Dr. Rachie wins a Shorty!

By Phil Plait | March 6, 2010 8:00 am

Thanks in no small part to my beloved BABloggees and Tweeps, Rachael Dunlop won a Shorty Award in the Health category!


It’s nice that she gets some recognition for her debunking of quackery, hoaxery, and quite a bit of alt-meddery, but the real schadenfreudeliciousness comes from knowing that she’s helping Mike Adams’ and Joe Mercola’s heads that much more explodey. Go read her link for all the sordid, but oh-so-satisfying details.

For those of you who helped out, my sincere thanks. Ya done good.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Alt-Med, Antiscience, Science, Skepticism

Comments (15)

  1. Did that other guy one one? In the Fraud, Cheat, or Liar category? ūüėõ

  2. Pi-needles

    Cool! Congrats Rachael. 8)

    & uh, Larian *which* other guy?

  3. Goodnitemush

    Well deserved too. I love the way she basically said nothing and let the Loon Ranger keep making himself look bad. Congratulations, Dr. Rachie.
    Schadenfreudeliciousness = my new favorite word.

  4. I don’t want to say his name, but starts with an “M” and is synonymous with woo, quackery, lies, and vote rigging. He puts “Dr.” in front of his name for some reason, but I doubt the credentials as being actual.

  5. Sir Craig

    I didn’t vote, refuse to tweet/twit/whatever, I even hate emails but admit to their occasional usefulness. (Yes, I am an old-school techno Luddite who refuses to cave to silly trends.)

    That said, it was a fascinating display, from a psychological perspective, of how the woo merchants can become complete cognitive retards when it came to a contest they simultaneously poo-pooed as “unimportant” yet went batsh*t insane trying to rig.

    I applaud Twitter for this opportunity and congratulate Dr. Dunlap for maintaining the higher ground in this skirmish. Oh, and for her win.

  6. Cool! My vote is shown on her screen cap of the voting!!!

  7. Floyd

    Mercola may be flaky in most of his woo posts, but is right to suggest on his website that range fed beef is more environmentally friendly than feedlot beef.

    Range fed beef (what we ate in the 50s and 60s) tastes better than feedlot beef too, though it is a bit tougher than corn fed beef.

  8. Rift

    Floyd- even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once and a while.

    I live in a very rural area, cattle and corn country, and most of my friends/relatives with farms/ranches range feed their cattle simply because it is cheaper. I know of ONE ‘feedlot’ in the county.

  9. Ron

    I admire Dr. Dunlap for taking the high road and not calling Mr. Mercola a fraud and charlatan.

  10. john

    Funny, I heard the whole thing was rigged as obviously M had thousands of votes taken down that were legit. And he is a real doctor… unlike “Dr. Rachie”

  11. Ron


    “Osteopathy is a medical practice based on the theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored to harmony or equilibrium by manipulation. The manipulation allegedly allows the body to heal itself. Osteopaths use manipulation for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.”

    Quack Quack Quack

  12. Chris

    John, even if Mercola is a real osteopathic doctor, he still behaved badly. Even his followers got upset with him.

    Dr. Dunlop is a real PhD medical researcher. That makes her health credentials equivalent to Mercola’s. And much better than Mike Adams (who has no health/medical training).

  13. Steve in Dublin

    john @11

    Funny, I heard the whole thing was rigged as obviously M had thousands of votes taken down that were legit.

    The votes that were taken down were NOT LEGIT. That’s the whole point. The problem was that neither the Mercola or Adams quacks bothered to read the Shorty voting rules before they asked their followers to vote. The rules explicitly stated that you needed to have an established and active Twitter account that was set up before 1 Jan 2010 in order to be able to vote. But the moronic followers never bothered to read the rules either, and set up new Twitter accounts just to vote for the Shortys. Arp! Game over.

    So by not reading the rules, both Mercola and Adams contributed to their own demise in the voting. Ironic, and oh so Schadenfreudelicious!

    ETA: PZ Meyers DID read the rules first. When he asked us to vote for Dr. Rachie, he stated that you could not vote unless you already had an active Twitter account.

  14. Steve in Dublin

    Egad. I’ve spelled PZ’s last name wrong. Must remember to finish drinking first cup of coffee before posting.


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