This is Gary Null. He has been described as
the nation’s leading promoters of dubious treatment for serious disease. Or, in my terms,
the Grandaddy of all Quacks, vying for that title with Kevin Trudeau. There is no craziness
he does not subscribe to. A brief listing: 1. He’s an HIV/AIDS denialist
2. He’s anti-vaccine. 3. He sleeps 2 hours a night and advocates
reduced sleep cycles. 4. He believes big Pharma and doctors are
intentionally allowing people to get cancer and other chronic disease.
5. He’s in favor of homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, herbalism, reiki, chelation therapy
for autism, and megavitamin therapy for… well, everything.
6. He believes that aging is the result of depleted enzymes, and can be stopped and reversed
with bee pollen, because it’s loaded with enzymes. In short, there’s little he won’t believe
in. It occurs to me that he is, and here’s a comparison that makes me smile, he is the
Kent Hovind of alternative medicine. They both revel in their ignorance and lack of
logic. And, as I will show, they both play fast and loose with their qualifications. Gary Null, on his website, claims a PhD in
human nutrition and public health science. We’ll come back to that, but first, he completed
an associate degree in business administration at Mountain State College, a junior college
in Beckley, West Virginia. Then, he completed a BS at Edison State College, a college started
in the 1970s in downtown Trenton that offers self-directed and distance learning programs
for adults. Then, he acquired his PhD at the “College without Walls” which is now called
Union Institute. The Union Institute was an experiment between colleges started in the
60s to offer non-traditional studies outside a college campus. The focus is online courses,
distance learning, and the students and campuses are located across the country, similiar to
the University of Phoenix. Now, what surprises me is that Union Institute
does not currently offer a PhD program in human nutrition and public health science.
They DO offer an interdisciplinary degree in humanities. Current examples are Ethical
& Creative Leadership, Public Policy & Social Change, and Humanities & Culture. They are
accredited for these degrees, but as stated on their website, they do not grant PhDs in
the sciences. Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch reports that
Gary’s doctoral dissertation was on the physiological effects of caffeine. The way the study was
done was about as complicated as taking a survey and measuring blood pressure. While
this might be an interesting subject for a high school level biology lab, it does not
constitute serious research and certainly nothing worth submitting as a dissertation.
I am reminded of Hovind’s dissertation on creationism. I imagine Gary’s dissertation
also began: “Hello, I’m Gary Null…” Gary Null is also a licensed dietician. The
minimum requirements for this in New York are a 2 year degree and experience in some
capacity in food or nutrition, as well as passing a multiple choice test on food safety
and nutrition. Once licensed, they’re allowed to choose balanced menus for school lunches,
to interview people and advise a healthy diet, but they aren’t clinicians. They aren’t trained
in even the most basic diagnosis of disease or abnormality. Gary Null has about as much
clinical qualification as the lunch lady at the local high school. What about his prestigious titles? Here’s
a list of what research and administrative positions he claims on his current website:
” 1. Research Fellow of the Institute of Applied
Biology 2. Nutrition Research Division Director for
the National Hypoglycemia Association 3. Researcher of Agricultural Sciences at
the Fertile Earth Farm Project 4. Director of Nutrition for the Nutrition
Institute of America 5. Founder of the National Health Resources
Council.” Let’s see what strict Google searches turn
up on these institutions. 1. The Institute of Applied Biology returns
only two kinds of hits of any interest, neither an institutional webpage. One is a biography
of Emanuel Revici, the physician suspended for quackery, and the other is one of Gary
Null’s resumes. 2. Next is the National Hypoglycemia Association.
There were some hits, but this is apparently a front for publishing Gary Null books. The
only address given is a PO Box near Gary Null’s home.
3. The Fertile Earth Farm Project as a strict search has exactly two hits. Both are Gary
Null’s resume. That’s got to be nearly a record. 4. Nutrition Institute of America does have
a website. Here it is. The other major hits were from Gary Null’s resume, and a donations
page on his main website. 5. The National Health Resources Council is
perhaps one of the worst. Every hit I found, hundreds of them, was a Gary Null resume reference. There is one hit for researcher (Null comma
G) in Medline. It is “The medical uses of garlic–fact and fiction.” in American Pharmacology,
published in 1982. Gary is the second of three authors, and therefore the least important.
It doesn’t appear to have been cited by any other papers. The only place I can find his
published work is Penthouse… not that I was looking. I don’t read it for the articles. Gary is primarily a radio personality with
his own show, “Natural Living with Gary Null” He brags about winning 21 Silver Microphone
Awards, which sounds very prestigious. It is, but the award is given for the best local
or regional radio commercial. I’m not clear if they are saying his program is a commercial,
or if he made a really terrific commercial for his products. He’s also written over 70 books on … and
this is from his website… nutrition, self-empowerment and public health issues, including his most
recent, Power Aging. You can conveniently purchase all your supplies directly from Gary.
He dispenses advice and makes millions of dollars selling the cure as well! In short, Gary is the Kent Hovind of alternative
medicine. His resume is riddled with shady honors and misinformation about his qualifications.
None of it stands up to scrutiny. He’s made no contribution to the field of science, and
the only person who is clearly benefitting from his work seems to be Gary Null. Recently, Gary has been in the news a lot.
It seems he fell ill after eating some of the products that he sells on his websites.
The manufacturer, a large industrial vitamin factory, that he trusts to make his product,
had put 1000 times the requested amount of Vitamin D3 in the Red Stuff supplement. Gary
was taking the product, and became quite ill. He was fatigued, had to cancel his activities
and lay in bed, and his feet and hands began cracking and bleeding. He hoped that by…
wait for it… that by taking MORE of the product, that it would make him better. Of
course, it didn’t work. He was rushed to a real doctor who diagnosed and treated him
for kidney damage. He’s recovering well. His doctor reports that if he had waited just
one more day, he might be dead now. He’s currently suing the company that makes
the product for him, and a full recall has been issued. Good news, though, for the next
month only, the product is available 2 for the price of 1. Get your orders in now! All kidding aside, will Gary come out of this
with a different perspective on the megadoses of vitamins that he advocates and profits
from? My money is on no. I don’t think he’s that smart. Thanks for watching.