Friday, January 21, 2011

#134: Ralph Fucetola

a.k.a. The Vitamin Lawyer

… and his alias gives him dead away, I would assume. Fucetola is a rather minor figure on the woo-scene, most notable for his antivaxx screeds, which are fully over the top. When Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services reasonably suggested that the media should not give equal coverage to anti-vaccinationist conspiracy theories because they lacked scientific foundation and could actually be harmful, Fucetola responded this way.

It is an instructive piece of conspiracy theory thinking with gems such as “You may therefore conclude that the information you receive about autism and vaccines from the "mass media" and from the government is not complete and truthful. You may therefore conclude it is merely propaganda... or worse, it is part of a systemic "cover-up" of the autism and vaccine issues.” Because … Sebelius controls the media? It is all there, really. Fascinating. A comment on the post is here.

In his daily life, Fucetola is a lawyer specializing in defending woo and nutrient supplement distributors. His website is here; it doesn’t exactly exude reason and sensibility. And he seems to be into everything. In this piece the distortions, misguidedness, ignorance, confirmation bias and paranoia is without limits.

Diagnosis: Standard cranky conspiracy theorist; zealous. I find no evidence of any real significance, though.


  1. Fucetola weighs in on H.R. 1364, the “Free Speech About Science” (FSAS) Act of 2011.

  2. Named in an FDA letter: