Thursday, March 24, 2016

Monsanto's Politics. Part I Microbiome Mayhem.

Science Corrosion

Kavin Senapathy published a piece in the influential academic science journal- Forbes- igniting a  recent Twitter kerfuffle between myself and several prominent scientists. This blog post is my post-mortem.

In case you don't know, Forbes, recently sold to a Hong Kong equity firm, offers a  promotional platform for some 1200 "contributors," some of whom paid to market there via a product called BrandVoice. It's a shell renting out space- Forbes brand name- for click-bait journalism. 

Kavin's Forbes piece is writ in junk food industry lingo, smearing anti-GMO scientists, in this case,  Dr. Mercola and Dr. Hyman while unsurprisingly presenting more "suitable" alternatives-- friendlier to industry. 

 I'm familiar with Dr. Mercola to the extent that he is critical of GMOs and glyphosate, as am I, and he hosts a veterinarian on his website whom I like.  Please follow along and Drs. Hyman and Mercola will make an appearance.  

Can Forbes visitors differentiate one of  (mere) 45 journalists, a legitimate expert such as this here,  from shameless marketing twaddle by Aunt Martha from Covina? 

It's no accident that infamous Pesticide operatives-- Henry I Miller and  Jon Entine frequently publish Monsanto's propaganda in Forbes. In fact, Henry Miller and other Monsanto shills dwell on the sacred soil of Stanford University, from which Elizabeth Bik hails. 

Kavin's authoritative comprehensive knowledge and skills in science appear to derive entirely from a college degree in business marketing- which explains her fluency in junk food industry jargon, fervent evangelism for GMOs and rabid defense of  Monsanto, with requisite hate of anything organic 

She is a science advocate minus any actual science education with an astroturf group dressed in really cheesy bright green astroturf shirts. Kavin has many science illiterate sisters, and mothers in arms,  to spread industrial junk science.

Shhh... don't tell Jonathan Eisen, the prominent, influential UC Davis scientist who believes that pointing out these blatant red flags is arrogant

A progressive professor named Winners

Held classes each evening for sinners
They were graded and spaced
So the very debased
Would not be held back by beginners

But, me, I have a medical concern about glyphosate and it's possible contribution to kidney stones. 

So what does Professor Winners do about my medical questions, when it is clear he is defending a science illiterate who happens to be featured on Monsanto's own blog?

Well of course he writes a satirical blog post about it and censors my response from it. Why is that? Because he can't answer my questions--he is supporting Monsanto. 

A Detour into Kavin and Yvette's Land of Better Living through Chemistry

Kavin and her bookend, Yvette aka @TheSciBabe, appear to have been manufactured specifically to take down Vani Hari, the infamous serial killer,
a criminal wielding life- threatening juicing and exceptionally dangerous recipes

Be vewwy vewwy scared of women wielding carrots!

In fact, Yvette owes her entire career to a vulgar Vani Hari "takedown"  in Gawker; Meanwhile Kavin is selling a book- a critique, take down of Vani Hari's book.


Monsanto's Underground Chemical Kitchen cooks up Cyberattacks

Between organizing Marches against Marches against Monsanto, Kavin made a brief appearance on my business Facebook page, during a GMOLOL cyberattack...after I posted this blog, about kidney stones, coincidentally. 

Monsanto's PR Person, Janice, started GMOLOL, whose erudite members felt that kidney stones are hilarious, or maybe not? 

As much as I want to accuse GMOLOL of suffering from junior- delinquency, I found that several of Jonathan's parishioners, er,  "scientists," likewise thought this subject is funny. I am afraid our tastes in humor might be different because I don't find euthanasia of animals whose owners can't afford these surgeries very humorous. At all! Not even a little bit. 

Kavin frequently partners with Dr. Tobacco Science personified, Henry I. Miller,  in astroturf campaigns on multiple social media platforms including  IWF described at the link to the left. Several right-wing think-tanks promote Kavin's trash. Henry I Miller was also outed as a ghost-writer from Monsanto and fired from that elite science journal, called Forbes

I haven't and don't intend to read either Vani's, Yvette's or Kavin's books. 

However, I've had the misfortune of meeting Kavin's book coauthors online. I can assure you; it wasn't pleasant. 

The interesting thing is- all three authors of this book haven't managed to scrape together one science degree collectively, between the three of them. 

Alsip wrote a silly blog post about me debunking my "bad science" while Draco-- bolstered by Kavin's sister in industry marketing, Yvette-- threatened me with a libel suit online and through harassing phone calls to my office. 

Kavin Senapathy, Yvette/ TheSciBabe with  CamiRyan of Monsanto.

When I failed to dignify the silly threats or insipid blog with a response, Yvette and Cami Ryan paid my hospital a visit, in person. Yeah, Monsanto people coordinate cyberattacks, and professional libel campaigns. 

They post fraudulent reviews,  professionally and personally smear people, and when the bullying and libel don't shut scientists up - Monsanto's "ambassadors" physically stalk people!  

"Dear Yvette.  Ears are made of skin, a very large organ very prone to allergies-- which means ear infections are addressed best by dermatologists, rather than toxicologists

If you call the ASPCA poison center for advice on ear infections toxicologists will hang up on you--they will think you are making a prank call. You know, like when people call dog veterinarians asking for advice for their pet giraffes with a pain in the neck. Just a little hint for the blissfully clueless. May I suggest you think for a minute or an hour or two about what exactly you expect a toxicologist to advise about a dermatology disorder?"    

Dr. Ena  

But according to Jonathan Eisen, an influential UC Davis scientist, who took the time to pen a blog about this kerfuffle titled Degree Madness, it's arrogant to reject Kavin's medical advice (and by extension Yvette's, I presume). 

In the Forbes piece, Kavin says of Dr. Mark Hyman
"Dr. Mark Hyman, for example, who recently hosted the “Fat Summit,” a seminar also hosted by Health Talks Online in January, has an online shop with products to optimize customers’ microbiomes", says Kavin (or the pupeteers pulling her strings).  

Kavin, of course, isn't selling anything! 

But wait: "Kavin Senapathy’s book examining popular food myths, “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” with co-authors Marc Draco and Mark Alsip, is available now."

So who is  Dr. Mark Hyman and what crimes has he committed? 

 MARK HYMAN, MD, is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of  The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor for The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor to CNN and many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Katie, and The Dr. Oz Show.  

 Minus Dr. Hyman's eight years of tedious didactic training, boards, a medical license and years of professional experience, and you get Kavin or Yvette. 

According to these folk, we calook forward to  Kavin, Elizabeth Bik, and Jonathan Eisen scrubbing in to perform a kidney transplant or a triple bypass and then scrub out to direct the next Mission to Mars.  

Don't worry; Yvette's pass-fail pseudo-degree qualifies her to perform cardiac and neurosurgery also, just like licensed medical doctors. [1]

"-If people don’t cite any scientific studies but instead cite anecdotes and testimonials and self-written books  question what they are saying. If people have a history of making misleading claims (e.g., Mercola and Chopra and many others at this meeting) then question what they are saying.

  A lot" 

Jonathan Eisen

For Monsanto's Politics Part II  <- click here please

Microbiome Guardians 


1. California Regulations and guidelines for medical practice. 

2. Interesting discussion about probiotics for kidney stone prevention

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