So it was predictable that a German homœopath (terming herself an 'independent researcher') should springboard from this indication, to the extrapolation that diluted A. phalloides is also a sovereign nostrum for cancers -- applying it in cases of prostate cancer, leukæmia and breast cancer.
The three papers reporting her claims are identical in most respects, differing only in the details of the specific cancer being cured. Only the first of them concerns us here. The others are irrelevant... as are indeed the two previous paragraphs, which are present as a framing device, enabling the style of expansive, discursive narration that we favour at Riddled.** For the first paper reaches us courtesy of the Journal of Integrative Oncology, an open-access journal from the OMICS group.
opportunistic grifter running a vanity-publishing scam. Many such publishers are serious about providing an outlet for decent research, with rigorous peer-review to smelt the chaff and winnow out the dross, charging authorship fees that merely cover costs. But then there is the OMICS group, which has a reputation for spamming
It may be that membership of an OMICS-journal editorial board is more of a prestigious honorary title than an onerous duty, for the peer-review process of the Journal of Earth Science and Climate Change gave us The Stonehenge. This is not a joke; its authorship and history are addressed on page 18 of Poynder's interview with the OMICS proprietor. Here is a sample to persuade you to go and Read the Whole Thing. Also there are Crop Circles.
The Stonehenge appears to be a cell, an ancient eukaryotic cell that did not complete all of its cell interior organelle structural formation. Before its completion, the structural formation seems to have suffered a premature cell death Apoptosis / Necrosis. The Stonehenge structure appears to be a nearly completed ancient eukaryotic cell with nearly all of its organelles in their correct places Figure 4 (included as supplementary data). Most of the organelles are present and accounted for, but not within the defined boundaries of a healthy cells’ interior membrane structure. The mitochondria appears as the 2 circular disk within The Stonehenge image. Mitochondria is always circular in shape within eukaryotic cells. The Golgi Apparatus does not appear to have succeeded in its journey through the cis side of the Nucleus attempting to attach to the Endomembrane system of The Stonehenge structure.The diagrams would probably add clarity but alas they are listed as 'supplementary data', i.e. do not exist. But in way of consolation the list of references is a thing of beauty and a joy in itself. The cream of the jest, perhaps, is that the author has complained to the OMICS crowd for publishing his work without his permission in a journal falling so far below his minimum expectations. They promised to take it down, but failed to do so, leaving it there for our edification and delight.
People who enjoyed "Tumor Therapy with Amanita phalloides" also enjoyed "Magic of Homoepathic Tinctures of Herbs in Breast Tumour", from the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy. This is quite mad. Occasionally a sentence in recognisable English emerges from the mist of neologisms.*** 'Cancer Science' for this journal is a term of art, broad enough to encompass such revelations as "a blood parasite called Siphonospora polymorpha - a form of Mucor racemosus freshen was identified as an agent in the development of cancer."
Nor should we neglect another new arrival from the
It appears, however, that the future lies not with open-access vanity publishing, but with multi-level pyramid-scheme open-access vanity publishing. For an inspection of the Riddled mailbox reveals an invitation to sign up with Bioinfo Publications and recruit authors for a Special Issue, with the prospect of receiving a
** "Bury the lede!" is our maxim, on the theory that after all the digging one might as well take full advantage of the hole.
*** Citizen-Commenter 'Narad' pays more attention to the paper in this thread.