A couple of weeks ago, I posted about faith-healer Adam Miller and how he claims to be able to cure cancer, spinal injuries, poisoning, and AIDS.
This is faith-healer Adam Miller:
We are never separated from our core self. One’s pure self. We know it well. And innately we truly know where to go to discover the changes we need. The discovery is in the connection. And holiness is our birthright. The Universe runs all existence and the same energy of life-source streams and animates all. It is in the return to this knowing, in learning the guidelines, and in seeing ones circumstances for what they allow that creates miraculous transformations.
Media Outlets Backtrack on Their Reporting After Famed Wellness “Guru” Belle Gibson Admits Cancer Hoax
Retractions on Internet news sites have been quite the common sight for the last few days in the wake of a shocking admission of a hoax that’s shaken the alternative health community. Will the media finally start paying more attention to skeptics who saw this coming?
Until last month, 23-year-old Australian Belle Gibson (above) was the world’s latest darling of wellness woo and holistic healing. Gibson was renowned for her claim that she was successfully treating her terminal brain cancer with veganism, yoga, and “detoxing,” after stopping chemotherapy in disgust. In just two years, she became an international media star and millionaire, thanks to Apple, who helped market her Whole Pantry app and nominated it for App of the Year; Penguin Books, who published The Whole Pantryl and a host of major media outlets.
Eric Adams considers himself a “man of science,” but doesn’t want to be a dick about it to astrology believers. That alone isn’t a bad idea — it’s hard to change minds by insulting people. In a piece for Salon, he shared how how he’s learned to strike a balance… but it quickly took a strange direction:
I have very few buttons people can press that will elicit any sort of knee-jerk reaction. Actually, I only have one: Astrology… The subject strikes a nerve because my main avocation happens to be astronomy. You know, the actual science.
When I thought about it, I quickly realized that similar low-level intolerance crops up other places in my life, as well…
So where do I get off being such a dismissive shit?
It’s the equivalent of dismissing entire religions, which just isn’t like me.
Let’s stop right there before he goes any further. Astrology’s fundamental principles tell you how you’re supposed to interact with others based on their star sign: You’re compatible with this person. You should avoid that person. In pretty much every other context where you treat people differently due to something beyond their control, we have a word for it. People deserve to be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation, skin color, and when they were born.
Earlier today, the Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing on the topic of “Homeopathic Product Regulation” and the Center For Inquiry’s Michael De Dora offered testimony on the issue.