Health Care Hucksters to Host Quack Convention in Nashville | The marrow in the wind



You would think the circus is in town with all the clowns headed to Opryland Resort and Convention Center. But no, it’s just a gathering of anti-vaccine and like-minded supporters of alternative medical facts. The Truth About Cancer convention is taking place at the convention center from October 22-24, and you can bet the speakers will be broadcasting just about anything but accurate information – that’s a guarantee when Eric Trump and Roger Stone are two of your speakers. main.

Some of the main programming charlatans include Dr Sherri Tenpenny, who promoted the whole ‘COVID vaccine makes you magnetic’ theory, and raw food advocate turned conspiracy theorist David “Avocado” Wolfe, who you probably cut. the page on Facebook now. Additionally, the Jackson 5’s Randy Jackson will perform.

It’s hard to take this Snake Oil Symposium seriously. The event’s website calls the COVID-19 outbreak a “plandemic,” has many words in all caps, and for some reason uses spooky quotes to describe their panelists and attendees as “health gurus.” natural ”and“ health buffs ”- either the copywriter has a misunderstanding of how sarcasm and punctuation interact, or there is a saboteur at the keyboard.

The convention series was started by Sumner County’s Tyler and Charlene Bollinger, who sadly lost loved ones to cancer – a story that’s only too relatable. Unfortunately, after this grueling experience, they launched a crusade to promote some of the biggest names in pseudoscience as well as the hard right. Tyler Bollinger said treatments like chemotherapy were actually what killed his father, and has since turned into anti-vaccination programs and the pro-Trump Stop the Steal movement / conspiracy. The Bollingers even spoke up and helped organize the rally leading up to the Jan.6 uprising.

The Bollingers aren’t the only locals on the bill. State Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles will be in attendance. Future also led by Robby Starbuck, a Republican who challenges Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville), is also on the speakers list.

It’s easy to point fingers at healthcare hucksters and laughter, but as several proverbs suggest, comedy and tragedy are often linked. In this case, they are not only praying over wealthy science deniers, but also desperate people who are looking for something to help them or their loved ones survive. We are talking about vulnerable people, physically and financially.

A 2019 report from the Centers for Disease Control found that women and uninsured adults were more likely to seek alternative treatments to reduce prescribing costs. Other studies suggest that more women are entering alternative medicine as practitioners and consumers. At this point, bioethicist Arianne Shahvisi argues in a 2019 article that neglect and lack of autonomy in scientific treatment can lead women to seek alternative health care. Unfortunately, she notes, “autonomy in health care requires informed consent; informed consent is not possible for [alternative medicine] therapies because the mechanisms are not known or implausible, and there is no evidence base. People need to have access to good health care, not just any scam the “free health care” crowd pushes.

When it comes to science, we don’t need to take placebos seriously at all. But when it comes to the evil these crooks perpetuate, the laughter fades.



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