Mike the Mad Biologist

I was going to let the latest Huffington Post idiocy about antibiotics causing cancer go unremarked since Orac slaughtered it, but then I read the comments and became mad. Really Mad. First, this from the book promotion masquerading as an article:

And many people still believe that antibiotics are helpful; we’ve all heard stories of mothers and patients coming close to demanding them. But did you know that antibiotics can cause a great deal of long-term harm in the body? Let me explain…

Yes, we know they can in rare circumstances. That’s why they should be used only to treat bacterial infection. But did you know that untreated sepsis infection can cause organ failure and death? (among other things) The last I checked, these qualify as “a great deal of long-term harm in the body”–particularly that death thing. I’ve heard that’s really bad for you.

facepalm

Ok, onto the enemas. In the comments, the author writes:

Hi jhNY, you are right, body cleansing is not currently part of the standard medical repertoire. Actually, it used to be… Enemas were common practice in American health care until about 60 years ago, when drugs and surgery made a conscious push forward.

Of course, leechcraft was once part of the standard medical repertoire too. Because if I had a raging fever due to a bloodstream infection and was on the verge of organ failure, I would definitely want an enema. I’m sure that would help.

But there’s more:

But many more naturally oriented practitioners feel that it’s pretty much impossible to eliminate problems caused by chemicals and toxins in the body (just look at standard diets and lifestyles), with treatments that add more chemicals to the body. Manage, perhaps… But often with other undesirable side effects, and rarely complete elimination. You don’t need to look too far to see this…

Actually, antibiotics are usually very successful at treating bacterial infections. I don’t know much about ‘toxins.’ Or evil pixies. And while we’re on the subject of bacteria, why does she keep repeating that bacteria “eat” other bacteria and fungi? There are competitive interactions (not that this author would have any idea what a bacteriocin is), but “eating?”

double-facepalm

Why on earth does Huffington print this shit? This is as stupid as flat-earthism. It’s probably dumber than creationism.

No more Huffington Post. Ever.

Comments

  1. #1 JohnV
    April 22, 2009

    Welcome to the club :p

    Also, thanks for the double facepalm picture it made me giggle.

  2. #2 Orac
    April 22, 2009

    It’s probably dumber than creationism.

    There’s no “probably” about it.

  3. #3 Chris
    April 22, 2009

    I assume you missed the oped by Jim Carrey on MMR Vaccines and Autism? More facepalm for you.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html

  4. #4 D. C. Sessions
    April 22, 2009

    No more Huffington Post. Ever.

    Yeah, you say that now. But you know you won’t be able to resist an occasional peek. That’s because the HuffPo on health is an Internet train wreck — you just have to look, even when you know it’s wrong.

    And on that subject, anyone know of a good “train wreck” demotivator?

  5. #5 maryn
    April 22, 2009

    I am very grateful to have “double facepalm” added to my vocabulary.

  6. #6 PalMD
    April 22, 2009

    In fact, they also have an aura reader and a cholesterol denier up at the moment. My head hurts.

  7. #7 Paul Orwin
    April 22, 2009

    Thanks a lot Mike,
    there’s 15m of my life I’ll never get back (by the way, she is saying something even dumber than what you said she said, that cancer is actually Candida albicans infection). Wow, just wow. I guess Barnum was right

  8. #8 drdra
    April 23, 2009

    Oh now I have to go over and look at the trainwreck. The double facepalm was priceless.

  9. #9 Neuroskeptic
    April 25, 2009

    I don’t know, I’ll read HuffPo in the future, but it’s gone from my list of sites I read because it’s good, to my list of sites I read because they make easy targets for my blog. I call the second list “the far side of the shark”.

  10. #10 Max
    April 7, 2011

    “It’s probably dumber than creationism.”

    Too bad there isn’t a god of Pathetic Nihilism to reward you after you die for your frothing hypocritical mockery in service to him and his delusions upon mankind. Marxism and Nihilsm are the most pathetic ironic religions that have ever existed.

  11. #11 NJ
    April 7, 2011

    Max @ 10:

    Too bad there isn’t a god of Pathetic Nihilism to reward you after you die for your frothing hypocritical mockery in service to him and his delusions upon mankind. Marxism and Nihilsm are the most pathetic ironic religions that have ever existed.

    Huh?

  12. #12 Victoria Gugenheim
    April 17, 2011

    I actually think I love you for bringing this idiocy to light in such a geekily apt fashion. Bravo!!