By Keir Liddle
From: Skeptical Humanities
You might remember last year how people who thought they were acting in the interests of the Burzynski Clinic issued quasi-legal threatsto bloggers who took issue with his unproven “antineoplaston” treatments.
Well, people who seem to somehow think that they represent Burzynski are at it again; this time it is his propagandist Eric Merola (@BurzynskiMovie), the guy behind the straight-to-Internet stinkerBurzynski. He is currently putting together a sequel (working title: Burzynski II: This Time It’s Peer-Reviewed).
Not long ago, I received a call from one of the lawyers at my university. When I went over to see her, she handed me a letter that had been sent to the office of my university’s Chancellor. Honestly, from her description on the phone of how strange it was, I thought it was going to be something from Mabus, who had contacted my coworkers in the past. I was surprised to read that it was from the guy making the Burzynski movies.
The full letter is available at the Skeptical Humanities site. Our brief dissection is given below:
“I am writing to you on behalf of a professor at your University, Robert Blaskiewicz”
We are not sure Eric Merola, director of the Burzynski movie, is entirely sure what “on behalf of” means. As we are pretty sure from Bobs reaction he did not ask Eric to send a poorly thought out legal threat to his employer.
Merola links to a number of Bobs articles about Burzynski and infers that he would be liable for prosecution under “Tortious inference”. Tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations, in the common law of torts, occurs when a person intentionally damages the plaintiff’s contractual or other business relationships.
Tortious interference with contract rights can occur where the tortfeasor convinces a party to breach the contract against the plaintiff, or where the tortfeasor disrupts the ability of one party to perform his obligations under the contract, thereby preventing the plaintiff from receiving the performance promised.
None of which describes what Bob has or is doing in relation to the Burzynski clinic. Not a single word has been written that directly advises people to abandon treatment at the Burzynski clinic. Rather a lot has been written to try and persuade people not to seek treatment there in the first place.
The letter amounts to little more than a quasi-legal threat, with little substance, and we don’t doubt it. or something like it, will feature prominently in the next Burzynski movie. No doubt as more spurious evidence of conspiracy.
It highlights well thought the general tactics of the high profile supporters of Burzynski. They will lie, they will defame, they will insult and they will misrepresent science and evidence in order to discredit any critics of Burzynski.
What they will not do is produce the evidence that proves ANPs are effective. Probably because it doesn’t actually exist.