In This Week’s Show, episode 246, we juice the Angel of Celery to stave off viral spillover with whatever horrible yeti disease kept Shea from being here today.
I think it’s called Familious klingienous…
Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Ko’Lok (the cannibal winged giant of the Miwok people, not on Endor) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying their patience!
Shea’s Life Lesson
Jenn’s Actual Lesson
Did you know the electric chair was invented by a dentist (Alfred Southwick)? It’s actually only an electric chair bc that was what he was used to working with.
But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!
This Week’s Beer
Highwayman – Roadhouse Brewing Co
- BA Link: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30261/397884/
- BA Rating: 4.47/5
- Style: Crushable Pilsner
- ABV: 4%
- Aaron: 8
- Jenn: 7
- Steve: 9
This Week’s Show
Thanks to listener Steve W. for the very good point as to why doctors didn’t use axes to chop off limbs for amputations. In episode 244 we discussed Dr. Lister and how he made surgery not an auto-death sentence and Aaron was curious as to why not use an axe. Turns out, that tends to shatter bones which will definitely help a surgery be less successful.
This Week’s Story
Jenn’s Story is available now at http://patreon.com/w4w for a buck! Head over to get a special patron only story every week, as well as 4 More Beers, our sister show (that one’s free and we’ll totally be making one soon!) Patrons this week will also get an extended (like 10+ min) of my medical story!
Fake Reality TV & Unhealthy Medicine
Another entry into the annals of quack doctors making lots of money off of desperate people, today I’m talking about the Burzynski Clinic. Located in Houston, TX, the clinic was founded by chubby, weird, dangerous Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski.
The clinic was founded in 1976 and has been the subject of much (entirely warranted) controversy since the beginning. But I’ll get into the details during and after we hear from a commercial advertising the purported upcoming docu-series ‘My Cancer Free Life’
I have a few tidbits to point out during the segment we watch:
At 00:30 – Antineoplastons: what are they? How do they work? Turns out it’s/they’re a term coined by Burzynski himself and really don’t seem to do anything at all. It’s sort of a ‘catch all’ for (per his Wiki article) “a group of urine-derived peptides, peptide derivatives, and mixtures that Burzynski named to use in his “cancer treatment”. There is no accepted scientific evidence of benefit from antineoplaston combinations for various diseases.” Yes, his entire approach to immunotherapy cancer treatment involves urine particulates.
Today we’re going to talk about Anthony W. Coviello. He’s a slick looking fellow with four best sellers, millions of fans, a “medical” company in Sarasota Florida, and a listing as a “trusted expert” on the GOOP!
He’s a Slenderman whose unblinking gaze redefines creepy in a category whose namesake doesn’t have a face. Sporting a slicked back pony tail, short wire frame glasses, and a salt’n’pepper short boxed beard, Anthony is a man who looks as if someone asked Steve Jobs to dress the late-30’s, new-age, physiologist-gone-Bond villain of your nightmares.
Speaking of Apples, Anthony adds,
“Apples teach us not to get burned by the frost of insensitivity from others.”
With a few more tattoos he’d be a dead ringer for Far Cry 5’s Father… complete with the ability to channel the Spirit!
You’re probably heard of the “Medical Medium,” Anthony William — because he prefers the “W” bit to Coviello I guess. He’s a celebrity among woo-celebrities.
Anti-vaxer Robert De Niro, Naomi Campbell, And James Van Der Beek (of Dawnson’s Creek in case you were wondering – and that’s not just from me, he’s the only one the article felt the need to identify… whomp whomp), and of course, GOOP-slinger Gwyneth Paltrow, are all clients and believers in his “God-given skills.”
Before we go any further, no Anthony doesn’t have a medical degree.
What he does have is so much better. He has an imaginary friend called “Spirit” who he met when he was four. And through Spirit he’s able to divine ailments and cure things from irritable bowel syndrome to thyroid cancer. He says he can see into the body like a supercharged MRI scan to diagnose “all blockages, infections, trouble areas, past problems, and even soul fractures.”
Additionally, God gives him knowledge that is apparently decades ahead of medical science’s cheap parlor ticks! With that in mind, here’s what William says about his own abilities:
Anthony William was born with the unique ability to converse with a high-level spirit who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time. Since age four, when he shocked his family by announcing that his symptom-free grandmother had lung cancer (which medical testing soon confirmed), Anthony has been using his gift to “read” people’s conditions and tell them how to recover their health. His unprecedented accuracy and success rate as the Medical Medium have earned him the trust and love of thousands worldwide, among them movie stars, rock stars, billionaires, professional athletes, best-selling authors, and countless other people from all walks of life who couldn’t find a way to heal until he provided them with insights from Spirit. Anthony has also become an invaluable resource to doctors who need help solving their most difficult cases, and has recently released his NY Times Best Seller “Medical Medium.”
Jennifer Gunter, an OB/GYN from San Francisco who has criticized GOOP in the past, made the following statement regarding Anthony William:
Promoting the Medical Medium is no different than promoting anti-vaccine views or cleanses or coffee enemas. The minimum is that people waste money, but there is great potential for harm with many of the therapies that are recommended and delays in diagnosis.
So how do we get advice from Spirit? Over the phone, for the low price of $300-500 for a 30-minute call.
See, Anthony has the ability to tell you what’s wrong with you or, for example, your disabled child. Which, as an aside, is why he doesn’t fly – being stuck in a metal tube with so many people his spidy-like diagnostic sense can’t stop twitching… Anyway, in 2013 Kate Gallagher Leong called AW. Her son Gavin suffered from a series of congenital issues. Desperate, she wrote a single post on her blog describing her son’s conditions and begging for help. And because the internet is a terrible place a person – or perhaps one of the fans AW bribes/automatons he employs told her to call him. 30 minutes, $300, and no magical healing later Anthony simply said that Gavin had contracted Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in utero and suggested a rigorous vitamin regime, including liquid B12, Zinc, and a kind of charcoal “detoxifier.” Forty-eight days later Gavin was dead.
The cause of death was unspecified medical complications of a seizure.
His mom, of course, blamed herself for giving Gavin EBV, “all I could think was, ‘Oh my god, I did this to him,’” she said. “This was me.”
EBV, Human gammaherpesvirus 4, is one of eight common types of herpes.
Commonly called infectious mononucleosis, “mono,” or the kissing disease. About 90% of adults in America show some indication of past infection. Infants can become susceptible to EBV as soon as material antibody protection disappears. Yeah, antibodies, not contagions. Anthony. You dick.
Still though, William writes in that column,
“Ninety-eight percent of the time, cancer is caused by a virus and at least one type of toxin,”
Of course, not elaborating on what qualifies as a “toxin” he continues,
“There are many viruses that can be involved with cancer; the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of them…EBV is also responsible for breast cancer, liver cancer, almost all lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, women’s reproductive cancers, leukemia, and many more.”
While EBV is incredibly common, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there’s essentially no peer-reviewed evidence to confidently state it causes cancer, as William does. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), at most, it could be linked to Hodgkin’s lymphoma and “some cases of stomach cancer.” This is ambiguous territory, even for oncologists, never-mind medical “mediums,” since EBV spreads primarily via saliva — not in utero.
Since we now know that EBV causes cancer because of spirits, what can we do to protect ourselves… I mean, other than not calling him.
Well, there are the holy 4!
His Holy 4 are fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, and wild foods. They are:
The sacred assistance granted to us to make it through life here. These are the answers for humanity. These are what will save us.
Because they grow from the earth and are showered by the sun and sky, enduring out in the elements day after day as they form, they are intimately connected to the holy forces of nature. They don’t just contain the building-block nutrients we need to function. They contain intelligence from the Earthly Mother and the heavens that we desperately need about how to adapt.
- An introduction with unsubstantiated health claims supposedly based on current scientific knowledge (i.e., “Cat’s claw can aid in alleviating almost any symptom, from neurological to digestive.”)
- A list of conditions that would benefit from bringing the food into your life (for cat’s claw: every type of cancer, Lyme disease, ALS, laryngitis, strep throat, MS, viruses that “are undiscovered,” and many, many more).
- A list of symptoms that are reasons to bring the food into your life. (For cat’s claw: 36 symptoms ranging from ringing in the ears to Bell’s palsy, from rashes to slurred speech.)
- Emotional support provided by the food. (Cat’s claw reduces a sense of urgency so you can take time to think rather than automatically reacting to a situation.)
- Spiritual lesson taught by the food (For instance, “sometimes what we think we seek is within reach.”)
- Tips on how to use the food (Keep kiwis in a bowl on your nightstand; sleeping beside them will connect them with your being for the greatest life-changing effects. When eating a fig, imagine the fig tree it came from standing in front of you, to amplify its healing, grounding power.)
- And to top it all off, he offers a recipe featuring each food.
But of course, there’s a flip side:
Radiation, toxic heavy metals, the viral explosion, and DDT are the major culprits. They “ravage our bodies, make us question our own sanity, and push us to the breaking point as a society.”
Luckily we can avoid all of these by not eating dairy, which fucks your liver; Eggs, because they cause viral explosions; Corn no longer has nutrients because of genetic engineering; and “natural flavors” are really MSG which of course destroys your brain…
Though he gets partial points for that last bit, because MSG is a natural flavor found in tomatoes and other Umami rich foods.
He says there are two kinds of living water. Hydrobioactive water is inside all the Holy Four foods. It holds life-giving nutrients and hydrates better than any drink of plain water can. Then there’s the undiscovered cofactor water that contains information to help restore your soul and spirit and to support your emotions.
As for evidence, he offers “Life-Changing Angels.” There are twelve angels, and he knows their names, like the Angel of Abundance and the Angel of Addiction. He instructs his readers to call on the appropriate angel out loud, by name. For instance, “Angel of Provision, please help me.”
There’s also the angels of detoxification, homeopathy, and vitalism… I guess, I didn’t read his book but these are things he recommends.
Speaking of cures, let’s dive into one of his more common claims. Cucumber water!
Good news, of the crazy shit you can juice, cucumbers are 95% water, so at least you’re getting your money’s worth eh.
According to Anthony,
Cucumbers are highly alkalizing and hydrating food that are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium.
I’m going to paraphrase the rest of his crazy shit:
- The chlorophyll and lignin in cucumber skin prevent cancer, especially estrogen-caused cancer
- Adds hydration directly to the colon so it’s good if his other recommendations stop you up
- They’re good for detoxing, reducing redness around the eyes, and autoimmune/neurological disorders
- It’s a “beautifying” food
- Cures ulcers
- Brings down fevers in children Basically, it’s the tits.
Cucumbers are basically vitamin free, except K, which helps blood clotting. So there’s that.
He claims they contain Erepsin, a long-depreciated and inaccurate term for intestinal enzymes. They don’t. That’s nuts. And they definitely don’t destroy parasites.
About the various fiber related claims. A cucumber has about 1g of fiber, or a 1/5th of a slice of wheat bread.
It also treats depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and thyroid diseases – which require a real doctor for sure.
He also recommends you juice celery.
So many have followed this that #Celeryjuicechallenge is trending – because what trends on twitter is now apparently a measurement of popularity and international diplomacy.
He recommends this for all the same, vitamin, detox, and pH reasons.
“There is no evidence that drinking celery juice, or any juice, has any detoxing or cleansing benefits,” says Lindsay Krasna, a registered dietitian in Brooklyn, New York. “Our kidneys and liver are the vital organs responsible for purifying our blood and ridding our bodies of harmful toxins. They do that beautifully whether we’re consuming celery juice or eating a burger.”
Next Week’s Beer
Buffalo Gold Golden Ale from Boulder Beer – from RW
- BA Link: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/130/5088/
- BA Rating: 4.8/5
- Style: American Blonde
- ABV: 4.8%
Faith In Humanity Restored
Some matches just seem meant to be. Tonight’s faith in humanity story is one of those. Two Ft. Collin’s residents each dealing with their own physical limitations came together to make both of their wishes come true in the form of their love of hiking.
The issue, you see is that Melanie Knecht was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, whereas her friend, Trevor Hahn, is blind after contracting glaucoma five years ago.
They met at an adaptive boxing class and again in an adaptive rock-climbing class and bonded over their shared love of the outdoors. What makes this relationship work though, is that they are each using their talents to help the other to make the most of their situations.
Hahn was able to climb a Himalayan peak using poles and spoken directions, and Knecht had been carried by someone while visiting Easter Island. Now, Hahn carries Knecht on his back to hike and Knecht provides the spoken directions for the hike. They started with small hikes, but now they’re preparing to hike a 14’er (that’s a 14,000 ft peak for you flat landers) next month.
You can follow them via their instagram account called hiking with sight, link in the notes of course.
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