Here we go again. Another quack responds to criticism by threatening legal action. And yet again, a craven ISP (Wordpress) caves and suspends a blogger’s account. This time, the quack is someone called Andreas Moritz. Check out his website. He thinks cancer doesn’t kill people, rather it’s the patient’s “conflicts, guilt and shame” that “paralyze the body’s most basic functions” and allow the tumors to grow. That’s right – it’s the patient’s fault for allowing the cancer to grow. So obvious.
But not to fear, because Moritz has the cures. Or rather, he can sell you the cures. Seriously. Just check out the woo he has for sale. My favorite? A tough choice, but high on the list would have to be the Mongolian Holy Stones:
Mongolian Holy Stones are proactive healing stones that are mined in Inner Mongolia where most of the world's Rare Earth compounds are mined. The locals call it "holy" because it heals on contact. Years of testing by six recognized International Research Institutes provides us with the information on how the Mongolian Holy Stone produces its miracles. Some of this information is included later in this section.
Here’s a picture of them - $40 for one 4” x 3” stone:
And what of the “Years of testing by six [six!] recognized International Research Institutes” that will be “included later in this section”? Clearly, he must have details of these years of tests, as he claims? Well, not so much. All we actually have, is this:
What is "Holy"?
Infrared energy at .98(+/-) microns is "holy." It is invisible and it heals.
Well, that’s OK then. It’s invisible and it heals. Phew, I’m glad we’re not dealing with just some inert stone that does absolutely nothing.
Not convinced by holy stones? Want to try something more tangible? Something that will produce a definite measurable result? Well, you’re in luck because Moritz also sells The Colema Boards Home Enema Kit – just $278 (plus $45 shipping) to “simplify self-administration of an enema in the privacy of your own home.” Here’s a picture of what you get (toilet, chair and bucket not included):enema board “how to” video for how to set up and use it. Seriously. Funniest thing I’ve seen all week. Trust me - the sound effects are especially hilarious.
I think that’ll do. If you still think Moritz has something worthwhile to offer, you’re probably beyond help. Read Orac’s post Andreas Moritz and trying to shut down valid scientific criticism: A sine qua non of a quack for the detailed explanation of all that is wrong with Moritz’s numerous claims. Also in that post you’ll read the full text of Moritz’s threatening email to the original blogger – the threat that includes this gem:
My investigations show me where you live and where you study (Augusta, Amine)...
Because, “I know where you live” has always been a compelling scientific argument.
Here are some links to additional articles about Andreas Moritz:
Orac on Andreas Moritz, Cancer Cures Quack.
Steven Novella on Christopher Maloney naturopath quack and Andreas Moritz, Cancer Cures Quack.
Orac’s earlier post on Andreas Moritz, Cancer Cures Quack.
And from the original threatened blogger himself (on what is apparently a different blog that has not been pulled), Michael Hawkins on Andreas Moritz, Cancer Cures Quack.
Oh, and if I had my blog with Wordpress, right now I’d be doing all I could to move it elsewhere, pronto.