Bais as an incoherent gibbering idiot (a how-to guide)

So there’s this thing.

I don’t want to spend any time on most of it, as this would be unhealthy. But a couple of parts of it are so egregious that I just can’t help myself. Someone is wrong on the internet. So these are not his only problems, just the ones that made my brain bleed.

1) Around 2 minutes he starts talking about blood oxygenation as therapy:

A great friend of mine Dr Martin in Germany, he is using an oxygen step therapy, for example, where you take the blood out, it gets ionized oxygen, that you lead the blood back in. And you do this 12 times, and basically you have brand new blood, like a newborn baby. So you already eliminated the lack of oxygen. And you see the blood coming out looks like black. They put the oxygen in and it becomes pink. And it’s like legal doping. You get it, and you feel so energized.

There are several issues here, the first being “ionized oxygen”. He is non-specific about the kind of ion he’s making with his oxygen, but there are not many choices if we are talking about oxygen that isn’t in some kind of compound. Superoxide is the most common and the most biologically relevant form in animals. It’s a metabolic waste product that forms during respiration. It also happens to be a really potent mutagen and knockouts of the enzyme that we use to destroy superoxide are uniformly unhealthy mice/flies/yeast/whatevers as a result. But hey, no, “ionized oxygen” sounds totally health-inducing.

My second beef with this section is this “blood of a newborn”. Apart from being short on antibodies of their own and way tweaked out with growth factors, the main way that newborn blood differs from adult blood is the absence of adult hemoglobin. Instead they have the fetal form, which binds oxygen a little more tightly. (Don’t try this at home.  Seriously.) This is really only useful if you need to strip oxygen from a relatively oxygen-poor environment (say, mother’s bloodstream), as it also limits the ability of your blood to give up that oxygen to the rest of your body. Of course, the fetal form is also better than nothing, so switching a patient to the fetal form is sometimes done to treat sickle-cell disease. So it is *possible* to give someone blood more like a newborn’s- but not by dumping oxygen into them. It’s done with drugs (chemicals!).

Last, there is a cute little sleight of hand going on here that is a large part of why it is so goddamned important for people to learn basic chemistry. They take venous blood (unless the phlebotomist is crazy) which is oxygen poor before it passes by the heart and reaches the lungs. They then dope it up with oxygen. (It’s a miracle! It turned red!) Then they pump it back in. This is what your lungs are for.

2) So that had me worked up a bit. Then around 4:45 he gets to talking about salt:

The problem is, they are talking about table salt. Very often table salt is 1/3 glass, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 salt. So the glass and the sand come scratching the arteries and they start to bleed.

I’m going to set aside the blood-pressure nonsense that he’s spouting here and deal simply with his ideas about the composition of table salt. First, I just want to point out that if there were glass and sand particles in your salt that were big enough to be scratching your arteries, this would imply that particles of that size had crossed the intestinal wall. Good luck figuring out how that could happen at all, let alone happen without hemorrhaging in the intestines (unless you think that’s a common feature of hypertensive patients?)

But biology aside, if he were somehow right about the composition of table salt including 1/3 sand and 1/3 glass, this is an ostensibly testable claim. In fact, this is one that you can try yourself at home! Get yourself a couple of glasses(first clue?), some salt, some sand and some glass beads. Fill them up with clean water (not all the way) and add 3 teaspoons of salt to one. Add 1 teaspoon of sand and one of glass (you can do this by weight if you think that’s how he means the divisions) to the other cup. Stir them both up a bit until it looks like nothing more will dissolve. Pour out the liquid (carefully so that you don’t lose anything that was undissolved. If this guy has things right, at least as much undissolved material will remain in the 3/3 salt cup (which, according to him contains 1/3 glass and 1/3 sand) as in the 1/3 glass, 1/3 sand cup.

One last thought:

So, if you look at the facts and if you look what they know what they don’t know, you know that Dr. Gary Null stated that, a lot of other people, the medical profession, medical doctor statistically have the shortest life span of 56 years of age. The highest abuse rate of alcohol and drugs. The highest suicide rate, only the psychiatrist is higher. And, you go to somebody that has a lowest life span, highest suicide rate, highest drug abuse rate, to ask them how to have a healthy happy long life. I think we should rethink our way of thinking.

I can’t believe I’m about to defend M.D.s in general here, but I have to say that if I were a doctor and I had a patient come to me with goiter because some jackass told him that his table salt was full of glass? I’d drink, too.

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9 Responses to Bais as an incoherent gibbering idiot (a how-to guide)

  1. a coward says:

    How’d you come across this? And why did you feel it merited an overkill of reasoning against it? I’m normally pretty stupid when it comes to this stuff, but points 2 and 3 seem like something even I didn’t need to be explained about. Is there something I’m missing about this guy?

  2. Really, more than anything, it’s the boldness with which he fires off his B.S.. He knows that he has a thrall audience that can’t fight back no-matter what he says, so he’s not even trying. Although I object to the notion that the above is overkill. As the woo is manifestly not dead and I cannot possibly be the first or only one to raise those objections, such reasoning can only be described as underkill.

  3. truthseeker says:

    and maybe next you can give us your opinion on why prescription drugs are actually “good” for us :)

  4. ken says:

    Doctors actually have LONGER lifespans than average.

  5. Simon says:

    Can’t we get sand and glass to a fine enough micron to be absorbed by the small intestine?????

  6. The things that go through the small intestine passively (that is, without a specific transporter to get them across) are simple lipids, sugars and amino acids on the order of a few nanometers long. Microns are 1000x the length of nanometers. So micron size is not actually small enough to cross. You could make it small enough to cross, but again the question is unanswered. How do you get something simultaneously big enough to scratch up all your arteries to cross the intestinal wall… and somehow have patients whose primary symptoms are high blood pressure and not intestinal bleeding.

  7. PDM says:

    Your an idiot.

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