A splendid fisking by Mike Stanton (@Convivir) of WDDTY’s latest nonsensical piece on autism, the quack target du jour for pretty much every jour since Andy Wakefield’s fraudfest. Numerous other hot buttons of the SCAM community are also present.
This is a short piece that perfectly exemplifies the WDDTY approach.
Chinese herb reverses chronic back problems
A Chinese herbal medicine may reverse chronic back problems by improving movement, repairing damage and reducing inflammation, say researchers.… Read more
See how, within the first paragraph, we’ve gone from “reverses” to “may reverse”?
Second to cancer, autism is probably the greatest focus of pseudomedical nonsense right now. Projects such as “Age of Autism”, the notorious “Autism One” conference, the execrable Jenny McCarthy and homeopath Tinus Smits’ “CEASE therapy” are only a tiny handful of the dozens – hundreds – of examples of autism woo.
WDDTY is trumpeting a new “study” which fits not only their autism woo agenda but also Lynne McTaggart’s nonsensical beliefs in the power of “intention”.
It’s published in a pseudojournal edited by a parapsychology believer. But it mentions intention, so clearly it is peerless wisdom.
. WDDTY calls itself a medical journal, and while its editors claim in interviews and on Facebook that they don’t give health advice they paradoxically spend a lot of time telling you about all the health advice in their magazine and on their website. Now, any reputable journal will have some sort of mechanism for correcting errors. Everybody makes mistakes, or research that initially looks promising fails to pan out, and if you’re giving health advice it’s important that if you do make a mistake you correct it, otherwise people can get hurt. Even the tabloid newspapers will issue the occasional correction, albeit as grudging and buried as they feel they can get away with, but WDDTY’s editors claim to aspire to the highest journalistic standards. They’d surely be better than this, wouldn’t they?
Well, it seems not. Up to now, I’ve only had access to the last couple of dozen issues of the magazine, but based on that sample I’ve not noticed a single case of corrective action being taken. Not one…
In other news...
- WDDTY on detox
WDDTY mentions of detox (from a search at wddty.com)
- Exercise and detox Most studies into exercise and detox do not take into account the individual detoxification capacity of each of us. Neve… more » Cover Story
- DETOX Our ability to detoxify is as unique as our fingerprints more » Cover Story
- Detox Our ability to detoxify is as unique as our fingerprints more » Story
- D is for Detox Here are the ABCs (and Ds) of how to have a good clear-out— and why it’s crucial for health more » Cover Story
- Heavy metal detox Q) Could you recommend any natural ways to rid the body of heavy metals?
- WDDTY on depression
WDDTY makes some predictably reckless claims about depression, a serious condition which, if neglected, can destroy (both metaphorically and literally) the life of the sufferer and those around him or her. The NHS has information on the symptoms of clinical depression here… Read more, with a simple test anyone can do.
- Academics paid by drug companies to whip-up media health scares
Perhaps the awareness campaign exposing the dangerous lies and disinformation in a magazine that is being sold in newsagents and supermarkets under the false flag of “health” is starting to hurt. The WDDTY team have been making numerous attacks on their critics over the past couple of months, and it all smells very defensive indeed.… Read more
- WDDTY on HPV vaccine
WDDTY complains that it is unfairly criticised as promoting the claim that the HPV vaccine is a killer, that the HPV vaccine is dangerous and the virus itself unproblematic.
Do these claims stack up?
See for yourself:
The following list is taken from a search of WDDTY.com and has not yet been filtered or validated. … Read more
- WDDTY on HIV/AIDS
(Also posted at Short & Spiky)
The recent article in The Times that caused the Blessed McTaggart to bust a blood vessel and scream CONSPIRACY!!!!! included a quote from the editor of Beyond Positive, a magazine for HIV+ people, condemning the misleading claims in an article entitled “Vitamin… Read more C fights it all, from measles to AIDS”.
- WDDTY on homeopathy
Homeopathy is the purest form of quackery: there is no reason to think it should work, no way it can work, and no evidence it does work other than as a placebo. It defines itself by rejection of allopathy (an archaic precursor to medicine that bears no relation to modern evidence-based medicine… Read more but still epitomises the homeopathic view of doctors).
- WDDTY on glucosamine
Glucosamine is a supplement typically targeted at people suffering from chronic joint pain. Early promising results and low toxicity led to large randomised controlled trials: these comprehensively failed to support any claim of efficacy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs… Read more (NSAIDs) are the current best management of chronic joint pain.
- WDDTY on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a debilitating condition which is at best poorly understood by medical science. Palliative care focuses particularly on cognitive behavioural therapy… Read more, which some sufferers assert is the same as diagnosing it as purely psychosomatic, a characterisation they reject absolutely, insisting that it is a real physical disorder with a real physical cause.
- WDDTY on post-traumatic stress
WDDTY search results for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
The following list is taken from a search of WDDTY.com and has not yet been filtered or validated. Corrections gratefully received via our contact form.
- Don’t sleep on a problem or traumatic experience – it only makes it worse If you have a traumatic experience, don’t sleep on it – it only makes it worse.
- WDDTY on Burzynski
A roundup of WDDTY stories on Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic, all of which are uncritical.
The most important news in recent months is the release of documents by the FDA showing that Burzynski has shredded all the baseline data… Read more for his “trials”.
- WDDTY on vaccines
Lynne McTaggart claims that she is not anti-vaccine
Does this stack up?
Here’s a list of stories on wddty matching “vaccine”. The number is a round hundred, making it likely that search is limited to 100 results.
- Stories supportive of vaccines: 0
- Stories taking a “neither for nor against” stance (false neutrality): 0
- Stories with an anti-vaccine stance: 100
Looks like McTaggart is anti-vaccine after all…