The Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse Has Moved.

My old website can be found at I am no longer updating the site, so there will be dead links. The static information provided by me is still sound.

For quick offline reference, you can purchase Planet Lactose: The Best of the Blog as an ebook on or or or a whole lot of other places that Smashwords is suppose to distribute the book to. Almost 100,000 words on LI, allergies, milk products, milk-free products, and the genetics of intolerance, along with large helpings of the weirdness that is the Net.

I suffer the universal malady of spam and adbots, so I moderate comments here. That may mean you'll see a long lag before I remember to check the site and approve them. Despite the gap, you'll always get your say. I read every single one, and every legitimate one gets posted.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's No Secret. You're A Moron.

Now that The Secret has been Oprahcized, millions of people around the world are using the power of nonsense to cure them of their ills until the next quack bestseller comes along.

Nonsense? Quack? How dare he?

Heck, I don't have to say anything. I can let the believers damn themselves with their own words.

Case in point, Mike Adams, who has a line of books of his own that he's trying to push. (Most of them have the word "natural" in the title, always a red warning flag to those who believe in, you know, science and medicine.)

You can find the line of hooey he spouts on, a site in which Adams spouts so much quackery that feathers come out of the screen. This one is particularly despicable:

The bottom line is that conventional cancer treatments are a sham and they do nothing to help the patient overcome the causes of cancer.

He suggests cleansing your liver with Amazon Herbs, which he also recommends that you become a pusher of yourself, in what he admits is a "network marketing model" or in more common terms, the dread multi-level marketing (MLM) scam.

So what does Mike Adams have to say about the secret behind The Secret? Let's select his comment on dairy, since that's our subject.
Vegetarian foods: Avoiding the consumption of meat and dairy products is also an important way to keep your system clear and lend power to your intention. Meat and dairy products stagnate the flow of energy throughout your mind and body, blocking the intention. To get the best results, go completely dairy free (except for raw, unprocessed milk, which qualifies as a raw food) and meat free.

Standard-class hooey, nothing new or different, except for the now faddish insistence that raw milk somehow behaves differently in the body than does pasteurized milk. (Well, yes, it does: it doesn't give you essential vitamin D, which is added to all processed milks. But I don't think that's what Adams means.)

My intention is pretty obvious. I intend to stand up for science and medicine whenever possible (and chastise them for any lapses of integrity or clarity) while simultaneously blasting those whose notions of "natural" include magic and nonsense.

I do that pretty well for someone who eats cooked meat. And has the occasional dairy product. And never, ever, ever buys any of the products recommended by the like of the Mike Adamses of the world. I intend to keep doing so for a long, long time.

And that's no secret.

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