Ready for this week’s bit of skeptical activism? Orac has the details on Kim Tinkham, a woman who had stage 3 breast cancer and decided to treat it with The Secret (happy thoughts) and diet changes instead of science-based medicine. The science offers a 50/50 chance of survival. The happy thoughts add nothing to your not-so-promising chance of surviving 5 years without treatment.
Four years ago, Oprah featured Tinkham on her show and gave her the validation she needed to continue using quack therapy. Today, Tinkham is dying, forgotten as Oprah launches her 24/7 health network OWN.
Orac suggests we remind Oprah (or at least her producers) of the damage she’s done. Go to her contact page and show them the human cost of spreading misinformation. Feel free to crib from the open letter to Oprah I wrote back in 2007, which is still, sadly, appropriate.