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  • 08/28/2006

Now that the confirmation of Andy von Eschenbach is on a fast track, expect the crazies to come out of the woodwork for the 15 nanoseconds of fame. We are expecting any day now for David Vitter — who has lent a helping hand to Hezbollah’s efforts to ship counterfeit drugs from Canada to the US by banning US Customs from inspecting packages of medicines (80 percent of which were fake and came from reliable sources such as Pakistan and Iran) — to put a hold on his nomination until there is a final vote on his proposal to weaken the defense of the homeland.

In the meantime for your reading pleasure…here is a an oped from a complete kook..someone who insinuates that Andy is a Nazi (he’s German you know, born during the war). http://www.newstarget.com/020118.html

The author (and I use that term loosely) is Byron J. Richards who purports to be an expert on the role of leptin in obesity. A quick search of Richards BJ on medline comes up with a big fat zero in publications. That’s not surprising since BJ got his certification by taking an exam and paying $400. This kookery is being pushed by a group called the Alliance for Human Research Protection which was formed by Loren Mosher who believed that schizophrenia and other mental illnesses could be treated without any medication. The group is lavished with mainstream media attention and coverage because it froths at the mouth about suicidality and SSRIs. That is supposed be the result of some sort conspiracy between the drug companies and the FDA. The Alliance is dangerous to the extent that the media fails to investigate its history and underlying faith that mental illness can be treated without any medication. Now that Tom Cruise has been cut loose from Paramount, maybe he can join the anti-Andy kook campaign….


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