Gary Null is the Kent Hovind of Alternative Medicine


Uploaded by C0nc0rdance on 07.05.2010

Transcript:
This is Gary Null. He has been described as the nation's leading promoters of dubious
treatment for serious disease. Or, in my terms, the Grandaddy of all Quacks, vying for that
title with Kevin Trudeau. There is no craziness he does not subscribe to. A brief listing:
1. He's an HIV/AIDS denialist 2. He's anti-vaccine.
3. He sleeps 2 hours a night and advocates reduced sleep cycles.
4. He believes big Pharma and doctors are intentionally allowing people to get cancer
and other chronic disease. 5. He's in favor of homeopathy, chiropractic,
acupuncture, herbalism, reiki, chelation therapy for autism, and megavitamin therapy for...
well, everything. 6. He believes that aging is the result of
depleted enzymes, and can be stopped and reversed with bee pollen, because it's loaded with
enzymes.
In short, there's little he won't believe in. It occurs to me that he is, and here's
a comparison that makes me smile, he is the Kent Hovind of alternative medicine. They
both revel in their ignorance and lack of logic. And, as I will show, they both play
fast and loose with their qualifications.
Gary Null, on his website, claims a PhD in human nutrition and public health science.
We'll come back to that, but first, he completed an associate degree in business administration
at Mountain State College, a junior college in Beckley, West Virginia. Then, he completed
a BS at Edison State College, a college started in the 1970s in downtown Trenton that offers
self-directed and distance learning programs for adults. Then, he acquired his PhD at the
"College without Walls" which is now called Union Institute. The Union Institute was an
experiment between colleges started in the 60s to offer non-traditional studies outside
a college campus. The focus is online courses, distance learning, and the students and campuses
are located across the country, similiar to the University of Phoenix.
Now, what surprises me is that Union Institute does not currently offer a PhD program in
human nutrition and public health science. They DO offer an interdisciplinary degree
in humanities. Current examples are Ethical & Creative Leadership, Public Policy & Social
Change, and Humanities & Culture. They are accredited for these degrees, but as stated
on their website, they do not grant PhDs in the sciences.
Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch reports that Gary's doctoral dissertation was on the physiological
effects of caffeine. The way the study was done was about as complicated as taking a
survey and measuring blood pressure. While this might be an interesting subject for a
high school level biology lab, it does not constitute serious research and certainly
nothing worth submitting as a dissertation. I am reminded of Hovind's dissertation on
creationism. I imagine Gary's dissertation also began: "Hello, I'm Gary Null..."
Gary Null is also a licensed dietician. The minimum requirements for this in New York
are a 2 year degree and experience in some capacity in food or nutrition, as well as
passing a multiple choice test on food safety and nutrition. Once licensed, they're allowed
to choose balanced menus for school lunches, to interview people and advise a healthy diet,
but they aren't clinicians. They aren't trained in even the most basic diagnosis of disease
or abnormality. Gary Null has about as much clinical qualification as the lunch lady at
the local high school.
What about his prestigious titles? Here's a list of what research and administrative
positions he claims on his current website: "
1. Research Fellow of the Institute of Applied Biology
2. Nutrition Research Division Director for the National Hypoglycemia Association
3. Researcher of Agricultural Sciences at the Fertile Earth Farm Project
4. Director of Nutrition for the Nutrition Institute of America
5. Founder of the National Health Resources Council."
Let's see what strict Google searches turn up on these institutions.
1. The Institute of Applied Biology returns only two kinds of hits of any interest, neither
an institutional webpage. One is a biography of Emanuel Revici, the physician suspended
for quackery, and the other is one of Gary Null's resumes.
2. Next is the National Hypoglycemia Association. There were some hits, but this is apparently
a front for publishing Gary Null books. The only address given is a PO Box near Gary Null's
home. 3. The Fertile Earth Farm Project as a strict
search has exactly two hits. Both are Gary Null's resume. That's got to be nearly a record.
4. Nutrition Institute of America does have a website. Here it is. The other major hits
were from Gary Null's resume, and a donations page on his main website.
5. The National Health Resources Council is perhaps one of the worst. Every hit I found,
hundreds of them, was a Gary Null resume reference.
There is one hit for researcher (Null comma G) in Medline. It is "The medical uses of
garlic--fact and fiction." in American Pharmacology, published in 1982. Gary is the second of three
authors, and therefore the least important. It doesn't appear to have been cited by any
other papers. The only place I can find his published work is Penthouse... not that I
was looking. I don't read it for the articles.
Gary is primarily a radio personality with his own show, "Natural Living with Gary Null"
He brags about winning 21 Silver Microphone Awards, which sounds very prestigious. It
is, but the award is given for the best local or regional radio commercial. I'm not clear
if they are saying his program is a commercial, or if he made a really terrific commercial
for his products.
He's also written over 70 books on ... and this is from his website... nutrition, self-empowerment
and public health issues, including his most recent, Power Aging. You can conveniently
purchase all your supplies directly from Gary. He dispenses advice and makes millions of
dollars selling the cure as well!
In short, Gary is the Kent Hovind of alternative medicine. His resume is riddled with shady
honors and misinformation about his qualifications. None of it stands up to scrutiny. He's made
no contribution to the field of science, and the only person who is clearly benefitting
from his work seems to be Gary Null.
Recently, Gary has been in the news a lot. It seems he fell ill after eating some of
the products that he sells on his websites. The manufacturer, a large industrial vitamin
factory, that he trusts to make his product, had put 1000 times the requested amount of
Vitamin D3 in the Red Stuff supplement. Gary was taking the product, and became quite ill.
He was fatigued, had to cancel his activities and lay in bed, and his feet and hands began
cracking and bleeding. He hoped that by... wait for it... that by taking MORE of the
product, that it would make him better. Of course, it didn't work. He was rushed to a
real doctor who diagnosed and treated him for kidney damage. He's recovering well. His
doctor reports that if he had waited just one more day, he might be dead now.
He's currently suing the company that makes the product for him, and a full recall has
been issued. Good news, though, for the next month only, the product is available 2 for
the price of 1. Get your orders in now!
All kidding aside, will Gary come out of this with a different perspective on the megadoses
of vitamins that he advocates and profits from? My money is on no. I don't think he's
that smart.
Thanks for watching.