The skeptical vet draws the ire of a self-proclaimed dog cancer expert after his authority and methods are questioned. Engage widespread internet exposure, otherwise known as the “Streisand Effect“.
In the true spirit of quackery, which cannot bear criticism or the exposure of its absurdities, Dr. Steven Eisen has expeditiously taken action to suppress my criticism of his marketing himself as a dog cancer expert despite no formal training in veterinary medicine, oncology, or any of the other areas of medicine in which he gives advice to dog owners. He has written to my internet service provider claiming that my quotations from his web site constitute copyright infringement.
What follows this announcement is a takedown notice claiming “exclusive copyrights” have been violated.
Obviously Dr. Eisen is not respectful of fair use because in this context, citing his own work makes him look foolish. So, instead of providing rational responses to the claims, he takes the cowardly route and threatens the blogger. We see this so often when we question what appears to be bad reasoning or junk science.
Sadly, the best course of action for bloggers is to remove the material in question.
From the infringing (claimed) skeptvet post:
Dr. Eisen is a chiropractor who claims to be an expert in veterinary nutrition, toxicology, and cancer therapy based on having read a lot of books and invented his own “holistic system” by selecting which information he wanted to believe and which he felt he could ignore. The core of his marketing strategy is 1) to generate fear, by claiming that cancer is an epidemic and that we are surrounded by cancer-causing toxins in the very food and medicine we trust to keep our dogs healthy and 2) to claim that veterinarians have only dangerous and ineffective cancer treatments to offer and are ignorant of, or deliberately ignore, proven safe and effective alternative treatments. He provides no evidence for any of these claims, only his opinion and some testimonials.
Note: Eisen’s website is dogcanceradvice.com
is not accessible at this time. The best course is for others to call out the questions raised by skeptvet. Unfortunately, we can’t see the evidence right now.