What's a Quack? - Duke's Materia Tonica

January 1, 2019 11:23

What's a Quack? - Duke's Materia Tonica
A Quack Practices Quackery 

What's a Quack?

Hundreds of years ago, 'to quack' was 'to shout' while presenting quackery cures to an audience.

Quack medicine, through the false medical treatments of disease causes, grew in popularity during the late 1500's. During the 1800's, allopathic medical licensing fraud was widespread, which added to the definition that quacks are bogus doctors. During the 1900's, quacks used everything from food, herbs, dieting, supplements, strange electronic devices, energy beams, and interdimensional pseudo-science to treat and manage diseases.divider wide darker

Who Quacks the Loudest?

Nowadays, a quack is any licensed or unlicensed doctor, physician, medical practitioner, and any website making false claims about drugs, surgery, therapies, foods, nutrientsherbal remedies, and dietary supplements; in treating, preventing, managing, and curing the causes of diseases that have been diagnosed, including any unapproved government medical uses.divider wide darker

Does Quackery Create Bad Relationships with Food?

Quack doctors, medical scientists, and academic schools speculate as to why food is bad, such as salt, butter, and red meat, by linking food with disease instead of health.

Quacks often speculate that certain foods are dangerous because they contain too much of a vitamin, particular trace mineral, saturated fat or unique constituent, which is why it is essential that people eat complete balanced meals as part of a diet. For example, someone eats only eggs, restricts carbohydrates, or consumes only supplements, such as kelp and multivitamins, without meals.

Quackery uses dieting, diets, and restrictive diet plans to remove food groups and reduce food intake for weight loss or the prevention, management, and treatment of conditions and diseases, such as the Mediterranean, plant-based, low-calorie, vegan, and fasting diets like keto. Instead of dieting or doing diets, eat a complete balanced diet with additional supplementation, as a better way to approach health, wellbeing, and a healthy weight through increasing the density of nutrients in the diet.

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Healing with Dietary Supplements in not Quackery

A quack unethically and illegally treats, prevents, manages, and cures diseases by using foods, nutrients, medicinal herbs, and supplements. But, in contrast to the practice of medical drug quackery, foods, nutrients, medicinal herbs, and dietary supplements can be used by anyone to support, maintain and promote health and wellbeing. Drugs intervene in the causes of disease, whereas foods, herbs and supplements work to heal the body with biochemistry.divider wide darker

What's Quackery?

The medical opinions of quacks and their practice of quack medicine is known as quackery.

Quackery includes any form of medicine that manages and treats conditions and disease with unapproved and inappropriate drugs, therapy, devices, or procedures, including any use of food, herbs and supplements. Quack doctors and quack websites mislead people into using food, herbs, diets, the mind, energy, and spiritual rituals for quackery disease cures, instead of teaching people to eat and supplement for health, while integrating lifestyle habits that promote wellbeing. 

What is Quackery?
Quackery does not Treat Disease 

Food, herb, supplement, drug, and device quackery were outlawed in 1938, with the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and amendments. This is because many allopathic and eclectic medical doctors sold concoctions of various drugs, herbs, foods, and alcoholic beverages as miracles for the management and treatment of many diseases and conditions, especially to vulnerable people.divider wide darker

The Deceptive Snake Oil Salesman

False drug and pharmaceutical claims are colloquially known as 'snake oil', a term that originated from the quackery of travelling doctors using snake oil for the curative treatment of diseases. Allopathic medical quacks would also spike supposed nutritional supplements and medicinal remedies with drugs, to give the impression of health and wellbeing when consumed (e.g. to perk up a lethargic child, who is showing poor growth, instead of giving proper advice on nutrition).divider wide darker

Limits of Allopathy - The Stone of Folly

The Stone of Folly | The Quack, by Jan Steen, 1650-60
The Gullible Believe Quack Science 

A 1650 quack cure for madness is by cutting a surgical hole in the head of a patient to remove the imaginary "stone of folly" from someone who may be mad, gullible, abnormal, or easy-to-deceive with false hopes of magic cures.divider wide darker

Quackery Algorithms Spinning Out of Control

Currently, in 2020, algorithms, created by search engines, use artificial intelligence (AI) for sourcing search queries that promote quack medicine ideas, which deceive users into creating and implementing quackery.

Search engineers and medical professionals, use search engines to recursively reinforce quackery repeatedly, until it becomes commonplace misinformation, used in the algorithms created by search engines, and so on.

Healing medicine is a very complex set of interactions, with many variables within the body, mind, and spirit, which cannot be solved using simplistic AI quackery algorithms of food, nutrients, herbs, diets, and supplements. Allopathic medicine, and all practicing branches, is a non-healing solvable problem that only requires a complicated AI system, for example, a deterministic and linear step-by-step model used in surgery or the prescribing of a drug or therapy to treat a disease that has been diagnosed.

Similarly, is the integration of allopathic medicine into the complex system of classical Chinese medicine and herbalism that created the simplified medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine was created to treat diseases without readily available drugs, devices, or therapies; by streamlining the inefficient medical use of herbs and therapies in poor rural areas of China which did not have access to efficient modern medical practice.divider wide darker