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"Scientists ignore him; if they debate him, it will build him up as an evangelical huckster. The only people who love him are talk show hosts and the good people who are so paranoid that they will believe anything that supports their deranged thought processes." --an admirer
Leonard Horowitz is a former dentist, anti-vaxxer, promoter of various "natural cures," and self-publisher of books and pamphlets expressing such unfounded beliefs as that the AIDS and Ebola epidemics were intentionally caused by the U.S. government. These and other claims made by Horowitz have influenced some black leaders into boycotting vaccination programs.*
Horowitz recently told Al-Jazeera that H1N1 vaccines would cause sterility, as part of a plan of "pangenocide" against Muslims. In a press release describing his belief that the H1N1 vaccine would cause sterility, Horowitz added this "note to journalists":
Dr. Horowitz is advancing Healthy World Organization (HWO), a natural alternative to the UN's World Health Organization. Information about HWO is available at: HealthyWorldOrganization.org. For more information about the dangers of flu vaccinations, see Dr. Horowitz's comprehensive website FLUscam.com. Dr. Horowitz endorses natural alternatives to vaccines including covalently-bonded silver hydrosols, alkalizing water, and vitamins C and D. See FLU "TO Dos" and OxySilver.com.
His company mission statement for OxySilver might nauseate the unspiritual or the clearheaded:
"To celebrate the manifestation of Divinity in biology, health science, and emerging biospiritual technologies, and through our loving service, deliver the most advanced knowledge and equipment for personal and planetary purification, physical salvation, and spiritual evolution."
In addition to his HWO, FLUscam, and Oxysilver websites, Horowitz also promotes his fantasies on at least two other sites: tetrahedron.org and drlenhorowitz.com. He describes himself as "Humanitarian, Clinician, Prophet, Scholar and Natural Healer." Some might add Charlatan to this list, but that would be too kind. Horowitz promotes himself as "Dr." Horowitz on his websites and in his many health-related books. He has no formal medical training, but it has been reported that he has a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.*
It is impossible to tell what a man like Horowitz actually believes. He makes many outlandish claims that resonate with conspiracy-minded crowds.
He believes that an international drug ring operating in New York is behind the origin of H1N1 swine flu, as well as behind its alleged prevention via vaccination. He, too, maintains that the aim is to decimate the population.
There's more. Listen to the man: "In the beginning there was only God [sic] and the 'word.' Word is sound, and sound is electromagnetic frequency. (That, as any high school student can tell you, is nonsense.) "The world began when the Creator's word acted on water, that is sound frequencies based on physics and mathematics were applied to water." This genius has now found a way to bring heaven to Earth with his "Water Resonator," which "displays the precise sound frequencies of universal creation to restore nature's resonance energy and electromagnetic purity of water." And what is it? It's a sticker that you apply to a jug of water. Of course, you can also apply it to acupuncture points for an "energetic blessing." Hallelujah!*
Here is Horowitz touting one of his books:
Stunning evidence compiled herein proves DNA is nature's bioaccoustic and electromagnetic (that is, "spiritual") energy receiver, signal transformer, and quantum sound and light transmitter.
These claims might appeal to others also ignorant of fundamental matters in physics.
Among his many other claims, Horowitz says he has a cure for skin cancer, C-Cure. "According to Len, it's nothing more than a 'skin cancer purgative'. Unfortunately, Horowitz doesn't have a clue about treating skin cancer, and anyone who buys into this method as a method of curing their lesions is making a mistake," according to HealthWatcher. Horowitz also promoted a SARS treatment that received a warning letter from the FDA:
Because the “Urbani SARS Formula Homeopathic (6X)” is intended to prevent, treat, or cure a serious disease that requires diagnosis and treatment by a physician, it is a drug that is not safe for use except under the supervision of a practitioner licensed by law to administer it. Accordingly, this product is misbranded within the meaning of Section 503(b)(1) of the Act. The product is further misbranded within the meaning of Section 503(b)(4) of the Act in that its label fails to bear the statement “Rx only”.
Nevertheless, Horowitz has his supporters. The Sovereign Orthodox Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem honored Horowitz as a "Knight of Merit."
Some people might even think Horowitz knows what he's talking about when he is selling "Dr. Horowitz's Immune Advantage." He says his capsules are derived from organic chickens and have "proven immune enhancing Transfer Factors (TF)" and "proven immune-enhancing properties." The capsules contain lactoferrin and alpha lipoic acid (which convert to cysteine), glutathione, beta glucan, mannan (Aloe), Maitake mushroom, and Reishi mushroom (trimethylglycine) for increased cellular oxygenation; Astragalus, Olive Leaf extract, and more. I think Andrew Weil sells the same thing, but he calls it the Weil Immune Support Formula. But all Weil claims is that his pills "may" support a healthy immune system. Horowitz claims his can extend your life. The reason Weil's claim is weaker than Horowitz's is that Weil responds when the FDA sends him a warning letter. The FDA warned Weil about making the following claim on his website: "...during the flu season, I suggest taking a daily antioxidant, multivitamin-mineral supplement, as well as astragalus, a well-known immune-boosting herb that can help ward off colds and flu. You might also consider ... the Weil Immune Support Formula which contains both astragalus and immune-supportive polypore mushrooms." In response to the FDA, Weil issued a statement saying the website content "was primarily educational" about how to avoid the flu, and that he had directed his website team to remove and review it for compliance with federal rules.
paranoid conspiracy hound
In addition to promoting the idea of a U.S. government conspiracy to deliberately cause AIDS and Ebola epidemics, Horowitz also believes that in 1939 the illuminati conspired to cause death and destruction throughout the world by establishing the frequency of 440 cycles per second as the tuning frequency for the A above middle C on the chromatic (12-note) scale. This tuning has led us into wars, sickness, and other disharmonies to the benefit of bankers, the petrochemical industry, governments, and, of course, Big Pharma. Horowitz describes it all in a classical composition of paranoid delusion called "Musical Cult Control: The Rockefeller Foundation’s War on Consciousness Through the Imposition of A=440hz Standard Tuning." In prose reminiscent of someone suffering from years of self-imposed constipation, Horowitz writes:
The monopolization of the music industry features this imposed frequency that is “herding” populations into greater aggression, psychosocial agitation, and emotional distress predisposing people to physical illnesses and financial impositions profiting the agents, agencies, and companies engaged in the monopoly.
An admirer, L C Vincent, explains the evils of 440Hz in terms of its being divisible by 2, which signifies opposition. He imagines some Rockefeller coming upon this great discovery:
You are an incredibly powerful, wealthy, influential person who secretly grows wealthier due to conflict, destruction, disease, death and war. You have discovered that certain sound frequencies (those easily divisible by two, signifying opposition) create conflict, discord and disharmony, within the minds of whoever may listen to them; while those divisible by three (signifying balance, polity, reconciliation, harmony) produce symmetry, and visually harmonic, pleasing structures.
At this point, I would not blame the reader for suspecting that Horowitz is not being completely forthright in listing the ingredients of the herbs and potions he sells. There seems to be some sort of mental fog that is released upon detoxifying and revitalizing the body with Horowitz's remedies. Apparently, the rest of us missed those history lessons that show how peaceful and happy humans were before 1939. In any case, this admirer who goes by the name of L C Vincent notes that Horowitz suggests that we change the standard frequency for the A above middle C to 444Hz. Both may have failed to notice that 444 is divisible by 2. It's also divisible by 3, 4, 6, 12, 222, and 444. So what, you say? Well, if you say that then you are demonstrating your ignorance of ancient wisdom.
Wes Bateman was another advocate of the illuminati bad vibration conspiracy, but Bateman favored a primary tuning frequency of 424Hz based on his research into measurements of ruins he considered sacred, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico.
Brian T. Collins "examined the measuring systems and units of measure of ancient peoples from around the world. He favors A=432Hz...This tuning is said to be in harmony with the creative cosmic symphony of the universe. Ancient Egyptian and Greek musical instruments have been found which were tuned to A=432Hz, also divisible evenly by 3."* Horowitz doesn't accuse Bateman or Collins (or others who might favor different frequencies when they vibrate) of being part of the banking/petrochemical/government/Big Pharma conspiracy, but he is sure they're wrong.
Horowitz explains why 444Hz is best:
[The] A=444Hz (C5=528Hz) frequency ... is most vividly displayed botanically [and] has been suppressed. That is, the “good vibrations” that the plant kingdom obviously broadcasts in its greenish-yellow display, remedial to emotional distress, social aggression, and more, has been musically censored. Thus, a musical revolution is needed to advance world health and peace, and has already begun with musicians retuning their instruments to perform optimally, impact audiences beneficially, and restore integrity to the performing arts and sciences. Music makers are thus urged to communicate and debate these facts, condemn the militarization of music that has been secretly administered, and retune instruments and voices to frequencies most sustaining and healing.
According to Horowitz, A=440Hz conflicts with human chakras from the heart to the base of the spine, while chakras above the heart are stimulated, e.g., the ego and left-brain functions, which suppresses the "heart-mind intuition" and creative inspiration. I don't know if it was bad vibrations or too much OxySilver at 528Hz, but something significant seems to have suppressed Horowitz's crap detector and stimulated the destruction of important synapses among his brain cells.
Horowitz has some harsh words for his critics, especially those who consider themselves consumer advocates and consider Horowitz to be a snake oil salesman:
It is generally understood in the fields of alternative medicine, chiropractic, nutrition, herbal medicine, naturopathy, acupuncture, and massage that these individuals, and their closely affiliated organizations, are simply filthy prostitutes for the global pharmaceutical cartel.*
By their friends ye shall know them.
See also Antivaxxer Plague, Andrew Wakefield, the anti-vaccination movement, Russell Blaylock , detoxification therapies, Barbara Loe Fisher, Jay Gordon, Rauni Kilde, Joseph Mercola, supplements, and Defending Falsehoods.
Wallace, Amy. (2009). An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All, Wired. To hear his enemies talk, you might think Paul Offit is the most hated man in America. A pediatrician in Philadelphia, he is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that could save tens of thousands of lives every year. Yet environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. slams Offit as a “biostitute” who whores for the pharmaceutical industry. Actor Jim Carrey calls him a profiteer and distills the doctor’s attitude toward childhood vaccination down to this chilling mantra: “Grab ‘em and stab ‘em.” Recently, Carrey and his girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, went on CNN’s Larry King Live and singled out Offit’s vaccine, RotaTeq, as one of many unnecessary vaccines, all administered, they said, for just one reason: “Greed.”
Journalists sink in The Atlantic article on vaccines blog by revere (the article in question is "Does the Vaccine Matter?" by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer, November 2009)
Experts dispel detox myths: "One group gave up processed food, soft drinks, alcohol, salt, sugar, caffeine, wheat, red meat and dairy, and the others followed their normal diet. After seven days, toxicologists found no difference in their liver and kidney functions or vitamin levels."
Toxic Myths About Vaccines by David Gorski
An Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations by Michael Shermer Shermer lectures Maher on germ theory
Vaccination: A Conversation Worth Having by Bill Maher Maher responds that he read Microbe Hunters when he was eight
Some Muddled Thinking from Bill Maher by Stephen Novella Novella deconstructs Maher's "rambling defensive diatribe in which he simultaneously protests the criticism pointed his way while repeating and amplifying the pseudoscientific nonsense that garnered criticism in the first place....the criticism will continue – not to shut him up, but to do damage control. Maher is contributing to the public misunderstanding of science in perhaps the most important area – medicine."
it's all a plot to anti-vaccination conspiracy nuts by Joe Schwarcz
HealthWatcher on Horowitz's appearance at the University of Toronto
Ignorance is no excuse: Dr Leonard Horowitz (Medicine Man) YouTube video taking Horowitz to task on his ignorance regarding sound and many other things.
Horowitz's self-aggrandizing biography page is a hoot He titles it: "The 'King David of Natural Healing' vs. The Goliath of 'Slash, Burn and Poison Medicine'" He notes that In 1999, he was voted "Author of the Year" by the World Natural Health Organization for Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola—Nature, Accident or Intentional? The WNHO is a Christian anti-abortion organization with a multi-faceted agenda: global warming is a hoax, aspartame causes brain disorders, vaccines and genetically modified foods are dangerous, natural cures are the only cures, etc.
Last updated 19-Nov-2012