Letters: Skeptical on expert

Scientific studies more important than so-called expert's claims

I congratulate you for publishing the incoherent letter from Ted Dever in the Mar. 7 edition. In addition to making a series of startling assertions which I have never heard before, he cited the work of “World renown (sic) Dr. Daniel G. Amen” as his ultimate authority.  I looked up this supposed expert on Wikipedia, and found a litany of skepticism of his ‘results’ claimed, pointing out correctly that there is no scientific basis for his conclusions.  In other words, he is a fraud and a humbug.  I also note that of Amen’s 28 books, among which are weight loss books and books on enhancing self esteem, not one had a title covering this subject.

Mr. Dever, please avail yourself of the truth and the sciencebefore you make such absurd assertions. I suggest www.drugwardistortions.org or www.drugwarfacts.org.  You might also read the results of the Schaffer, Le Daine and the Nolin commissions, all of which have come to conclusions directly opposite your position.  These studies were carried out by true scientists and unbiased educated people, not frauds and humbugs.

I assert that you and  “Dr.” Amen are wrong, and the scientists who have carried out the proper studies, you know, the ones that can be replicated by others and arrive at the same results, are correct.  By publishing this tripe, the Sooke News Mirror has done us all a service by providing an opportunity for those of us who are aware of the truth, to help spread it.

Of course, if your mind is already made up you won’t be confused by these pesky facts, will you Mr. Dever?

Bruce Symington

Medicine Hat

Alberta