Back in July, we posted a story on the untimely death of alternative practitioner Nicholas Gonzales and the brewing conspiracy idea that there is a coverup of these deaths that some people are suggested are suspicious.
You can take a look at that piece and see nothing is offensive, unless, that is, you are totally invested in the idea that alternative treatments cure disease. It’s a fact that there is no current evidence that they do. And that’s not for lack of trying.
The conspiracy, fanned by Erin Elizabeth of Health Nut News, continues as she includes the homeopathic practitioners that were involved in a mysterious drug episode in Germany recently and now the tragic murder-suicide of Brian Short and family. I can not grasp how people can link these together in any sort of common cause.
The German conference episode is still mysterious because the participants won’t talk. None of them are dead. They voluntarily took the drug. If they felt there was some nefarious purpose, they aren’t saying so which is weird. This sounds like a big blunder they would rather go away.
The Short case is disturbing but he was not an alt med practitioner. Short ran the site AllNurses.com, a popular site that does not appear to be related to alternative medicine. He was, like some others who resorted to suicide, facing some legal trouble. But it’s not clear what happened yet.
The imaginative fear-mongerers are moving the goalposts again in order to keep this story alive. First it was just Florida and alt med doctors. Now it’s worldwide and all medical professionals? If so, I’m sure Health Nut News could add many many more cases to the list, it’s arbitrary.
Elizabeth states she never said these were connected but that’s SO disingenuous as this is clearly the suggestion she is promoting in her articles that are getting her lots of attention. Plus, she continues to count. The story seems to be rallying people around a sense (however trumped up) of persecution. The comments continually focus on how they know the truth. The rest of us are closed-minded and missing the wonderful possibilities of these treatments. That’s their view but it’s incorrect. The body of evidence is not there, the rejection is not based on personal agenda or some repressive plan.
Meanwhile, I have received numerous comments in the previous thread linked above, some I posted, most I did not, from people who did not read the article, are not familiar with the purpose of this site, and showed up from an outside link just to express their annoyance with my view. They fail to address the key issues that I make in the post choosing instead to say how terrible conventional medicine is, that big pharma are Nazis or the Mafia, and how chemotherapy is toxic (that’s why it works to kill cancer cells, actually). They really can’t see any purpose in discussion except to defend their belief. Their comments are pointless, often mean, degrading or incoherent, and do not contribute to the discussion.
Here’s a fairly self-evident tip that I see I must remark upon: Calling me an idiot, on the take, and hoping I die will not get your comment approved. But it will get your location information recorded and possibly reported to your internet provider.
This is a moderated site. It’s also a science-based site. When you can give me more than anecdotes about how this person helped YOU, then that is worth listening to. But until then, I will continue to point out that alternative treatments don’t work, can be harmful, and people should be made aware of the deception and delusion inherent in these ideas.
In no case did I glorify these deaths. The accusation that they are some sort of nefarious plot is what is REALLY insulting to the people who died. That is the doubtful portion of this story. But sadly, it’s deeper and more rotten than that.
Addition to the list:
Renowned holistic cancer specialist Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., was found dead over the weekend in the woods near his home, according to reports by several Web-based alternative medicine media outlets.
Remember, in order to determine if this is some pattern, an awful lot of comparison and counting would need to be done. And what about the consideration of how they died? What would be a mechanism? A motive?
Addition: A local news station does a report on Bradstreet and the conspiracy idea.