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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Steven Novella on the Arthritic Goat's Milk AIDS Cure


Earlier this week, I wrote about how disappointed I was in Bill Maher's softball interview with Dr. Samir Chachoua, who claims he developed an AIDS cure from the milk of arthritic goats and administered it to Charlie Sheen. To follow up, I called upon Dr. Steven Novella (clinical neurologist, assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine, science blogger, and host of The Skeptic's Guide To The Universe podcast) to analyze what Chachoua told the gullible host of HBO's "Real Time."

Steven and I delved into how Chachoua offered no supporting evidence, why his claims are unlikely to be true, his violations of medical ethics, and his absurd charge that UCLA and Cedars-Sinai hospital "buried" his research. I also asked Steven to explain why people fall for this kind of medical hucksterism.

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