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.
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.
— Elisabeth Bik (@MicrobiomDigest) March 8, 2016
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.
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
@phylogenomics I've specific medical clinically relevant question 're glyphosate & microbiome. Does @ksenapathy? @MicrobiomDigest @DrMel_T— Dr. Ena Valikov (@beachvetlbc) March 9, 2016
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?
Get your I<3GMOs shirt by 1/26 & join the March Against Myths About Modification #MAMythshttps://t.co/JV0NVFPig8 pic.twitter.com/HR7oR8VDdA— March Against Myths (@MAMyths) January 13, 2016
A Detour into Kavin and Yvette's Land of Better Living through Chemistry
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.
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.
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
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.
It was an honor for me to be on a panel with Drs. Hyman and Bredesen at Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit pic.twitter.com/p63WWRJ3VQ— Dr. Majid Fotuhi (@mfotuhi) October 28, 2015
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 can look 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.