In Monsanto Politics Part I Microbiome Mayhem, I wrote about Kavin Senapathy whose piece in Forbes was promoted on Twitter by Jonathan Eisen and Elizabeth Bik. All sarcasm aside, Jonathan’s very first response to my comment signaled explicit GMO partisanship and favoritism of Kavin- Monsanto’s messenger.
Eisen Quotes will be in Blue.
-If people make claims about conspiracies of scientists and doctors hiding the truth, question what they are saying.-If people don’t cite any scientific studies but instead cite anecdotes and testimonials and self-written books, question what they are saying.
But, Jonathan’s argument was that it’s arrogant of me, a licensed medical doctor, to dismiss Kavin’s science illiterate medical advice. No. Licensed medical doctors are at a minimum, entirely unequal in the eyes of regulatory agencies. If PhD’s want to debate it, they need to take it up with Federal and State licensing authorities who did not issue them a medical license, with very good reason.
I am not sure why Jonathan can’t see that he contradicts himself, but he made my brain explode. Quick, where is the extra strength aspirin-my hypocrisy meter just blew a fuse.
Death of Expertise
Tom Nichols wrote a great essay in the Federalist he called The Death of Expertise, which seems very apropos here.
The death of expertise is a rejection not only of knowledge but of the ways in which we gain knowledge and learn about things. Fundamentally, it’s a rejection of science and rationality, which are the foundations of Western civilization.
Death of expertise… is dangerous!
“…collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all.
By this, I do not mean the death of actual expertise, the knowledge of specific things that sets some people apart from others in various areas. There will always be doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other specialists in various fields.
Rather, what I fear has died is any acknowledgement of expertise as anything that should alter our thoughts or change the way we live” […]
The Mistrust of Science: Caltech commencement address by Atul Gawande http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-mistrust-of-science …
A super quick lesson in Microbes
Why is MIC of glyphosate important relative to GMOs?
An MIC of glyphosate for a beneficial bacteria interpreted with glyphosate bodily fluid levels in animals or people- will inform whether glyphosate is present in quantities sufficient to cause microbiome imbalance, and disease!
Who would have thought-gut #microbiome might have a role in stroke recovery? http://bit.ly/1RwtUUJ @NatureMedicine
MIC is a test that tells us how much/ how little antibiotic is needed to kill bacteria. Medical doctors request it on an a daily basis to avoid using the wrong drug and to prevent antibiotic resistance, as well as unnecessary expenses and prolonged suffering if we blindly pick the wrong antibiotic to treat infections.
@TBCMicrobes yes, I was being sarcastic in response to a person who claimed degrees were all importanthttps://t.co/pt1YVmHzhx
Knowledge is not merely the result of letters after your name. Avid research, reading & curiosity may better informhttps://twitter.com/phylogenomics/status/707483606332022786 …
@TBCMicrobes yes, I was being sarcastic in response to a person who claimed degrees were all importanthttps://storify.com/phylogenomics/expert-determination …
@kevinfolta @AlwaysaScouser I see #gmo causing #allergies & gastrointestinal issues in animals clinically on a fairly regular basis.
@kevinfolta @AlwaysaScouser Asked u for study on glyphosate s (antibiotic) effects on O. formigenes in Apr. Do you have one, by any chance?
@ksenapathy Plse post links to studies characterizing microbiome re #glyphosate residues. @Forbes @MicrobiomDigest @DrMel_T@phylogenomics
@ksenapathy In fact I’ve a simple microbiology Q: MIC of glyphosate for Oxalobacter formigenes @MicrobiomDigest@DrMel_T @phylogenomics
@beachvetlbc @ksenapathy @MicrobiomDigest @DrMel_T and search Google Scholar 4 “Oxalobacter formigenes” #1 hit in Archives of Microbiology
@phylogenomics The clinically relevant study was published in@nature Cited herehttp://beachvetlbc.blogspot.com/2014/04/stubborn-stones.html?m=1 … @MicrobiomDigest@DrMel_T
I think it’s obvious at this point it is not their goal to let science progress, their goal is to stifle it. @beachvetlbc @robles_jdaniel
No no no, they’re just writing Sci-Fi Drama.@vixenvalentino@beachvetlbc @robles_jdaniel
Jonathan’s testimony on glyphosate to scientists:
Telling detail: ” NO evidence of a direct effect of glyphosate on the human microbiome.”
Jonathan Eisen’s Omissions
Jonathan appears to be collaborating with weed scientists, among other well known GMO activists rather than medical or biosafety experts.
In spite of the fact that many are alarmed about glyphosate’s deleterious effects on animal and human health, this “guardian” of his own job, primarily, who can’t post a basic cheap microbiological test for even one single bacteria already concluded that it doesn’t affect human microbes-while literally and figuratively poking around in weeds. If no one looks, harm can’t be found, which is how this Monsanto preacher wants it.
Please check the science team – glimpse the Guardians of Microbial diversity asking all the wrong questions looking in all the wrong places
Cool Citizen Microbiology Project in Spain With Great Engagement, 4000 individuals – by @davidacoil @microBEnethttp://microbe.net/2016/03/13/cool-citizen-microbiology-project-in-spain-with-great-engagement/ …
,@MicrobiomDigest @Jo44 Why don’t we assay microbiome in USA parallel with #glyphosate urine levels? @davidacoil@microBEnet @phylogenomics
“I personally think the microbiome of plants and animals including humans is critically important to understand and likely plays important roles in all sorts of important functions,” Eisen explains. ”
“Because it is really complicated, it is easy for scam artists to get involved and it is also easy for mistaken conclusions to be made by the well-intentioned. But the hype is so strong that everyone is converging on the area”
What are the latest trends of misinformation spreading online?@ksenapathy discusses this in our new #blog Q&A:http://monsanto.info/1LJ2b6i #GMO
Wow. That does absolutely nothing for either one of you as far as credibility. Just an epic void of integrity. @MonsantoEurope@ksenapathy
“Some of those converging on the area are doing phenomenally interesting and important work. But it is REALLY REALLY early in the field and we just don’t know what is going on in most cases.”
The scary Dr. Mercola who Eisen, Kavin and Monsanto don’t want you to read. Please don’t look, whatever you do!
How Your Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical#Health http://ow.ly/ZPX0h
Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical Health
Your microbiome needs to be properly balanced and nourished if you want to maintain good physical and mental health.
Microbe guardians can’t cite a basic microbe test–the sensitivity of ONE beneficial microbe to glyphosate, a patented antibiotic. About other beneficial commensal microbes– what’s the minimum concentration of glyphosate that inhibits them?
Jonathan and Elizabeth don’t know and don’t want to know, shielded by the walls they build to defend themselves from clinicians like myself, whose patients suffer chronic illnesses and gut dysbiosis. As long as Jonathan is microbiome’s “guardian” evidence of harm will be blocked just like he is complicit in blocking this clinical expert.
Clinically relevant research is politically unappealing given Jonathan’s position within the academic hierarchy that Monsanto pays for.
How careerism @itntunes @Sciencesharenew corrupts very heart of the scientific establishmenthttps://www.bestthinking.com/articles/science/biology_and_nature/biological_processes/the-de-facto-macdarwin-industry-and-it-s-member-s-pseudo-scholarly-corporate-denial-of-the-very-existence-of-uncomfortable-new-facts …
Literally a fictional prescription is the only kind any participants in this “debate” can write on a Toys R Us drug vial with a crayon. You see, regulatory agencies frown upon people like Yvette, Kavin, or even Jonathan and Elizabeth unlicensed to diagnose any disorders issuing prescriptions for diseases they aren’t licensed to diagnose. They are all licensed to practice homeopathy but I prefer effective analgesics and their pill vial can’t even contain a simple aspirin for a migraine these fine folks just gave me.
And that’s not an opinion–it’s a simple statement of facts. 
@beachvetlbc @IHStreet as I recall, he did think monitoring the soil microbiome after glyphosate treatment was worthwhile.
@realscientists @beachvetlbc @IHStreet eg Antibiotic Resistance From Unexpected Sources–Herbicides, Dust And Metals http://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2015/04/01/antibiotic-resistance-from-unexpected-sources/#657a966d740d …
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Are these academics good scientists?
I had worked with many PhDs before veterinary school whom I respect, and learned from many academics in veterinary school, and still do- but Jonathan (and his brother Michael Eisen), and Elizabeth Bik’s behavior prompted this question that’s hasn’t occurred to me before.
Science is rooted in questioning assumptions and dogma and challenging authority even at the cost of social prestige, friendships, and status. An academic career rests on networking rather than ruffling feathers. Does keeping friends and maintaining a social network, and a nexus of power supersede everything? Is promoting an obvious fraud like Kavin scientific?
On social media in my interactions with some academics, I witness sophistry, sycophancy, dogmatism and an abhorrent lack of morality befitting the Catholic church when it was hiding unspeakable crimes against kids for decades.
You should be concerned that these types of “academics” beholden to prestige, politics, their jobs or power will never ask pertinent questions in science with the potential to improve animal and human lives, and they will watch silently and cheer on gang molestation, intellectual rape of those who do.
Don’t forget Elizabeth Bik, Kavin Senapathy and the members of her green astroturf cult, and Yvette, who aren’t even licensed to give you an aspirin.
Keep your fingers crossed homeopathy works because they are all licensed to treat you with homeopathy–or any modality that has no effects- good or bad. No worries!
Check Kavin’s meme and ask yourself. ” Who did Monsanto’s people just block? ” Do you think they would take this pledge? 
Make them prove it, and you too will get called a cunt, like I was.
 My answer is ” Yes, of course, I take the pledge!”
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