Anyone who’s been following this site for the last ten years (almost) will know that ad hominem attacks are not entertained. If I disagree with you, I’ll argue on the basis of what you said, not who you are, and the same standard is expected of anyone who comments on the site, which has led to some fairly ugly break-ups over the years.
That’s why, when Rosanna Davison promotes a dietary regime that’s at best ineffective and at worst downright dangerous, I’m not going to say Well what would you expect from a self-obsessed airhead whose only achievement is becoming Miss World?
The Miss World competition is designed for strong, confident women who just happen to possess the bodily measurements demanded by the contestant entrance forms: bust, waist, hips, height, and weight.
Of course it was none of these things that won Rosanna Davison the title, and another thing that didn’t win Rosanna the Miss World title was being the daughter of Chris de Burgh, because the Miss World contest has nothing whatever to do with celebrity or hype, as everyone knows.
What clinched that deal was the powerful intellect and formidable personality that a decade later would flower and turn Rosanna into the world’s leading medical scientist, curing autism, arthritis and schizophrenia, but Rosanna’s achievements didn’t end with Miss World.
For a start, she went on to complete a degree in Sociology and Art History, both of which are essential elements of the solid scientific training she would need later in life when advising clients.
I’m trained in every disease, ailment you can think of, so clients would come to me with heart disease – I had one person who had HIV – people who wanted to lose weight, acne, psoriasis.
Obviously, art history and sociology on their own are not enough to equip a scientist with the power to cure autism, arthritis and schizophrenia, so Rosanna went on to pose nude for Playboy, followed by a nude photo shoot on behalf of PETA and then took a course with the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, this college’s accreditation has still not been established, but Naturopathy has been described, perhaps unkindly, as pseudoscientific nonsense. Obviously, if Rosanna wants to provide details of her degree’s accreditation, it will immediately be included in this article.
Rosanna reacted strongly on Twitter to criticism of claims attributed to her in a recent article in the Irish Independent, that she blamed gluten for causing autism, arthritis and schizophrenia, but her reaction wasn’t what most scientists of her age would do – and here I must add that since Rosanna is 31, she’s rather old for a ground-breaking scientist since most high achievers have done their best work by their late twenties, but that’s a different matter. Instead of engaging with her critics, Rosanna systematically blocked every single person who questioned the claims that gluten causes autism, arthritis and schizophrenia, including the CEO of the Health Research Board.
Rosanna even blocked me, when all I said was that a gluten-free diet can cure disease in celebrity-land.
It can! We all know that. What’s the problem, Rosanna?
This is not necessarily the normal scientific approach to debate but perhaps it was not unconnected to the impending launch of her book, Eat Yourself Beautiful. It might also have some connection to being brought up as a pampered child of a multi-millionaire, accustomed to being taken seriously by every toady and arse-licker her Dad’s money could buy.
Before I go, let’s return to the ad hominem point.
I said I’d never dream of using such a thing against anyone, but I omitted a tiny caveat. If somebody uses their celebrity status to persuade vulnerable people to adopt fad diets and unscientific, potentially dangerous fake medical treatments, all bets are off.
Bullshitters deserve to be called out for what they are, even if they happen to be the children of multi-millionaires who can’t cope with people disagreeing with them.