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On "Sciblogs" and throwing stones.

Hilary Butler - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Oh the irony of it all. Peter Griffin of Sciblogs fame reckons he has H1N1.  Would love to know how he knows that. After all, the only people being tested for H1N1 are those in ICU. Not even “normal” patients in the “fly-by" outpatients get tested. Perhaps he has special connections? Called in a favour maybe? Perhaps he should post the ‘laboratory proof’ for his claims on his sciblogs page?

Perhaps having H1N1 is the new “in” sciblogs disease. Funny though. He’s run out of codral now, seemingly not realizing that his ozzie mates who also write a version of sciblogs consider codral to be crap. So whose right? Aussie skeptics, or New Zealand Skeptics?

The other side of this coin is that Peter Griffin loves to portray himself as a knowledgeable scientist, and to excoriate those people he thinks aren’t. Therefore, wouldn’t you think that at the very least, he would have had his vitamin D levels tested LAST year, and be on top of that? Doesn’t he know, that there is overwhelming evidence in peer reviewed medical literature, that only those who are vitamin D deficient will be susceptible to respiratory infections INCLUDING the flu?

Sciblogs can’t talk about that, though.. after all, if everyone knew the answer to keeping the flu away was good nutrition and vitamin D, that annual cash cow – the flu vaccine, couldn’t be promoted as the only prevention by sciblogs, eh?! Of course, the other questions that could be asked are:

"Did Peter Griffin take his own advice and get the H1N1 vaccine? 

 If not, why not? 

And if so, why has he got swine flu? 

Either way, touche!

But getting back to real science, we know that Peter Griffin isn’t a real scientist. After all, if he had been … Professor Hemila wouldn’t have had to pull him up about serious omissions in his post called “Sins of omissions”.

Let’s just hope that H1N1 doesn’t get the better of him to the point where he lands up in ICU as bad as Allan Smith was.  The question is, if that happened, would Peter Griffin ask them to use large doses of vitamin C, or would he rather just be proned?

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