June 12th, 2007
Somehow I got on the NewsMax email list. I usually delete their emails with barely a blink, but today the headline was “33 million Americans to go blind this year.” What followed was a sales letter for something called “The Blaylock Wellness Report.”
The body of the letter spelled out numerous causes of blindness. Chief among them was macular degeneration. I skimmed what must have been 2,000 words of copy for any real information, any believable studies, anything that would back up the claim that 11% of the U.S. population would go blind this year alone. Nothing.
I googled “The Blaylock Wellness Report.” Amid a sea of praise for the amazing Dr. Russell Blaylock was Google ranking #3: “Nonrecommended Periodicals”. I clicked through to a site called Quackwatch.
Quackwatch, other than listing a ton of New Age journals, is not a site rich in information. I was disappointed. I wanted the goods on this Blaylock charlatan.
Finally, at google rank #40, I hit paydirt. The Wikipedia report on NewsMax and it’s fully-owned Blaylock Wellness Report. Why was I surprised? It’s just another garden-variety right-wing enterprise. All the grubby usuals are involved — Alexander Haig, Michael Reagan, Richard Mellon Scaife, Rush and David Limbaugh, the late CIA Director, William Casey.
And yet so much praise for this ludicrous health enterprise comes from New Age types — many, if not most of them, lefties who buy into alternative medicine in a big way. Conservative billionaires don’t get rich doing favors for liberals.
Now that I know who’s behind the Blaylock Wellness Report, I’ve got to go back and read their causes of blindness list more carefully. Masturbation has to be on it.