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Back to school

It’s open season again in the battle between us sceptics and the evil, evil CAM people, and I must admit we are getting bruised. Not that we ain’t trying, but with every move we make we seem to be getting our faces knocked in. If you ask me this is a direct result of the childish pranks that the ‘Voice of Young Scientists’ are getting up to these days. Not that I didn’t warn them. ‘Young does not mean childish’, I said, but like the kids they are they just won’t listen. So here they are again pulling the silly 10:23 campaign out of the hat. If it backfired once it’s going to backfire again, I told them. But on they go, and to make things worse they are launching the even more infantile ‘homeopathic vodka’ binge with our old friends from the BBC:

Quote: “As part of a documentary for the BBC, the 10.23 Campaign created a new product – QED homeopathic vodka. Taking great pains to prepare the vodka absolutely correctly, to the most vigorous of standards, we then took to the streets to find out what people thought of this new product and the £40m-a year homeopathic industry.”

They may not get intoxicated from that placebo bunk, but they sure are acting like drunks, so who’s to know the difference?

It gets worse. Now the kids are launching a juvenile protest outside the Department of Health. The Voice of the Very, Very, Very Young Scientists will be offering free diplomas to practise ‘Old Wives Traditional Medicine’.  Sigh… what can I say, reminds me of my early high school days.

The thing they don’t get is that the British public are not stupid, and it won’t do to offend British grandmothers if you don’t want your head smacked with an umbrella. Those Brit’s love their underdog; the more they push their immature self indulgent pranks the more support homeopathy is going to get. I guess it’s left to mature people like me to carry on a more serious campaign. Anyway, that’s what mum keeps saying.

And while the kids are playing games we are being punched all over! Prof. David Colquhoun got the boot from the CNHC Conduct & Competence Committee!  Read it here

An academic has been sacked from a committee of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council … after practitioners drew attention to his outspoken criticism of alternative medicine. David Colquhoun, honorary Fellow and former chair of pharmacology at University College London, applied to join the “conduct and competence committee” of the CNHC when it was established in 2008 as a self-regulatory body for practitioners of alternative medicine.

Now we all know that David applied for the committee as a publicity gimmick, but there you have it, just another attention-grabber that backfires on the more serious sceptics like myself. Just look at the embarrassing quote this kind of stunt results in:

(Having David in the committee): “…is like asking a racist to be objective about the circumstances of racist crime“.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch Edzard Ernst (fired Head of Complementary Medicine Department in Exeter University) ‘Admits Fraudulent Credentials’. Here is a snippet from a recent and most revealing interview:

“So is it correct that you did not acquire the additional medical title ‘Homeopath’ but took further medical education courses in homeopathy? If yes, which ones? Ernst: “I never completed any courses.”

In short, it appears that the leading ‘authority’ on homeopathy has no qualifications in homeopathy. Read more here

But perhaps most embarrassing of all are the revelations on Ben Goldacre. Benny has finally been dragged out of the closet. I had to cringe when I read it, a bit close to home, and all I can hope is that this won’t happen to me one day… Lord knows I have connections with some of the very same companies. Read it here and just read the comments; they rip poor Ben and our other friends to pieces. A few choice quotes:

It has been a lamentable feature of Ben Goldacre’s contribution to the public discussion of science in the UK that he has everywhere generated an atmosphere of intolerance in support of his views, and rather than raise the tone of the debate it has encouraged a new kind of scientific infantilism, in which you deride your opponents and defer to authority.

It appears that Ben’s old man was a company boy too:

Goldacre senior was a co-author of a study of the effects of GlaxoSmithKline’s notorious Urabe strain version of MMR, Pluserix, after it was suddenly withdrawn from public use in 1992.

The Goldacre dynasty seems to be one of several with on-going connections and strange family ties with the MMR affair. It read like Who’s who- list of corrupt Pharma family ties, including:

Dr Evan Harris, the former MP…is the son of paediatrician Prof Frank Harris who sat on the Committee on Safety in Medicines and the adverse reactions to vaccine committee

Paul Nuki, the Sunday Times features editor, who hired journalist Brian Deer to investigate Andrew Wakefield with the statement “I need something big on MMR” was the son of Prof George Nuki who was on the Committee on Safety of Medicines when MMR…

•  The Davis brothers Sir Crispin and Sir Nigel. Sir Crispin was CEO of Reed Elsevier, publishers of the Lancet… was also a non-executive director of MMR defendants GlaxoSmithKline, and Sir Nigel was the High Court judge who upheld the Legal Services Commission to withhold funding from the MMR case a week later without disclosing a family connection to the case… He neither disclosed his GSK directorship or his brother’s judicial involvement in the case.

•  James Murdoch CEO of News International, publishers of the Sunday Times joined the board of GlaxoSmithKlein…This was immediately followed by renewed “overkill” type attacks in Times newspapers on Andrew Wakefield by Brian Deer and others.

It goes on and on. Most embarrassing is showing Benny boys site for selling ‘anti quack T-shirts and mugs’ cheap crap (vomit here). Did I say childish? Who is ever going to take someone playing that kind of cheap gimmick seriously???

Like I say, badly bruised this month, and I don’t think the back to school pranks are going to make it any better.

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