Over the past three years, I’ve seen alot of nonsense on Twitter concerning COVID-19-coming from both sides. These ranged from silly tweets of people writing about sanitizing their Amazon packages– to people today who will not go without a mask indoors at any time except home– to talk of masking in perpetuity.
Many of these tweets were from physicians and PhD scientists. One doctor from the UK praised the Zero COVID policy of Jacinda Ahern in New Zealand then later criticized China and other Zero COVID advocates for similar draconian actions.
Then were the plethora about the dangers to children and cancelling schools and we saw how that turned out.
They also include the tweet from a Massachusetts PhD who described her thanksgiving 2021 planning as follows:
We’re now 6 weeks out from the week of Thanksgiving. We plan to host an indoor family dinner for 10, all of whom will be fully vaccinated. We’ll also be requiring rapid entry tests, but the test shortage means advance planning… Which is why I’m tweeting about this 6 weeks ahead.
I went through the many bookmarked tweets over the years and found a winner for the most ridiculous, irresponsible and in this case, reprehensible tweet during this period of craziness on Twitter.
And that belongs to Eric Feigl-Ding
Ding is the former Harvard professor, nutritionist and chronic disease epidemiologist who gained notoriety for is oft hyperbolic, some describe as “scaremongering” tweets that begin with all capital letters and goofy emojis.
Ding was also criticized on a regular basis from his peers.
The medical school drop out tweeted the following on April 21, 2022:
I have deep respect for most doctors. But you can have a medical degree, but still end up a medical doctor like:
Mehmet Oz, MD
Rand Paul, MD
Ben Carson, MD
Andrew Wakefield, MD
Robert Malone, MD
Josef Mengele, MD
Anyone else come to mind?
He follows this up with more:
2) More weird doctors:
Ronnie Jackson, MD
Scott Atlas, MD
Joseph Ladapo, MD
Joseph Mercola, DO
Henry Ting, MD, @Delta’s CHO
Stella Immanuel, MD (demon sperm doctor)
Deena Hinshaw, MD, Alberta’s health chief
Bonnie Henry, MD, BC’s health chief
Without going over each entry on Ding’s tweet–some good (like Carson) and some disgraced (like Wakefield), Ding, who frequently doesn’t put serious thought into his tweets, compared these men and women to the man famous for his actions at the Auschwitz concentration camp, gas chambers, etc.
Maybe Ding and his multiple doctorates (neither is in infectious diseases or virology, I might add) didn’t study the atrocities of a one Dr Josef Mengele which include experiments on twins subjecting them to weekly examinations and measurements of their physical attributes. He performed experiments such as unnecessary amputation of limbs. He intentionally infected a twin with typhus or another disease and transfused the blood of the infected twin into the other. Many of his subjects died while undergoing these procedures. After an experiment was complete, the twins were sometimes killed and their bodies dissected.
Mengele personally killed fourteen twins in one night through a chloroform injection to the heart. If one twin died of disease, Mengele killed the other so that comparative reports could be prepared after death.
He was known for experimenting with eyes. Mengele also attempted to change eye color by injecting chemicals into the eyes of living subjects.
He sewed two Gypsy twins together back-to-back in an attempt to create conjoined twins. The children died of gangrene after several days of suffering.
Dissection of live “patients” without anesthesia.
Forced removal of kidneys without anesthesia.
And this is just the short list.
Even the Nazi’s found Mengele evil and reprehensible!
While I’m definitely not a fan of Mercola or Wakefield by any means…come on —Comparing them to Mengele??
And that brings me to the comparison of Ben Carson–A total lack of professional respect to Carson.
Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in 1984 at age 33, then the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the United States. At retirement, he was professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Carson’s achievements include participating in the first reported separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. Although surgically a success, the twins continued to suffer neurologic/medical complications. Additional accomplishments include performing the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and revitalizing hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures. He wrote over 100 neurosurgical publications. He retired from medicine in 2013.
Just so wrong on so many levels and blatantly political and activist. Remember, Ding unsuccessfully ran for a seat in Congress representing Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district and is first and foremost a political beast.
Unfortunately and not surprising, Ding, who never finished medical school, didn’t retract the tweet, although he should. It’s so over the top and hopefully people that support him will also recognize it.