thought the website Quackwatch was designed to help
people by providing good information. After reading some of
the articles, I think we need a Quackwatch II to monitor ridiculous
sites such as this.
This article by Dr. Stephen Barrett appears
to be intentionally misleading.
It makes misleading references
to the book by Hal Huggins entitled, It's All In Your Head,
which is really an excellent
and startling exposé on the effects
of mercury poisoning from "silver" dental
fillings. I've read the book myself and it was the first step
on the road to my personal recovery.
This article by Dr. Stephen Barrett make
quotes from the book that, although being accurate, are either
taken out of context
or have parts omitted
that completely change
the resulting conclusion of the statement (shame, shame, shame).
As an example, referring to the Huggins
book, It's All In Your Head, the author
makes this statement:
"Huggins says early results were
'sporadic and unpredictable'. At best only 10% of the patients
fails to tell the rest of the story. On page 114, Huggins
"Looking back at the 1970s now,
I know why my patients responded only 10% of the time".
on to explain what he learned that eventually led to
the substantial increase in
his success rate. On page 67, Huggins says,
"My success rate went up 50, 60,
and 70 percent."
Unfortunately, the author of this article
seems to feel that
it's important to omit this
In another example of blatant
context deviation, the author makes a statement that
ridicules the fact
that a low urine mercury level was used to diagnose a high
mercury issue with the author himself when participating in
a Huggins "assist" program.
failed to mention that Huggins' own research consistently
concluded that a low urine mercury level when coupled
with certain specific conditions
in a hair analysiswhich the author also provided to
the "assist" programhave consistently been
associated with high mercury-tissue
content. This is because the cells
in the body tend to "harbor"
mercury in an apparent attempt to keep blood-mercury levels
It is very common these days to attach
negative words or phraseslike "anti"with
people and concepts you are attempting
to defame ("anti"-abortionist, "anti"-amalgamists,
etc.). This has the effect of negatively
prejudging the subject in the mind of the reader (note
the name of the Quackwatch article). I most often, but not
always find this technique used by those who are attempting
to mute or distort the truth.
Remember this wisdom as stated by Schoepenhauer:
"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed;
third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
There are a
number of other shameful
omissions in this article which, if the author actually
read the book, would be impossible to make; Unless of course,
they are intentional.
Unfortunately, I have to conclude that the
author is intentionally misleading
the public, and using the pretty letters after his name (MD)
to attempt to maintain his thin
veil of integrity.
It has been said that those
who make false accusations are often
guilty of the very
thing they allege. This is a perfect
example of this principle in action.