Another day, another alt-med wackadoo revealing that there’s no reality to the image they try to promote: an image of a loving, wise, holistic healer who cares more about you than that cold doctor in Big Pharma’s pocket. Remember the way the anti-vaccination crowd called Steve Novella, Paul Offit and others baby-eaters? And the way they targeted sexist language at women like Amy Wallace, branding them as whores? Well, now it’s Dr. Joseph Mercola calling a female skeptic “fat” and “Big Pharma’s wet dream.” You don’t say!
Dr. Rachael Dunlop, aka Dr. Rachie, is composed not of atoms but of newly discovered awesatoms. This means she has the power to drive pseudoscientists absolutely batshit nuts by doing nothing more than winning an award for people who can type interesting thoughts in fewer than 140 characters.
Last week, @DrRachie was in second place to a different anti-vaxx quack in the #health category of the ShortyAwards. Word went out amongst us skeptics and she quickly shot into first. The quack and/or the quack’s followers then cheated, creating false Twitter accounts in an attempt to catch up. They failed, and the quack was disqualified.
That’s where Dr. Mercola came into the picture. He sent out a Facebook message to all his followers asking them to vote for him, saying:
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Need Your Help to Squash Drug Company Pushers
An arrogant group of science bloggers that have vilified me for the past few years have started a campaign to have an Australian shill to win a health award on Twitter. This overweight non-physician has arrogantly bashed nearly every alternative therapy and encourages reliance on drugs.
She is Big Pharma’s wet dream. If you want a real laugh to see just how ridiculous some of her positions are you can go to her site http://scepticsbook.com/
His followers got in on the action with gems like Yanna Marshall writing “pretty sure that would be Dr Rachie or as she’s known [sic] to her boyfriend Dick Saunders, Rachel [sic] Dunlop. The tubby white coat wearing [sic] show woman [sic], plagued by cold sores on her mouth.”
Mercola’s vitriol was apparently all for nought, since Rachael is still kicking ass in the #health category (vote for her if you haven’t yet!) and he was even disgusting his own followers:
from Jacqueline Newing
I’m also surprised by the amount of energy going into this … and by the way it’s degenerating into a name-calling contest. Careful, Dr M – if you belittle overweight people like that, you might find that those of us who are looking to you for answers decide to go elsewhere – this post just doesn’t sound the way I’ve come to expect you to sound! You are generally the voice of reason. Have you lost it?
Yes, Jacqueline! He lost it long ago, but thankfully it looks like you haven’t. Rachael got a screenshot of other irate former fans.
Considering these results, Mercola had a change of heart. He’s just posted:
I regret having stooped to their level of name calling and wasting any time and energy engaging in this matter in the first place.
Their tactics are nothing new.
I am accustomed to this type of opposition and have been ridiculed for many years.
Wait. What just happened there? I just looked back over Rachael’s Twitter timeline and she never once engaged in name-calling. Hell, I can’t even find an example of her calling him a quack, which further illustrates her awesatom-ness, or at least her eternal patience.
I guess Mercola can look forward to at least a few more years of ridicule before he hopefully fades to obscurity. Of course, the ridicule will have little to do with his appearance and everything to do with his promotion of dangerous quackery.