I typically reserve Mondays for the craziest thing I’ve seen in the past seven days, but some days you write a post and forget to actually hit “post,” and now it’s Tuesday. This week: the harmless-sounding but profoundly antisemitic “German New Medicine.”
On the surface, the “German New Medicine” created by Ryke Geerd Hamer, who lost his medical license in 1986, just seems like your typical spiritualist pseudo-medical garbage: all serious diseases stem from psychological shocks, microbes are all good for us and none of them actually cause disease, and the only way to really cure cancer is to treat whatever conflict it was that “caused” your cancer. Yes, it’s dangerous — anyone falling for this will die of cancer instead of getting treated for cancer — but there’s something else even more horrible involved.
You see, Hamer is also a neo-nazi of sorts. Here, I’ll just quote directly from Wikipedia for a bit:
Hamer purports that his method is a “Germanic” alternative to mainstream clinical medicine which he claims is part of a Jewish conspiracy to decimate non-Jews. In this Hamer follows the antisemitic “Neue Deutsche Heilkunde” propagated in Nazi Germany. More precisely he asserts that chemotherapy and morphine are used to “mass murder” the western civilisation, while such treatment is not used in Israel where nearly no people die of cancer, according to him. He promotes the idea that most oncologists in Germany are Jewish and that “no jew is treated with chemotherapy in Germany”. According to him hypodermic needles are used during chemotherapy to implant “chips” containing “chambers of poison” that can be activated by satellite to specifically kill patients. He proposes that the swine flu vaccination campaign of 2009 has also been used to mark people with those “chips” and denies the existence of HIV. Hamer also believes that the denial of recognition of his theories and the revocation of his practitioner’s licence is due to a Jewish conspiracy.
In 2008, Hamer presented a document where one “Chief Rabbi” “Esra” Iwan Götz confirms the existence of a conspiracy among Jewish oncologists to use the “torture” of chemotherapy on all non-Jewish patients, while Jewish patients were to receive the “correct” treatment of GNM. Iwan Götz is a German holocaust denialist active in the German Reich revivalism scene who has been repeatedly convicted by German courts on counts of holocaust denial, fraud, defamation, misuse of academic titles (the title “Chief Rabbi” is not legally protected in Germany), falsification of documents, among others.
And ol’ Joe Mercola is apparently a fan:
Because of course he is.
Monday Tuesday, everyone.
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as Deputy Managing Editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.