Angelina Jolie and opportunist quacks: a Hall of Shame

The following individuals have all written misleading, opportunist pieces on Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy. They have used her story as an opportunity to promote their own quackery.

It didn’t take long, did it?

Mike Adams

The Health Danger published a vile article entitled Angelina Jolie inspires women to maim themselves by celebrating medically perverted double mastectomies. This piece was advertising the distinctly dubious New Cancer Solutions CD set and New Cancer Solutions Healing Summit.

This is discussed in more detail by Orac, here.

EDIT 15/05/13 21:10 Adams also published How Angelina Jolie was duped by cancer doctors into self mutilation for breast cancer she never had, also promoting the New Cancer Solutions summit.

Robert O Young

“Dr” Young’s despicable yet ludicrous blogpost was entitled Acids From Lifestyle and Dietary Choice Causes Breast Cancer NOT the BRCA1 GENE. This was followed by a series of Facebook updates and tweets, claiming that Angelina’s decision was “not only sad but unnecessary!” He followed this up with testimonials from his breast cancer patients.

Young is not a doctor and has previously been charged with attempting to practise medicine without a license. He is perhaps best known for claiming to have cured Kim Tinkham of breast cancer. Kim rejected conventional treatment in favour of Young’s “alkalarian” quackery. When it became clear that she was dying, Young shamelessly implied that this was because “she had not been living an alkaline diet“.

Dr Lissa Rankin

Dr Rankin wrote Was Angelina Jolie “Medically Hexed?”. This quoted the questionable Andrew Weil, and exaggerated nocebo effects to a nauseating degree, implying that in undergoing genetic testing, Jolie had been “hexed”. Rankin argued that in receiving a negative diagnosis, the likelihood of a negative health outcome becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The main purpose of the article was almost certainly to promote Rankin’s book, Mind over Medicine, according to which, patients should “make their own Diagnosis and write The Prescription for themselves”.

UPDATE 27/06/13 What Doctors Don’t Tell You

The July issue contains an article on What they didn’t tell Angelina. According to the cover (here), this will discuss “when ‘bad’ genes don’t lead to breast cancer (and what does)”. Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised. It is entirely typical of WDDTY to print misleading, ignorant, even offensive articles on health.

Further reading on WDDTY is listed here, should you have the stomach for it.

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If you come across any more unscrupulous quacks seeking to profit from Jolie’s plight, please get in touch and I will update this post.

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13 responses to “Angelina Jolie and opportunist quacks: a Hall of Shame

  1. that should be ‘Health Ranger’ not ‘Health Danger’

  2. palfreyman1414

    Good stuff. I am so glad people like you are exposing these people. They’re as bad, in my eyes as spiritualist mediums and the rest of woo. A little compassion, guys, instead of disingenuous money making in the guise of care?

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  4. Thank you for compiling these opportunists.

  5. I’m a big fan of TED talks, but have come across Lissa Rankin on there twice now. What is this? Surely this is up there with Chopra and co? What is going on?????

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  7. I get so angry about WDDTY and its quacks. Sometimes I’m near tears with their wickedness.
    I am in treatment for a tumour in UK via the NHS. So far the conventional procedures have been good, prompt, logical & well explained. They look very promising. I believe/hope it will be OK. Surgeons are supplemented by very caring Macmillan specialist nurse-advisors, the process could not be bettered.
    I feel confident that my outcome will be the best possible and I cannot express what I would like to to do to these horrible, selve-serving, money-grubbing filth! I believe they prey on people at the time of their greatest need, with little to offer beyond what real medicine can do while making money from distress.

    How dare they impute such bad motives on the fully-trained, experienced practitioners of real medicine. Yes, lots of the our understanding of the practice of medicine has to be continuously tested & challenged. But it must be done with properly supervised science such as double-blind tests (a discipline that no homeopath would dare risking). We may find that what parts of we’ve believed can be improved but that’s science. It mustn’t lead to the trowing out of the baby with the bathwater.

  8. TED talks can be wonderful and inspiring. Or they can be a platform for nonsense and pseudoscience. Not a lot of “editorial control” in the TED organisation I think. I watched one horror on the placebo effect that ended in a revivalist request to all stand up and hold hands and think beautiful thoughts.

  9. You lot have no clue what you’re talking about and you know it. JJ might remember me, I’m the person diagnosed with cancer in September 2009 and you all regularly told me I was going to die? Well, guess what, I was given a month to live in March because it was so hard in the UK to find my alternative treatment. I couldn’t move my arms, legs or neck. I was walking by April! I have been driving again for a while. I have had no surgery for my LARGE tumours = spread by the BIOPSY, I have had no CT scans, I have had no Chemo, I have had no radiation, I have had no drugs. I have had the initial biopsy which showed the beginning of it spreading a couple of weeks later when I had an MRI. I have no problem showing people a copy of the MRI I had in Feb 2014. I had cancer EVERYWHERE, partial collapse of the spine, curvature of the spine. (which strangely seems to be rectifying itself?). I just wanted to say to all you so called CARING PEOPLE here – you are the most EVIL, AWFUL, PSYCHOPATHIC SATANISTS I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. Some of you know full well that chemo and radiation both cause NOT CURE cancer and yet you lie to people. IT WAS KNOWN WITHOUT A DOUBT IN EDWARDIAN TIMES (1901-1910) that radium caused cancer. Look it up. Instead of not using it and choosing something safer, they waited 30YEARS (a whole generation of people who likely couldn’t read and write) and then drafted the cancer act of 1939 which made it COMPULSORY to have cancer causing radiation (radium) when they already have cancer, in the hope of curing it. THAT IS GENOCIDE.
    Also, how ironic that Marie curie died from APLASTIC ANAEMIA (leukaemia) caused by RADIATION……………what’s sometimes the treatment for leukaemia? Oh yeah……….freaks!
    ……..and the idea that children can tolerate more of your dirty poisons than adults? No, you just follow the ideas of people who hate children obviously!

    This man chose to die eventually and stopped taking his medication and smoked it instead. He had an AWFUL QUALITY of life because of the doctors previous treatment. I know his grand daughter. BUT EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS BECAUSE IT JUST GOES TO SHOW WHAT IS KILLING THE PATIENTS – AND IT’S NOT THE CANCER – THEY STARVE THEM TO DEATH WHILE UPPING THE MORPHINE DOSE. IF YOU’VE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE COME BACK TO LIFE ONCE THE DEATH RATTLE HAS SET IN, THEN WATCH THIS AND WAKE UP AND REALISE WHY ALL THESE THINGS ARE ILLEGAL.
    STOP LYING TO PEOPLE AND START BEING DECENT HUMAN BEINGS WILL YOU?

  10. The family also didn’t know at the time that sugar feeds cancer and makes sick people weaker, not stronger. Ironic how the ‘experts’ at the hospitals feed their cancer patients lots and lots of sugar?…………

    I’m sure it’s because they care………..

  11. DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE AROUND ME OVER THE PAST 5YRS HAVE LAUGHED AT ME REFUSING TREATMENT AND HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR TO BE TOLD A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER THEY ARE TERMINAL? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE I HAVE MET WHO HAVE CURED THEIR INCURABLE CANCERS INCLUDING BRAIN TUMOURS?
    Don’t reply to me, there is NOTHING anyone can say to defend EVERYONE’S dispicable behaviour. As I said once before, none so blind as those who cannot see. YOU HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.

  12. Note here how the lame stream media fail to tell you that the boy would have been given high CBD content and also juicing, and also if the oil was given anally, the child would never have been stoned. It is the heat when smoked which activates the THC. These people are ‘supposed’ to be experts but they know nothing about the plant. It also is IMPOSSIBLE for it to damage a brain. Don’t believe me? Research it.
    also, the rubbish about trials – there will be none. It’s been estimated that it will cost £100 MILLION.
    Anyone who knows anything about pharmaceuticals will know that they do their OWN testing, which is extremely dangerous in case of a conflict of interest which is fairly obvious? This is why so many unsafe drugs make it onto the shelves. Eventually, when they have caused lots and lots of harm, they will be taken to court and fined a few million for the harm caused to all the children etc, but it will make little financial difference to the companies as they’ve already earnt BILLIONS or TRILLIONS out of the drug, and they’ll just simply remarket it again under a different name and the cycle will start again.
    It’s unbelievable how they think it will cost ANYTHING at all to do cannabis oil trials. Many people would give their free time to do it because they know how BENEFICIAL it is to the human body. WE HAVE CANNABINOID RECEPTORS and amazingly, morphine blocks them. (they chose their drugs wisely I’d say?)
    No hospital is needed. EVER. (unless the doctors have previously caused problems in their attempts to butcher the patient)
    No medications needed. EVER.
    No breathing aparatus. EVER.
    No painkillers are needed. EVER.

    so sickening to think that there are so many people who know this and yet they feel no compassion watching children being MURDERED in front of their eyes……………and then they give them RADIATION which ENSURES they will NEVER BE CURED………..

    These are the people you work for you idiots and you’ve been letting them poison your own children because you forgot how to think when you let them indoctrinate you, telling you that you’re important because you can remember all their BS and so you can pass all THEIR exams,so you can be a doctor, designed to sell THEIR drugs. How clever are you? I hope you’re ashamed. ALL OF YOU.

    YOU ARE ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO DIE AN AWFUL DEATH WITH MUSTARD GAS AND RADIUM RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSES AND YOU CLAIM TO KNOW ALOT ABOUT MEDICINE. IN THAT CASE YOU’RE EVEN MORE DESPICABLE – HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE WATCHED FAMILY MEMBERS DIE AN AWFUL DEATH? THAT WILL HAUNT YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.

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