News for June 2017

Some of our more assiduous readers may have noticed that the blog has been a little quiet over the last 18 months or so. This is not because The Blessed McTaggart and the rest of the WDDTY magic miracle cure merchants have seen the error of their ways. We wish. If anything, they’re worse than before.

No, we’ve just all had to deal with real life, which includes dodgy servers and people trying very hard to hack the blog. In the latter case: we know who they are, we just don’t know why they’re doing this; therefore (unlike a certain charlatan we all know) we’re not going to point fingers and scream “conspiracy”.

Anyway, we’re still here and we’ll try to at least keep you posted on the latest debunking posts on WDDTY from around the Web. We may even post a bit more ourselves.

We need to warn you that blog taxonomy has been revised, for the simple reason that WDDTY has started numbering their issues from Vol. 01 again. If you can’t find a post, drop us a line in the comments and we’ll dig it out for you.

Debunking “The doctors case for homeopathy” by WDDTY: A case study in critically evaluating internet articles | The Logic of Science

I want to explain the problems with an article found in What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY) titled “The doctors’ case for homeopathy.” This piece is full of misinformation, and it serves as an ideal case study of what I’ve observed to be WDDTY’s typical behavior. Here’s the full list of problems I found with the article, which I will elaborate on below…

Source: Debunking “The doctors case for homeopathy” by WDDTY: A case study in critically evaluating internet articles | The Logic of Science

WDDTY on the anti-vaxx band-waggon

WHAT DOCTORS DON’T TELL YOU (WDDTY) is probably the most vile publication I know. It systematically misleads its readers by alarming news about this or that conventional treatment, while relentlessly promoting pseudoscientific non-sense. This article , entitled “MMR can cause skin problems and ulcers if your immune system is compromised” is a good example (one of a multitude)…

Source: WDDTY on the anti-vaxx band-waggon

Deconstructing Homeopathy Propaganda – Science-Based Medicine

I was recently sent a particular piece of pro-homeopathy propaganda, from a website whose very name is highly biased and misleading, What Doctors Don’t Tell You. The name implies that the medical profession is hiding information from their patients and the public for some nefarious purpose, but the plucky band of rebels who run this website will give you this secret information…

Source: Deconstructing Homeopathy Propaganda – Science-Based Medicine

WDDTY Bingo

We are much indebted to  for finding this little gem and for Chris at osric.com for programming it.

Ladies an’ ginnelmin, we proudly present:

Make your own WDDTY Bingo Cards.

This game can be played wherever sane people foregather to read the latest edition of WDDTY (you seriously don’t expect everyone to buy their own, do you? Even throwing away cash on one copy of this irredeemable drivel breaks our hearts), or watch one of the Great One’s YouTubed speeches, or the latest outpouring on her blog.

HOW TO PLAY

Check over the list of words and phrases and add more if you wish. Print out a set of cards for each player. Decide on how the wildcard square “Blessed Lynne Free Space” should be used. Hit the one person who objects to the majority decision until they shut up.

Read through, or listen to, the immortal prose and cross off the words or phrases as you go.

The winner is the first player to get a full house (card) . What they win should also be decided beforehand, but at worst DIMBLEBOT has some suggestions.

Crying “wolf”

Remember all those tearful posts and editorials about WDDTY being bullied? Well, here’s a crystal clear explanation of what they consider to be bullying.

PS it’s a spoof account, taken over by real human beings when WDDTY – who had been using it for some time – went back to @wddty recently. That is: @_WDDTY is a spoof. The other one is very, very real.

Dental fillings could be causing decay in other teeth

… scream WDDTY on their webshite in a brief post dated Thursday, October 29, 2015:


Dental fillings could be doing as much harm as good. They trigger decay in surrounding teeth in more than 60 per cent of cases, new research has found.

The chances of further decay are worsened by the technique of the dentist, especially if he or she isn’t following the latest practices, and by the oral hygiene of the patient.

One possibility could be that the dentist is damaging surrounding teeth when drilling and preparing the tooth that is to be filled.

In a review of 750 patients who had fillings, 61 per cent had decay in adjoining teeth within five years, researchers from the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials in Oslo discovered. Of these, 30 per cent needed filling.

The researchers said the risk was similar with all types of fillings, including amalgam, gold, glass ionomer, and porcelain.

(Source: Journal of Dentistry, 2015; 43: 1323-29)

All very scary. For once, given WDDTY‘s tendency to muck up the references, the journal and abstract are easy to find: they’re here.

So, are dental fillings per se triggering decay in surrounding teeth? Well, in a word:

NO

Yes, once again WDDTY has totally misrepresented the findings of a study. What the researchers really concluded, in as many words, was:

Conclusions
Both patient- and dentist related variables are risk factors for caries development on approximal surfaces in contact with newly placed Class II composite restorations.

What are these patient-related variables? Dental hygiene, or the lack thereof. But you’d guessed that.

What are these dentist-related variables? Skill and technique, says the study.

I suspect we can add to that: not enough time spent on educating patients, especially the very young, about the necessities of dental hygiene and why fluoride is a good thing. Of course, like most medical professionals, dentists often don’t have much time to spend on prevention. Which is why irresponsible lies and scaremongering by rags like WDDTY is all the more reprehensible: they try to frighten people away from getting proper preventive care and real medical care.

Why don’t doctors tell you dental fillings could be causing decay in other teeth?

Because it’s  exactly as true as saying cars cause car accidents.

Electro-pollution sensitivity and computer mice

Now this is an interesting situation.  We found two posts entitled “Electro-pollution sensitivity” on the WDDTY webshite that start with the same question. Even more curious: both posts are incomplete.

Notorious quackery promotion site Healthy.net to the rescue! We leave you to savour their presentation of the merits of WDDTY and the fuckwittery therein contained on a regular basis:

“The informed consumer is a safer consumer”
The acclaimed monthly publication, What Doctors Don’t Tell You scientifically reviews both conventional and alternative medicine and tells you the truth about both. Below you can search over 5,000 articles by subject from 16 years of WDDTY archives, either alhabetically (sic) by subject or by keyword or phrase.

You may also access key WDDTY articles under “Informed Consumer”, “Special Reports” and “Drug Safety” in the right hand column. Archives include 1991-2006.

It’s alright, you can stop laughing uncontrollably now. We don’t have the issue numbers according to WDDTY’s official Volume/Issue count, but this loonbaggery appears to date from early 2004. Eleven years in science is even longer than a week in politics, but quackery never changes.

Here is the original question:

This woman feels pain in her palm after about a minute of using her computer mouse, and is wondering if she’s experiencing a sensitivity to the electronic impulses, or electro-pollution. Has anyone had a similar experience? Suggestions on how to handle this would be appreciated.

It’s not complicated, is it? We’ve got an obvious case of RSI. How does one cope with RSI?

  • See your doctor, if only to rule out all other possibilities.
  • Take frequent breaks. You should be doing this anyway.
  • Make sure you’re sitting properly. A lot of problems are due to bad position/posture.
  • Try using forearm/wrist supports
  • Explore alternative mice (trackballs, touchscreens…). This includes a mouse that fits your hand properly. Shop around.
  • Explore alternatives to mouse clicking (touchscreens, touchpads…)
  • Try using adjustable keyboards. Sometimes changing the typing angle is all that’s required.
  • Try using other types of alternative keyboards: Dvorak, curved…

AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS  or the doctor starts muttering about surgery:

  • Don’t touch the computer at all

So, what sage advice does WDDTY have for us? Let’s start with the first reply. Sit tight, because there’s some remarkable dumbfuckery  going down:

What Doctors Don’t Tell You © (Issue 179)
Regarding EMF sensitivity, a Q-link necklace can have some benefit…

I looked up Q-link and my immediate reaction was: “obvious frauds”. How else can one respond to such claims as: “(Sympathetic Resonance Technology™) is an array of proprietarily identified frequencies that support and enhance the efficiency and performance of various organic and inorganic systems” and similar Quantumbo-jumbo? Hugely overpriced magic talismans for rich idiots.

Try to minimise things like metal beds, which tend to attract electromagnetic fields. You may need a comprehensive approach of shielding and abatement if there is a lot of sensitivity.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but mice rarely resemble metal beds, even in a darkened room after a night on the tiles. None of this has any bearing on what the poor woman actually has. Quacks aren’t interested in that, of course; they’re interested in trying to sell her as much guff as possible for what she thinks she might have.  This “comprehensive approach” – on top of the ruinous magic amulets, bracelets and… USB keys??? – includes an instruction to:

Check out Roger Tolce’s website.

Roger Tolce is a fully paid-up conspiraloon who claims, for a price, to clear your premises of electronic bugs and wiretaps. He is convinced that voice-to-skull technology is a Thing, which possibly tells you more than you wish to know about his mental health.

However, WDDTY is broad-minded enough not to forget that there are less conventional views out there:

A few readers felt that this problem is more likely a result of mechanical strain, especially if other electronic devices (mobile phones, land phones, hair dryers, etc.) don’t cause a problem.

So what does WDDTY advise for “mechanical strain”, aka RSI?

In that case, take vitamin B complex (this is good for stress too).

Bollocks. Complete and utter bollocks. That’s like telling someone who breaks a bone to eat plenty of oranges. The B vitamins help you digest food properly and contribute to making red blood cells. End.

An osteopath recommends trying another “rodent” – a pointing device that isn’t a mouse, such as a trackball or joystick. The action of gripping the mouse between the thumb and little fingers while moving other fingers on the buttons can often cause a strain, especially if your posture is incorrect, the mouse is too far away, or there is not enough room on your desk.

Stone me: good advice – as far as it goes, which isn’t nearly far enough (see list at top of post for details). Extra minus points for the word “osteopath”.  You’d get the same advice from a systems administrator, and she isn’t a qualified medical professional either. Scrub that, the sysadmin would probably give better advice: it’s a professional injury for her.

There will now follow a short reading from the Second Reply, because it’s frankly insane and unbearably funny.

What Doctors Don’t Tell You © (Issue 181)
A progressive kinesiologist recommends Jane Thurnell-Reads book about Geopathic Stress, which explains how to De-Gauss the body. This is beneficial for people experiencing static shocks, electro-magnetic pollution, headaches and general fatigue, and not only helps with electric type problems such as computers and Playstations, etc. but is also great for people sensitive to plastics. And we live in a world full of plastic and petrochemicals!

Note for the incurably gullible: degaussing is the process of removing/reducing  a magnetic field. Magnetic fields require iron. Our bodies do not contain sufficient iron to be degaussable. Plastics contain no iron at all.

I cannot believe some people think plastic can be magnetic.

Now then, not only should you ensure your mouth is free of drinks or foodstuff while perusing the next part, but we strongly advise you to empty your bladder as a precautionary measure.

To De-Gauss: Use an electric hairdryer, switched on. Run the dryer against your own body, going along the arms, back, front, legs and head, taking care not to get your hair pulled into the motor!

I’m not sure I want details of the unconventional way this person uses a hairdryer, which… Yes, quite right, miss, a hairdryer produces a weak electromagnetic field.

Do this for about five minutes. Wearing special ‘shields’ can also help, but do not suit everyone.

Tinfoil hat

It may sound weird but it is very effective and you feel great afterward. This should be done weekly. Use of the mouse can also aggravate the carpus of the wrist, so wearing your watch strap on that hand and ensuring it is quite tight will also help this problem, as it releases the radius and ulna from spreading with wear and tear and trapping the tendon, which causes pain right up to the neck and into the fingers.

I’m pretty fucking certain that a tight watch-strap would make things worse. You’d be increasing pressure on the median nerve, not relieving it.

You may also want to look into Compensatory Magnetic Oscillation (CMO) by Tecno.

CMO-TecnoI couldn’t find Tecno’s website, but I did find what they sell. It looks like the thing on the right. Apparently it creates a sort of invisible bubble 11 metres across that shields you from Electromagnetic Waves.  All in all, it’s a snip at €99. No evidence required!

More seriously: all in all, this is a litany of stupid and expensive “advice” which could lead to real harm. Surgery for carpal tunnel is neither fun nor cheap, and it carries its own risks, as does any major surgery.  It’s the ultimate resort, when no other treatment is possible,  and it’s a risk you really shouldn’t run when the use of your hand is involved.

This isn’t health advice, in spite of WDDTY’s labelling. It’s health sabotage.

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