Cancer quackery going the distance

by Orac via Respectful Insolence

Don't you wish you could shoot lightning bolds out of your hand, too? Does Emperor Palpatine know about this guy?

Don’t you wish you could shoot lightning bolds out of your hand, too?
Does Emperor Palpatine know about this guy?

You’d think that after all these years combatting quackery and blogging about science in medicine (and, unfortunately, pseudoscience in medicine) it would take a lot to shock me. You’d be right. On the other hand, Even now, 15 years after I discovered quackery in a big way on Usenet and ten years after the inception of this blog, I still have enough hope in humanity that even when I come across men like Jerry Sargeant, a.k.a. The Facilitator I am still capable of utter wonder that someone would advertise something as reprehensible and/or deluded as this. I half wondered if it were performance art, but in reality I don’t think it is. I wanted to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all (and in fact I did), but look at the screenshot from his blog above and the photos on Sargeant’s website. PalpatineWithLightningIt’s as if the dude thinks he’s Doctor Strange, or maybe Harry Potter, or perhaps Gandalf the Grey. I mean, seriously! Emperor Palpatine called, and he wants his lightning bolts back! The guy portrays himself manipulating bolts of electricity, as he makes claims that he can “radically transform your life.”
Of that, I have no doubt, but not in the way Sargeant means. I’m sure patients’ lives are “radically transformed” by wasting huge sums of money on the fantasy magic medicine that is portrayed on that page. Naturally, as is frequently the case for various dubious healers, Sargeant has a “St. Paul on the way to Damascus” moment to relate:
When Jerry Sargeant woke to a loud crash and flying glass in the passenger seat of a taxi cab in Romania, on his way to the airport, he had no idea it would be the birthing process that led him to discover an amazing healing ability.
‘My families safety were all I was thinking about. The taxi was swaying backwards and forwards all over the road. It was crazy. It turned out we had hit two ladies crossing the road and the first lady came through the windscreen, hit me in the head as I was asleep, got sucked back out of the car and landed in the road. I don’t know whether it was the bang in the head or me seeing her soul hovering over her body once I got out of the car that kick started these abilities – maybe it was both’.
This story, of course, tells us very little, other than that Sargeant, assuming he’s telling the truth, was in a cab in Romania when it hit two women. I presume that at least one of them died, given the story about seeing her soul “hovering over her body.” Funny how he doesn’t mention explicitly what happened to them. Did they die? Did they live? Apparently it doesn’t matter; to him they were just a means to his wonderful “powers”! These powers, according to Sargeant, began to manifest  .  .  .

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2 responses

  1. I’m bummed people are so cruel. Science is science, but if you are true scientists, you likely believe Albert Einstein was a genius. Western medicine is such b.s. My US upbringing has had me on more meds than ever needed. It appears many of you are in fear of the unknown. But how bout stick to what you know. As a highly educated, successful female entrepreneur with a US based family who has attended the best cancer facilities in the world like MD Anderson, UCLA, Jerry is real. If you have the time to poke fun at woo-stuff, it obviously won’t work for you. Keep on trusting in only science _ and get back to studying it instead of harming others. As for Jerry’s website, he focuses on healing and love vs his vocabulary…I’m happy to jump on the woo-bandwagon as long as I don’t have to meet people like you! (With way too much time on your hands). Oprah seems to be doing just fine with “woo”. Keep criticizing what you don’t know. #sadlife

  2. Great post. These quacks keep coming out of the woodwork!
    Did you hear the one about Wayne Dyer ‘s remote psychic surgery to cure his leukemia. Well he claims the electromagnetic forces emanating from John of God, 12,000 miles away were so powerful that they destroyed his $17,000 Panerai wrist watch. Dyer, John of God and electromagnetic energy? A real miracle!
    https://lakishajj.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/wayne-dyers-miracle-wrist-watch/

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