Almost two years ago now I wrote a blog post about Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor / Not a Doctor / Quack Extroadinairre who had used non-legal threats towards WordPress to shut down a science bloggers blog after the person dared write a post which rightfully called Christopher Maloney a quack.
At the time, Christopher Maloney was throwing out threats of lawsuits left right and centre, and twisting anything and everything he possibly could to make it falsely look like he was being persecuted. Not long after this, all news on him died off and this was the last the blogosphere heard. This wasn’t the end of his actions though.
I should have spoken up earlier. It’s currently 6pm in Western Australia, Meryl Dorey is setting up for her talk at the State Library of WA. As a believer in science and reality based medicine, I am disappointed this is going ahead. I am also glad.
When Meryl first announced her talk in Perth at the Uniting Church in The City, many people from the StopAVN group contacted them to let them know the reality behind the Australian Vaccination Network, what they really stood for and would really be talking about. UCiTC were shocked, and decided in the end to cancel the booking.
The Australian Vaccination Network then looked around and lined up a new venue, the State Library of Western Australia. They told Meryl they often have controversial groups talk, so would not cancel. True to their word, once contacted by StopAVN members they responded in a similar way and allowed the talk to continue. Read more…
Australia’s Anti Vaccination group, the Australian Vaccination Network are doing a seminar tomorrow in Perth. They like to claim they give parents both sides of the vaccination “debate” to “let them decide”, a statement I covered in yesterday’s post. However, I am yet to see them give any positive information on vaccines. As a matter of fact, the only information I have seen from them on vaccines has been completely wrong. This is quite disturbing for a group who claims to be the “vaccination watchdog”, and run by someone who claims to be “the leading expert in Australia on vaccines”.
Also as I said yesterday, you cannot give information and misinformation on equal platters and ask people to decide for themselves. That’s just unproductive and dangerous as it gives people the false impression that the misinformation is justified and supported. So, to counter the misinformation and blatant lies by the AVN in tomorrow’s seminar, a website has been launched specifically to correct the AVN’s incorrect claims. Read more…
What happened is a student dared to criticise him on his blog and referred to Christopher Maloney as being a quack. Rather than ignore it as most people would do, or dispute it in the comments as many others would do, Christopher Maloney and his friend Andreas Moritz (a cancer quack) instead went to wordpress (the hosts of this blog) and threatened them with legal action if they didn’t completely shut down the blog in question. Read more…
A man and his six year old son sit down in front of the TV one Saturday afternoon and turn it on. An old black and white western is showing. The father sits back and enjoys, while the child watches with intrigue. A gentleman with an elaborately painted cart enters the screen and starts making boasts about a new medicine he has that will “cure what ails ya”. A clearly sick person at the back of the newly gathered but inquisitive crowd wanders up and takes a sip of the salesman’s elixir.
Within minutes, the sick person’s face is clearing, voice is becoming less hoarse and energy is filling his body. He buys two bottles of the elixir and wander off happily as the crowd behind him suddenly fill with excitement and start clamoring to be the next customer. The sheriff then turns up, settles the crowd, shames them by telling them this man is nothing more than a snake-oil salesman and sends him out of town to the sound of boos and hisses.
Son: Dad, what’s snake oil?
Father: Well son, many a year ago men like that used to wander from town to town selling fake cures. That first person who came up was actually in league with the salesman, a friend, acting and pretending to get cured.
Son: So the oil of snakes has no affect?
Father: No son. It was all a scam.
Son: Wow dad, how did they fall for it?
Father: Medicine back then wasn’t what it is today. There were many many more things it couldn’t cure or help with, and communication was also much slower which gave these people the ability to wander from one town to the next before word of their fraudulent activity could be passed on. Today though, people are much smarter and medicine is much better.
Son: *laughing* Yeah, nobody would be silly enough to fall for that today.