Saturday
Apr302016

Hiatus

Judging by the emails I continue to receive it seems my absence from the Internet over the past 6 months has not gone un-noticed. It's true that both this blog and my twitter have been very quiet over the past year and especially the previous 6 months.

Unfortunately I've had very little free time to maintain this site recently due to unrelated activities that have simply consumed most of my free time.

This should all change soon. I'm currently considering expanding this blog to include things outside of Pseudo-science. While this blog has never had a definitive topic, pseudo-science became the default as picking fights with frauds and charlatans was the thing that occupied most of my free-time 5 years ago. It's still a hobby but spending less time on it these days means I have less things to write about.

So expanding the scope of the blog seems like the most sensible solution rather than keeping it quiet. At the moment I'm still deciding if this site should host two blogs, one for skepticism/pseudo-science (current blog) and one for other interests or just keep the one blog and separate posts by category (I already do this for ease of navigation). Which ever way it goes I'll be keeping it all in the one website/domain, nothing that's currently here will be going away.

Saturday
Mar262016

Gaye Demanuele the serial-killer Midwife

Gaye Demanuele is a homeopath and midwife who killed two babies and a mother in three separate home birthing incidents.

The Melbourne midwife involved in a home birth where a mother died was present at two other home births that resulted in the deaths of two babies.

The three deaths occurred within an 18-month period between July 2011 and October 2012.

Home birth advocate Gaye Demanuele was the senior of two registered midwives at Caroline Lovell's fatal home birth in January 2012 that is the subject of a current coronial inquiry. -The Age

The coroners report into the death of Caroline Lovell revealed that Ms Demanuele even ignored Ms Lovells peas for an ambulance and callously let her victim "bleed out" instead.

Failed to manage the third stage in an appropriate manner in that she left Caroline and for the most part X, sitting in the pool for not less than one hour without testing her for pulse, blood pressure or physically examining her for the possibility of PPH. 

Failed to call Ambulance Victoria when Caroline first fell unconscious and had to be lifted from the pool.

Failed to call Ambulance Victoria when Caroline later begged for that to be done, maintaining this position for a period of not less than 10 minutes until Caroline further declined into a state of collapse with the 000 call finally made at 10.27.55 and, 

Failed to provide Ambulance Victoria officers, and later the Austin Hospital ED, with an accurate medical history.

 -Coroners Report

Gaye Demanuele REFUSED to call an ambulance despite being "begged for that to be done". There is no grey area here, a deliberate refusal to render medical assistance when a person is in dire need of such is murder. If that wasn't horrific enough Gaye Demanuele has killed before, and after Ms Lovells death.

As revealed by The Age newspaper an earlier death took place in 2011 where a newborn baby died after Ms Demanuele refused to call an ambulance. 

More information about the 2011 death emerged in statements from the baby boy's parents that were tendered to court by Slater and Gordon lawyer Michael Magazanik on Wednesday.

The mother, who cannot be named, said in her statement that Ms Demanuele ignored her requests for an ambulance during the labour.

"She told me an ambulance would be expensive as I would not be regarded as a medical emergency," she said.

-TheAge

So having already killed a child Gaye Demanuele then decided to take the same course of action against Caroline Lovell who also died as a result of her pleas for an Ambulance being ignored. Are we spotting a pattern here?

Fairfax Media has also learned that in March 2012, just two months after Ms Lovell's death, Ms Demanuele was present at another home birth in western Victoria. The baby, also a boy, was born with severe brain damage as a result of a lack of oxygen and died seven months later. -The Age 

A normal person might be affected by all this, however this is a midwife without remorse. A sociopath so unaffected by their actions that she plans to continue murdering women and children providing homebirths.

It is also noted that prior to this inquest and in the face of action taken by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency, which action might have resulted in Gaye’s deregistration as a midwife as well as the unfavourable publicity associated with such a process, that Gaye took it upon herself to arrange for her own immediate deregistration. The fact that she testified that she is now seeking employment as an unregistered midwife in her own words, to offer assistance to the mother, who catches the baby with her own hands, is a
matter of concern that should be immediately addressed. -Coroners Report

Gaye Demanuele is a serial killer. She apparently has no remorse about these deaths as evidenced first by her actions in causing them and secondly by her determination to continue doing it. The coroner addresses the seriousness of this situation by referring the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Pursuant to Sections 49(1) and 69(2) of the Coroners Act 2008, 1 recommend that the Director of Public Prosecutions examines the evidence collected in this investigation and takes such action against Gaye Demanuele, as he may deem to be appropriate.

Hopefully this discusting person can be thrown behind bars. It's the only thing thats going to stop her.

Saturday
Mar192016

Chris Savage on the run from Indonesian Authorities

Prominent anti-vaccination campaigner and former Queensland Police officer  Christopher William Savage has fled Indonesia after practicing medicine on children in Ubud, Bali without a license.

Mr Savage has been giving intravenous infusions of Magnesium and a chemical called DMSO or dimethyl sulfoxide to children. An activity that he confesses he would not be allowed to do in Australia.

A FORMER Queensland police officer has returned to Australia from Bali after local authorities began investigating him over allegations he was offering medical treatments to help cure children of autism and a host of other diseases without any medical training.

And Indonesian authorities have a blunt message for him — if he returns they will investigate him for allegedly violating local health laws and, if proven, he could be jailed and black-listed from returning.

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Medical professionals have told News Corp Australia that there is no known situation where Magnesium and DMSO would be given together to a patient intravenously and that IV magnesium is only used in clinical settings for things like chronic asthma, pre-eclampsia and life-threatening heart arrhythmia.

Dr Rachel Heap, an intensive care doctor from northern New South Wales, says that too much magnesium in the body slows the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure and in extreme circumstances causes heart attacks.

“Intravenous magnesium is known as one of the high-risk medications,” Dr Heap said.

“There is absolutely no justification for intravenous magnesium outside of a hospital setting,”

-News.com.au

Worth noting that this is the same Chris Savage who advocates for the murder of medical professionals.

Perhaps Mr Savage thought he could get away with exploiting children in a country with less developed medical regulations. Fortunately health authorities in Indonesia are on the lookout for western crooks like Savage seeking a safe harbour in their country.

Monday
Feb292016

Fake medicine still doesn't work.

Homeopathic sugar pills that frauds and crooks like to fleece members of the public with have once again been proven to have zero effect on treating anything but an overweight wallet.

Last year the National Health and Medical Research Council released a statement regarding the efficacy of Homeopathic Treatments.

Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.

Homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious. People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness. People who are considering whether to use homeopathy should first get advice from a registered health practitioner.* Those who use homeopathy should tell their health practitioner and should keep taking any prescribed treatments.

National Health and Medical Research Council expects that the Australian public will be offered treatments and therapies based on the best available evidence. -NHMRC-Statement_on-homeopathy

Unsurprisingly the people who profit from this scam are once again upset at being called out by medical experts. 

The Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA) accused NHMRC of a bias that influenced its findings and approach. It also claimed that NHMRC was influenced by anti-complementary medicine campaigners. -International Business Times

After five years of writing this blog (yes, it's been more quiet lately) nothing should come as a surprise any more. At this point I've seen every excuse possible from frauds and pseudo-scientists, and a great deal of their tactics used to target people who call them out as the frauds they are. Quite a few of those tactics have been used in my direction as well. But the one thing that does surprise me still is how powerless government authorities are when dealing with scammers.

They assessed 176 individual clinical trials focused on 68 different conditions, and had two conclusions. Firstly, that there is no evidence that homeopathy works better than placebo and, secondly, that patients may harm themselves if they use homeopathy instead of effective therapies.

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Given the overwhelming evidence against homeopathy it now seems like the time to act. There is no reason any longer for anyone to believe in homeopathy. Pretending there is room for a legitimate debate is merely misleading the public. -Edzard Ernst, the Independant

How many times must Homeopathy be revealed as a total sham before the frauds who sell it are dealt with? Selling fake medicine has the potential to cause real harm. Especially when the homeopath has the potentian to end up killing their patient. (Click Here)

Sunday
Jan102016

France knows how to deal with anti-vaxxers.

An anti-vaccination couple in France have been charged and convicted of neglecting their child's health by refusing to vaccinate.

MARC and Samia Larere thought they were doing the right thing by their children, aged three and 15 months, when they refused to vaccinate them against polio, tetanus and diphtheria.

In a sentence handed down in a criminal court on Thursday, the pair received a two-month suspended jail sentence. They have been given time to appeal, but it could’ve been much worse.

They were originally charged with neglecting their children’s health, an offence that could’ve landed them two years in prison and a hefty fine. -News.com.au

Since you aren't allowed to neglect children by refusing to feed them it stands to reason that a person should not be permitted to neglect a child by refusing important medications. I can only hope that one day Australia will follow the French example by punishing anti-vaxxers for being negligent douchebags.