Respectful Insolence

Midweek reading

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to write much for today. Fortunately, this gives me the perfect opportunity to remedy a situation in which I’ve been remiss. As you know, Kathleen Seidel has been tirelessly exposing the dubious science promoted by Mark and David Geier, who advocate using Lupron to shut of sex hormone synthesis as a means of “treating” autism by “making chelation therapy more effective.” She’s posted much more since I last referenced her.

The advantage of my not having much time is that you can read the results of her investigations directly without my extensive commentary. So, please, dive in. Below are the latest updates in the saga:


Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Four): On Questionable Terms
. Kathleen describes how the Geiers’ terminology has evolved in response to valid scientific criticism, from “precocious puberty” (a very specific diagnosis) to a more vague and fuzzy “hyperandrogenicity.”

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Five): Testimony of the Faithful. Kathleen describes how the Lupron protocol is being sold through testimonials of True Believers.

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Six): Desperation Time. I don’t know how Kathleen did it, but she transcribed an entire interview with Dr. Mark Geier on late night conspiracy radio.

Significant Misrepresentations: Mark Geier, David Geier & the Evolution of the Lupron Protocol (Part Seven): The Citations Are Not What They Seem. Kathleen publishes a nice debunking of the Geiers’ claim that mercury binds testosterone in physiologic conditions, and also describes in detail their misuse of citations.

And there’s more to come!

Comments

  1. #1 TheProbe
    July 26, 2006

    AFAIAC, the competition for the Pulitzer of the Blogosphere is over, and all bloggers should be prepared to wait for next year.

    If the DOJ does not use Kathleen’s research to end Geier’s nefarious career as a hired courtroom gun, then the DOJ should be fired.

  2. #2 Bronze Dog
    July 26, 2006

    I linked there, too. You-know-who showed up, and it’s troll season at my blog, for those of you interested in that sort of thing.

  3. #3 Shygetz
    July 26, 2006

    The sad thing is, if some scientist took the time and effort to prove that testesterone does not bind mercury under biologically relevant conditions, they probably couldn’t get it published anywhere.

  4. #4 Bartholomew Cubbins
    July 26, 2006

    Shygetz, you forget the journal of negative results.

    he he

  5. #5 clone3g
    July 26, 2006

    BC: Shygetz, you forget the journal of negative results.

    Now there’s a niche market journal. I thought it would be an Onion sponsored site but it looks real. Open Access too, go figure. Why won’t people pay to read about what we didn’t find?