Christopher Maloney is a Quack!

… is the charge by several other bloggers. In the state of Main, where “naturopaths” can legally call themselves “doctor,” Maloney makes the following pseudoscientific claims:

Parents waiting for vaccinations can provide their children with black elderberry, which blocks the H1N1 virus. A single garlic capsule daily cuts in half the incidence and the severity of a flu episode for children.

Claims that are completely unfounded and potentially dangerous in that a child who is genuinely in need of a vaccine that would thwart a virus she could come in contact with, might not get it because a parent believes erroneously that “elderberry” and “garlic capsules” will be as effective. Well-meaning parents who love their children are being duped by apparent quacks like Maloney who seem to care more for their egos and pocketbooks than the lives of children.

According to the common understanding of the term, Maloney pretends to be a doctor. And, in the state of Maine, he can legally refer to himself as one with certain limitations. But the story doesn’t end there. Normally you can find Maloney at, but it doesn’t seem to be up. Perhaps because its suffering the Pharyngula effect. Perhaps there were embarrassing things mentioned that need to get cleaned off first, like wild, unsupportable claims. Maybe he’s cleaning house of some of the more nonsense claims before pressing his “actions” against bloggers like author Michael Hawkins who, in the words of PZ Myers, dared to criticize him by pointing out that “[n]aturopathic medicine is pure bull.” Which it is. Hawkins also stated, rightly, that naturopaths are underqualified and do not deserve the title of “doctor.” Which they don’t.

In fact, naturopaths who call themselves “doctor” devalue and diminish the term for those who have actually attained medical educations. To further quote Hawkins, these quacks “cherry-pick evidence, often lie and misrepresent facts.” For his efforts, WordPress was pressured, apparently by Maloney or another, to edit his content followed by censoring his blog.

Let’s be clear: Maloney is “naturopath.” Naturopaths are not doctors in the sense that we might commonly think. Maloney is not a doctor except in the state of Main where he can legally include the title “doctor” next to his name with certain limitations. He’s quack. For most people, a doctor is equivalent to a physician, but Maloney and other “naturopaths” are definitely not physicians.

Quacks like Maloney cannot stand to be questioned in the public eye. They fear the light of science and reason like cockroaches fear the light of the refrigerator door but rather than scurry off to dark corners, some will try to silence reason with cowardly tactics like the one Maloney employed on Hawkins through WordPress.

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