I call them smear posts because the good doctor doesn't like to confine himself to facts and talking about ideas. No, he seems to feel the need to editorialize about and impugn the character of everyone he writes about while impressing us with his brilliance. For example, I apparently don't understand science based medicine.
I was going to respond to his post with one of my own but after reading the comments on the his post I changed my mind. I actually had to laugh at how inane some of these people are.
One particularly sad person took me to task for not thanking Gorski for plugging my blog and giving me a forum to correct my errors before telling me my "tone" was offensive. According to this person, I defend child abusers.
Another explained to me that because I was having saying inappropriate things about MMS that I am one of its defenders. And another one counted the number of words I wrote and decided that I spent too many words saying the wrong about MMS thing therefore I had to be defending it. That was right before he said that I was "sampling the wares".
You really can't make stuff like this up. I didn't think that my thoughts on MMS were unclear, but in case anyone didn't get the point, here it is from the top of the other post -
Now, let me be perfectly clear here. I see absolutely no reason to think that using this stuff will do anything to help my children's autism and I see a lot of potential for harm.I can see why there is all of the confusion, that statement (and others like it) were totally ambiguous. Or maybe, if you believe the post and the people making comments, I am really secretly an MMS sympathizer and my entire post was just a ruse. Drat, they figured me out.
Like I said, I was going to respond to Gorski's points but, after reading some of the comments, I realized that it is completely pointless. There is absolutely no point in engaging with these people because many of them are just fanatics. Internet blowhards like Gorski exist because they can collect followers who feed into their desire to be important and because people will actually engage them. If you can't see the huge ego staring out from behind Gorski's writing then you aren't paying attention.
I don't have any need or desire to prove to the world that mine's bigger than everyone else's. You can take what I say and agree with it, disagree with it, or tell me I am an idiot, it is entirely up to you. Gorski apparently thinks I'm an idiot and I really couldn't care less.
So, yea, good job David, you really showed me. Although, just between you and me, you really sound like an idiot when you say stuff like paying attention to differences in chemical composition is pedantry and it is the class of chemical that is more important. Because I can totally see how that option fits into science based medicine. After all, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are both pain relievers so they are exactly the same thing too, right?
But since I do care about accuracy, I will correct one potential mistake that I made in the last post. The dose of chlorine dioxide in a single, uhm, serving of MMS might be higher than I thought it was. I said that I though it was around 1 ppm and I based that on comments that I read around the internet. According to Gorki, that dose is like 80 ppm and while I think that figure is probably wrong (anyone with a good knowledge of chemistry want to chime in?), I also think my figure is an under estimation.
However, even if you remove that one point, the rest of the post still holds true. The hyperbolic rhetoric employed by people like Gorski and his ilk might be good for firing up the minions but it does nothing productive for the larger autism community.