Gillian McKeith: Charlatan
Despite the fact that she calls herself “Dr.” on television, in her books and in her multi-million pound health food company, Gillian McKeith isn’t a real doctor. She bought her PhD off the internet.
Yesterday, the Advertising Standards Authority said enough is enough and have forbade her from using the title as it is “misleading”. Good. And about time, too. Playing around with people’s health is dangerous and to have her quackery legitimised by Channel 4 shouldn’t have ever been allowed to happen… but Channel 4′s Science Department has had a very “different” idea of what science actually means for several years now. And, of course, the fact that she rejoices in studying people’s poo has meant many column inches in the papers which translates into more viewers and higher advertising revenue. If they’re making money, why should Channel 4 give a shit about the crap coming out of her mouth?… so to speak.
This interesting article in the Guardian talks about how litigious Gillian McKeith is and how she threatens people who attempt to point out that she is a fantastically unqualified quack…. but as far as I can tell she’s never *actually* taken anyone to court. Which says to me that she knows it’s all a lie.
Because of Gillian McKeith’s fake doctorate, I’ve been saying for years that I should just buy a PhD online, go to Channel 4 with my “PhD in Social Software and Participatory Media” and see if they, too, would give me a show. My guess is that they probably would. I would, however, have to change my surname to Brian’s cos, really, ‘Dr. Cox’ is hilarious… especially, if my specialisation was in ‘Cybering’.
As it is, my only qualification is a certificate for a one day course in harness training at the National Construction College when I was doing ‘Demolition Day‘… and I’ve got it hanging on my wall. I’m so proud.
Still, despite the fact that my only recognised mastery is in checking and putting on a harness, I know I could shit all over Gillian McKeith in the intelligence department… so to speak.