The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

January 17, 2017  

David talks with British GP Malcolm Kendrick about the many myths of modern medicine, starting with the cholesterol myth and the recommendation for a low fat diet. Later the conversation veers into other myths that allopathic medicine promulgates but that Kendrick opposes.

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January 10, 2017  
In the second and concluding part of the discussion regarding the death of David Stephan’s son Ezekiel, he discusses the trial, and particularly the reasons why health authorities might want to go after him, a parent who doesn’t vaccinate, and the son of a man whose health supplement company won a war with Health Canada once it was shown to have benefits in people with psychiatric conditions often treated with pharmaceutical drugs.
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January 3, 2017  

David Crowe interviews David Stephan, whose second child Ezekiel died in 2012. David, and his wife Collet, were charged with the death, and were eventually convicted of “failing to provide the necessities of life”. David Stephan explains why they are appealing this conviction, through describing the last few weeks of his son’s life, up to the point at which the ambulance and hospitals took charge of the boy. Part 2 of this discussion will describe Ezekiel’s death in hospital, the subsequent court hearings and the ongoing appeal, and the possible reasons why the government and medical treatment system of the Province of Alberta was so anxious to blame the parents for this unfortunate death.

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December 13, 2016  
David speaks with retired professor Bruce Alexander about addiction. Like former guest Marc Lewis, Alexander also believes that addiction is not a disease, and certainly can’t be fought with a war. His recent book calls it a “poverty of spirit” but, rather than blaming the victim he believes society as a whole is responsible for creating these conditions. He does not believe that drugs are addictive, or at least that only people in a vulnerable state of hopelessness, loneliness and societal disconnection, will become hooked. The discussion ends by talking about Canada’s native peoples who have the worst drug addiction problem, and also enormous, and so far intractable, social problems, that the white society of North America created by destroying their self-sufficiency and culture.
His websites are brucekalexander.com and, relevant to this discussion, globalizationofaddiction.ca
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December 6, 2016  
David interviews Robert Darby, an opponent of circumcision, who is very knowledgeable in all aspects. This discussion was prompted when a doctor had his paper in opposition to one of Darby’s retracted, because the only peer reviewer turned out to be a frequent co-author. The discussion passes through the touted benefits, the rare and common harms, the anatomy and purpose of the foreskin, the changing positions of governments and health authorities around the world and, of course, its role in some religions. It is very interesting to compare male genital cutting with female genital cutting (usually called mutilation, i.e. FGM). Even when FGM is less significant than circumcision (e.g. a symbolic nick in the labia) it is still banned in most countries, yet few want to question the right to circumcise. Preventative mastectomy and tonsil removal are also compared with circumcision. One of the fundamental questions is ethical. Is it right to perform a permanent, irreversible procedure on an infant in order to obtain speculative benefits (which may not even exist), the most significant of which, will only occur when the child reaches sexual maturity?
 
Robert’s website on this topic is: http://historyofcircumcision.net
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November 29, 2016  

Peter LaVenia is the NY State Green Party Co-chair, and was not a candidate in the 2016 election. Peter talks about his hypothesis that it is the Democratic Party that is in meltdown, not the Republican party. He talks with David about the problems with both Trump and Clinton, and how the two party system does not offer a choice on most issues. Lastly they talk about the breaking news that the Green Party (I swear that I did not know this when I invited Peter to be interviewed) is challenging the election results in at least Wisconsin. Peter is on twitter as @votelavenia.

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November 16, 2016  

Paul Street is an independent researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City and Chicago. He is the author of seven books on politics and history, as well as many articles in various media, and teaches history at colleges and universities in Chicago. David and Paul talk about the Electoral College, because this year’s election resulted in the winner of the popular vote not winning the Electoral College. They also discuss other problems with the electoral system, including the influence of money, the role of the media, voter suppression and alternative voting systems such as Instant Runoff or Proportional Representation. They also talk about the particular characteristics of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that made the choice of who to vote for particularly difficult this year.

Paul Street’s website is http://paulstreet.org

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November 1, 2016  


There is a transgender bathroom war in the USA, and a transgender pronoun war in Canada. Some transgender or non-binary people do not want to be referred to as ‘he’ or ‘she’ and others refuse to use alternatives, such as ‘they’. This head butting is centered at the University of Toronto, in Canada. David talks with Lee Airton, who has a blog, http://theyismypronoun.com, that discusses why they have chosen ‘they’. While some people have taken rigid, opposing extremes on this issue, it does appear that there is a middle ground.

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October 25, 2016  
David has a wide ranging discussion with famous cartoonist (also musician and writer) Robert Crumb. They talk about AIDS, including their mutual friendship with Christine Maggiore, sex, puritanism, Charlie Hebdou and censorship.
For more information on Robert Crumb’s work see, http://www.crumbproducts.com
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October 18, 2016  

David catches up on his mailbag and press clippings, reading some feedback from previous shows, discussing the two horrible Presidential choices that America faces, and also talking about vaccines and the Zika virus scam.

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