And the award for most ham-fisted attempt at astroturfing goes to…

It could only be Nancy…


I was googling the other day, and I happened across this page on wikianswers.com:

Q. Why is homeopathy getting more and more popular?

A. 1. Homoeopathy is highly scientific, logical, and extremely effective method of treatment with no side effects.

2. Homeopathy is an evidence-based medicine. It is supported by worldwide clinical research.

3. Homeopathy’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds. Homeopathy is the fastest growing medicine in the world. According to WHO, homeopathy is now the second largest system of medicine in the world.

4. Famous people who have used homeopathy successfully include Queen Elizabeth II, Mother Theresa, Tina Turner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pamela Anderson, Jane Fonda, Martina Navratilova, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats, Boris Becker, David Beckham, Tony Blair, Prince Charles to name a few.

and so on and so on.

(To refute the points 1. No it isn’t, 2. No it isn’t, 3. So what, 4. so what)

Having read such a glowing and obviously erroneous write-up of homeopathy I was eager to see who had penned such piffle – the answer came as no surprise…

First answer by Dr. Nancy Malik. Last edit by Dr. Nancy Malik.

Homeopathy’s most prolific and asinine blog commenter strikes again. Having determined who wrote it, I wondered who had posed such a strange question. Most questions on Wikianswers tend to be students trying to get the internet to answer their homework questions for them. This was not worded like a homework question. The answer is not immediately obvious but is discoverable with a couple of clicks:

Dr. Nancy Malik (supervisor) [112] asked Why Homeopathy is getting more and more popular 11 Aug 2008 09:54

Faily fail fail fail.


Q. Gee, Dave, why are you so fantastic?

A. Well, thanks for asking Dave. My fantastic-ness is due to the immense amounts of awesome I posses.

Q. Thanks, Dave, that really clears that one up.


Readers may also be interested to see the entirely humble and modest write-up that Nancy has given herself on Wikianswers.

The use of the internet to spread alt-med humbug is likely to have lead to any uptake in alt-med modalities and indeed the spread of anti-vaccine ideas and sentiment (one hesitates to use the word propaganda, but that is essentially what it is). If left unchallenged, those that seek answers may well be mislead by those with a vested financial interest in promoting their own particular brand of woo.

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9 Responses to And the award for most ham-fisted attempt at astroturfing goes to…

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  2. Personally I think that #3 is genius.. it becomes more clear when you put the question and answer side by side:

    Why is homeopathy getting more and more popular?
    Homeopathy’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds.

    That’s truly a brilliant answer.

  3. Neuroskeptic says:

    “Contributor trust: 112” for Nancy.

    Bets that those votes came from Nancy sock puppets?

  4. […] 2010 by writerJames It’d been weeks since I’d had a good laugh at homeopathy, but Nancy Malik is quite a […]

    • xtaldave says:

      More nonsense from Homeopathy’s most asinine spammer – I think that you will find that the cochrane library review trumps a small scale study, which employs subjective assessments of the patient…


      Homeopathy for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or hyperkinetic disorder

      http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab005648.html

      Summary > There is currently little evidence for the efficacy of
      homeopathy for the treatment of ADHD


      pwnt.

  5. […] rubbing off… People with bad-science style blogs, or on twitter may have noticed ‘Dr’ Nancy Malik and co pushing a google knol page in which said homeopathic astroturfer had dumped a whole bunch of […]

  6. “The use of the internet to spread alt-med humbug is likely to have lead to any uptake in alt-med modalities and indeed the spread of anti-vaccine ideas and sentiment (one hesitates to use the word propaganda, but that is essentially what it is). If left unchallenged, those that seek answers may well be mislead by those with a vested financial interest in promoting their own particular brand of woo.”

    Working on that now 😉

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