They’re coming after her again.
Britt Marie Hermes (below) is the former naturopathic doctor who spent years practicing what she now believes was fake science. She now blogs about why complementary and alternative medicines aren’t as helpful as patients might believe.
And you know she’s getting to the industry because they’re going to great lengths to keep her quiet. Back in July, she received a cease-and-desist letter from her alma mater Bastyr University after her posts critical of their methods and claims. That case hasn’t been resolved yet.
Now, another naturopath is trying to shut her up.
Colleen Huber, the director of the “Nature Works Best Cancer Clinic,” has built her practice around the idea that she can help people treat cancer without chemotherapy or drugs. Instead, she offers “intravenous vitamin therapy which may include Vitmain-C, Baking Soda, and other tumor fighting agents as well as a simple food plan.” She also encourages cancer patients to stay away from sugar, because sugar “feeds cancer growth.”
Needless to say, there’s no credible scientific literature that supports any of that.
There’s plenty of scientific-looking things on her site. My favorite is this “published” paper that includes basic arithmetic formulas like “44 – 12 = 32” and “(224 – 32) / 224 = 86%.” (Very impressive, I know.)
The strange thing is the conflict between Hermes and Huber doesn’t have to do directly with the cancer claims. It’s something completely tangential to all that. Here’s how Hermes explained it in December of 2016:
In February 2016, I discovered that BrittMarieHermes.com was registered and a “tribute” website was put up, allegedly, in my honor. Google ads are publicizing this site. I then found out that the domains BMHermes.com and BrittHermes.com were also purchased, which were setup to redirect to the homepage of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
In short, someone was “squatting” on domains with her name with the intention of steering people away from her.
Hermes explained in her post why she believed Huber was the person who grabbed those domains. The motive made sense. If Hermes was calling out naturopaths, maybe people Googling her name would find one of the fake websites instead.
And now, Huber’s lawyer has sent Hermes a cease-and-desist letter over that post. Huber takes issue with the cybersquatting accusation, the criticisms of Huber’s research, and claims of possible fraud.
Hermes stands by everything she said:
My interpretation of Huber’s naturopathic practice, research, and fund-raising is based on information that she has put out there. In my opinion, Colleen Huber is a cancer quack. What Huber appears to be doing is upsetting. I believe Huber’s research is a sham. I think she may be harming her patients and not aware of it because she appears to be replicating her “research” over and over as if her data is frozen in time in an alternate reality. As far as I can tell, Huber has never reported five-year survival statistics within a rigorously designed research framework.
This fight isn’t over yet. Hermes has dedicated her life to fighting these pseudoscience purveyors and I have yet to see any example of her reaching further than what the evidence shows when criticizing others.
She plans to fight this, too.