And if a lot of people actually take charlatan Kevin Trudeau seriously, we’ll be seeing a lot of dead people. Stupid, dead people. Christopher Wanjek and Orac take down the fraud Kevin Trudeau’s new book More Natural Cures Revealed. Writes Wanjek:
Bacteria and viruses don’t cause disease, which is why you don’t “catch” cancer or diabetes; disease is caused by an imbalance of vital energy. Here Trudeau mixes the concept of communicable and non-communicable disease. First, Trudeau needs to visit Uganda with his balanced vital energy and avoid malaria. This denial of pathogens as the cause of many diseases is an insult to humanity. Second, it is possible to catch some forms of cancer; the human papilloma virus can lead to cervical cancer.’
Quite a few of Tara’s readers couldn’t believe it when she discussed people who don’t believe that microbes are the primary cause of infectious disease, but here it is in bold for all the world to see in a book that will likely sell millions of copies, as its predecessor did. Disorders in the “humors” or “imbalances of vital energies” were what people believed to cause disease hundreds of years ago, before Pasteur postulated the germ theory of disease. Such “causes” are from pre-scientific societies that haven’t yet uncovered enough of the biology of diseases to learn their causes. The success of modern medicine derives from understanding as much as possible the mechanisms of disease.
This idiocy is worse than creationism, if such a thing is possible. If people actually take Trudeau seriously, and refuse medical treatment and vaccination, people will die. Because infectious diseases are involved, people other than the complete fucking morons who don’t accept the germ theory will also become sick or die. This could become a public health nightmare.