July 2015 in review: part 1

There have been a good number of tweets on the #WDDTY hashtag highlighting bonkers claims in the July 2015 edition of WDDTY, so lets take a quick whistle-stop tour through its pages.

We dealt with the cover stories yesterday. Page 2 is (as usual) a full-page “we’ll never take advertising” advert for Altrient, which appears to be in competition with homeopathy as their strapline is “nothing compares to Altrient”. They lead with a “33% increase in skin firmness” cream, high dose vitamin C (perfect for enriching your urine) and “high performance” glutathione, which, you will be pleased to hear, may support optimal overall health (quackvertising code for: there is no credible evidence that it does), supports a number of fad diets, and contains no gluten or GMOs. WDDTY seems quite happy for the drugs it likes to be oversold with vague and inflated claims, it seems.

The editorial is titled The Quantum Cook, which is not, as it would appear n the face of it, an outing for Lynne McTaggart’s unhinged quantum flapdoodle, but an obituary for former contributor Annemarie Colbin. Ms. Colbin, held up as an exemplar of healthy cooking, suffered heart failure at the age of 72. Never fear, though, McTaggart finds a way to pin it on the doctors:

Annemarie began complaining of heart failure and, although generally suspicious of conventional medicine, she was persuaded to undergo open-heart surgery. She had a stroke on the operating table and never fully recovered. After a second stroke this year, she died at 72.

Another “Death By Medicine” because as we all know heart failure is natural and therefore harmless, so it’s the operations that kill you.

Pages 4 and 5 are content-free contents pages and page 6 is the rogues’ gallery. The current panel is:

  • Dr. John Mansfield, peddler of worthless and dangerous chelation therapy for heart disease.
  • Dr. Damien Downing, who promotes “ecological medicine“, chelation for autism – a quack treatment that recently led to Dr Philips Idahosa surrendering his medical license -and breast thermography, a less accurate alternative to mammography for those who want to miss more tumours and get more false positives.
  • Dr. Melvyn Werbach, who promotes food cures.
  • Janet Balaskas, a promoter of birth practices that may be – ahem – unwise.
  • Dr Patrick Kingsley, the no-longer-GMC-registered vitamin magnate and nutrition woo peddler.
  • Dr Harald Gaier, who is not a registered physician and practices virtually anything as long as it’s not evidence-based.
  • Dr. Jonathan Wright, an American practitioner of the ultimate scam, longevity treatments.
  • Craig Sams, organic food magnate.
  • Dr. Jean Munro, of the non-wonderful Breakspear Hospital.
  • Dr. Michael Odent, a natural birth, er, pusher.
  • Dr Sarah Myhill, the notorious differently-correct vaccination and autism woo peddler.
  • Sally Bunday, who runs a group dedicated to proving that food additives cause ADHD.

The letters on page 7 include a group of flat-earthers in Bedford fighting the pollution of our precious bodily fluids; plaudits for America’s quack, “Dr”. Mercola; “informed vaccine choice” (i.e. anti-vaccination lies); and an appeal against animal testing. Presumably the writer would be happy to undergo chemotherapy herself in order to save the poor furry creatures.

Page 8 is the “upfront” section, where WDDTY normally puts things that aren’t actually wrong, as such, probably in order to lull suspicion before they suck people into the cesspit of woo. Walk around a bit, Drink water instead of sweetened beverages. You know – those things your doctor tells you. Do the French live longer because the fat / heart disease theory is wrong, as WDDTY favourite Zoë Harcombe claims? Or is it the cheese? A new obscure study settles the question finally and for ever until next month. And being grateful reduces heart disease. We can be grateful for that at least.

Page 9 credulously reports that “homeopathy eases pain in cancer patients 10 fold” based on a story in a quackery journal. Spoiler: it’s the talking. It tells us why apples and green tea prevent cancer (if you’re a rat), and a rehash of the fatuous story from earlier this year claiming that doctors don’t believe newborns feel pain and equating a lack of pain management guidelines with a lack of pain management. WDDTY do like to repeat content in this way, but I’m sure it’s not padding to fill the space their advertisers are deserting.

On page 10 we find that two cups of coffee can prevent breast cancer recurrence: here we’re almost into the territory of the Daily Mail oncological ontology project, such is their schizophrenic approach to the demon miracle bean. We also find that midnight snacks cause breast cancer unless it’s red lettuce in which case – well, you can guess the rest.

To be continued…

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