Sunday, April 19, 2015

#1345: Toni Bark


Toni Bark was once trained as an MD, but currently she practices Classic Homeopathy (which, in case you need a reminder, is premised on the falsity of all of modern science and has also been demonstrated beyond reasonable and unreasonable doubt not to have any beneficial health effects). Anything science-based she has left behind long, long ago. Bark does, however, run something called the Center for Disease Prevention and Reversal (uh huh), and through her web site she peddles a variety of crap including Essential Living Foods. She also appears to be a sometimes partner of “holistic women’s health psychiatrist” Kelly Brogan, one of the rising stars of pseudoscientific nonsense and health-related conspiracy theories at present (just chew on the phrase “holistic women’s health psychiatry” and let it feed your stereotypes).

Bark is the narrator for much of the movie “Bought” (by Jeff Hays), an insane conspiracy flick crammed with an impressive amount of misinformation and appeals to imagined persecution. Its main claim is that vaccines are ineffective and can cause autism, an idea so thoroughly debunked that it presently makes its promoters seem like gravity denialists. The movie also combines vaccine denialism with GMO paranoia, but fails – predictably – to cite a single source for this discredited line of ideas either.

Diagnosis: So that’s Toni Bark for you – an anti-rational critical thinking denialist who appears to systematically go in the opposite direction of the evidence. And she’s not alone, which really is exasperating.

36 comments:

  1. Have you ever even been to this doctor? She is most definelty a rational, out of the box thinker. She generously fixed an extremely painful erupted cyst on my ovary in a matter of minutes when it unexpectedly erupted and I keeled over crying in pain by her house. The same episode previously left me in pain for a week when I let a myriad of doctors treat me over a 3-day-stay at a top hospital. Yes, she does things differently, and that proved better for my case.

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    1. You SHOULD keel over n pain after making up stories like this one.

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    2. lolololllll, what bullshit

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    3. Well, that settles it. Your unverified anecdote nullifies all of the hard evidence that would otherwise discredit her. Congratulations.

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    4. You simply can't get comedy writers this good anymore, nicely done.

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    5. Don't know why everyone got so emotional and defensive over my own experience. These people have never even been to her office I bet, and yet they are reviewing her as a doctor.

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    6. No, you are reviewing her as a doctor Dashiell. I'm calling her out as a quack....

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    7. "Bark-Huss"? What a coincidence. Are you possibly related to Toni Bark?

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    8. Dr Toni Bark has taken her Hippocratic oath seriously, 'first do no harm', unlike less worthy doctors who want as many kids jabbed as possible in return for big fat financial incentives. Thank God for those doctors who would rather give up their careers than work for a corrupt pharmaceutical industry. And with an amazing lack of research on vaccines' safety or effectiveness, we're told they are safe and effective, LIED to by the very people who should be protecting our health. Robert F Kennedy Jnr has recently taken the vaccine industry to court over the safety of vaccines and won.. go look it up. I also find it ironic that someone who calls themselves Naani Banana is calling a very well respected woman a quack, lmao. You trolls are so transparent.

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    9. Naani Banana and you're not a quack, with a name like that, lmao. Trolls are so transparent. Dr Toni Bark is a good honest doctor, we need more like her.

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    10. Seh: Your blatant lack of honesty is pretty appalling.

      "Robert F Kennedy Jnr has recently taken the vaccine industry to court over the safety of vaccines and won"

      No he did not, and I think you know that he didn't. RFK won a case about the reporting requirements of paragraph (c) of section 2127 of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. It was not about vaccine safety at all. Of course, no one is surprised that antivaxx conspiracy theorists lie about it. Truth doesn't help their case.

      "less worthy doctors who want as many kids jabbed as possible in return for big fat financial incentives. Thank God for those doctors who would rather give up their careers than work for a corrupt pharmaceutical industry"

      There has indeed been kickback programs for doctors for vaccinating kids. But who paid them? It is not the pharmaceutical industry. It is the health insurance industry. Now, *why* would the health insurance industry want doctors to vaccinate as many kids as possible? You do understand the business model of health insurance, right?

      "And with an amazing lack of research on vaccines' safety or effectiveness, we're told they are safe and effective".

      If you are really stupid, and put your head in the sand, I suppose you may be amazed by the lack of light. The safety and efficacy of vaccines has an enormous amount of research behind it, if you bother to look. It is easier to go into complete denial, not look and yell as loud as you can that there are none.

      If you are concerned about "being bought", I recommend asking yourself: 1) how does Toni Bark make a living? and 2) is there any accountability involved whatsoever in her marketing? You see, this is the big difference between Big Alternative and Big Pharma. Both are moneymaking machines, but the conventional medicine pushed by Big Pharma requires FDA approval and stuff, which means that what they push has to be tested for safety and efficacy. There is, in other words, at least a degree of accountability involved. For Big Altmed there is none.

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  2. Because you are either lying, it was a coincidence (I doubt), or you work for her and stand to profit from sick people (mental and physical) !

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  3. Well I have been to her and my daughter has also and you nitwits have no idea what your talking about one of you in particular. Let’s just put it like this if I’m dying of cancer or a disease I’ll go see Toni and you go to the ER or cancer centers and will see who survives over 5 years bc treating things like cancer with a cancer causing drug or cancer causing rad is so intelligent. Have fun with your chemo and to those of you that have faith in the body and our maker go see Toni bc if the government and the big pharm types had there way Toni would not be a doctor bc she can do things other/conventional medicine can’t. And yes I know for a fact so you know what you can do! God bless those who have respect for life

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    1. Lol. That shows how much you understand about chemotherapy and radiation.

      You would be remiss by taking your chances with her if it is indeed cancer. If you really think infusing a sugar pill with a pathogen to cure your ailment is the way to go.. I have nothing more to add to that.

      It does not take more than a week or two to read about how our immune system works. Don't see a point in debating with someone who has no clue what they are talking about.

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    2. Yeah... holistic medicine worked great for Steve Job's pancreatic cancer... oh wait...

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  4. I'll take Toni Bark over any mainstream medical doctor. Every day a mainstream medical doctor enters his office he breaks the Hippocratic oath of do no harm. Just watch the movie "First Do No Harm". What happens in this true documentary happens every day in mainstream medicine.

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    1. Except for the happy ending in the "First Do No Harm" movie. Thanks for letting us know about the movie. Very powerful. There could be so many more happy endings.

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  5. It’s a shame that so many have faith in our broken health care system which is only fueled by Big Pharma and Food Processing. They are the ones making all the profit making people sick and keeping them sick. Natural cures by means of whole unprocessed foods does not make money for the Big Corps that run our country.

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    1. But Natural Cures is a billion dollar industry, too. The vast majority of people will, after all, never be sustaining themselves on what they grow themselves, and the industry is perfectly aware of that. The difference between Big Pharma and the natural industry is not greed and money - that's the same - but that there is no accountability whatsoever in the natural cures industry, no oversight, and no evidence base.

      Yes, Big Pharma and Big Food Processing is bad - surely no one has "faith" in them - but that doesn't mean that whatever is promoted by Natural Cures hucksters work. As Ben Goldacre puts it, "Problems in aircraft design do not mean that magic carpets can actually fly". And Big Pharma being shit does not mean that "natural" products pushed by the online stores of conspiracy theory websites will cure you of anything.

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    2. Two words for you: Medical freedom

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  6. But, GD, you didn't give any evidence for your OPINIONS against Dr. Bark, which you stated with a high degree of hyperbole and needless antagonism of the doctor and others in this thread. Having studied a great deal of health info, I have found her to be 'bang on', where traditional medicine has failed me miserably, and almost unto death, more than once.

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    1. I certainly did. That's what the links are for. Toni Bark is not spot on, far from it. Now, I don't know what "great deal of health info" you have studied. There is indeed.a lot of "health info" out there. The trick is to find the reliable info.

      She is, however, lucky to have a swarm of true believers who defend her business. I'll agree to that.

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    2. Your evidence is invalid based on the CDC's own published misuse of evidence. Here is just one example of misuse and misrepresentation: https://www.learntherisk.org/news/vaccine-safety-cover-up/

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  7. you are a clown with limited experience

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  8. Nothing but psychopathic shills on this post.

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  9. Emotional decisions come from people who are scared. Our health care does suck for the most part, but I trust a science minded doctor over someone who practices homeopathy.

    I think that people find the lone wolf bucking the system and the defender of the oppressed attractive. Plus having an MD can make her seem authoritative.

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  10. How thankful am I for those who buck this very broken system and defend the oppressed masses. We’ve been systematically brainwashed to sacrifice our children’s health at the alter of industry profit. Half of our children are now diagnosed with a chronic condition and yet we persist with insane numbers of vaccines. Lol at comment that Dr. Bark’s status as an MD makes her ‘seem’ authoritative. Indeed she is much more of a knowledgeable authority than can be found in our typical, pharma-drug-pushing, propaganda-promoting puppet practitioners. There’s no question as to whom I trust more for health and wellness guidance.

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  11. This site’s attack on Dr. Stark is a sham. The link between vaccines and autism has most certainly NOT been “thoroughly (or at all) debunked”. As to “GMO paranoia”, please feel free to ingest as much roundup as you please. Those of us who know better shall pass; we’re just silly ‘paranoid’ worriers. Hilarious!

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    1. You honestly think vaccines cause autism? Even your conspiracy theories are out of date. Look up Andrew Wakefield, and see how out of date you are. But hey, when you believe in fairy tales, you believe anything.

      In the meantime, how's that globe Earth conspiracy going? Chem trails? Gravity not real? Gumit gayin' up the frogs? The imigants all gettin' the free medical? Your imaginary sky daddy wizard is under attack and oppressed?

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  12. There are a small minority of people with abnormal immunity that get autism and other brain damage from vaccines. Also, autism only went up after most mothers did not have natural immunity (in other words, caught the diseases). Also, autoimmune diseases are more common in vaccinated people. Maybe the genetically modified vaccines are the problem She raises good questions and from what I hear, isn't a knee-jerk against all vaccines person (based on 1 lecture).

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  13. "She raises good questions [...]"

    Given that you have no competence in or understanding of these issues, how would you be able to judge whether her questions are good?

    "There are a small minority of people with abnormal immunity that get autism and other brain damage from vaccines" No there is not. There is no association between vaccines and autism (This one is illuminating on how the myth might have arisen. Brain damage is described as a possible side effect of e.g. DTaP and MMR, but incidences are so rare that it is far from clear whether it is actually a possible side effect.

    "Also, autism only went up after most mothers did not have natural immunity". No. You are apparently not aware that the common antivaxx "autism epidemic" largely, if not completely a myth.

    "Also, autoimmune diseases are more common in vaccinated people" And your reference for that claim is ...?

    "Maybe the genetically modified vaccines are the problem". You really don't understand how any of this works, do you? Perhaps you should try to, you know, actually learn something about the issue *before* you listen to the incoherent ravings of insane conspiracy theorists like Toni Bark?

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  14. God bless the internet and its ability to spread information all over the world. Now we need to prove the world is round all over again. Thanks Al Gore for fathering this modern marvel.

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  15. I think that we may be experiencing the impact of dwindling funding for education. People who lack basic knowledge intersect with a general distrust of authority. This leaves us with a feeling of "us vs. them", with no ability to evaluate the quality of the data or logic behind the claims. Thus, the population becomes more vulnerable to quacks and demagogues.

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  16. The amount of willful ignorance in the people shilling for Toni Bark(ing mad fuckwit) is just astounding.
    40 years ago she would have had a storefront practice and gotten closed down, arrested for fraud, and jailed. Too bad that hasn't happened. She's a snake oil salesman and swindler who also kills people.

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