I found an interesting little tidbit on the web about Dr. Roy Kerry, the Pennsylvania chelation doctor whose quackery and carelessness was almost certainly what killed
an unfortunate five year old autistic boy named Abubakar Tariq Nadama
last week. It comes from a page in the Google cache
of August 25 for a page from a website called Juiceguy.com
, which, as of this writing appears to be down. Fortunately, the cached page remains, and it gives us an insight into the mind of Dr. Kerry. Apparently he didn' t just administer quack remedies like chelation therapy for autism and various treatments for "environmental" illnesses and antiaging, but he used such remedies himself and apparently gave testimonials for them to sites like Juiceguy as well.
Dr. Kerry's testimonial
I would consider myself a healthy and careful skeptic.” says Dr. Roy E. Kerry of Greenville, PA. Dr. Kerry has just completed a series of independent medical laboratory tests in order to verify Oasis’ claims on its products and the ACI Test. Dr. Kerry, a specialist in head and neck surgery, environmental medicine and soon to be certified in longevity medicine, has always been very interested in Anti-Aging. Upon hearing about the amazing products Oasis Wellness Network had to offer, he felt compelled to investigate.
Call yourself whatever you like, Dr. Kerry, but just calling yourself a "skeptic" doesn't make it so. Indeed, your very testimonial is strong evidence against
your "skepticism," as is your hawking an altie
"anti-aging" antioxidation concoction. The only question I have is this: What the heck is "longevity medicine" and why is an otolaryngologist doing hawking such dubious "medicine," given how much outside his specialty it is?
But, sadly, here's one of the funnier things I've ever read in any altie testimonial:
After establishing baseline values in nine different tests, including the ACI Test, measuring different bio-markers, Dr. Kerry began his 30 day journey to renewal complete with Oasis 30 Day Renewal System, Longevity Signal Formula and Anti Oxidant. As a scientist, Dr. Kerry was careful to include controls in his validation experiment. “I chose not to change my lifestyle, so the results would only reflect Oasis’ products.
"I chose not to change my lifestyle, so the results would only reflect Oasis' products"? This
is Dr. Kerry's idea of the scientific method, of the proper way to skeptically evaluate a therapeutic intervention? This is Kerry's idea of proper "controls" for an experiment? Did this guy forget everything they taught him at the University of Pittsburgh
? Apparently so, if he considers this lame test to be "scientific." How, specifically, did he make sure he didn't "change his lifestyle"? How, specifically, did he make sure that his knowledge that he was taking these products didn't subtly influence him to "change his lifestyle"? How does he account for the possibility of placebo effect? He doesn't say. Read the rest of his testimonial for an idea of just how poor his concept of what constitutes evidence-based medicine is.
You know, I think I may have gone too easy on this quack the first time I wrote about him. I sincerely hope that the State of Pennsylvania takes his medical license away forever. It would be even nicer if the parents whom he fooled would sue him for huge money, but sadly that seems unlikely
, about as unlikely as it is that this death will stop
this particular brand of quackery.