Is Leonard Coldwell trustworthy?

I hadn't heard about him until a few days ago, when a poster started answering the same thing over and over again (regardless if it was relevant to the question or not). The ideas suggested are known cancer quackery that we have seen and rejected in here over and over again. But there is more about him that... show more I hadn't heard about him until a few days ago, when a poster started answering the same thing over and over again (regardless if it was relevant to the question or not).

The ideas suggested are known cancer quackery that we have seen and rejected in here over and over again. But there is more about him that makes the whole thing even more implausible in my opinion.

He is not a medically trained doctor: http://saltydroid.info/darker-than-the-d...
Also his methods of diagnosing patients are unethical (to put it mildly): http://saltydroid.info/dr-leonard-coldwe...

We are told that he has cured more than 30,000 cancer patients (started as 35,000 patients). And on his website he claims that he has seen more 35,000 patients and over 2,2 millions seminar attendees have written to him sending their life stories and comments.

Now to know that a patient is cured, you need to follow him/her for some time. One visit, after which the patient was never seen again, is not good enough evidence that the patient was cured. So 10 visits is not unrealistic if he did a proper follow up.

So there would have to be at least 300,000 contacts for those he cured, and an uncertain number of contacts with those he couldn't cure - at least 5,000.

The first question we could address is how much time would be needed to have 300,000 contacts? If a working day is 8 hours, and he spends no more than 30 minutes per patient including calling the next patient in, he can see 16 patients per day.

This would take 300,000/16 = 18,750 working days.

If he works 7 days a week all year long, that would take him
18,750/365 years ~ 51 years.

We are also told he is giving seminars. Some of these have catchy titles such as “How to become rich and powerful” and “The only answer to becoming a sales champion”. Having received 2,2 million comments/life stories in writing from seminar attendees means a lot of reading, and a lot of huge seminars. I have no idea of how long it takes to read a comment or a life story. But 2,2 million is a lot of reading.

He has also written 19 books (another time consumer). He claims to have earned 4 doctor degrees and 4 PhD’s.

Regardless of his methods, I find it extremely implausible that he would have the time to cure 30,000 cancer patients, and have it confirmed.
Update: @ Rhianna
I found the part when he says that chlorofyll gives the body a lot of oxygen hilarious. Didn't anybody explain the concept of photosynthesis to him?
Update 2: @ James Yes unless he bought those degrees on the internet he wouldn't have time. @ Craftylass Cancer patients are different, and so are their cancers. I often illustrate this point with this figure: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v470/n7333/fig_tab/nature09744_F1.html It shows the genetic structure of 7... show more @ James
Yes unless he bought those degrees on the internet he wouldn't have time.

@ Craftylass
Cancer patients are different, and so are their cancers. I often illustrate this point with this figure: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v47... It shows the genetic structure of 7 prostate cancers. On this level, these cancers are 7 different diseases.

@Tink
Hello old friend :-)Yes you are right - nothing new.
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