The Call of the Spam Box…

Today I thought that I’d have a little fun posting on something I got recently in the spam folder of my Yahoo! account.

I’m wondering if owners of the website linked to in the text (with the rel=”nofollow” command, of course) actually intended me to receive it, or perhaps sent it by mistake.

No matter…

I’ve provided a screenshot of the home page of their website:

Here’s a copy of the email’s text for your amusement:

ICCHP – Israeli Chamber of Complementary Health Professions
Invites you to:
“The Jerusalem International Conference on Integrative Medicine”
Jerusalem, October 2010

Dear colleagues,
We, the professional associations of complementary health professions in Israel,  invite you to this special meeting, aimed to enrich each other with the cumulative knowledge from all of our clinics, researches, and philosophical diversity.

The conference hosts workshops and lecturers of leading professionals from many countries which come to share knowledge and create a modern, advanced dialogue between the various worlds of medicine.

We look forward to meeting you in the conference, get to know each other on a personal level, strengthen ties between our associations in the various countries and promote the burning issues common to us all: – the integration of alternative medicine in medical institutions, regulation of complementary professions in different countries, developing the training, and enriching mutual knowledge accumulated in these areas .

The main professional issues in the conference will be the following:
Oncology  *  Medicinal plants  *   chronic pain  *    Preventive medicine and supportive medicine   *  Integrative models in divisions of the medical establishment   *   Laughter and humor    *   infertility    *   Pediatrics   *   Homeopathy   *   Professional ethics    *   Special lectures  *    surveys and workshops

For additional information please visit our website at:

Ophir Sela,
Chairman of the ICCHP
Israel Reflexology Association
Israeli Association for Classical Homeopathy (IACH)
The Israeli Feldenkrais Guild
Israeli massage and bodywork association
IPEC Therapist Association
Practitioners Association of Structural Integration – Rolfing Israel
Israeli Association for Lousky Method Therapists
I.R.U – Israel Reiki Unity
Elbaum Therapists Association Israel

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Well, considering my pseudo-skeptical situation as a dogmatically fervent shill of the evil Evidence-Based Medical Establishment© conspiracy, it came as no surprise to me to learn on a recent rationalist podcast, (Click Me Here) that a good portion of the alternative health industry in the U.S. alone, a booming business enterprise which is worth billions of dollars a year worldwide, is ironically owned by many of the very same large privately-operated commercial entities that so many alt-med promoters openly criticize.

…even the seeming small-business “mom & pop” pharmacy outlets.

…How else would James Randi be able to go to the local drug-store, in almost any modern city in the world, and buy an entire bottle of homeopathic sleeping tablets to completely down the whole contents, without effect I might add, during every one of his recent public talks on the dangers and pitfalls of woo.

…and I must add that he’s been doing it for years, in many of his prior talks.

It’s not a bit surprising to my Troythuluness. Not even a wee bit.

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