In the field of nutrition, we can not count the “doctors”, the “nutritionists,” the lesson givers “and other” experts “.
Inspired by Crackpot Index John Baez to detect charlatans dnas the field of physical science, this is the index that I propose for my domain about nutrition and that will help you, I hope, to detect counterfeiters.
You doubt a person’s nutrition? Count his points:
A starting credit of 5 points.
1 point for each statement widely accepted as false.
2 points for every statement that is clearly empty.
3 points for every statement / advice that is logically inconsistent.
5 points for the use of individual experience which contradicts the results of a real experience widely accepted.
5 points for each word in capital letters (except for those with defective keyboards).
5 points for each mention of “Professor”, “Master” or “Naturo-“.
10 points to exhibit exotic degree, an Asian benchmark, or no title at all.
10 points for every book self-published
10 points for each claim that allopathic medicine is fundamentally wrong (without good evidence).
10 points to emphasize that you went to school, as if it were evidence of sanity.
10 points for beginning the description of your theory by saying how long you worked on it. (10 more to emphasize that you have worked yourself alone.)
10 points to send your theory to someone you do not know personally and asking them not to tell anyone else about it for fear that your ideas will be stolen.
10 points for each new term you invent and use without properly defining it.
10 points for every statement that “I’m not a scientist, but my theory is conceptually right.”
10 points for arguing that a current well-established theory is “only a theory”, as if it were somehow a point against it.
10 points for arguing that while a current well-established theory predicts phenomena correctly, it does not explain why they happen or does not provide a “mechanism”.
10 points for each favorable comparison of yourself to Einstein, or any Nobel prize of your choice
10 points to claim that your work is on the cutting edge of a “paradigm shift.”
20 points for e-mail me and complaining about the crackpot index. (For example, saying that it “suppresses original thinkers”)
20 points for suggesting that you deserve a Nobel Prize.
20 points for each favorable comparison of yourself to a scientific céélbrité
20 points for each use of the term “natural phenomenon.”
30 points for suggesting that a famous figure secretly denied a generally accepted theory
30 points for suggesting that Einstein, in his later years, was groping his way towards the ideas you now advocate.
40 points for naming those who challenge your ideas lobyistes food industry
40 points for claiming that the scientific establishment is paid by the industry, and engaged in a “conspiracy” to prevent your work from gaining its well-deserved glory.
50 points for claiming you have a revolutionary theory but no details on a verifiable effect.