Homeopaths’ gleeful gushing PR for Nobel Prize winning speaker

Nobel Prize Winner to Address CAM Medical Conference in Virginia

Dr. Luc Montagnier to Discuss Groundbreaking Research That May Lead to Novel Treatments of Diseases like Autism, Alzheimer’s and More

Dr. Luc Montagnier, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of HIV, will be presenting groundbreaking scientific findings and their implications for the future of medicine at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference (JAHC) on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.

Dr. Montagnier’s team is investigating the properties of DNAs from pathogenic microorganisms. Specifically, Montagnier’s new research is investigating the electromagnetic waves that emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier asserts, “What we have found is that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure. Not all DNA produces signals that we can detect with our device. The high-intensity signals come from bacterial and viral DNA.”

Montagnier affirms that these new observations will lead to novel treatments for many common chronic diseases, including but not limited to autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Tip: CFI Morning Heresy

Surprised? It’s more disappointing than surprising that a brilliant discoverer would go off the deep end into homeopathy.

Luc Montagnier: The Nobel disease strikes again

They call it the Nobel disease.

Linus Pauling is the prototypical example. A brilliant chemist who won two Nobel Prizes, one for chemistry and the Nobel Peace Prize, in his later years Pauling became convinced that high dose vitamin C was a highly effective treatment for cancer and the common cold and, expanding upon that, came to believe in the quackery that is orthomolecular medicine. As a result, Pauling’s reputation was tainted for all time, and he became known more for his crankery than his successes.

And Orac describes others, including Montagnier.

He only won the Nobel Prize in 2008, and it only took him two years to endorse homepathy-like concepts. He’s also made a name for himself, such as it is, by appearing in the HIV/AIDS denialist film House of Numbers stating that HIV can be cleared naturally through nutrition and supplements.

Also described is his very Wakefield-like descent into bad study design and ethically (not to mention scientifically) questionable areas.

Science-based medicine blog also has this piece on The Montagnier “Homeopathy” Study

[I]n vitro findings by themselves can’t ever validate homeopathy, even if they could demonstrate that water can remember what molecules were diluted out of it. They would still have to show that such memory translated to specific therapeutic effects on human physiology. Homeopathy is a system of clinical treatment that can only be validated by in vivo clinical trials. Homeopaths who believe Montagnier’s study supports homeopathy are only demonstrating their enormous capacity for self-deception.

So, we have the homeopaths likely tripping over themselves with glee to add “Nobel Prize winning” to the title of one of their speakers but getting derailed with bad ideas can happen to anyone. It still means a bad idea is a bad idea, no matter what kind of special accoutrements you give to its bearer.

  1 comment for “Homeopaths’ gleeful gushing PR for Nobel Prize winning speaker

  1. Craig
    April 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Even Isaac Newton was an Alchemist, you can’t win them all.

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