I apologize for my nearly two year absence from this blog, but frankly I’ve had much more important things to do in the last two years than pay attention to anything the Lazymoron, Brian Macfarland has to say. (I would consider taking out the trash to be more important than wasting my time writing a post on this incredible loser.)
Well, I just had to break my silence for this one. First let me preface this by saying I invited Mr. MacFarland to a debate on the issue of the scientific studies associated with Protandim and Nrf2. He declined. I made that offer to him two years ago. I sent an email to his blog. He didn’t post my comments but sent me a personal response declining to debate me. That in itself should tell you something. He paints himself as an expert on all things scientific and medical because he knows people in those fields. (That’s like saying that if a middle school class has a visit to the white house that the members of the class are somehow qualified to be President of the United States.)
His biggest “hero” is Dr. Harriet Hall. Dr. Hall is a retired family practice physician. In my research of the medical literature, she has NEVER ONCE published a scientific study herself. She has written countless articles bashing alternative medicine and this is her primary work. She has been an outspoken critic of alternative medicine, often questioning its effectiveness. These are her words, “If it were shown to be truly effective, it would be part of regular medicine.” Well, if Dr. Hall has been paying attention the last 10 years or so, she would have seen countless studies on the effectiveness of numerous nutritional supplements and dietary therapies that have been effective in treating and preventing disease. Two studies I would direct her to specifically are the GISSI Prevention Trial and the Lyon Heart study. Personally, I feel Dr. Hall is asleep at the wheel. There is a huge trend in allopathic medicine in which medical doctors have begun to recognize the inherent value of natural therapies combined with standard medical therapies. This is called Integrative Medicine. Fellowship programs are sprouting up all across the country in Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine. (Functional medicine gets to the root cause of medical problems and attempts to treat the root cause not the end result of the disease through a combination of natural and medical therapies.) Many major medical schools now offer fellowship programs in integrative and functional medicine. Some of these schools include Mayo, George Washington University, Yale, Duke, University of Arizona, etc. The list goes on and on. So, Lazymoron’s hero, Dr. Hall, is living in the dark ages of medicine. For Brian to hitch his wagon to that pony speaks volumes. Furthermore, Does Harriet even know what Nrf2 is? Brian certainly doesn’t. Do Brian or Harriet know that the first week of 2015 there was the first ever international conference on Nrf2 in England attended by hundreds of Nrf2 researchers? Do Brian or Harriet know that two researchers presented studies at this conference on Protandim as an Nrf2 activator?
Here is the really interesting thing that Brian posted as a response to someone questioning his credentials to interpret scientific studies. First, he sited Harriet Hall and her disbelief and hatred for anything natural or alternative. Then he stated that his majors in college were in computer science and psychology. While he recognized that perhaps that may not qualify him for interpretation of the medical literature, he did state that he worked for a while as a pharmacy technician and because of that, and the fact that his lawyer went to Yale Law School, that somehow qualifies him to interpret scientific studies. (This is right along with Dr. Hall’s vast experience having NEVER published one solitary scientific study herself!) So there you have it. Brian MacFarland is qualified to be an expert in science and medicine because he was a pharmacy technician, likes Harriet Hall, and his lawyer went to Yale Law school! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will leave you with this. Cognitive Dissonance.
Cognitive Dissonance is when people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that goes against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. Accepting this new evidence would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. Because it is so important to protect this core belief they rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit with their core belief. Brian’s cognitive dissonance is from his core beliefs that 1) nutritional supplements don’t work, and 2) his visceral hatred for network marketing.
Brian MacFarland, aka Lazyman, aka Lazymoron, and Harriet Hall both have, in my opinion, extreme cases of cognitive dissonance.