Dr Ben Goldacre, Online Abuse, Bullying and the Suicide of a Gentle British Doctor

Dr Ben Goldacre engages in online bullying and abuse and his BadScience forum is a notorious centre for some of what seem to be amongst the worst of the internet’s trolls, bullies and abusers.

So when a troubled gentle soul takes his own life after years of bullying, abuse and harassment from some from Dr Ben Goldacre’s BadScience forum, Ben Goldacre bears a heavy responsibility. 

On Thursday August 15th 2013 after years of relentless online bullying, abuse and harassment from some of Dr Ben Goldacre’s BadScience forum members, family physician Dr Mark Struthers took his own life.

In life Dr Struthers tried to take them on by challenging them online, posting comments on blogs as “Cybertiger“.  Their response routinely was to gang up in hordes to attack abuse and disparage him personally. 

Dr Mark Struthers was a gentle man and doctor who was well aware of the hazards vaccines present to children, the serious limitations of their alleged benefits and the concerted behaviours of too many in the medical profession to fail to report on and thereby to suppress their too often serious adverse effects particularly on children.  It concerned him greatly.  Though Mark was prone to depression and without doubt the more so with the behaviour of Dr Ben Goldacre’s hordes, Dr Ben Goldacre is all the more culpable and not less.  If you pick on a victim you have to accept the victim as you find him, with all the human fallibility and weakness he may have.

One of what appears the favorite approaches to bullying and abuse is to “out” their victims by trying to determine their identity and then publishing the full name along with personal details which they then use to engage in their attacks.  That is what they often did to Mark and it obviously was going to and did cause considerable harm and distress to him particularly in his professional career. 

Those of Dr Ben Goldacre’s associates on his BadScience forum involved appeared to gloat about the death, posting a notice of the announcement of the press report on one of the numerous anonymous free blogs they use to engage like low cowards in these kinds of attacks.


JABS Loonies - Justice, Awareness, Basic Support and Mind Blowing Stupidity_ Dr Mark Struthers (Cybertiger)_Page_1

The author of the blog is a grown Englishman of mature years who pretends to be a woman whilst engaging in abuse of others on the internet in sexually explicit terms.  [Impersonation is not unknown like another of his BadScience associates who for years adopted the persona, image and language of a five year old boy until pointed out on Twitter but he now appears to have reverted again to type.]  The abusive Englishman set up the blog after being blocked from the forum of a self-help group for parents of vaccine injured children, JABS, following years of relentless trolling and harassing of forum members.  Clearly a man with issues.

Some of Dr Ben Goldacre’s BadScience forum associates congregate on the BadScience forum to exchange information and ideas about whom to bully, abuse and harass, what to do and how to do it.  Ben Goldacre can hardly not know.  One might think that is one of the purposes for which Dr Goldacre established the forum if not the main purpose.  After years of this it surely looks like that is the case.  It is certainly a purpose it is put to.  Goldacre himself exhorted them to action writing:

The time for talking has passed. I draw the line at kidnapping, incidentally.”

They go to great lengths to “out” their victims knowing destroying online anonymity can cause great harm and Dr Ben Goldacre can also only be too aware of that.  Their own rules – which Dr Ben Goldacre must surely know very well – state doing this is banned because it can cause “a lot of harm“:

Update on Anonymity

Post by al capone junior » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:02 pm

This is an announcement that the general rules of the forum have changed to include this provision:

5: Linking to or exposing the real life identity of a forum member is not allowed.

Listen, a lot of harm can come from having your true identity associated with your online pseudonym or handle. While a lot of people do use their real name or well known pseudonyms as forum handles, I do not recommend this. Moreover, I do not think that purposely exposing someone’s real life identity is something that we should allow here on BS forums. The moderation team agrees, and therefore the rule change is hereby effective immediately.

A previous incident involving a suicide is reported here:

Patient Committed Suicide After His Doctor Was Hounded By Dr Ben Goldacre’s Badscience Forum Internet Bullies

There is no evidence Dr Goldacre engaged in bullying Mark or that he engages in anonymous bulling and abuse activities like those of some of his forum members.  The BadScience forum is more like a means of bullying-by-proxy.  That is like letting others do the dirty work to look innocent and to maintain a kind of credible deniability of responsibility and blame.  A move further in the direction of credible deniability may have been the removal by Dr Goldacre of the prominent link from his Badscience.net blog to the BadScience forum.  That appears to have occurred after the events described in this CHS post:  Dr Ben Goldacre’s Grovelling Apology For Sexual Abuse, Bullying & Harassment of Female Doctor & Medical Journalist By His BadScience Forum Trolls and Bullies.

Prior to that Dr Ben Goldacre had to ask his hordes to stop bullying, harassing and abusing another journalist:

Sigh. Do not abuse Jeni Barnett personally February 11th, 2009 by Ben Goldacre.

Ironically a point radio presenter Jeni Barnett was making was that she did not know much about issues of vaccines causing autistic conditions but that there seemed to be a lot of bullying going on about it.  

In May 2014 Dr Ben Goldacre had been the subject of what seemed sound valid criticism of his activities posted on the blog of an eminent expert Professor of medicine with considerable expertise and experience in drug safety issues.  As you can see here, Goldacre’s response was abuse and bullying, using his Twitter followers to join in. 

Dr Ben Goldacre’s activities are considered by some who are in a position to know to do more to help the drug industry make medicine more unsafe than it already is whilst claiming to be doing the opposite.  Goldacre gave a passable appearance of failing to answer properly the criticisms on the blog where they were made.  This CHS post concerns the background to the matter: Congratulations To Dr Ben Goldacre & AllTrials On Undermining Drug Safety Worldwide

This is what Dr Ben Goldacre in league with Simon Singh wrote on Twitter with the “followers” who then also ganged up to add to the bullying and abuse by posting more comments in a similar vein:

it shows how has made a series of absurd and untenable allegations”

27 May 2014

I seldom swear, but here’s fuckwittery of the highest order RT. Quacks still have it in for

Previous posts on CHS about Dr Goldacre’s behaviours and activities include:


World Premiere – Man Made Epidemic – The Movie – OPENS Saturday 25th June Curzon Cinema Soho London England – Tickets On Sale By Email

The world premiere of “Man made epidemic” OPENS this Saturday 25th June at the Curzon Cinema in Soho London at 12:30.

Doors open at 12:15. If you would like to buy tickets, please write an email to : info@man-made-epidemic.com

A Q&A will take place after the screeening from 14:00 – 15:00.  Address Curzon Soho: 99 Shaftsbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY.

About The Movie

Natalie Beer

Filmmaker Natalie Beer sets off on a journey around the world speaking to leading doctors, scientists and families to find out the truth about the autism epidemic and whether or not vaccines have a role to play.

The film explores the common misconception that autism is solely genetic and looks into scientists concerns over recent years about environmental factors such as medication and pesticides which continue to leave our children with physical and neurological damage.

The Team

The people behind “Man Made Epidemic” are an international team who have worked together for nearly two years to make this film happen.

Natalie Beer
Director / Producer

Natalie Beer was born in Hamburg, Germany on June 12th 1979 to a Belgian mother and a German father. After her film studies at Goldsmiths College University of London from 1999 -2002, she began working as an Assistant director. Natalie has worked on several international Hollywood productions as an AD. In 2008 she started directing and producing her first documentary „Running for Life“, a documentary about Ethiopian Marathon runners. Her second documentary „Waiting area“, about obstetric fistula in Ethiopia she co directed and produced with German actress Nora Tschirner.

Waiting area won a Democracy and Human rights award in Nürnberg, Germany in 2013.


„Running for Life“ 2008, Director and Producer

„Waiting area“ 2012, Director and Producer

„Man made epidemic“ 2016, Director and Producer

Lothar Moll
Executive Producer

Lothar Moll has been an entrepreneur for 35 years and has built up companies whose global activity is based on the principles of the responsible use of materials and resources and of the development of consciousness. He works in the area of building biology in the manufacturing of construction products, has been granted a number of patents, and also developed the technique of active intuition. In his seminars, he teaches skills in active intuition – primarily to managers and decision-makers in industry.

Lothar Moll is active in two other film companies with films about open discussions of vaccinations and mobile communications technologies.

Lucy Martens
Director of Photography

Lucy Martens was born in Hamburg, Gemany on 14th of May 1980 to a British mother and a German father.

Lucy studied in London at the Roehampton University and has a Bachelor in Film & History.

As a director and camerawoman for “Out of the Ashes” (BBC Storyvillle) Lucy won the British Documentary Award “The Griersons” for Best Newcomer Documentary in 2011.

Lucy is DoP for the documentary “The Speed Sisters”, which has been picked for this year’s Documentary and Story Lab at the Sundance Institute.

She was director of Photography of “Peace Unveiled”, one part of the four part PBS series “Women in War & Peace”, which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV documentary on International Affairs in 2011. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Storyville, PBS, ARTE, Canal Plus & ABC Asia.


BBC3 – The rise of female violence, 60min (UK, 2015) DoP
BBC3 – The muslim beauty pageant, 60min (UK, 2014) DoP
“The Sacred & The Profane” (South Dakota, USA) Director & DoP

“The Speed Sisters” (Palestine) DoP
“Afghan Voices” (Afghanistan) DoP
“The Making of Buzkashi Boys” (Kabul, Afghanistan) DoP
“Women War & Peace: Peace Unveiled” (Afghanistan) DoP
“Out of the Ashes – The rise of the Afghan Cricket team” (Afghanistan) Director & DoP
“Voices From Inside, Israelis Speak” (West Bank/Israel) Director & DoP

Simon Modery

Simon Modery is a London-based freelance film editor. Originally from Germany, he studied Media Design (MA) and Filmmaking (Diploma) in Heidelberg and London.

In 2008 – together with Ross Ashcroft and Megan Campbell – Simon Modery was key in founding the production company “Motherlode Ltd.”. The company produced branded content and advertising for clients like Barclays, Musto and Anthemis Group before moving on to feature length productions.

Their first film, the 2012 release “Four Horsemen” is an international festival success. Since its premiere at IDFA, Amsterdam, it has screened at 42 festivals and won “Best International Documentary” at the “Galway Documentary Festival” and at the “New Horizons” festival in Teheran. Following the success of Four Horsemen, Simon went on working on several other films including “Tripoli Awakes” and “Still the Enemy Within”.

Apart from his freelance work as editor, Simon also works in the educational field. He is a tutor at the London Film Academy and teaches AVID user-interface and workflow for NBC News.

David Hason
Music Composer

is an international film composer, record producer, arranger, performance artist and multi instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin, Germany.

He studied composition and orchestration for film/TV/games at Berklee College of Music, US-MA.
(Deutsches Fleisch, ZDF; Esther Niko – what If)

Drug Industry Operates Like Organised Crime – But Kills More People Than The Mob – Says Dr. Peter Gøtzsche of the Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, Denmark – 200,000 Americans pa Killed Following Doctors’ Instructions – Prescription Drugs 3rd Leading Cause of Death In West

In the two videos below you can watch and listen to Dr. Peter Gøtzsche who leads the Nordic Cochrane Centers in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two hundred thousand Americans, he says, die every year from taking pharmaceutical drugs, the third-leading cause of death — half of whom while simply following their doctors’ orders.

Gøtzsche said that large pharmaceutical companies were no different than organized crime or the mafia. The companies buy off influential lawmakers, ministers of health and medical academics — effectively silencing criticism by anyone with significant influence.

By taking fewer drugs, claimed Gøtzsche, people could live far longer lives.  You can read Dr Gøtzsche‘s book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare Paperback – 21 Aug 2013.   You can also read Professor David Healy’s book “Pharmageddon”

Video: (8 minutes):  Dr. Peter Gøtzsche: Big Pharma Is Organized Crime


Scientific Review Paper – How Vaccines Have Been Causing Cancers, Paralysis And Death for Decades

When zealots and charlatans tell you that the science is vaccines are safe and effective, the example of polio vaccines show they do not know what they are talking about [or are lying to you?].  This CHS article is about: serious injury and death caused by the original and current polio vaccines; the lie that polio vaccines eradicated “polio”; how polio vaccines are causing cancer today.

What was called “polio” in the 1940s and 1950s is not what is called “polio” today.  So one thread here is about eradicating a disease not with a vaccine but by calling it something else.  The problem did not go away.  An article in the British Medical Journal concluded “The only way to eradicate paralytic poliomyelitis is to stop vaccinating.“: Feature Polio. Polio eradication: a complex end game BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2398 (Published 02 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2398

Recent research indicates the vaccine was and is a big problem.

Polio vaccine causes non polio acute flaccid paralysis [or NPAFP] which is clinically identical to polio but twice as deadly – redefining a disease does not eradicate the problem – the problem remains but has a different name.  In other words, research shows that children are getting paralysis and dying just by getting the polio vaccine – it is just not called polio [which is also one way of faking the effectiveness of a vaccine which causes temporary and longer term paralysis and death and so is not preventing it]:

One of the problems with “science” in biological sciences is that organisms are unbelievably complex.  When “life” or biological “scientists” claim to “know“, 1) they don’t and 2) they can’t.  Just because it is believed the “science” says that doing one thing can bring about one change, does not mean it is known what cascades of other harms caused by that change can be known.  A single cell is complex beyond the full comprehension of even those who call themselves “scientists” who tinker with them.  Even single cells are well beyond the capability of anyone to devise scientific theories to predict reliably what will happen when changes are made.  Multiply that complexity for the trillions of cells and other complex structures within the human body and you start to get an idea.

It has been known for some long time now that the SV40 virus [polyomavirus simian virus 40 (SV40)] which was for a long time part of the polio vaccine continues to cause cancers and deaths today.  This CHS article brings you details of a peer reviewed scientific paper which reviews the scientific evidence.  The full extent of the death toll over many decades is not known.  No one knows exactly how many people have been killed by cancers caused by the “life-saving” polio vaccine.  It is without doubt very likely to be many hundreds or even thousands of times greater than the numbers of lives allegedly saved from the [redefined] “polio” by the polio vaccine.

The full paper can be found here: Vilchez, RA. Butel, JS. Emergent Human Pathogen Simian Virus 40 and Its Role in Cancer. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2004 Jul; 17(3): 495–508.

Abstract: The polyomavirus simian virus 40 (SV40) is a known oncogenic DNA virus which induces primary brain and bone cancers, malignant mesothelioma, and lymphomas in laboratory animals. Persuasive evidence now indicates that SV40 is causing infections in humans today and represents an emerging pathogen. A meta-analysis of molecular, pathological, and clinical data from 1,793 cancer patients indicates that there is a significant excess risk of SV40 associated with human primary brain cancers, primary bone cancers, malignant mesothelioma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Experimental data strongly suggest that SV40 may be functionally important in the development of some of those human malignancies. Therefore, the major types of tumors induced by SV40 in laboratory animals are the same as those human malignancies found to contain SV40 markers. The Institute of Medicine recently concluded that “the biological evidence is of moderate strength that SV40 exposure could lead to cancer in humans under natural conditions.” This review analyzes the accumulating data that indicate that SV40 is a pathogen which has a possible etiologic role in human malignancies. Future research directions are considered.

And if you want to find more on cancer and SV40 virus here are some further references [in addition to those cited in the above-referenced and quoted paper]:


UK’s Independent on Sunday – “Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination”

When Caron Ryalls was asked to sign consent forms so that her then 13-year-old daughter, Emily, could be vaccinated against cervical cancer, she assumed it was the best way to protect Emily’s long-term health.

Yet the past four years have turned into a nightmare for the family as Emily soon suffered side effects. Only two weeks after her first HPV injection, the teenager experienced dizziness and nausea.

The symptoms grew increasingly worse after the second and third injections, and I went to A&E several times with severe chest and abdominal pains as well as difficulty breathing,” Emily, now 17, said. “One time I couldn’t move anything on one side of my body. I didn’t know what was happening.

Emily is one of the thousands of teenage girls who have endured debilitating illnesses following the routine immunisation. She is yet to recover and has no idea when her health will return to normal.

Prior to the vaccination Emily had an ‘unremarkable’ medical history with no problems,” said Mrs Ryalls, 49, from in Ossett, West Yorkshire. “She was considered very healthy and represented the school at hockey, netball, athletics and was a keen dancer. She was also a high achiever at school, in the top sets for everything and predicted at least 10 GCSE with high grades. Her future was very bright.

Read rest of story from Independent on Sunday:

Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

More Evidence Hepatitis B Vaccines Cause Multiple Sclerosis [amongst other serious conditions]

In its issue of October 20, 2014, JAMA Neurol published a paper “Vaccines and the risk of multiple sclerosis and other central nervous system demyelinating disease” (doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.2633).

In accordance with my previous criticism regarding the methodological reliability of most studies presented as confirming the safety of vaccines, this investigation [1] raises a number of serious concerns.

Case ascertainment – Whereas the study title makes special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS: ICD code 340), case identification includes no less than nine ICD codes, some of which (optic neuritis or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis being sometimes difficult to differentiate from genuine MS, whereas others [transverse myelitis] are generally considered as distinct). The most expected result of such a diagnosis blending is to weaken statistical power and to blur epidemiological evidence.

Vaccination assessment – Only 4.0% of the 3885 controls were exposed to hepatitis B vaccine in the 3 years before the index rate; this may be compared with the study by Hernan et al. [2] (the design of which was fairly similar), where 2,4% of the 1565 controls were exposed to a recombinant hepatitis B vaccine. The trouble is that this immunization was highly selective in the latter population (UK), whereas it was massive in the former (USA). In spite of this major discrepancy in the vaccine policy between the two countries, the surprisingly small difference between these two percentages raises the hypothesis that, for one reason or another, vaccination recording was incomplete in the American sample. Although duly pointed out as remarkable by Langer-Gould et al., low vaccine exposure in their sample was not seriously discussed by the authors.

Control selection – Although a black ethnicity was the most prominent risk factor identified by the authors in their previous study on the incidence of demyelinating syndromes (quoted as reference 17 in their current paper), one may wonder why their control selection did not include race in their matching method. As it happens, imbalance in the distribution of black race between cases and controls was the most striking feature of the baseline samples characteristics.

Index date – Although the timing of symptoms appearance is generally a crucial argument for causality in drug monitoring (there may be exceptions to this rule), this parameter is never properly considered in investigations devoted to post-vaccine MS. Actually, as the disease may remain clinically silent for years, the relevant parameter is neither the date of diagnosis nor that of the late symptoms which lead to the investigations leading to positive diagnosis. In spite of this, what investigators mean by “symptoms onset date” is never clearly defined: which symptoms? For example, in their abovementioned reference 17 (Table 1), Langer-Gould et al. estimated at 0.9 month the median time from symptom onset to diagnosis, after having stipulated that, defining MS required two or more episodes of MS “separated in time”: is unlikely that 0.9 month is a sufficient time interval to separate two distinct MS episodes… At the opposite side of the clinical spectrum, the very first symptoms of a MS are often an unexplained fatigue, mild paresthesia, etc. the onset of which may be quite close to the time of vaccine injection (a few days or weeks), but which may last for years before onset of more significant symptoms: thus, if one focus on the late significant symptoms, this very long time lag is almost always interpreted as speaking against a vaccine role whereas, when considering the whole of symptoms sequence from its very beginning (i.e. from the time of quite discrete symptoms just after injection), it is on the contrary highly suggestive of a vaccine causality. I have never seen this crucial problem properly taken into account in any database, so that most investigations about the time between vaccination and the onset of MS symptoms are essentially misleading.

Regarding MS and in spite of their denials, the authors ended up to a result very close to that of Hernan et al.’s., namely an overrepresentation of cases (4.2%) as compared to the controls (3.1%) within a time windows of 3 years. Of course, this difference just failed to reach statistical significance but: i) as documented above, the methodological tendency of the authors contributed to decrease the power of their results; ii) amongst the published case/control studies supposed to exclude a post-vaccine risk of MS (by means of like strategies of dilution of the cases or of insufficient observation period), the number of those suggesting (even in a nonsignificant way) an overrepresentation of cases in vaccinated subjects is clearly higher than those suggesting an underrepresentation, and the difference between the two groups of studies is clearly significant from a statistical point of view.

Finally and as with most papers devoted to the safety of hepatitis B vaccines, the authors cannot refrain from concluding that no “change in vaccine policy” is warranted: yet, their investigation is totally devoid of the slightest element likely to validate any vaccine policy, whose potential shortcomings (included issues of cost, of resources allocation, of individual and collective efficacy, of nonneurological risks, etc.) go far beyond the sole issue of MS. In psychoanalysis, such optimism (going far beyond the available evidence from a given investigation) is called “the return of the repressed”…

[1] Langer-Gould A, Qian L, Tartof SY, Brara SM, Jacobsen SJ, Beaber BE, et al. Vaccines and the risk of multiple sclerosis and other central nervous system demyelinating diseases. JAMA Neurol. 2014 Dec;71(12):1506-13.

[2] Neurology 2004; 63: 838-42.

The Money and Criminal Connections Behind The Vaccine Racket – How Vaccines Your Child Does Not Need Get Mandated – How Serious Ill Health and Death Are Not Reported Publicly

The chart below from Natural News.com neatly summarises the way some drug companies like GSK [including some which have criminal convictions such as for fraudulent marketing and selling of dangerous drugs] use money to manipulate politicians, universities, the media, medical professionals and the public to expand the ever increasing burden of vaccines one too many of which do cause serious ill health and/or death.  What the chart does not show is the high levels of under-reporting of adverse vaccine reactions and the manipulation of adverse reaction data to hide the data showing the scale of serious adverse reactions.  See also below the links to just a few of the previous relevant CHS articles.


How Drug Company Money is Used to Push Vaccines Which Have Killed and/or Injured Childre

The Vaccine Racket

Here are a few of the relevant previous CHS articles:

GSK Fined US$3 BILLION – largest health fraud settlement in U.S. history

UK Drug Safety Agency Falsified Vaccine Safety Data For 6 Million

Commercially Corrupted Medicine Leading Cause of Death in USA – Washington Post

More US CDC Research Fraud – Publishing False Figures to Promote A Pointless Vaccine to The US and Third World

US Prosecutors Seek Extradition of Madsen MMR/Autism Denmark Study Author for US$1m MMR & Mercury Autism Research Fraud

Proof Some Docs, Drug Companies, Politicians & Government Officials Work To Make Your Kids Sick – To Get Your MONEY – News From NY USA Charity AHRP

More Fraud From Drug Giant GlaxoSmithKline Companies – Court Documents Show

UK General Medical Council Told Docs “Commit Fraud for MMR Vaccine Bonuses”

More Fraud By Drug Giant Merck – US$650 Million

The Issues Explained For You – Senior Centers for Disease Contol Scientist Admits CDC Knew MMR Vaccine Causes Autism For Over 10 Years And Fabricated Research To Hide This – Interview With Jon Rappoport

Congressman “CDC Should Be Investigated” – US Centers for Disease Control Vaccine Safety Corruption Compared to Bernie Madoff

Paid Ghostwriters Write Wikipedia On Behalf of Paying Clients – Confirmed by Wikimedia Foundation Legal Department

W.H.O. Ensures Third World Child Vaccine Deaths Will Not Be Recorded – New Weakened W.H.O. Criteria For Third World Child Deaths From Vaccines

Patient Committed Suicide After His Doctor Was Hounded By Dr Ben Goldacre’s Badscience Forum Internet Bullies – Perpetrator’s Mild Two Year Cautionary Sentence Only Just Ended December 2013

Whooping Cough Vaccine – Doesn’t Work – GSK Says “We Never Bothered to Check”

 Unsafe Vaccines & Corruption In Medical Journal Publishing