The Skeptic's Dictionary lays out the case that Dr. Richard Blaylock exploits his formerly successful practice in neurosurgery to sell books, supplements and newsletter subscriptions. As of 2015, he is a prominent figure in the anti-vaccination crowd, claiming that vaccinations cause Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and autism. He also raises other issues that reportedly do not have a sound basis in science, including fears of fluoridated water, mercury in dental amalgams, and Teflon-coated cookware, explains The Skeptic's Dictionary.
Blaylock has partnered with Newsmax to sell subscriptions to his newsletter. He has claimed that his methods prevent, and in some cases reverse, memory loss, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, reports The Blaylock Wellness Report. Science has deemed these claims so doubtful that mere association with Blaylock caused a minor controversy for former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who had to discontinue his financial relationship with Newsmax because of it, reports the Boston Globe.
Blaylock also believes in a number of conspiracy theories, explains The Skeptic's Dictionary. He believes that the former Soviet Union is responsible for illicit drug use in the United States and epidemics of tuberculosis, hepatitis, AIDS and venereal diseases. He thinks that President Obama is one of a cadre of elites working to establish a new world order, claiming that the president's health care reform targets the elderly to reduce their number. He claims that imminent totalitarianism means death for the old, the insane and the infirm.