Dangerous Medical Quackery Hubs Should Be Deleted
We live in an era which prides itself on being able to state anything we want, anywhere we want, and I wholeheartedly support that policy. After all, restriction of the freedom of speech is invariably the first step towards tyranny and totalitarian oppression. As long as we can say whatever we want for or against the government, its policies, and darn near anything else we can think of, we know that we live in an open and free society.
However, there are some limits to that free speech that have clearly been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court through the centuries. Free speech finds its legal and ethical limits in, say, promoting child pornography, supporting racist lynchings, or divulging instructions for nuclear bombmaking. After all, those are activities that are clearly deleterious to the public welfare and have no place in a modern, democratic society.
It has been often stated that First Amendment rights to freedom of speech fall short of shouting FIRE in a crowded theatre. That is the essence of the First Amendment. Say whatever you want, but make sure that what you say doesn't hurt or kill anyone else.
That is why I was absolutely gobsmacked at seeing this Hub on the list of Best Hubs with a score of 100:
I don't know the author Chuck Kinsey, and had never previously read anything he has written, so kindly spare me the accusations that I am motivated of some sort of weird vendetta. But I cannot possibly sit by as a Hubber and see this platform being utilized for such blatant violations of the First Amendment.
Yes, Mr. Kinsey, with all due respect to your personal story, I have to clearly and irrevocably state that your Hub violates First Amendment legislation as the statements included within it could possibly hurt or even kill other people.
Both I and the First Amendment have absolutely no problem with the statements that you believe that your prayer was instrumental in your cancer remission. That is a matter of personal belief and you are more than free, and welcome, in stating that your belief system is strong enough to cause such a biological miracle.
However, you have stepped waaaaaaaaaaaaay over the line with statements that you have cured your cancer with 14 peppers and 28 cloves of garlic and 14 tablespoons of cod liver oil. I'm aware that you link to another Hub by another author which outlines this procedure, and they are as guilty as you are of willfully publishing medical information that has no basis in clinical evidence. I personally believe that HubPages should not be the platform which disseminates such dangerous and even lethal medical quackery.
Your high HubScore has exposed a great number of readers who ordinarily would never have seen your Hub. Much to the chagrin of intelligent Hubbers everywhere, it is evident in a quick read of the comments that you've managed to suck in an inordinate number of otherwise sane individuals into supporting your completely medically-unsubstantiated claims.
I'm extremely happy that your cancer is in remission and wish you a long and healthy life. However, claiming that it was a habanero tincture that did it and encouraging other people who are also facing critical cancers to follow suit (possibly ignoring their physicians' advice on the real therapies which do have clinical evidence to support them) is criminal and could lead to the premature death of innocent individuals.
You have clearly stated in your Hub that you encourage this process for anyone who has cancer. As a religious individual you could save yourself from the weight on your conscience that you might lead to the death of one of your readers by deleting this Hub today.
My readers may also want to learn that Mr. Kinsey is slamming me on his Hub while deleting any comment I make there which he does not like. I have invited him repeatedly to limit his commenting onto this Hub where at least both he and I can be assured of fair treatment and not editing to make one or the other "look good." But then again, what can I possibly expect of an individual with such sorely limited intellect...
NOTE IN FEB 2010: THAT HUB HAS BEEN DELETED. THANK GOODNESS! ONE LESS QUACK PREYING ON CANCER PATIENTS WITH SNAKE OIL PSEUDO-REMEDIES!!!!!