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Friday, 8 January 2010



I received the following threat of legal action today:

I am contacting you regarding a blog you have posted that contains information about Dr Lodi that has never been verified.
We are requesting that you remove this blog immediately because you are slandering his name without any proof of your accusations.
I realize that you have your blog linked to an article posted in the Arizona Republic but if you look further into the charges that were brought against Dr Lodi you will see that they were never substantiated.
Please let me know when this blog has been removed.
If you do not remove the blog we will be forced to take legal action against your association.
Thank you in advance for your corporation in this matter.
Shayla McCallum
Director of Marketing
An Oasis of Healing
Office: 480-834-5414
Direct: 480-834-5426
210 N Center Street
Suite #102
Mesa, AZ 85201
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I have asked them to confirm which allegation they are objecting to, it is all true to the best of my knowledge, though I am always willing to learn.
I am told by Shayla that they object to my saying that homoeopaths are not real doctors, and that Mr. Lodi got his homoeopathic medical licence back, the allegations of cocaine addiction never being substantiated.
Well, in the UK, homoeopaths are not necessarily doctors of any kind, and I'd be happy to see the evidence which shows Lodi got his licence back. In the meantime, I have removed the bits Shayla objected to. Even without those bits, it's hardly a ringing endorsement.
Shalya also asked me not to use her name, as she was just doing her job in threatening me with legal action. That's some job you have, Shayla!-threatening cancer patients with legal action, and marketing questionable medical treatments to the desperate and dying. Your parents must be very proud.

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It's a bit worrying that a Director of Marketing can't spell "cooperation"!
Mind you, have a look at the small-print, particularly the disclaimer:

"The information contained in this e-mail is for educational purposes only."

Does this mean that you can disregard the threat?
Typically in the US, an actual lawyer would send what is known as a Cease and Desist Order (colloquially known as a C&D) pointing out the specific points of objection. A C&D has actual legal weight, unlike a complaint from a Director of Marketing. It might help clarify matters if Shayla would consult with Oasis' lawyers to send you a proper C&D. Certainly you'd want to comply with the law and it's in a spirit of cooperation that you'd ask for legal clarification.

We may ignore the fact that the time of your average Director of Marketing costs far less than that of your average lawyer. Justice is more important than mere money; surely Oasis will agree.

I'm not a lawyer, and this does not constitute legal advice, though it may contain subtle sarcasm...
I get a headache every time I hear about these yahoos... If any of their alternative medicine were proven, it would be, well... uh... (and I'm no expert here)... medicine! Keep blogging, my friend. Freedom of speech is a human right. Just like they have a right to talk about pH imbalances leading to cancer when any kid with a high school education knows pH in humans never goes beyond 7.35 to 7.45, or you die.
I don´t think that Shayla MCCallum is the innocent employee that she tries to give you the impression of. She is the founder of a company that sells "Holistic marketing" ( It wouldn´t surprise me one bit if legal threats against critics is an integrated part of her operations.
Thanks all, of course the just doing my job argument has always been morally bankrupt...
Yup keep going sean - if it was all done for the love of the cancer patient there would be no money changing hands....
The use of the English libel laws to stifle honest criticism is becoming a real problem. See it on

Philosophy professor A C Grayling wrote an editorial about this in the British Medical Journal 2 weeks ago. Somthing needs to be done about our oppressive libel laws, which are used by the rich crooks, like the late unlamented Robert Maxwell. He routinely used libel actions or the threat of them to prevent investigative journalists from uncovering his vast thefts from pensioners.
Sadly I know this Thomas Lodi to well. He not only prays on the sick and the dying but also on most anyone that gets in the way of what he wants. I can personally say he broke up my marriage, of 20 years, soon after my wife started working for him. He was and is still legally married while he lured my wife of into believing he has the cure for cancer. She became his lead nurse and she traveled the world so he could teach others his treatments. After about 2 1/2 years he dumped her for some one else, still not his legal wife.

This man does not care who he hurts.
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