Carolyn Dean

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Carolyn Dean
Against allopathy
Alternative medicine
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Clinically unproven
Some dare call it
Conspiracy
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What THEY don't want
you to know!
Sheeple wakers
The conclusion I draw from my experience with the medical establishment is that they will do anything they can – up to and including pushing people to commit suicide – to maintain their monopoly on disease care.
—Carolyn Dean[1]

Carolyn Dean is an American conspiracy theorist, homeopath, naturopathic quack, cholesterol denialist, vaccine denialist and promoter of the "magnesium miracle" cure.

According to Quackwatch, Dean is a proponent of all kinds of medical woo and has utilized "unscientific methods of testing such as hair analysis, Vega and Interro testing, iridology and reflexology as well as treatment not medically indicated and of unproven value, such as homeopathy, colonic irrigations, coffee enemas, and rotation diets."[2] Dean is the director of the pseudoscientific Nutritional Magnesium Association and advertises herself as the "Doctor of the Future".[3][4]

She is associated with NaturalNews, which explains a lot.

Qualifications[edit]

Dean graduated from the Dalhousie Medical School in 1978.[5] In 1995, Dean's registration certificate was revoked in Ontario because of unfit medical practice and disregard for the welfare of 36 of her patients.[2] The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario stated that she had shown disgraceful and unprofessional conduct.[2] She did not contest the charges and was not present or represented at her hearing.[2]

Dean who now resides in Hawaii, wrote on her website in 2017 that it was an attempt by the "medical establishment" to discredit her and the entire incident was "staged and fake removal of my medical license in Ontario."[1][6]

She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.[3]

Opposition to scientific medicine[edit]

Dean is opposed to scientific evidence-based medicine and frequently rants against the use of pharmaceutical drugs on her website. She prefers the bullshit claims of alternative medicine and has written:

The future of medicine is unfortunately in the hands of Big Pharma; it’s got nothing to do with patients anymore or even doctors for that matter.[7]

Her articles and lectures promote irrational Big Pharma conspiracy theories.[8] She also complains about the FDA allegedly harassing proponents of homeopathy.[9] Dean often cites the anti-science NaturalNews website as a valid source of information. She has written articles for NaturalNews and featured Mike Adams on her live radio show.[10][11]

Dean has authored a paper with Gary Null and other alternative medicine quacks entitled Death by Medicine, that argues modern medicine does more harm than good. The paper examines statistics of deaths due to pharmaceutical drugs. It was published in the Journal of Orthomolecular MedicineWikipedia's W.svg in 2005.[12]. Skeptic Harriet Hall took issue with the paper and noted "most of their numbers are wrong. They are based on extrapolations. Even when they are more-or-less accurate, they are misleading."[13] Her book Death By Modern Medicine, was also published in 2005. It contains Forewords by Joseph Mercola and Julian Whitaker.[14]

The Magnesium Miracle[edit]

If you were to list today's leading chronic diseases, heart disease (angina, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol) along with diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, generalized inflammation, and toxicity are found at top. Magnesium is a mineral and nutrient that when eaten or supplemented in the proper amounts and form, has had a miraculous healing effect on these and other serious health conditions.
—Dean advertising magnesium as a cure all.[15]

Dean is the author of The Magnesium Miracle, published in 2003 and updated 2017. In the book she lists 65 health conditions which she claims are caused or triggered by magnesium deficiency.[16] She advertises magnesium and vitamin supplements to cure practically all diseases.[17][18][19][20][21] For example, she says that magnesium "helps to alleviate heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and asthma."[22] She describes magnesium as a "miraculous mineral".[15]

Dean has admitted that she received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration stating that "I cannot say magnesium can treat a disease because that will make magnesium a drug and subject to drug testing."[1] She has ignored this advice and says her magnesium and vitamin supplements are not drugs. Her live-radio website contains a Quack Miranda Warning that states "A vitamin is not a drug, NEITHER is a Mineral, Trace Element, Amino Acid, Herb, or Homeopathic Remedy. Although a Vitamin, a Mineral, Trace Element, Amino Acid, Herb or homeopathic Remedy may have an effect on any disease or the structure and function of any body system."[23] Dean has been described by medical experts as a magnesium quack.[24]

Statin denialism[edit]

Dean is a cholesterol and statin denialist. She promotes a conspiracy theory that the American Heart Association "simultaneously is covering up statin side effects".[25] She says that cholesterol does not cause or increase the risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels above 200 are not dangerous. She believes that magnesium operates as a "natural statin" and keeps cholesterol in balance. She advertises her "Total Body ReSet" bundle of dietary supplements, to treat high cholesterol.[25] Dean's Total Body ReSet supplements cost $299.[26] She also recommends taking a clay bath or footbath detoxification.[27]Do You Believe That? Dean has stated that chronic inflammation is the cause of heart disease and that cholesterol is unrelated.[28] This opinion is not supported by scientific evidence.[29]

Dean also endorses the unproven claims of cholesterol denialist Malcolm Kendrick.[30]

Vaccination denialism[edit]

Dean is an anti-vaccinationist and has written nonsensical articles claiming vaccines do not work.[31][32]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unfounded Attack on Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. by Licensing Board. Carolyn Dean.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Disciplinary Action against Carolyn Dean, M.D. Quackwatch.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Medical Advisory Board. Nutritional Magnesium Association.
  4. The Doctor of the Future. Carolyn Dean.
  5. About Dr. Carolyn Dean. Carolyn Dean.
  6. Rebuttal to Casewatch article against me. Carolyn Dean.
  7. The Future of Medicine?. Carolyn Dean.
  8. Big Pharma Scandal — Dr Carolyn Dean Discusses the Importance of Magnesium Big Pharma Scandal — Dr Carolyn Dean Discusses the Importance of Magnesium
  9. FDA Harassing Homeopathy. Carolyn Dean.
  10. Articles on NaturalNews.com. Carolyn Dean.
  11. Tonight! Health Ranger Mike Adams joins Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE
  12. Death by Medicine. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2005.
  13. Death by Medicine. Science-Based Medicine.
  14. Death by Modern Medicine 3rd Edition. Carolyn Dean.
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Magnesium Miracle. Carolyn Dean.
  16. Magnesium For Curing Illnesses With Dr. Carolyn Dean.
  17. Why We’re All Magnesium Deficient – Top Signs & What to Do. "How magnesium benefits the following: diabetes, MS, ALS, epilepsy, autism, cholesterol, teeth, PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause, sleep, insomnia, general inflammation, blood pressure, arthritis, kidney stones, chronic fatigue, alzheimers."
  18. Dr. Dean’s Supplement Recommendations. Carolyn Dean.
  19. Magnesium, For All-Purpose Healing. Carolyn Dean.
  20. Carolyn Dean: How to Tell You're Magnesium Deficient & What to Do! The Magnesium Miracle
  21. Carolyn Dean MD ND - The Magnesium Miracle
  22. The Magnesium Miracle 2017. Carolyn Dean.
  23. Dr. Carolyn Dean, Doctor of the Future – Radio Show
  24. Quackery Promotion By Mainstream Media: Part I, Reader’s Digest and Naturopathy
  25. 25.0 25.1 Statin Safety – An Oxymoron. Carolyn Dean.
  26. Dr. Dean's Total Body ReSet
  27. Cholesterol Is Not the Enemy. Carolyn Dean.
  28. Magnesium as an Anti-Inflammatory Solution – Carolyn Dean MD ND
  29. The Cholesterol Controversy. Science-Based Medicine.
  30. The Great Cholesterol Con. Carolyn Dean.
  31. An Anti-Vaccination Rant. Carolyn Dean.
  32. Flu Vaccines Don’t Work. Carolyn Dean.