Huckster of the Month: AntiVaxxer ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny

tenpennyMeet ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny. The Encyclopedia of American Loons describes her as follows:

“Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath who doesn’t appear to practice medicine in any recognizable way anymore, is an abysmally crazy promoter of woo, antivaxx views and conspiracy theories.”[1]

Upon investigation, we were not let down. The reality lived up to the expectations set by that glowing review.

Background

‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo, and subsequently received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri.

She now operates OsteoMed II, d.b.a. Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center.[2] The organization’s web site includes such notable posts as:

  • Dealing with Conventional Doctors… Or Avoiding Them Altogether
  • Vaccine Mania
  • Measles, 2015: A Tempest in a Teapot

So, how to avoid medical professionals, anti-vax propaganda and trivializing the dangers of the measles virus are all important topics… at a ‘Medical Center’.

Perhaps we should look at the word ‘Integrative’, above, and replace it with what it really should be: ‘Alternative’. As we all know, Alternative Medicine does not work. If it did, there’s a name for it. That name is ‘Medicine’.

‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath’s ‘Integrative Medical Center’ apparently practices just about everything we’d expect from an alternative medicine enterprise: Homeopathyacupuncture and Infrared breast imaging (Thermography).

That last one is intended for detection of breast cancer. Here’s what the American Cancer Society[3] has to say about that:

Thermography has been around for many years, but studies have shown that it’s not an effective screening tool for finding breast cancer early. Although it has been promoted as helping detect breast cancer early, a 2012 research review found that thermography was able to detect only a quarter of the breast cancers found by mammography. In other words, it failed to detect 3 out of 4 cancers that were known to be present in the breast. Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), which some people believe is a newer and better type of thermography, has the same failure rate. This is why thermography should not be used as a substitute for mammograms.

And here’s what ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, has to say about it:

“Thermography uses a digital infrared thermal imaging to detect and record the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body. Clusters of abnormal cells that can develop into a cancer often have an increased blood supply that leads to an elevation in the temperature of the skin over the area. Thermography, when used as an adjunct to mammography has the ability to warn women, years before any other procedure, that inflammation is present that could later become something more serious in nature. This is the best prevention: Find inflammation that can be addressed at the earliest stages.”[4]

An ‘adjunct to mammography’? Why? If a woman has a mammogram, which, according to the American Cancer Society, is much more effective than thermography, there would be no reason for a second, less accurate procedure. (Except to line the pockets of ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, of course.)

‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, seems to believe that there has been a conspiracy (OK, who didn’t see THAT coming?) to discredit thermography. She says:

“Through lobbying efforts to the AMA, Medicare councils, and Trial Lawyers Association, the value of thermography was discounted and not allowed as “evidence” in Court. This resulted in loss of confidence by insurance companies who began to deny payment for the test. Since the early 1990s, thermography has falling out of favor and use has been limited for this fabulous medical tool.”

No, ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, it’s been discounted due to poor results. The fact that it’s profitable for your organizations to perform this test does not automatically grant it credibility.

Antivax, a conspiracy theory that pays the bills!

‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, appears to consider herself an expert on vaccines and their interactions with body functions. This is justified by the fact that she is Board Certified in Osteopathy (Which has nothing whatsoever to do with vaccines) and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine (Woo).

Well, maybe she’s an accomplished researcher who is well-versed in double-blind studies and the like! (insert buzzer sound here) Nope. Watch the following short video to see how much knowledge ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, has about research methodology and the scientific method in general:

None of this affects her ability to profit from the antivax ‘movement’. There will always be groups of people willing to pay for ‘alternative’ treatments based on hype and fear. The more hype and fear one creates, the greater the profit.

Also, there’s a good living to be made speaking at various conspiracy symposiums. There are no rules or laws in place to prevent someone who has no knowledge of a subject from speaking on that very same subject.

And now…

tp1Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, was all a-flutter with excitement when it was announced that a film by noted anti-vaxxer fraud Andrew Wakefield was going to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Tweeting ensued!

The tweet pictured at left links to an article by a Gary Barnes at conspiracy site truthkings.com. We should probably remember that particular author and domain name for later on. I’ll bet a buffalo nickle we’ll be seeing them again.

Maybe even TWO nickles.


Unfortunately for ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, this apparent victory for the AntiVaxxer cult was short-lived. Mr. De Niro consulted with Tribeca Film Festival staff and scientifically knowledgeable people and, quite rightly, reversed his decision. Of course, to ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath and Conspiracy Theorist, this means that some shadowy force had ‘reached’ him and threatened him into changing his mind. She again tweets a link to an article by Gary Barnes at truthkings.com. Looks like I get to keep my nickles.

tp2The linked article starts boldly with “This is a TruthKings.com Breaking Investigative News Exclusive”

It then proceeds to point out that the founders of the Tribeca Film Festival have a lot of money. Wow, sounds pretty damning so far! Needless to say, it goes on to become, basically, ‘Six Degrees of Separation‘. This person is related to that person, that person once owned a fishtank made by a third person…. (I paraphrase) all tied to ‘Big Pharma’.

The word ‘allegedly’ is peppered throughout the article; no doubt at the behest of council. The word is added in some sentences where it seems oddly out of place. Example:

“BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: The Connection To Big Pharma and #Vaxxed Being Pulled Revealed. Allegedly.”

Since ‘TruthKings’ is actually doing the allegation, this seems a little odd. It’s also really unusual sentence structure.

“We do not have the resources to follow the history of each company bought as Apax Partners is a $20-$40 billion dollar company, but there are ties to “Big Pharma” allegedly  all throughout Google.”

Well? Are there ties ‘all throughout Google’, or are they not? All told, the word ‘allegedly’ is used seven times in this relatively short article.

Oddly enough, all the links we looked at in ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath’s tweets linked to truthkings.com articles by Gary Barnes. If we were the conspiracy theory type…..

This is the caliber of ‘evidence’ commonly cited by ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, in her crusades. No doubt this is because all doctors, all research institutions and all scientists are deep in the pocket of the alleged ‘Big Pharma’, so, lack of evidence is in fact evidence in itself. (It should be noted that’Big Pharma’ is actually comprised of a multitude of ‘Little Pharmas’ that are in competition with each other.)

As ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath, seems to be putting herself forth as a specialist in the area of vaccines, we should probably take a look at her qualifications. Let’s see… No doubt she is a specialist in epidemiology, or perhaps genetics… Oh wait. She has been board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine (Woo).

We here at SDHoS are beginning to form an opinion of ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny, Osteopath.

And, in closing, here’s a nice picture. I hope the meaning of its inclusion is not in any way unclear.

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[1] Source: Encyclopedia of American Loons

[2] Source: Tenpenny IMC

[3] American Cancer Society

[4] Source: Tenpenny IMC: Breast Thermography

One comment on “Huckster of the Month: AntiVaxxer ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny

  1. Ah, good info. I had googled, ‘truthking”, after seeing their nonsense posts on Facebook. The website is a bad joke with the most ridiculous crap.

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