One of the blogs that I like to visit periodically is by a pediatrician, who goes by the name of "Dr. Flea". Flea covers a lot of territory with his posts, and has had multiple posts that are supportive of the autism community and dismissive of the anti-vaccine crowd.
In perusing his blog recently, I noted a most unusual post. If ever one doubted that there are some serious nutjobs out there promoting the whole "mercury causes autism" thing, Dr. Rebecca Carley is proof of how "out there" some of these people can be. The photo above is from her web site.
Looking at her rambling, single spaced website, Carley goes on about how vaccines cause autism, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and shaken baby syndrome. She lists a phone number that you can call to get advice on how to reverse your disease with natural remedies. As she states:
...DR CARLEY HAS CLIENTS (BOTH PEOPLE AND PETS) ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND DOES NOT NEED TO SEE YOU IN PERSON! YOUR PROTOCOL TEACHING YOU HOW TO REVERSE YOUR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE OR CANCER IS CREATED BASED ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL HISTORY. ...
It's great that you don't even have to have an office visit to get diagnosed and treated by this quack.
Fortunately for society, and as Flea notes, her license to practice medicine was revoked in 2004. A review of her website and hearing proceedings of the medical board reveal that she has had serious problems for years.
Looking at her CV, she completed 4 years (out of a usual 5) of a general surgery residency. This is usually a red flag that something was noticed to be wrong by her program. She was accepted into a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program, but washed out of that in two months. She subsequently practiced as an emergency room physician for a few years, and one year as a surgical house officer. The CV notes nothing for several years, then notes that she took multiple "Alternative Medicine" courses and seminars over 2 years. She subsequently claims to have started a new medical specialty,
VIDS (Vaccine Induced Diseas Syndromes, which includes all autoimmune diseases and cancers).
There was a psychiatric evaluation done as part of the proceedings which ended in her losing her license. The psychiatrist found Crawley to have:
... a delusional disorder with the presence of narcissistic and borderline personality traits. ...
He also testified:
...she has persecutions of persecution and grandiosity and that she believes that she is being persecuted because she is special. ...
And if that isn't enough:
... Dr. Labins also testified that the Respondent (Dr. Carley)believes that her husband sodomized their son as part of a satanic ritual because she does not vaccinate and because she cures children with autism. ...
So if you ever wondered who was out there promoting vaccines as being evil, and mercury as causing autism, here is one prime example.
Unfortunately it's usually not the out and out loonies that sucker people in, but some of their psychologically slightly better balanced followers who do the most damage.
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