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What WDDTY officially didn’t tell you: “homeopathy cures cancer”

"Homeopathy cures cancer" - This absolutely never happened.
This absolutely never happened.

One of the criticisms of WDDTY that Lynne McTaggart rejected is that it promotes homeopathy as a “cure” for cancer.

That excuse was pretty thin the first time round, after the March 2012 advertorial. The November 2013 issue (which kicked off the calls for supermarkets to stop stocking this irresponsible rag) was based in part on advance claims that the November issue would major on a reprise of the same true-believer bullshit.

It did.

The November 2013 issue is utterly uncritical, repeating refuted, irreproducible and speculative claims, quoting PR materials from the Banerji foundation as if they were fact, and generally putting their fingers in their ears and chanting “laa laa I’m not listening” to the numerous debunkings of the nonsense they cite.

Did Lynne McTaggart claim that homeopathy cures cancer? Yes, she did. Did she do this on the basis of evidence that is even remotely credible? No.

Why don’t doctors tell you that homeopathy cures cancer?

Because it’s not true.

What WDDTY officially didn’t tell you: “Vitamin C cures AIDS”

Vitamin C Cannot cure AIDS or polio
This never happened, according to Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart insisted the Press Gazette take down a story because it contained the claim that WDDTY had said “vitamin C cures AIDS”.

The story “Vitamin C and the incurables” was promoted with the image at right. It begins:

Modern medicine retains a 19th-century view of infectious disease. Many of the major viral and bacterial diseases—polio, diphtheria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy and tetanus—are viewed just as they were at the turn of the 20th century—as deadly and largely incurable diseases.

Other than antibiotics for infections of bacterial origin, doctors maintain that the only solution to most serious infection is prevention, which is why many of these diseases are vaccinated against—often with dire consequences.

However, there is a considerable amount of buried evidence in the medical literature that vitamin C is a simple, all-purpose elixir that can cure many of those so-called ‘incurable’ deadly infections.

When McTaggart says “buried”, she means – as usual for peddlers of pseudoscience, quackery, alternatives to medicine and other fringe nonsense – early results that were not borne out by later and more comprehensive study.

The claim that Vitamin C cures AIDS was at the centre of vitamin überquack Patrick HolfordW’s attempts to silence Ben GoldacreW. It is, needless to say, complete bollocks.

Why don’t doctors tell you that Vitamin C cures AIDS?

Because it’s not true.

Welcome to WWDDTYDTY

This website is devoted to everyone’s favourite alternative to a health magazine, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You“.

It will point out the dangerous misinformation and the implausible claims made without a shred of evidence.

It will not be gentle with statements so stupid and false that they can – and in some cases did – kill.

In short, we explain What Doctors Don’t Tell You is bollocks. And this is what What Doctors Don’t Tell You doesn’t tell you.