Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery

Apparently, according to Eric Merola, Orac is a white supremacist who eats puppies

It’s been less than a week since I wrote about Stanislaw Burzynski. In fact, as hard as it is to believe, I’ve been trying not to. Obviously, I’m failing, but what can I say? Things keep happening.

In particular, there’s Eric Merola. You remember Eric Merola? He’s the producer of a propaganda film extolling the virtues of Stanislaw Burzynski who decided that one movie was not enough. He needed to make another, in which skeptics are painted as the enemy, a shadowy cabal. Well, apparently he saw a certain video I posted last Friday, and he was displeased. Whether it was because the speaker never once mentioned his idol Stanislaw Burzynski or for some other reason, I don’t know. but apparently he really, really hates me now:

@medtek am i hallucinating ?  on Twitpic

That’s right. Apparently I’m a white supremacist. Now perhaps Eric had second thoughts, as he rapidly deleted that Tweet, and I only know about it because a reader saved it as a Twitpic and sent me the link. I’m not sure if it was embarrassment or a stab of conscience, but that immortal Tweet is gone from Eric’s Twitter feed. On the other hand, what’s worse than being a white supremacist?

Apparently I’m also a puppy eater:

Puppy eating

All I can say to Eric Merola is this. I’m obviously not a white supremacist, given how long I’ve been combatting Holocaust denial and neo-Nazi nonsense. Nor would I ever eat puppies. I love dogs. Kittens, on the other hand…

No doubt Eric Merola is too literal-minded to realize that last line about kittens was a joke. However, I do so crave my filthy pharma lucre, which is, of course, why I must destroy Burzynski.

Oops. I did it again. No doubt Merola will think that I was serious.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

31 replies on “Apparently, according to Eric Merola, Orac is a white supremacist who eats puppies”

Colonel Kha’ggozkmjt Aventis told me fried puppies are a Draconian delicacy, maybe you should try them. But I digress.

I guess alties love their ad hominems, but woe to whoever raises his tone towards them, because they’ll be the first to cry conspiracy-

I hope nobody figures out which of those two things is the secret reason why I keep coming back to the Orac blog.

I don’t know how he came up with the racism claim. Is Merola trying to market Burzynski as black? If so, will that manifest itself like a Sacha Baron Cohen movie, or like Peter Popoff going on BET?

Maybe it’s because Orac’s friend spent time debunking acupuncture and reiki (“eastern” medicine)? Although he also did debunk The Secret and Robert O. Young, both “western” spawn.

And wouldn’t a white supremacist be a big supporter of Hahnemann and homeopathy?

We all know you don’t eat puppies – they’re too tough.

It’s obvious you head to the Great White North to club Baby Harp Seals every spring.
“Writing grants”… sure.

I think Merola needs to up his Thorazine and refit his tin-foil beanie before the microwave mind control device of the Aluminutty reprograms him.
Nyah-ah-hah! (twirling mustache)

What a loon.

I’m not in Orange County, the place where Rongxiang Xu has filed a lawsuit against the Nobel Prize organization for not giving him the prize, or for giving it to the wrong people, or for misstating something about reversion of somatic cells to stem cells, or something. He seems to have a beef with the fact that John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka won the prize. He invented some kind of burn ointment and started a company to merchandise it. Apparently he did not publish anything interesting in any mainstream journal, and also seems to have neglected to patent anything. It’s a little weird because he seems to have only come very recently to his brave, maverick doctor position, and even that is marginal.

I wonder if the California Superior Court will throw this one back for lack of jurisdiction. If it were up to me, I would throw it back for making scientific allegations about his own work that are half baked and lacking credibility. The Prize people allowed as how they have become aware that somebody in California filed a lawsuit against them, but they didn’t mention his name.

Sorry for bringing this up a few months after it happened, but I just found out. By the way, I enjoyed watching the speech linked in the previous post, and sent the link to the friend who takes megamega doses of vitamin C.

So, a plastic box full of blinking lights is a Racist ?
Wait… Orac isn’t one of a race. . .
Now, as for that bag of meat, Gorski.
Um… all those posts in which Holocaust deniers are taken to bits and thrown in the refuse bins sorted by size and metal tells me that Merola is blowing smoke.

What’s the proper term for someone like Merola who apparently believes that only white people can practice scientific thinking?

Typical Pharma Shill – have you tried them with the gnaaa’kh’roth dipping sauce?

If that catches on then El Bulli and The Fat Duck have real competition on their hands. Their food tastes like hrav’vkhlinl droppings in comparison.

As for Merola, this smacks of desperation. Could it be that he’s seen a glimpse of the Emperor’s unclad posterior?

I am still trying to figure out Eric’s epithet of “barrel lady” directed at me.

MadTek: ‘Barrel of laughs’? ‘Monkey dancing to the barrel organ played by Orac’s friend’? ‘Barrel-shaped female’? (I’ve not watched the video.) ‘Woman carrying a barrel’?
Meh. Trying to figure out what he might have meant is like trying to analyse sewage.

No No NO!
Merola is talking about white supremacy involving USians:
Dr B, like AJW is not US-born but white. Therefore lies Orac’s white supremacy.. huh?
But isn’t that issue separate from white supremacy?

And seriously, Orac kindly eviscerates many white, all-American woo-meisters, male and female- he is an equal opportunity destroyer of woo-mongery.

Most of his targets ( Adams, Null, Mercola, AoA, TMR etc) are as white as he is. Most of them are also from the US.

What is wrong with Merola’s little brain?

Merola (or whoever’s operating the @BurzynskiMovie twitter account) says many things and deletes them. Many of those things make very little sense.

It’s quite reminiscent of live blood quack Errol Denton, who embarked on a bizarre smear campaign against two critical bloggers.

Merola’s Twitter feed is scary. But probably not in the way he intends.

What is wrong with Merola’s little brain?

Do you want the list alphabetically, or in order of importance?

@ JGC:

Always *order of importance*
No problems with my right hemisphere.

According to me, Edith Prickly, Eric Merola is a credulous twit who resorts to offensive (and untrue) slurs because he’s got nothing else.

Great. I followed your “I love dogs” link and now I sit here, a blubbering mess, after having sobbed uncontrollably while reading your Echo post. And Mercola is a moron of gargantuan proportions. He doesn’t annoy me as much as Dr. Oz, but he’s awful close.

The main problem with Merola’s brain is that it has atrophied from disuse. His insults are nonsensical because they are simply random uses of words that are considered impolite in some contexts; he has no real awareness of the meaning actually constructed when they are strung together.

OT, but can someone please tell me how to put a picture next to my user name? I have a photo I want to upload but can’t find the directions.


I believe if you go to, register, and post your picture along with the same e-mail address you use here, you should get your very own picture.

As someone who considers himself a skeptic I was wondering if someone who has a recipe for dog, as I am getting hungry waiting on my shadowy cabal membership card.


Shills and Minions:

How it warms my cold, cold hearts to see that you’ve been using your Glaxxon-English English-Glaxxon translators. Like a heat lamp for the Sveech’maak, it is. If anyone wants a recipe for either kitten or puppy, kindly let Miss Flinders know and she’ll send it to your ‘sponder. Of course, we do try to refrain from eating things you monkeys find “cute,” but we’re only, uh, Glaxxon.

In any case all this drivel about Orac being a racist is ridiculous, he’s hardly playing favorites. He’s betraying your entire species, not just the tasty ones. I have no idea what’s gotten into this Merola creature other than he doesn’t like it when reality rears its scaly head and shows him its teeth.
Perhaps he’s got a gnawing fear that his movie will have a body count, and that’s bad come Oscar™ season.

Carry on Shills and Minions and keep up the bad work . . .

Lord Draconis Zeneca, VH7ihL
Foreward Mavoon of the Great Fleet, Pharmaca Magna of Terra, Glaxxon Puppyque and Doggy-Dip Champion, 6587

Glaxxon PharmaCOM Terrabase DIA


@ Lord Draconis Zeneca,

Keep sending me 5000$ / month checks and I shall continue to pollute the autism literature with MRI and behavioral studies of autism to drown out the anti-vaccine studies 🙂


Because I can’t add a new comment on the old thread:

That was a heart-renching ode to your dog Orac. I had tears by the end.

Comments are closed.


Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading