There has been a complaint made about one Stuart Jones to the Health Professions Council alleging that he “Made disparaging and/or misleading comments on the website forum, ‘Bad Science’ about Dr XY*.” I understand that Stuart Jones post on the Bad Science forums as ‘Jonas’. I do not recall him making any “disparaging or misleading” comments about any doctor. However, he did raise some concerns with the GMC about some of the content of one Dr. Myhill’s website, and discussed this complaint on Bad Science.
That thread became extremely contentious when a number of people receiving treatment from Dr. Myhill for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) joined and accused Bad Science in general and Jonas in particular of ‘attacking’ and ‘mocking’ those with CFS. They oftem made wery contentious statements, then editted their posts when called on them and denied making them.
Eventually, Dr. Myhill voluntarily changed some of the information on her website and was instructed to change others. Sanctions against her were lifted. Shortly afterwards on Bad Science a poster named ‘dollar’ made this interesting comment:
Took even less time for the critics and naysers to comment on the announcement. But relax and be patient as there is lots more to come then the entertainment will really start!!!
On that basis one could be forgiven for thinking that some of the more militant CFS activists have decided to take revenge on Stuart Jones. Lo and behold, over on Phoenix Rising I found a thread which suggested that certain members are rather pleased with this development and do see it as part of a campaign. ‘Mark’ wrote:
Much of BS may be an innocent pawn in the war on ME sufferers, but as long as some of its members continue to gleefully proclaim their intent to continue their persecution of Dr Myhill, and their sheeple continue the chorus of laughter as if the whole thing were a delightful game, they will remain an enemy to be confronted in any way possible.
Which gained the enthusiastic support of ‘Sean’:
Agree. It is way past time that these irresponsible and incompetent scumbags got properly and publicly called to account, including Ben Goldacre himself, for allowing, and even encouraging such behaviour on his site.
The behaviour that so upsets ‘Mark’ and ‘Sean’ is actually discussing the evidence. Note the classing of disagreement with persecution, and referring to those who disagree with them as sheeple and an enemy. When one member dissented from this view by saying:
Personally, I feel a bit sorry for Jonas about all this. He seemed pretty oblivious to all of the politics around CFS, and (from what I remember) was mainly concerned about inaccurate vaccine advice on Myhill’s website. It’s not like it is his fault that CFS has been treated so poorly in the UK, or that the regulation of inaccurate psychiatric claims is so lacking. Did he even take part in the lame defence of how CFS was treated on Bad Science?
which seems pretty uncontentious to me but she earned this comment from RustyJ:
Well you got a bite Esther, although for the life of me I don’t know why your post has been allowed on this thread as by even the loosest definition it should be seen as baiting…
Sums up the attitude to debate on Phoenix Rising. Incidently, should these posters indulge in the militant CFS approach referred to above; amending posts and following the amendment with a denial that the unamended post was ever made, I should point out that I have cached a copy of the thread linked to and will change the linkage to the cached copy should they amend the quoted posts.
One final thing; when the complaint against Dr Myhill was still ongoing, many of Stuart Jones’ critics made much of the fact that he had originally made the complaint ‘anonymously’ (ie his name not revealed to Dr Myhill). Subsequent events have rather demonstrated the wisdom of that move. I notice, however, that they are not now demanding the name of the current complainant. Double standards as well as vindictiveness. Lovely people.