Monday, August 13, 2012

And My Crank-o-Meter Explodes: NCNM's ND Wallach

here, I cite some INCREDIBLE claims of naturopath Wallach [see 001., below]; then I excerpt from the Skeptic's Dictionary regarding him [see 002., below]:

001. states in "Naturopathic Doctor Visiting Logan, Rails Against Traditional Doctors" (2012-08-07) [vsc 2012-08-13; my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"[as reported by Craig Hislop] Dr. Joel Wallach [ND NCNM...] advocates the use of colloidal minerals [...and] claims it has taken him five days to get sick individuals healthy enough to be taken off heart transplant lists and in the space of two months says he was able to help re-grow the liver of seriously sick liver transplant patients [...he says] 'I take people with Parkinson’s disease who are terminal Parkinson’s patients and in three months time they are normal. With us, people who have been diagnosed by five neurological clinics with terminal Alzheimer’s disease in 10 days time they’re perfectly normal. We do this all the time [...] we can re-grow cartilage, we can re-grow discs in your back and you won’t need back surgery'";

well, line him up for a Nobel Prize because such is UNHEARD of.  Perhaps it is even too good to be true.

002. 002. the Skeptic's Dictionary states in "Joel D. Wallach, the 'Mineral Doctor'":

"Joel D. Wallach, M.S., D.V.M. (University of Missouri) and N.D. (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) is a veterinarian and naturopath who claims [...] that all diseases are due to mineral deficiencies, that everyone who dies of natural causes dies because of mineral deficiencies, and that just about anyone can live more than one hundred years if they take daily supplements of colloidal minerals harvested from pits in Utah [...]";


"Wallach [...] certainly didn't learn any of it from science texts [...e.g.] a research team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, reported the results of a 13-year study on 10,758 Americans which failed to find any mortality benefits from vitamin and mineral supplements [...] the study also found no benefit from taking vitamin and mineral supplements for smokers, heavy drinkers, or those which chronic diseases [...] the simple fact is that there is no compelling scientific evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements effect the health or longevity of most people. Of course, those suffering from a vitamin or mineral deficiency should take supplements, but there is no merit to Wallach's claim that most or all diseases are due to mineral deficiencies";

sounds like Wallach is American enterprise at its finest.  Good thing naturopaths like him are licensed.
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