Owen R. Fonorow (c) 1996
The proposition is so very manifest that it seems ridiculous to take any pains to prove it; nor could it ever have been called in question had not the interested sophistry of merchants and manufacturers confounded the common sense of mankind. [Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Book 4, 1776]
How could such a list and organization that sponsors it (the so-called National Council Against Health Fraud or NCAHF) exist in today's society? Does the quack list protect the public? Or are we witnessing something sinister -- the stifling of scientific ideas and research results that would harm vested economic interests? It is the author's contention that blatant economic self-interest is the only reason these self-proclaimed experts would take the risk of listing a great American scientific genius Linus Pauling on their 'quack list.'
Normally, one should not resort to name calling, but this case may be an exception. In the spirit that if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, the author searched for a term that adequately responds to the 'quack' label the NCAHF uses so indiscriminately. Could it be that these perpetrators of the quack list are stooges of the pharmaceutical consortiums? There can be little question, the "quack" attacks similar to those made by Herbert, Renner, Barret and Jarvis have only one purpose and one purpose only: To restrain trade by harming competition to traditional allopathic medical practice. (This assertion is superbly documented in the recent book RACKETEERING IN MEDICINE: The Suppression of Alternatives by Dr. James P. Carter, MD, DPH.) These people care not who they list as long as the person listed poses an economic threat to their vested interests. Pauling is a "quack" only because his prestige poses such a huge threat.
Dr. Victor Herbert, one of the compilers of the list, is owed a
debt of gratitude. If it weren't for him, Linus Pauling may not have written his
first book about Vitamin C. On page 251 of the fascinating book Linus Pauling
in his Own Words, Pauling relates:
" Here's this man, this professor - I didn't identify him when I wrote the book - Victor Herbert, who to this day keeps writing papers and giving speeches saying that no one benefits from taking extra vitamins … and he won't even look at the evidence.
The upshot of this whole thing is that I finally became sufficiently irritated by this fellow that I decided I ought to do something about it. So I sat down one summer - here, downstairs in my study -- and in two months wrote a book Vitamin C and the Common Cold."
So thank you Dr. Victor Herbert! The good your work has
unintentionally perpetrated on mankind can not be measured.
Not much has changed in the 200 years since famed free market economist Adam Smith wrote the following words in The Wealth of Nations:
"The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature of human affairs can scarce admit of a remedy. But the mean rapacity, the monopolizing spirit of merchants and manufacturers, who neither are, nor ought to be, the rulers of mankind, though it cannot perhaps be corrected may very easily be prevented from disturbing the tranquillity of anybody but themselves.
That it was the spirit of monopoly which originally both invented and propagated this doctrine cannot be doubted; and they who first taught it were by no means such fools as they who believed it. In every country it always is and must be the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest. The proposition is so very manifest that it seems ridiculous to take any pains to prove it; nor could it ever have been called in question had not the interested sophistry of merchants and manufacturers confounded the common sense of mankind. Their interest is, in this respect, directly opposite to that of the great body of the people. As it is the interest of the freemen of a corporation to hinder the rest of the inhabitants from employing any workmen but themselves, so it is the interest of the merchants and manufacturers of every country to secure to themselves the monopoly of the home market."
After personally reviewing a tiny portion of the mountain of
evidence written about vitamin C, there is little doubt that Linus Pauling felt
that the proposition that "Vitamin C is beneficial in amounts larger than the
RDA", based on 10,000 papers published during the 20th century,
"was so very manifest that it seemed ridiculous to take any pains to prove
it." What I find hard to understand is why so few other competent medical
researchers have reviewed all the evidence and spoken out. Is it possible that
The Stooges have been able to intimidate an entire branch of medical
research? Apparently so. If the genius, Pauling, erred, it was by not taking
into account the "interested sophistry of the drug merchants and drug
manufactures to confound and confuse the common sense of mankind."
WHO ARE THOSE GUYS?
Who are these guys who wrap themselves in the cloak of science,
yet call one of the greatest scientists of all time a "quack?" Who tell me that
I am not qualified to examine the scientific evidence and make up my own mind,
but do not think Linus Pauling qualified either? Who attack people and not their
work? Who fail to cite any evidence of a substantial body of research that
supports their position? (When they do cite evidence, it is usually in the form
of some well publicized "negative" study (e.g. the Finnish beta-carotene
studies) that they claim disproves certain facets of their opponents arguments.
(Yet these studies are usually run by medical doctors funded by or with vested
economic interests in the outcome and the amounts of vitamins and other
nutrients are always quite small.) Why is it that these individuals feel they
are qualified to identify quacks a priori? What are their qualifications,
background, and education? How are they funded? Why should you and I believe
them, over say Linus Pauling? Were they at the top of the class in medical
school? Do we even know if and where they went to medical school? Are their own
patients happy with them? Do they even have patients?
The sad fact is that The Stooges have much more influence
on medical thinking than ordinary MDs. Satisfying an urge to learn "what doctors
learn" the author attended a pre-med Therapeutic Nutrition course in 1994. I
also copied the class notes from the basic (200) level nutrition course, bought
the Biochemistry text, etc. Buried in the class notes for the basic nutrition
course was a checklist. Its title: "Ways To Spot A Quack". (Where could
this checklist have come from?) The quack checklist is included as figure #1.
On this evidence alone the author concludes that name calling is the way to
affect change and direct thinking in the nutrition and medical research
Although the How to Spot a Quack checklist is silly, I
did not object to the inclusion of this highly inflammatory checklist in the
nutritional materials. I believe in free speech. However, I was dismayed that
there was no semblance of balance, or even pretense that some scientists held
contrary views. Yet the word "science" was repeated often; as though hearing the
word was somehow reassuring to the instructor.
These young adults are taught early in traditional nutrition, to
their great detriment, that MDs who prescribe in excess of RDA are by
definition: Quacks. Case closed.
So the nutrition misinformation starts early in the life of a
medical student. After reading about the Quack Busters, and seeing their web
site, it is safe to attribute this brain-washing to four specific individuals:
The Stooges. Their influence on the medical profession is much larger
than it should be because they are allowed to infect young minds first; early in
their medical education, and without any significant challenge. If this isn't
regarded as criminal, it should be. It isn't questioned by the nutrition
educators. The general public would be surprised. This isn't Science.
It is difficult to understand how schools that only present one
side of a controversial issue during the educational process can be accredited?
The message these young students learn immediately seems to be: "Doctors may
not think for themselves. They must follow the dictates of the profession -- or
else." Any school that trains students nutrition from the How To Spot a
Quack checklist, without also including relevant material with opposing
viewpoints (on par with those of Linus Pauling) should lose its
With a computer generated "quack list" one immediately wonders
if it can be accessed via the internet? A search began looking for the names of
"quacks" in this area. (One can not have enough good doctors to call upon these
days). The search uncovered the 'quack watch' http://www.quackbusters.com web
page that is maintained by The Stooges. This is not the correct URL
(internet address). Although it does contain a great deal of funny material, why
advertise it? Few competent medical scientists would want to be associated with
It is interesting that The Stooges claim their entire web
site is copyrighted and all duplication is strictly prohibited. Why is that?
Why wouldn't they want this information disseminated as widely as possible
and freely copied?
Answer: This site isn't really set up for the general public
or to influence true scientists. It is there to counter-balance the growing
mountain of medical information available on the internet and meant to
"influence" (some might say brainwash) youngsters attending medical and
No doubt this URL is (or will be) "recommended" by the American
Dietetic Association and included in the class notes of College students
studying nutrition. If you are really interested in this drivel, you may can
contact me for the correct way to find their site. Individuals and estates
considering defamation suits will be very interested.
AMA CRITERIA FOR JUDGING MEDICAL INFORMATION ON THE
Last month the AMA announced its standards for assessing the
value of medical information on the Internet. Although wary at first, I now see
the value in this criteria:
Lets apply these criteria to the "quack busters" web site run by
Stephen Barrett, MD. One passage should suffice, (I don't want to risk getting
sued for slander by repeating their material on some doctor who happens to be
alive). The entire article on the "dark side" of the "quack" Linus Pauling is
included as exhibit #2.
At the bottom of a rather long, rambling, mostly irrelevant and undocumented section obviously aimed at defaming Linus Pauling (who is of course dead and therefore unable to respond for himself) it reads:
"Although Pauling's megavitamin claims lacked the evidence needed for acceptance by the scientific community, they have been accepted by large numbers of people who lack the scientific expertise to evaluate them. Thanks largely to Pauling's prestige, annual vitamin C sales in the United States have been in the hundreds of millions of dollars for many years. The physical damage to people he led astray cannot be measured."
Sound pretty serious. The man who received the Nobel peace prize
for almost single handily stopping above ground nuclear testing in the 1960s
stands accused of causing "immeasurable physical damage to
Lets apply the AMA criteria. Do we know who wrote the page and
their credentials and associations? Yes. Stephen Barrett, MD, takes credit for
the site, although the other Stooges names are also there. That's one for
their side. (Well let the credential and affiliation requirement
What about Attribution? Does the site contain references? None
on the Pauling page. Are we getting someone's opinion?
The lack of references for making such a serious charge
against Linus Pauling is striking. Dr. Stephen Barrett is entitled to his
opinion, but I would expect him to cite a reference for is claim that the
recommendations of Linus Pauling caused anybody harm, much less "physical
damage" that must be so bad it "can not be measured." He doesn't
even cite a single unreferenced example of harm. That's a big one for our side. An outright
What about disclosure? Is the site visitor made aware of the
financial affiliations that may indicate a bias? (We'll get to that.)
Finally, what about timeliness. (This criteria is not that
important unless there has been on-going research.) Anyway, The Stooges
waited until after the death of Linus Pauling to publish there opinions. Need we
So the site does not pass muster under the AMA's own criteria.
If you trust the AMA, you would not place any credence in the
No doubt Linus Pauling was human. Even when the discoverer of
the alpha helix made one of his few mistakes, such as the now infamous incorrect
hypothesis for the three dimensional structure of DNA, several people out of
billions in the world have the capacity to understand the mistake, much less
offer a competing hypothesis. From the recent biography Linus Pauling in his
Own Words, on page 150 Barbara Marinacci writes "Pauling had first meet
Albert Einstein in 1927, when the latter attended a Pauling lecture at Caltech -
afterward declaring that he would have to learn more about chemistry in order to
understand what Pauling had said. ("Linus Pauling - now there's a
genius!" [Einstein] is reported to have commented in later years to an
acquaintance.)" It is ludicrous that a computer scientist by training, who does
not have the medical credentials to even bear the label "quack", must defend
some 30 years of medical research work by Linus Pauling. (But where are the
voices of the medical researchers?)
One can't argue with Barrett's last sentence: The "damage to
people [Pauling] led astray cannot be measured" -- for there was no such
damage. (Freudian slip?) On the contrary, it is relatively easy to measure the
great benefit to the U.S. and world population since Linus Pauling's book on
vitamin C was first published.
Too, as Barrett freely acknowledges, much of the high volume of
vitamin C that is consumed in this country can be traced to the prestige of one
man: Linus Pauling. Pauling pleads guilty on this charge. And what do we now
know about the intake of higher levels of vitamin C (higher than the U. S.
Lets begin by considering "the harm" to the man Linus Pauling himself. First stricken with an illness, considered terminal in the 1940s, Pauling lives and begins taking a multivitamin tablet. In his sixties, after learning about the value of large amounts of vitamin C from Irwin Stone, he begins consuming 18 gm of ascorbic acid daily to approximate what animals produce in their own bodies. He dies at the age of 93, or some 30 years later with a clear mind and remarkably active body. Thanks to an increase intake of vitamin C, the other anti oxidants and other vitamins, mankind has benefit of 30 years of medical research, conducted by one of our greatest scientists, during a period in life when most of us hope to be able to enjoy golf in our retirements. 18,000 mg of vitamin C did not harm Linus Pauling.
Consider two of these points. After Dr. Pauling's book was
written, as Dr. Barrett acknowledges, Vitamin C consumption in the U. S. rose -
the Pauling institute claims by 300%. Mortality from heart disease decreased by
30%-40% in the U. S. -- the only country with a significant drop in heart
disease fatalities. Coincidence or correlation?
We now know, thanks to Dr. Enstrom that increased intake of
vitamin C (approximately 500 mg) reduces the rate from heart disease by nearly
half and prolongs life for nearly six years. A benefit that can be measured. The
number of lives that were saved can be calculated.
If one attributes this reduction in the death rate of heart
disease entirely to vitamin C, as I do, then thanks are due almost entirely to
Linus Pauling. We can compute roughly 6,250,000 lives have been saved over the
past 25 years. The calculation goes like this: According to the American Heart
Association, somebody dies of Heart Disease in the U. S. every 34 seconds. This
means approximately 927,158 people die in this country every year. Assuming a
30% higher death rate otherwise, then roughly (on average) 250,000 more people
would have died prematurely this year. (Something saved these people.)
Although a recent news story based on a published medical
journal article attributes the 30-40% drop in the heart disease death rate to an
ingredient in junk food, the author concludes that a more reasonable hypothesis,
based upon the Enstrom study and the Pauling/Rath work on Heart Disease, is
this: The increase in Vitamin C alone, not junk food, is the most important
reason for this significant drop in the heart disease fatality
And we know much more. Thanks to the many years of fine research work by E. Cheraskin, MD, DMD, et. al., at the University of Alabama, as summarized in the book The Vitamin C Connection:
"There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced -- directly or indirectly -- by vitamin C."
Dr. Cheraskin discusses some of this research in his most recent
book Vitamin C: Who Needs It? This new book is based on 50, randomized,
double-blind, clinical studies. In other words, repeatable experimental
Irwin Stone's insight are from his classic 1976 book THE
HEALING FACTOR: Vitamin C Against Disease. Stone begins his book
"The purpose of this book is to correct an error in orientation which occurred in 1912, when ascorbic acid, twenty years before its actual discovery and synthesis, was designated as the trace nutrient, vitamin C.
"Scurvy, in 1912, was considered solely as a dietary disturbance. This hypothesis has been accepted practically unchallenged and has dominated scientific and medical thinking for the past sixty years. The purpose of this vitamin C hypothesis was to produce a rationale for the conquest of frank clinical scurvy. That it did and with much success, using minute doses of vitamin C. Frank clinical scurvy is now a rare disease in the developed countries because the amounts of ascorbic acid in certain foodstuffs are sufficient for its prevention. However, in the elimination of frank clinical scurvy, a more insidious condition, subclinical scurvy, remained; since it was less dramatic, it was glossed over and overlooked. Correction of subclinical scurvy needs more ascorbic acid than occurs naturally in our diet, requiring other non-dietary intakes. Subclinical scurvy is the basis for many of the ills of mankind.
Because of this uncritical acceptance of a misaligned nutritional hypothesis, the bulk of the clinical research on the use of ascorbic acid in the treatment of diseases other than scurvy has been more like exercises in home economics than in the therapy of the sequelae of a fatal, genetic liver-enzyme disease. One of the objects of this book is to take the human physiology of ascorbic acid out of the dead-end of nutrition and put it where it belongs, in medical genetics. In medical genetics, wide vistas of preventive medicine and therapy are opened up by the full correction of this human error of carbohydrate metabolism."
Later, Stone adds the following interesting tidbit:
"We can surmise that the production of ascorbic acid was an early accomplishment of the life process because of its wide distribution in nearly all present-day living organisms. It is produced in comparatively large amounts in the simplest plants and the most complex; it is synthesized in the most primitive animal species as well as in the most highly organized. Except possibly for a few microorganisms, those species of animals that cannot make their own ascorbic acid are the exceptions and require it in their food if they are to survive. Without it, life cannot exist. Because of its nearly universal presence in both plants and animals we can also assume that its production was well organized before the time when evolving life forms diverged along separate plant and animal lines."
Robert Cathcart, III, MD, after reading Pauling's book and
trying vitamin C discovered that he could control a recurring infectious illness
acquired in childhood. After reading all he could on the subject he began
treating patients with "bowel tolerance" doses of vitamin C. In 1981 after
observing 9000 patients (today after observing more than 14,000 patients) on
high dosages of vitamin C, Cathcart describes the bowel tolerance phenomenon.
Patients whom can only tolerate 4-15 gm of vitamin C per day when well, tolerate
much more, sometimes orders of magnitude more, vitamin C when ill or when their
bodies are otherwise under stress. The proponents of the 60 mg RDA of vitamin C
have yet to explain why the human body seems to require ascorbic acid in such
large magnitudes for these temporary periods while under stress. They have had
16 years to formulate their response. And what is the response of medical
science? Silence. The important work of Cathcart is ignored by the mainstream.
(Unfortunately for the name callers, we, the public, may not be qualified to
judge the science, but we can experience changes in "bowel tolerance" for
Furthermore, on the vitamin C front, it is important to
summarize the findings of one physician who accidentally discovered some of the
most important medicinal properties of ascorbic acid. Frederick Robert Klenner,
MD. He wrote in a 1974 paper SIGNIFICANCE OF HIGH DAILY INTAKE OF ASCORBIC
ACID IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE as reprinted in Roger J. William's Handbook
of Orthomolecular Medicine::
"A few grams of ascorbic acid, given by needle, while [physicians] waited for laboratory procedures or examination to fit their schedule, could have saved their lives. I know this to be a fact because I have been in similar situations and by routinely employing ascorbic acid have seen death take a holiday. In a paper title "An Insidious Virus," I reasoned that it should be a maxim of medicine for large doses of vitamin C to be given in all pathological conditions while the physician ponders his diagnosis. The wisdom of this dictum is backed by many hundred cases under our supervision..."
According to Klenner, the importance of daily high intake of
ascorbic acid in preventive medicine has no limits. Klenner recites, among some
28 papers that he wrote on his clinical experience, the litany of human illness
he was successfully able to treat with administration of large doses of the
vitamin. The illnesses that Klenner found he could treat with high dosages of
vitamin C include most viruses, (e.g. the common cold and the flu), crib deaths
(commonly attributed to suffocation), crib syndrome, viral encephalitis, herpes
simplex virus, diphtheria, hemolytic streptococcus and staphylococcus
infections, trichinosis, measles, herpes z. (chicken pox), herpetic lesions, sub
clinical scurvy, elevated cholesterol, heavy metal poisoning, monoxide
poisoning, pseudamonis, shock, hepatitis, mononucleosis, urethritis, chronic
cystitis, simple stress of pregnancy, glaucoma, schizophrenia, arthritis, tooth
decay, abdominal wounds, rheumatic heart, tuberculosis, pneumococci, heat
stroke, chronic myelocytic leukemia, pancreatis, severe burns, and probably
several I missed. He also reported reductions in kidney and gall stones and
dramatic improvements in coronary artery disease.
All or most of this experience has been clinically confirmed by
the few physicians that today employ so-called megadoses of vitamin C, e.g. Dr.
Robert Cathcart, III. Klenner's papers include detailed and sound medical
reasoning why ascorbate is so effective in treating each of these illnesses.
This 1974 summary paper stated that "the potential is so great and the
employment so elementary that only the illiterate will continue to deny its
[vitamin c] use."
The proposition is so very manifest that it seems ridiculous to take any pains to prove it; nor could it ever have been called in question had not the interested sophistry of merchants and manufacturers confounded the common sense of mankind.
It is truly amazing that in the year 1997, young medical
students are unaware that any of this clinical experience ever took place! (The
drug companies paid pretty close attention.)
E. Cheraksin, M.D., D.M.D., in his recent book Vitamin C: Who Needs It? makes a similar point on page 98:
"So, what do the experts tell us about a vitamin C connection in the control of sugar metabolism?
We turned to five of the leading textbooks dealing with diabetes mellitus published during the last five years. Would you believe? There was not one word indicating any connection -- or a lack of correlation -- between ascorbic acid and carbohydrate metabolism!
This is even more incomprehensible when one realizes that reviews of the literature as far back as 1940 showed that blood sugar can be predictably reduced with intravenous ascorbate."
And so in this decade, one of the greatest minds of all time is
now labeled "quack" because of his efforts to bring this, and the 10,000 various
other scientific studies and reports to the attention of the medical profession
It is quite possible, even probable, that the suppression of
this knowledge, as practiced by The Stooges and their ilk is the
greatest harm that has ever been perpetrated upon mankind.
And we are not finished. There are many other fronts. According
to Dr. A. Hoffer, MD, Ph.D., in his recent article THE VITAMIN PARADIGM
WARS, folic acid is another safe water soluble vitamin (thus one The
Stooges have maintained is only necessary in the amount that prevent its
deficiency disease) and one where the cost of not using it can be calculated.
According to Dr. Hoffer,
"folic acid has been used in doses up to 15 mg daily. There has been a report that this dose caused gastrointestinal disturbances but in another study with the same dose this was not seen. Most patients do not need more than 5 mg. Recently it has been proven that women will give birth to babies with spina bifida and similar neural tube defects (NTD) much less frequently if they take supplemental folic acid, 1 mg per day. I generally recommend 5 mg daily. Dr. Smithells in 1982 showed that giving pregnant women extra folic acid decreased the incidence of NTD's. Before that he had measured the red cell folate and white cell vitamin C levels of mothers who had babies with NTD's and found they were lower in both. It was thus known since 1981 that a multivitamin preparation containing folic acid would decrease the birth of these damaged babies.
The immediate reaction to the original findings was one of strong disbelief and hostility, and the establishment refused to advise women to take folic acid until the requisite number of double blind experiments were done. At last they are satisfied 11 years later, culminating with a report in J. American Med Ass in 1989. Folic acid provided protection for most causes of the defect. Even in women with a family history, the frequency of babies with the defects was more than five times greater - 18 per 1000 against 3.5 per 1000, in women who did not take the vitamin in the first six weeks of pregnancy. How many babies could have been saved by such a simple solution? Even if the original findings had been wrong, what harm would it have done to have advised them immediately about this very important finding? I was astonished in 1981 at the vehemence of the reaction by physicians and nutritionists, and I am still astonished. The recent studies showed that folic acid decreased NTD's by 75 percent. If all the other vitamins were used as well I am certain that figure would be closer to 100 percent.
I can not recall in the past 40 years a single female patient of mine on vitamins giving birth to any child with a congenital defect. I have been able to advise them all that they not only would not harm their developing baby by taking vitamins, but that their chances of giving birth to a defective child would be greatly diminished. I was frequently asked this by my patients who had been told by their doctors that they must stop all their vitamins while pregnant. They looked upon vitamins as toxic drugs. I am still asked the same question for the same reason today.
However, governments can learn and respond. It is now official that pregnant women should take extra folic acid in order to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects. The U.S. Public Health Service has issued the following advisory: "In order to reduce the frequency of NTD's (neural-tube defects) and their resulting disability, the United States Public Health Service recommends that: All women of childbearing age capable of becoming pregnant should consume 0.4 mg of folic acid per day for the purpose of reducing their risk of having a pregnancy affected with spina bifida or other NTD's". This amount will not be provided by most diets and requires supplementation. Apparently the US Public Health Service is considering fortifying bread with folic acid. Folic acid is destroyed by heat but some will survive.
In USA about 25,000 babies are born each year with spina bifida. In Canada it has been estimated that each of these children will have cost about $40,000 by the time they are 14 years of age. Giving women folic acid early in their pregnancy would have avoided perhaps 3/4 of these births. Over ten years, while the cautious scientists were discussing whether folic acid was safe enough and was effective, 250,000 children were born at a total cost of 10 billion dollars (over ten years). Folic acid for pennies per day could have saved the United States public 7.5 billions dollars over this ten year period. The saving in public health dollars will be enormous. The waste in this long delay is inexcusable, since folic acid is totally safe and could have been given to all pregnant women over ten years ago. This is the costs of inactivity, of the conservative stance of the profession when it comes to the super safe vitamins."
We may then proceed to Vitamin E, Vitamin A, the various B
vitamins, the amino acids, and so on and so on. Hundreds of books could be - and
have been -- written describing all this research. The only educated people who
don't seem to know anything about it are the traditional allopathic medical
doctors. This ignorance is in large part due to the conscious activity (name
calling) of The Stooges over the years.
There can be little doubt that Linus Pauling saved lives and
helped countless people improve their lives. Millions of people. The enormous
loss of life which the author attribute to the "super-quackery" of The
Stooges for the Pharmaceutical industry can be measured. Had they not
tried to influence medical thinking against the vitamins and other nutrients,
through propaganda aimed at the pre-medical programs and text books, many more
people would have postponed premature death, felt better, been healthier, and
avoided birth defects and a myriad of other illness.
You may ask, what motive could there possibly be to keep this
knowledge from the medical profession? For sake of argument, lets assume Linus
Pauling was absolutely right and that Hoffer, Klenner, Stone, Cheraskin,
Cathcart, et. al. are correct also. Lets assume that every disease these
pioneers discovered could be treated with large amounts of vitamin C (are
actually caused by inadequate vitamin C in the body because of a genetic defect
.) What would this mean to the pharmaceutical industry and allopathic
medicine? It would bring absolute devastation. By any calculation the
numbers approach the national debt. Heart disease alone is reported to cost this
country some 100 billion dollars this year, or almost a trillion dollars since
Pauling/Rath announced it can be 'completely controlled.' There are equally
outrageous sums paid every year to treat cancer, arthritis, the common cold,
viral infections, diabetes, allergies, etc. Perhaps some enterprising reporter
or graduate student may wish to compute how much this "wasted" money exceeds the
national debt, and whether, perhaps, it is the largest contributor to the
national debt. And where has all this money flowed?
Here is the bottom line. If you have
heart disease today: blame The Stooges. If you have cancer today: a large
part of the blame lies at the feet of The Stooges. If you suffer from, or
know of any person who suffered or died from any of the illnesses that Dr. Fred
Klenner discovered could be treated with vitamin C: blame The Stooges and
The Stooges have no interest in
science (unless a particular study seems to prop up their side) and little
interest in the welfare of the average patient. (Need more proof, visit their
web site.) They are not interested in evidence. They are hired pit bulls. If
they can't attack people's work, they attack people's credentials or defame
them. They are name callers. (It can get habit forming, I know.) No M.D. or
medical researcher wants to bear the label "quack" and The Stooges do
their best to keep ordinary MDs from straying too far from the party line. As
Dr. Whitaker pointed out in his letter, these "people" don't even pretend to
consider the merits of opposing views. They are afraid of debate. They have no
interest in the truth. They are in place for one primary reason -- to influence
the thinking of new doctors entering the medical profession. Their web site has
no other purpose than this end. They influence "old" doctors too. Doctors must
be told there is no value in nutrients as long as the fiction can hold out
because there are no good economic alternatives for the allopathic medical
profession, and especially their pharmaceutical benefactors.
HOW ABOUT A VOLUNTARY FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE?
For the record, the author is willing to examine the proposition
that he is dead wrong. That The Stooges are top-notch medical
professionals with no monetary incentive whose only objective in life is the
betterment of public health. Maybe they really are who they purport to be:
Humanitarians who, although misguided or poorly trained, really believe what
they write and say?
As Dr. Matthias Rath might say, "How can we prove this?"
Well, one way would be a full voluntary public disclosure of
their financial records! Perhaps The Quack Busters/ Stooges, as men of integrity
with nothing to hide, would be willing to publicly disclose their financial
status and especially sources? Such an act would engender the utmost respect and
help them meet the AMA Disclosure criteria.
Therefore, I issue the following formal public challenge to
Because the understanding of financial motivation is fundamental to whether or not your interpretations of medicine and nutrition can be believed, and in order to encourage the early release of this vital information, and if you expect the public to take your advise seriously, you should be willing to provide a complete financial disclosure statement. Please identify the sources and amounts of all grants, gifts, fees, payments etc. you and your NHACF and other related organization have received over the past 15 years. The public is interested as far back as 1984. Please post this disclosure on your web site. Also, please provide the name of your auditing/accounting firm.
p.s. We are all very interested in your supplemental vitamin intakes as well.
"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is condemnation without investigation." [Herbert Spencer]
It must be admitted that there are quacks in the medical
profession. That said, upon reading the quack list the normally pejorative term
"quack" taken on a benevolent meaning for me; it now summons to mind a doctor
who is open-minded, who is focused on prevention, who is leery of drugs and
surgery unless absolutely necessary, and who prefers a nutritional or holistic
approach. The "quack" does not follow blindly the dictates of his or her
profession. When he or she knows of a treatment that might help the patient,
although currently not accepted in the profession, offers it nonetheless.
However, it is unthinkable that name-calling is tolerated by the
medical profession and especially medical researchers. Only in the medical
profession, to my knowledge, is this behavior the norm. The NCAHF and their
"quack database" is not about medical quackery. It is about the suppression of
an alternative medical viewpoint because it threatens the economic base of a
powerful segment of society. In fact, never have so few stood to lose so much as
they do if the medical professional dam against the mega-vitamins
The Stooges waited until after Linus
Pauling passed away to publish their defamation of him. (Perhaps a tactical
mistake for while Pauling was certainly a public figure in life, although he is
no longer around to defend his good name and character, the Pauling estate does
have such an interest and they are not public figures.) If the American
scientist Linus Pauling can be intimidated by these people - any researcher, any
where, and at any time can be intimidated. This article took the unusual
step of "name calling" in hopes that it will stimulate researchers "on the
fence" or on the other side to find the research and prove me wrong. (Lets see
whether they attack the author or the research only a minuscule amount of which
is mentioned here?)
So, what if anything can be done to limit the influence of
The Stooges? Why worry? Why not simply let their web site speak for
itself? Nobody really believes this "stuff" do they? I don't not worry about the
"quack list" as long as it contains the likes of Linus Pauling. (These fellows
better watch out before they wind up giving all "quacks" a good name.) Abraham
Lincoln said that you can fool some of the people all the time. The
people I worry most about are young medical students. Medical doctors from
United States medical schools should not graduate ignorant. Therefore, my
suggestion is for the 2,500 "quacks" black listed to file a class action suite
against The Stooges for restraint of trade, if not outright Racketeering.
Such action would be a great service to their profession. The Stooges web
site makes a strong case that can be used against them in the court of public
opinion, if not a court of law. Their web site does not meet the AMA criteria.
Their "quack list" proves that they employ unethical, unprofessional, and
There is a cancer in the medical profession and surgery is now
called for. All previous "non invasive" procedures, (logical arguments with a
gentlemanly approach), have failed.. The 2,500 quacks listed can take further
action to improve the public perception of the medical profession. File
complaints and bring The Stooges before their state medical boards. Lets
strip these birds of their licenses! Wouldn't that be poetic justice?
Especially since the physical damage to the people The
Stooges have led astray definitely can be
Owen R. Fonorow
P. O. Box 3097
Lisle, IL 60532