The helper monkeys down at the Rainbow Co-op have informed me of some more could-be-quackery going down.
It’s not as obvious as Robert Dowling (what could be?) and it could serve as a good little workout for the skeptical part of the brain.
The self-published author Johny Delirious is going to be stopping by with his book, Hepatitis C, Cured.
I was able to get an advance copy, and since it is only 88 pages long, I finished it up during my lunch break. It is a story of one man’s journey through years and years of quackery that didn’t cure him.
Of course, he doesn’t exactly put it like that, but let’s go through some of the things that he tries to cure his Hep C. It’s important to note that modern medical techniques are 50 to 75% effective for this disease – not the “death sentence from a doctor” that “Delirious” claims.
He takes 714-X, even though the quack who created it claims it’s a cancer cure (hey, it also cures AIDS!). And he notices no results.
He goes on Oxygen Therapy (great for the bends) and notices no results.
He buys a hair analysis clinic and tries that.
The man’s life is a chronicle of ineffective psuedo-scientific cures. He hops from one to the next, uncritical of the failures. He goes on to the Gerson Clinic (again, supposedly a cancer cure, but we’ve seen how quacks claim cure-all whenever they can) and – guess what – it doesn’t work.
Finally, (years after his eight month “death sentence”) Mr. “Delirious” goes and gets himself an “oscillating frequency machine” (maybe something like this.) And finally, he’s cured.
He never tells the reader that there is a .5% chance, per year, of spontaneous healing for Hepatitis C. He never tells them that it is a treatable, curable disease (though the treatment is very difficult and rough). He claims faith in his pseudo-cures even as he starts a “support group” and watches his drug-free members die.
Then he gets into the sick part, where he begins blaming the victims for dying. I won’t go into that here, because of the severe distaste it left in my mouth, and because I don’t have the book on hand to show you the exact level he sinks to.
Supposedly, the guy is virus-free. But a lot of his details don’t add up. We need another skeptical action, friends. This graduate of the Clayon “College” is coming to our home turf – and we shouldn’t let him get away with anything less than the Dowling treatment.
Advice? Comments? Post ’em. We’ve got a week.