I recently started a thread about the Burzynski Cancer Clinic, and how a supporter of the clinic attacked the author of the skeptical blog the Quackometer in response, fighting facts, evidence, and substantive criticism with vacuous personal attacks and threats. As many of you know, I have my own skeptical blog challenging unproven or bogus claims about alternative veterinary medicine. I have received plenty of hate mail for this in the past, and even some oblique threats about litigation, but today I hit the jackpot in terms of vacuous personal attacks from supporters of an alternative practitioner I had the nerve to criticize.
The full details are in my most recent post, but I’ll give just a brief taste here for those interested in such things.
In early 2010, I wrote a post listing warning signs of quack therapies, and in this post I made brief reference to Dr. Andrew Jones, who has created a successful business marketing books, DVDs, newsletters and other sources of “secret” wisdom about animal health that less enlightened veterinarians don’t want clients to know about. Then in November of last year, I reported that Dr. Jones had been repeatedly sanctioned and fined by the veterinary licensing authorities in British Colombia for unethical and illegal marketing activities. On several occasions he acknowledged these violations in writing and vowed to comply with the authorities’ guidelines, but he repeatedly violated these promises. Eventually, Dr. Jones gave up his veterinary license so that he could continue his aggressive marketing business without being restricted by the rules other veterinarians must follow.
Dr. Jones recently Googled himself and found my article, and while none of the information can possibly be a surprise to him, it apparently hit a nerve.
His response was pretty free of any meaningful content, but his followers have since really gone to town, posting my name and home address on his web site and making comments like the following:
This idiot must not have much to do, or the jam to say who he is. That makes him a weak minded, useless piece of dog poop!
What a spineless excuse for a human being. This person thinks people will believe these lies about you.
This sceptivet sounds suspiciously like another site run by an individual calling themselves ‘scepticat’ or ‘sceptikat’- a highly volatile dictatorial site run by a wannabe megalomaniac. A truly disturbed person with a anger management issue venting via their little site to their own personal herd of sycophants. I would dismiss them like a fly on your arm. Just troubled souls with no purpose.
Just another stooge for corporate interests such as big pharma
Jehovah created all of the real foods & spices for treating specific diseases. It is admirable that some vets as well as medical doctors are returning to the idea that real foods & spices are an alternative to the poisons that big pharmaceuticals invented to increase their profits and destroy their customers.
You are a lying scumbag…… eat dog shit and die !!!! you evil money monger !!!!
I’m not sure I could find better proof that much of alternative medicine is far more like an extreme religious faith than like scientific medicine.