being a Midwesterner down to his toes – something about how his capital is Chicago, and how he is a lake person, and swimming in saltwater feels to him like swimming in chicken soup.

I think about that essay, in a sort of consoling sense, when I am pining particularly badly for the PNW.

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