Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ep 16 Part A: Deeper into the RNA Quagmire


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I simply had to go to the source of information about RNA drops curing autism and boy, oh boy.  A feller could have an entire blogging career taking these sales pamphlets / presentations / mockery of science apart, piece by piece.

btw, I guess last week's injesting/ingesting/in-jesting fun was either too low-brow or too brief. Come on and give me some affirmation love. Maybe more voice-over video fun is the ticket, but it'll have to wait until this RNA drop series is done.

running time: ~9m 30sec

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

7 Comments:

At 9/25/2006 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This nutty. It's amazing how many people follow this RNA angel. What does she charge for a bottle of specialty yeast juice? The cool thing is how one can watch the placebo effect and demand characteristics as described by JB Handley regarding his experiment on his kids.

 
At 9/25/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

The RNA mumbo-jumbo is a classic example of how autism quacks spew "sciency-like" verbiage and tables and graphs at parents, knowing they'll nod and say "m-hm" and feel like now they're experts too and totally buy in.

It's kind of funny, but not really, when these parents try to explain what (they think) they understand. Like a twisted game of telephone, but with a child's health hanging in the balance.

 
At 9/25/2006 10:57 AM, Blogger notmercury said...

Are those slides from a presentation given to parents or in front of actual scientists?

Reminds me of the animated sex ed film in Johnny Dangerously.

If Yasko's credentials are what she claims, she would have to know that this is all complete bullshit and that makes it willing and intentional deception for the sole purpose of income.

There's probably a legal term for that but deceiving desperate parents for money is wrong no matter how you slice/splice the RNA.

 
At 9/25/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Bartholomew Cubbins said...

there's no way these slides, freely available on the net, were designed for scientists. on that note, it's a bit shocking that the person who put them together actually identifies themself as a scientist.

The theme is this: I want to sell you a old AMC Gremlin, so I talk to you about the drive train of a Ferrari until you're blue in the face. Then we hope that some of the Ferrari sexiness has been absorbed into your brain and you, using a poorly understood mechanism, buy the Gremlin.

If you're confused, that means that you're normal. Proceed with your internet experience.

 
At 9/28/2006 4:20 PM, Anonymous Lori said...

Wow! First time I've watched your videos. I can't remember the last time I've had an attention span that lasted that long! I think I watched about 10 of them. Thanks :)

 
At 10/06/2006 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NM said:
"...that this is all complete bullshit and that makes it willing and intentional deception for the sole purpose of income.

There's probably a legal term for that ..."

Scheme to defraud the public. Fraud. Bunko. Con game.

This shilling are no different than the slickers with shell games or the hucksters who con old ladies out their retirement funds. Only in lab coats with PowerPoint. That's assuming that the *researcher* knows it's crap and it's an intentional fraud.

What's scarier if they don't know. That is not the Pied Piper to follow.

Regan

 
At 10/06/2006 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BC,
As a biochemist, you might appreciate what real biochemists are trying to do with RNA as a therapy and some of the caveats and comments. I specifically noted that under the tongue or injection is not one of the proposed vehicles.
Sorry if the link has to be cut and pasted
http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17329&ch=biotech

One might also note that they have a certain amount of concern that the RNA have specificity.

I suspect in this instance that it makes no never mind because out of curiosity after reading the blog, I visited the vendor of the RNA in a bottle...

Among the many uses (61 to be exact),

Aggression support
Joint support
Heart Support
Kidney Support
Mood Support
Muscle Support
Stomach pH Balancing
Tick Support
...etc, etc. etc.
I'm surprised that they managed to miss "woman's complaint", since that was the catch phrase of the old medicine wagon.

ALL 61 consisting of

Proprietary Blend of Nucleotides (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cytidine-5'-monophosphate, adenosine-5'-monophosphate, guanosine-5'-monophosphate)

5 mcg/serving

Image of the common bucket and ladle with the different bottles

and, naturally, the caveat emptor:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease...

I read your previous post + comments and noted that somehow the supposed effects included "stimming" and "aggression". I guess the inference is, taking observer bias and placebo effect out of the equation, that this is another instance of the new "bad=good" model.

Yoicks. I only wish that these guys WOULD present to non-self-interested researching biochemists and medical researchers. Scientists don't get nearly enough laughs these days.

Thanks,and keep up the good work.
Regan

 

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