Friday, January 20, 2006

One of the funniest warnings I have ever seen

This has to be the funniest "disclaimer" I have ever seen on an alternative medicine website:

United States Government

WARNING

The following health suggestions and opinions by Dr. Richard Schulze are based on his 20 years of clinical practice assisting thousands of patients to heal themselves.

Warning: His knowledge and experience are not necessarily shared, nor have they been evaluated or approved by the FDA, the AMA, or any other 3-lettered federal, state, or local agency.

Therefore, if you are ill, have any disease, are pregnant, or just improving your health, we are forced to warn you to go to a medical doctor. Because of the current lack of health freedom in America it is legal for them to kill you but not legal for Dr. Schulze to help you heal yourself.

Upon entering this site, you hereby agree to take full responsibility for yourself, your health and release, indemnify and hold harmless, Dr. Richard Schulze, American Botanical Pharmacy, Natural Healing Publications, their employees and heirs.

What a putz!

Two things:

First, apparently Dr. Schulze doesn't know what any physician knows, namely that promises not to sue for malpractice, even if signed and notarized, are not enforceable. They aren't worth the paper they're printed on, and clicking on an "I Agree" button for such a disclaimer on a website means even less.

Second, Dr. Schulze appears to be tacitly admitting that he is somehow doing something illegal or immoral when he says it is "not legal for Dr. Schulze to help you heal yourself." After all, as his autobiography (and, of course, testimonial), he is not a medical doctor, but rather a "medical herbalist" and "natural doctor" (whatever that is).

Third, like most such alties, he appeals to his authority and personal experience, rather than scientific evidence:
During the next 20 years of clinical practice my patients’ real life illnesses taught me what I needed to know about making herbal medicine that works, heals, and keeps you healthy. In the clinic it’s very black and white; it either works, or it doesn’t. I also developed numerous natural healing and herbal programs and routines like my 3 Food Programs, Intestinal Detoxification Program, 5 Day Cleansing and Detoxification Program, Liver/Gallbladder Cleansing Program, Kidney/Bladder Cleansing Program and my now famous Incurables Program.
Note the concrete thinking. To him, in the clinic it's all "black and white"; to him it either works or doesn't. Few situations in medicine are that black and white, but that doesn't stop him from implying that they are. And, of course, he doesn't produce even a halfway decently designed case series to support his claims. All he gives is just his "word" that all his various herbal concoctions "work." Finally, as expected, he's also peddling a veritable panoply of unproven and/or ineffective altie treatments, particularly gallbladder flushes, along with the usual tired old meaningless claptrap about "boosting the immune system" or "detoxifying" the blood.

No wonder he has to add to the end of his pages this additional disclaimer:
WARNING: None of the above statements have been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before using any herbal products.
This is about the only thing that I don't entirely disagree with on the whole website. In fact, I've started to notice this very disclaimer or ones very similar to it on quite a few altie websites. Somehow, I doubt that the disclaimer would protect them if anyone gets upset when their remedies don't do what's promised.

3 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 1/20/2006 8:42 AM, Anonymous TheProbe said...

"medical herbalist" and "natural doctor" are the profitably politically corect terms for "witch doctor". I thought you knew that.

As for his general disclaimer where he acknowledges that his advice is not medical and not proven, this is standard for these charlatans, as they think that it keeps the FDA and FTC off their doorstep.

 

At 2/10/2006 1:36 PM, Anonymous herbal remedies said...

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At 2/10/2006 1:56 PM, Blogger Orac said...

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