The following story recently ran on 60 Minutes. It was brought to my attention by secret skeptical agent, Blue Orange. Blue Orange is a friend of ArealGirl and I hope to meet her someday!
The investigative reporter goes undercover with some men who have the disease, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS damages the neuromuscular system. It is debilitating and deadly. It causes weakening and eventual paralysis. Most die within approximately five years.
Sad enough right? Well, it gets worse because you guessed it, charlatans are preying on these poor people with a new kind of pseudoscience involving stem cells. 60 Minutes followed one quack doctor (who isn’t actually a doctor) by the name of Lawrence Stowe. I’m very pleased that 60 Minutes exposed the story but horrified at how even when confronted with a hidden camera footage and the investigative reporter, Mr. Lawrence refuses to stop trying to sell his $150,000 treatment! He basically says the men with the disease are better off going broke buying his bogus treatment then having no (false) hope at all. So be sure to watch to the end to see what a complete jerk this guy is. Cognitive dissonance by a quack doc or complete and utter vicious-douchebaggery? You be the judge.