On Tuesday the 15th of August at a Holiday Inn conference room in Liverpool two of my colleagues from the Merseyside Skeptics Society and I attended a talk entitled “Censored for Curing Cancer”. Also in attendance were around 70 members of the public – some of whom were cancer patients.
The talk had been promoted as a tell-all in spite of censoring and was open to any member of the public through Eventbright ticketing for £20 in advance or for a cost of £30 on the door. The speaker, Patrick Vickers runs the Northern Baja Gerson Centre clinic in Mexico where, as Patrick described it, “we’re treating advance terminal diseases. Not just cancer but virtually every single disease we’re successfully treating, and we’re doing it with Gerson Therapy”.
I heard about the talk through social media, the poster was shared around by alternative medicine proponents with promises of an…
As I read through Gary Taubes’s The Case Against Sugar – or as I sometimes refer to it “CAS” for short – one question kept popping up in my mind: Was this a book that needed to be written? The answer is a resounding NO.
Why do I say this? Is it because I have some personal grudge against Taubes? No. Rather, I say this book doesn’t need to exist for the following reasons:
Is anyone under the impression that we need MORE sugar in our diets? That we would be healthier if people drank MORE high-calorie sugar water and ate MORE Oreos? Are doctors and nutritionists and policy-makers saying things like “In order to fight this obesity epidemic, all we need to do is get people to start adding cokes, cookies, candy, cake, cream-puffs, and corn syrup”? Of course not.
For some reason this is a wildly popular site that people treat as a credible source of information.
My experience going WAY back whenever I was getting pressured to enforce grain free, clean eating, paleo or whatever other form of restrictive dieting upon my clients, or whenever I came across a clickbait style, pro-orthorexic fearmongering type article about why eating cereal for breakfast was no better than eating confectionery, etc… almost invariably there’d be a link to something on Authority Nutrition to back it up.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so just look at the contradictory posts on sugar, the fear mongering “avoid as if you’re life depended upon it” headlines, the nonsense about wheat, and general orthorexic clickbait nature of it all.
For what it’s worth, sugar is NOT an addictive substance and there is more than enough research linked in my masterpost on blogspot (see the link) to support this. But either way, how is this guy going to state in multiple articles that it IS addictive and then also bust that as an “alternative nutrition” myth?
If that wasn’t enough… just look at all this garbage misinformation and fear mongering over wheat and how it is going to “destroy your health”.
Please stop promoting that pro-orthorexic clickbait site.
Vani Hari has been caught selling more than three dozen products featuring the very chemical compounds she warns her followers to avoid.
Happy Friday! It’s been a while since we’ve taken one of our payday shopping trips to FoodBabe.com. Admittedly, the shtick has become a little tired. Lets’ be honest–if GMO-poisoned cats existed, you couldn’t swing one in Food Babe’s online shop without hitting a product that contains the same “dangerous” chemicals she warns her followers to avoid. Hari’s hypocrisy is so obvious to anyone who cares to look that the only possible explanation for how she continues to make money is, clearly: nobody is bothering to look.
And yet, it’s not in my nature to sit quietly by and watch an unsuspecting public be deprived of their hard-earned money. So, dear reader, let’s once again point our web browsers at FoodBabe.com and check out another product pushed by Food…
Lets talk about this thing that has come up on my dash a couple of times this week.
This guy is known to be a quack and a charlatan who sells “cures” to conditions that don’t exist such as leaky gut, adrenal fatigue and so on. He also has a history of anti-vaccination activity (although the text of some posts on the subject have since been removed from his website), and is featured on the “truth about cancer” website alongside a veritable who’s-who of the most infamous anti-vax & snake oil hustlers ever to exploit the ill and vulnerable.
You can see how this infographic works to a familiar method of starting with what seems like quite reasonable and innocuous advice, but gets more extreme and questionable towards the end. Once you get to the guy’s facebook it is all aboard the woo-train to Quack City with all the usual manner of pseudoscience and fear mongering. Lots of talk about detoxing, metabolism boosting, everything causing cancer, thyroid problems and so on. All the usual woofuckery.
How about this nonsense about “metabolism death foods” that your body classifies as toxins at the end of the chart though? What a load of garbage. It does sounds like a good name for one of the 80s rockers on Regular Show or something, but mostly it sounds a lot like some orthorexic pro-eating disorder garbage.
1, 2 and 3 here are probably not terrible advice regardless of the source but 5 is garbage and 4 IN THIS CONTEXT is poor advice.
The biggest loser study shows that trying to starve & burn weight off with minimal energy intake (aka pro-ana) & maximum energy expenditure (aka exercise bulimia) will backfire long term as you’re just training your body to survive on no fuel and require massive amounts of exercise to maintain it’s current condition even if that condition is “still a little (or a lot) over weight”.
When properly fueled, HIIT is a great addition to your training strategy. However, if you’re in the described situation where you’ve over worked and under fueled for long enough that you suspect an adaptation to metabolic rate, you need to still train productively and be otherwise active, but you’d be wise to leave out the intense calorie burning stuff at least for the meanwhile. That’s probably 50% (along with calorie restriction) of what got you into trouble in the first place.
To be fair, this graphic is far from the worst thing you’ve ever seen and probably no different from a lot of stuff in the online fitness and wellness blogospheres. That’s how they get you in though. See also: the David Avocado Wolfe Effect.
This guy like all slick marketers is just jumping on the coat tails of legit research or whatever else is in the news, to try and make it look like his usual line of garbage (”metabolism death foods” for fuck sake is this cunt serious?) has some merit.
If you want to be in great shape (including those of you who think “but i need to lose weight first”) do some strength training, some other activities and be fueled for results. Don’t be thinking “diet to starve weight off” but FUELED FOR YOUR BEST CONDITION.
So there you have it. Here’s a chiropractor/”natural medicine doctor” who warns his followers to avoid putting a chemical on their bodies due to cancer concerns, sells them that very same compound in a supplement they’re supposed to ingest, and in the same breath tells them he reads product labels to avoid putting dangerous product on or in his body.
I never thought the day would come when people were scared and worried about eating fruit. And I’m not talking about the scare we had last year when certain frozen berries were contaminated with hepatitis A!!! I’m talking about people being worried that fruit is unhealthy, that fruit will cause weight gain, diabetes and be harmful to the liver. Fruit, the wonderful gift from nature, full of health promoting properties like vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and phytochemicals are being lumped in the ‘high sugar must avoid’ category along with soft drinks, sweets and sugar filled processed foods. Fruit is being likened to chocolate bars and it breaks my heart that it has come to this. It amazes me that while 30% of calories from the average Australian diet comes from discretionary foods people are concerned about eating fruit!