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Based on the current scientific knowledge on the subject, Olivier Bernard had demonstrated the lack of evidence on the effectiveness of injections of vitamin C to treat cancer.
The pharmacist and science popularizer Olivier Bernard, better known under the name of Pharmachien, has launched a cry from the heart on Monday, saying the victim “of a series of threats, attacks and attempts at intimidation” since the publication of a text on the injection of vitamin C.
“I understand that my involvement in the record of the vitamin C do not please everyone. But one should be able to disagree without that it generates this kind of behaviour disturbing. This is NOT normal “, he wrote on social networks on Monday noon.
The pharmacist explains to have been the target of threats for internet users wishing to “settle [his] case” and he ” lose [his] show “. Some went so far as to call to file a complaint “overwhelmingly” against him to the professional Order of pharmacists or to put pressure on the broadcaster of his show, Radio-Canada, and the Fonds Telus finance. “I had to explain to me with them about this Saturday “, he says.
And this is without speaking about the publication on the Internet of the address of his place of work or even calls for a boycott of the books of his wife, which was, however, ” absolutely nothing to see here “. “I spare you, of course the pages and pages of insults, where I want, among other things, have a cancer, where people can laugh of my fertility issues with my wife, where I was told that I need to “lil’ blue pill”, where it tells me that I am “ul edge of dying”, etc.”
Mr. Bernard provides take these threats seriously and keep carefully the problematic messages in case it should ” take the necessary legal steps in order for it to stop “.
This is the ticket, “Injection of vitamin C. The question vs the reality” — released on its original site on July 3, 2018 and updated a dozen times since — has set fire to the powder.
Based on the current scientific knowledge on the subject, he had demonstrated the lack of evidence on the effectiveness of injections of vitamin C to treat cancer.
He also “expressed certain doubts” as to the involvement of the mp Youri Chassin, the Coalition avenir Québec, in the folder. In February, the latter has indicated that he would be filing a citizen petition asking Quebec to allow the requirements of infusions of vitamin C in addition to treatments for the cancer.
If he knows for a fact that these threats are for the purpose of him “to scare [and the] silence,” the pharmacist admits to having ” reached the limit of what [he is] able to take psychologically in this case.” “If you believe, like me, that the political lobbying current with respect to the folder of the vitamin C injectable deserves more sustained attention from the scientific and medical community, I invite you to make yourself heard. Because me, I need a break, ” he continued.
In the eyes of observers consulted by The Duty, this situation, although ” deplorable “, and no wonder.
“In the field of health, there are a lot of beliefs. And when it comes to arguing, it raises strong emotions, ” says Yves Gingras, a professor of sociology of science at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
There should be more scientific subjects in the media so that the real flow of information and fight against the false news and false beliefs
— Jean-Marc Fleury
He explains to undergo its own lot of comments and criticism on the part of listeners unhappy with some of his chronic radio emission light years.
“In this area, it looks like he must always expect the repercussions to what they say, he believes. There will always be people who will tell us that it is wrong, even if it is based on facts and scientific studies strong “.
And the issuance of the Pharmachien exposes even more of such negative comments, or even threatening, since its purpose is precisely to attack the false beliefs, believes his side Jean-Marc Fleury, holder of the research chair Bell Globemedia on science journalism.
In his opinion, the work of Olivier Bernard is no less essential to standardise and clarify some controversial topics sometimes shunned by the mainstream media. “There should be more scientific subjects in the media so that the real flow of information and fight against the false news and false beliefs,” says Fleury.