Showing posts from April, 2008

Please - help keep any more people with FM from being conned into bankruptcy or worse

"Fraud is deliberate misrepresentation. Quackery, as we define it, involves the promotion of unsubstantiated methods that lack a scientifically plausible rationale."

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Board Chairman, Quackwatch, Inc.
I am writing this series of blog posts on chiropractic and quackery because it is inconceivable to me that Paul Whitcomb continues to be allowed to be paid to practice chiropractic medicine on people with Fibromyalgia while his patients/victims are becoming bankrupt, their families are falling apart, and their health is no better, and in many cases it is worse than it was before they laid their life savings out for “the cure” to Fibromyalgia, a.k.a. "The Whitcomb Method."This can be stopped.We can stop it. All it takes is awareness.While it may be obvious to you and I that The Whitcomb Method is a scam, to others it sounds like the cure they’ve been hoping and praying for.I hope you will help me create the simple awareness it will take to stop th…

Paul Whitcomb on Google

I've been googling Whitcomb regularly since I decided to write about him. (P. Whitcomb the D.C., not to be confused with the Paul Whitcomb who writes about Catholicism.) I keep seeing this item on the first Google page: dr paul whitcomb
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So I would go there and there would be nothing but four books, three of which were on FM but not by Whitcomb. So today I started a discussion in this Whitcomb community/forum, put my whole Part A book review in as a discussion post, and voted to remove the other three books because they have nothing to do with Whitcomb. More smoke screen from his followers would be my guess.

So we'll see what happens on that. At least it got an item with the truth in it into the first page of…

My View on "The View" and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on ABC

I just submitted this comment to ABC RE: The View and Elisabeth Hasselbeck:
I am finding Elizabeth so annoying and rude that I have to mute the TV while she is "sharing" her views. More like she's stuffing them down everyone's throat. The way she walks all over others who do not share her opinion is just downright rude. She interrupts and tries to talk louder than others as if that will make her point. I would really like to be able to watch all of these ladies having respectful discourse. Elizabeth is just ruining the whole experience for me. Can someone not tell her to put a sock in it?

Thank you.

On the website her bio says "In November 2003, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was selected out of hundreds of contenders to permanently fill a vacant co-host chair on ABC's The View. Unafraid to express her candid and conservative views, Mrs. Hasselbeck has proven herself as a woman who will not let her voice be compromised."

Unafraid and uncompromised. What a nice…

Big Changes

I've grown weary of trying to figure out how to fit pictures into my blog's layout. So I changed it. This one is called "Simple II". Don't know what Simple I was, but this should work for me. All the stuff that was in the sidebar is at the very end now.

Speaking of pictures, I've been looking for a way to do mosaics for awhile now, and finally found it at fd's (as in flagrant disregard's) flickr toys. Too cool.

I am in the process of transferring most of my links from here to The website. The result should be a much better organized, easier to navigate internet experience while visiting me & my pages.

Thanks for your patience!


Verbal Abuse Update

The post I did on verbal abuse for Blog Catalog's Blogging Against Abuse challenge last September is still getting regular hits, so I thought I
would post an update to some of what's going on in the relatively new field of the study of verbal abuse.

There's this tiny link on the home page, to this fantastic essay from the St. Petersburg Times called "Life: The lies that bind."

Oh. My. God. Bad enough to have been raised by a verbally abusive father who can get under your skin and does so knowingly. I had this epiphany when I was in my early thirties, I think. Can you imagine having it when you were seven? And this father takes it a step further... by ramming it home to his little girl in no uncertain terms in the middle of the night, along with the crystal clear message that he thinks she is stupid and worthless. Seven years old. Oh My God. I pray for the children. I pray for the inner child in all of us, even the abusers.

I haven't m…

Chronic Saturday: Reaction of a "SiCKO" to the movie "SiCKO"

I just recently watched the movie SiCKO. It really hit home with me, and not in a good way. My first reaction was disgust in and embarrassment over our health care system in America. I mean, I was so upset I had to turn the movie off and wait a day to finish watching it. Then my reaction was desperation: "I've got to move. Canada's closer, but France (could I tolerate their rudeness to Americans?)... whoa, their health care system is awesome." Desperation because I'm one of the millions in America who are unable to work and waiting for our request for SSDI to be approved while our health continues to deteriorate. Realistically speaking, I'm not going anywhere. I did end on a more positive note, by resolving to get involved and help in the work to improve our American health care system.

This might be a good place to start:

"Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Michael wa…

My Opinion Again: Stop the Spying - Reject Telecom Immunity - Watch Ordinary Americans Weighing In

Some lawmakers are still threatening to pass a bill giving immunity to lawbreaking phone companies...

When Mark Klein, then an AT&T technician in San Francisco, stumbled on a secret room apparently reserved for the National Security Agency inside an AT&T switching center, he hardly expected to be caught up in a national debate over the proper balance between American civil liberties and national security.

But four years later, Mr. Klein's discovery has led to a spate of class-action lawsuits against the nation's largest telephone companies. The threat posed to the telecommunications industry by those suits has prompted the Bush administration to push Congress to grant companies legal immunity for their secret cooperation in the N.S.A.'s program of eavesdropping without warrants. With many Democrats in Congress seemingly willing to grant the legal protection, Mr. Klein has come to Washington to fight back.

New York Times, 11/7/07

The Case Against Retroactive Amn…