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?
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.
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.