Highly trained medical leeches

The Guardian calls out celebrities who made scientifically illiterate statements in 2008:

Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey and Demi Moore all espoused the idea that you can detoxify your body with either diet (scientifically unsupportable) or, in the case of Moore, products such as “highly trained medical leeches” which make you bleed. Scientists point out that diet alone cannot remove toxins and that blood itself is not a toxin, and even if it did contain toxins, removing a little bit of it is not going to help.


  1. #1 Miguel
    December 29, 2008

    Some of the reader comments are even dumber than those of the celebrities:

    Big-Pharma is not your friend and scientists are not your saviors. I was one of the first to openly oppose the idea of Global Warming as quack science and it an analyses of their procedures easily shows (taking data from less than 100 years ago for example).

    Vaccines have everything to do with Autism, and studies that have claimed to refute this are suspiciously funded by the organizations who benefit the most from the recurring revenue associated with mandatory accination/

    There is a connection between the MMR injection but they cannot admit it as the people who produce it will suffer much loss of money. I always say the truth will out but it will be too late for many parents who have had thier children vaccinated and now they have autism.

    And what the heck are “highly trained medical leeches”, and how do you train them?

  2. #2 Jack01
    December 29, 2008

    I’m looking forward to seeing “Highly trained medical leeches” develop as an internet meme.

  3. #3 Snark
    December 31, 2008

    Any day now we’re going to see leeches blogging about how exhausted they are by the end of the semester, and where they should do their postdocs, etc. . .

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