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In “The Cure Within,” her splendid history of mind-body medicine, Anne Harrington tries to explain why we draw connections between emotions and illness, and helps trace how today’s myriad alternative and complementary treatments came to be. A professor and chairman of the history of science department at Harvard, Harrington has produced a book that desperately needed to be written.
Snake Oil Science:
The Truth about Complementary
and Alternative Medicine
by R. Barker Bausell
Millions of people worldwide swear by such therapies as acupuncture, herbal cures, and homeopathic remedies. Indeed, complementary and alternative medicine is embraced by a broad spectrum of society, from ordinary people, to scientists and physicians, to celebrities such as Prince Charles and Oprah Winfrey.
In the tradition of Michael Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things and Robert Parks's Voodoo Science, Barker Bausell provides an engaging look at the scientific evidence for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and at the logical, psychological, and physiological pitfalls that lead otherwise intelligent people--including researchers, physicians, and therapists--to endorse these cures.
The book's ultimate goal is to reveal not whether these therapies work--as Bausell explains, most do work, although weakly and temporarily--but whether they work for the reasons their proponents believe. Indeed, as Bausell reveals, it is the placebo effect that accounts for most of the positive results.
He explores this remarkable phenomenon--the biological and chemical evidence for the placebo effect, how it works in the body, and why research on any therapy that does not factor in the placebo effect will inevitably produce false results. By contrast, as Bausell shows in an impressive survey of research from high-quality scientific journals and systematic reviews, studies employing credible placebo controls do not indicate positive effects for CAM therapies over and above those attributable to random chance.
Here is not only an entertaining critique of the strangely zealous world of CAM belief and practice, but it also a first-rate introduction to how to correctly interpret scientific research of any sort. Readers will come away with a solid understanding of good vs. bad research practice and a healthy skepticism of claims about the latest miracle cure, be it St. John's Wort for depression or acupuncture for chronic pain.
Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine
by Dr. Richard P. Sloan, PhD
Blockbuster New Book tackling the thorny issues about religion, prayer and medicine. If you've been told that you have an incurable illness, and that prayer will help --- think again.
This book will open your eyes. Dr. Sloan is a professor at the Columbia University School of Medicine and he introduces us to the major players in this new area of Christian evangelism. The studies purporting to show any health benefits from going to church or "being religious" are all so flawed as to render them useless. Using his epidemiological knowledge, Sloan carefully shows the reader how one should analyze claims from the media and claims in journals that purport to show a connection between religious behavior and improved health.
Tim Bolen's interview with Christine McPhee on The Touch of Health
March 11, 2000
Touch of Health pushes quack AIDS and Cancer cures
WIC radio talk show host, Christine McPhee, is angry at me because she doesn't like anyone to have the right to complain, or interfere with the content of her oft maligned radio show known as The Touch of Health. Well, I wonder why, too.
Journalists' codes of ethics demand that they accept criticism and do everything they can to respond to the complaint. Well, I've complained many times over the last year to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and they have done bupkas about McPhee, and her steady parade of medical and psychiatric quacks with their mega vitamins, chelation therapies, remote healing, and $10 urine tests to diagnose adrenal insufficiency, not to mention the barrage of anti-vaccine chiropractors and dentists that she works with hand in cheek to help them promote their practices and dangerous ideas, all in the name of corporate profit.
Christine's started with a quick word about the Total Health 2000 show on March 18-19 at the Toronto Convention Centre. Of course her show had the ridiculous disclaimer about consulting your own doctor, heard under the loud music at the introduction to the show. This week's show was from a Wholesale Vitamin Outlet in Markham.
CM: ....it's Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They'll have 42 international guests that will be there. Let's go over them very quickly:
Majid Ali will be there. He's a surgeon-allergist and immune specialist. He's going to be talking about fibromyalgia reversal of dysfunctional oxygen metabolism and recovery and that will be on Sunday. He will also be speaking about chelation therapy.
There will be Paul Cutler who will also speak about chelation.
Here's an interesting doctor coming up. In the Washington Post will be printing him on March 12th - the front page. A Tulsa, Oklahoma doctor, Davis will be there. He's a controversial AIDS researcher. Dr. Davis is the developer or, LISTEN TO THIS, a GOAT serum to fight AIDS. So he'll be talking about his antibody formula and how it arrests HIV cells. And his lecture will be Saturday at 10:15, and also Sunday at 1:30.
I'm sure that you can probably pick up tapes or any further information. Let me give you that phone number at 416-490-0986 for further information about the convention or guest speakers.
Total Health 2000
Gary Davis sends his goat serum to Canada to treat a 12 year old child because the Canadian government lets him do it. He's an Afro-American Dartmouth graduate, Navy trained GP from a Tulsa, Oklahoma and he comes up with a miracle to cure AIDS.
You can make an appointment or call his office to ask him about how you can also be included in his goat serum study.
FDA Safety Alert December 22, 2000. Don't forget to ask why the FDA said that his stuff was dangerous.
It's Tim Bolen time - For lack of a better term he's the publicist for Hulda Regehr Clark
And furthermore, we're going to talk more about some of the guest speakers that are going to be there. One of the controversial DOCTORS will be there, doctor Hulda Clark, and best to represent her is public relations manager Tim Bolen.
Tim Bolen is on the line with me.
CM: Tim Hello......(long pause) Tim will you be able to tell me about Hulda Clark, and about her purpose and what she's gonna be discussing in her lecture at the Total Health conference. TB: Dr. Hulda Clark, a 71 year old MEDICAL researcher, conducting her own research now out of her research facility in Tijuana, Mexico will be a speaker there for one hour at 3:00. Dr. Clark is the author of 4 pretty important books. I call them BLOCKBUSTERS. The first being the Cure for All Cancers, and then the Cure for HIVand AIDS, the Cure for All Diseases, and her last and very important book, the Cure for Advanced Cancers.
Dr. Clark operates on the theory that there is something wrong in our environment, and if we can keep our bodies cleaned out Chris, clean it out and keep it cleaned out that we wouldn't have these problems with diseases.
She has a huge world-wide following, and those people that pick up her protocol from one of her books and DO WHAT SHE SAYS TO THE LETTER, are having AMAZING SUCCESS in getting rid of various types of diseases, with primarily cancers. She has a big following in the cancer community. People have tried everything else, or course now they're on their way.
CM: Listen Tim, this is definitely not accepted by mainstream medicine. How come doctors or medical doctors don't accept this, and have they challenged her research or any of her findings? TB: Well, no one of any importance has challenged her research. She has put it out there for anybody who wants to, to take a look at what she's doing, and to go ahead and question it in a scientific manner and is prepared to discuss it with any LEGITIMATE organization. And she has't been criticized by any LEGITIMATE ORGANIZATION.
A few CRACKPOT ORGANIZATIONS, which you'll find on the internet have come forward to say STRANGE THINGS ABOUT HER. But, they don't back up any of their complaints with ANY SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES or ANY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.
Now, one has to understand that doctor Clark spent 50 some years in research in the United States' university system, retiring from the University of Indiana where she and her team had been doing both AIDS and cancer research. This is a woman who has the proper PhD, she has the proper background for research. And I frankly know she knows what she's talking about. I believe in her research completely, and I think that what she is, this is the future of medicine right now!
She's not alone in this either Chris. Many people out there in, what is known as the alternative community, are looking at exactly what Clark is looking at from different viewpoints, and I think that this is the future of health in North America, right here with Clark and others who thinks like she does. As far as I'm concerned there's a health hero of the year 2000. They're going to take us into the next millenium without cancer, and I think that's important.
CM: Now, Dr. Clark was arrested on warrant charges in San Diego in September 20, 1999. How does that bring any merit to her at all?
TB: That was an unusual one as I said. THERE ARE SOME FORCES OUT THERE WHO DON'T WANT TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS. I believe that, and I think that's pretty much what happened.
September 20th Dr. Clark was picked up by the FBI in San Diego, her residence on a fugitive warrant from Indiana, to everyone's surprise. It seems that 7 years earlier, when she had retired from the University of Indiana, she went out and done her own research protocol involving HIV and AIDS, and was looking for people who had tested HIV positive, asked them to go through a 6 week protocol, and they had gone back down to the laboratory after 6 weeks. Frankly they were testing HIV negative, which was pretty much being whatever that means. The State showed up wondering what she was doing. She was just about finished with that because there weren't that many AIDS patients there.
--- Folded up her tent, retired and to California and Tijuana and never heard any more, until as such time that her books became popular. Then suddenly they issued a warrant.
What' interesting is that the prosecutor who had issued that warrant had recently married the woman investigator from the case 7 years earlier. Uhm and she couldn't get anybody else to prosecute. When we exposed that in the media, the prosecutor had to resign, and the judge has resigned. It's a big scandal in Indiana, Chris, as it should be.
CM: Wow. Well listen, thanks very much. When is she going to be at the lecture? TB: She'll be there at 3:00 on Saturday, her lecture time, and she's holding a Syncrometer seminar the next day for several hours teaching about her Syncrometer, which is an analysis tool. And by 3:00 on Saturday, you can catch her there in the big room, and we expect a huge crowd.
She will have a booth there for her books, and we are arranging some book signings. Her supporters is a huge support group of supporters in Canada, and they're all welcome to meet with her and get their picture taken, and I'll be there right along side of her, so Chris stop by so we can meet.
CM: Thanks very much Tim. WE URGE EVERYBODY TO PURSUE GOOD HEALTH, blending wisely the use of alternative health practices with conventional medicine, and make the best of both worlds.
Hulda Clark's publicist Patrick Timothy ("Tim") Bolen's attack on Dr. Terry Polevoy
In August 2000, a concerted effort was apparently hatched by certain individuals to destroy the professional career of one of Canada's leading experts on cancer quackery, Dr. Terry Polevoy of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
The barrage began with a group of e-mails from Tim and Jan Bolen's address that were directed to the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario). The date of the Bolen e-mails was August 12, 2000.
Either Tim Bolen came up with the idea, or was directed by Hulda Clark to do it, or he was doing it on behalf of Christine McPhee, a radio talk-show host here in Canada who had recently been ousted from her Saturday afternoon alternative radio show, The Touch of Health.
Bolen had been a guest on McPhee's show to promote the wacko cancer treatments and theories of Hulda Clark after she had been arrested in California. When complaints were made about the content of some of McPhee's shows over the previous year, it is possible that McPhee got together with Bolen to plan the attack against Polevoy.
On August 16, 2000Christine McPhee's letter arrived at the CPSO headquarters with exactly the same wording as Tim and Jan Bolen's e-mails.
E-mails followed from many others over the next 11 days including Richard Copeland, Craig Zee, Gordon Corp., Sharon Birzvilkis, Jeanne Gagne, Todd Gastaldo, and Julian Winston. Gerald Foye sent a letter from California where both Dr. Polevoy and Dr. Stephen Barrett were accused of being "either unbalanced fanatics or the attraction of subversive finances to support their affairs is greater than their moral conscience".
Todd Gastaldo, a chiropractor who has a history of behaving badly on the internet, sent a disjointed e-mails about chiropractic to the CPSO, and accused Dr. Polevoy of being a murderer. I believe that his psychiatrist in Oregon is still looking after his needs to this very day.
More lies and personal attacks triggered by Tim Bolen and Christine McPhee
Tim Bolen's infamous "Sleazy Quackbuster Scam" post is still up - Sept 19, 2000
"I have a “project” North American health freedom fighters can get their teeth into. Read this article - get angry - and then get involved. It’s all explained here - and the reasons to get involved are obvious. And, we made it easy... It is all done on the internet.
The “Touch of Health Radio Show” with Christine McPhee was shut down the other day by Canadian Radio Executives acting under FALSE information provided to them by the “Quackbusters.” It was the biggest “Alternative Medicine” show in Canada. We need to get the show back on the air - and the “quackbusters” need to get smacked hard..."
"IT IS TIME TO PUSH AND SHOVE - and find out who is behind Barrett, Polevoy, and the others - and give them the bill for what they’ve done to North Americans."
"Don’t get me wrong, lots of people have successfully defended against them - beaten back the attack - so to speak. But no one, so far, has made the attackers themselves, bleed, or wish they had adopted some other life activity. No one has made the attackers pay for what they’ve done, and do, every day, to the people of North America.
IT IS TIME FOR THAT. And, I’m about to tell you how to do that - how you can help begin the smashing of the conspiracy, the destruction of the plotters, and help save the lives of millions of North Americans who are now being denied first-rate health care because of those conspirator’s activities."
"In Polevoy’s attack on McPhee, first he tried to shut her down with scare tactics; stalking, and intimidation techniques. Polevoy followed McPhee for months from place to place, peering and peeping at her from concealment, but letting her know by e-mail afterwards that he was there... Terrified, McPhee called in the police - who visited Polevoy with some very pointed questions."
THE ACTIVE SOLUTION:
Five things need to be done by health activists, not just by Canadians, but from around the world. All can be done on the internet. All five of these things need to be done by each and every supporter, and they need to be done all at once. Sample e-mails are at the end of this instruction.
(1). A complaint with the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons about Polevoy's activities. Those activities involve several issues.
(a). His STALKING (make sure you use the word "stalking") of Canadian radio personality Christine McPhee. Emphasize his actions of "following her around" to her radio show sites. Make sure you say that she had to call the police to get him to stop following her - and that the police kept two uniformed officers on site for some time, to deal with Polevoy. Mention the fact that you have heard that there were "others" (and there are) he followed (but you don't know their names). When they investigate they'll get those names.
(b). His "hate" website, which was completely inappropriate behavior for a man using the term "MD" after his name (professional misconduct). Emphasize the fact that Polevoy's website attacks drags down the medical profession as a whole. Make a big deal that his "hate" website was so offensive, and Polevoy was so "out there," that his Internet Service Provider finally took his site down at 3:30 PM on July 4th, 2000 - permanently. Mention his connection with the subversive “quackbuster” organization.
(c). His website is, and was, so virulent, that it brings into question Polevoy's mental state. Ask the question "Does the College of Physicians and Surgeons have an obligation to protect the public from those in a state of mental disorder?
(d) Ask the question "Considering that Polevoy's actions were public for some time, why haven't you acted before to stop this MD's professional misconduct?"
(2). An “Urgent” complaint to the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) about the radio network taking Christine McPhee off the air, allegedly, because of Polevoy's lies and misrepresentations.
Emphasize that this is a significant “Canadian social issue” in which the radio network, without any investigation on their own, has taken the side of the “allopaths.” Emphasize that Polevoy and Marchuk, lied, and/or misrepresented facts, in their complaints - and that the radio stations did no investigations of the actual facts. Emphasize that the radio stations that made the decision to remove “Alternative Health” from Canadian Broadcasting have a financial interest in the issue (they own the MD shows).
Include, in the complaint, a description of Polevoy and his "hate" website. Send a copy of the complaint to the radio stations, and the networks and the station owners. This is a "restraint of freedom of speech issue, and a balance issue." Ask the CRTC to “Remove the license of any Canadian radio station which does not do “balanced” broadcasting in this significant social and political issue. Send a copy to the local newspaper.
(3). (a). A complaint the CBSC exactly like the one above, plus below...
(b). Complain to the CBSC that they, themselves, have apparently failed in their mission to “inform their member broadcasters of significant social issues.”
(4). A complaint to the station owners - same as above...
(5). Send a copy of the above complaints to all Ontario MPs. Make sure you send a cover e-mail that states that the Ontario College of Physicians has been aware of Polevoy’s activities for some time, and has obviously chosen not to discipline him. This, in itself, shows the OPSC’s tacit approval of Polevoy and his activities - if not their own involvement.
IAHF.COM - August 19, 2000This post is still on their web site, and it has encouraged people in great detail how to contact Trueman Tuck of Belleville, Ontario and file libelous and defamatory complaints against Polevoy and others with the CPSO, the CMA, the Minister of Health and other MPs, the CRTC, the CBSC, the CAB, and radio network executives, to get rid of Polevoy and others who oppose alternative medicine and who they blame for McPhee's show being
"banned from Canadian airwaves".
"The people who got her banned are arch enemies of health freedom and must be exposed all over the world. Please forward this to more people. Anyone can get on the IAHF email list by sending email to ........
or via the listbot menu on the IAHF website at http://www.iahf.com "
Christine McPhee files false report with the Waterloo Regional Police
On March 17, 2000 the Waterloo Regional Police, acting on complaints from Christine McPhee and possibly others, completed their investigation of Dr. Terry Polevoy. Two detectives arrived at his house in the evening to interview him and then rendered their conclusion that there was absolutely no basis for the complaints filed.
Terry Polevoy's Declaration re: Tim Bolen, Hulda Clark et. al. lawsuit
Patrick Timothy Bolen, aka Tim Bolen, and his wife Jan, made certain false allegations in various e-mails, on web sites, and in posts on the internet about myself and others. None of these allegations have any basis in fact. They are defamatory. He orchestrated a campaign to take my medical license away, and to destroy me personally and professionaly. He consorted with others to do the same. He also made personal threats against me, and encouraged others to do physical harm to myself and others.
Public fed weekly two-hour infomerical for unproven remedies
Toronto radio listeners interested in alternative solutions to health problems have one less outlet since Talk 640 yanked the Saturday-afternoon The Touch Of Health show hosted by Christine McPhee. With nasty accusations flying on both sides, the demise of McPhee's infomercial raises questions about the role of scientific verification in the natural health field and the problem of conflict of interest in ads dressed up as programming.
McPhee is adamant that her show "consisted of information of high calibre." Many of the guests who appeared were "credible, informative and back up their information," she assures me.
But that's not what her antagonist, doctor Terry Polevoy, believes. He has made it his mission to discredit purveyors of what he sees as bogus remedies.