NAVEL-gazing with Lenny Coldwell: every health expo needs a keynote ranter
Be sure to see the updates on October 25 and 28.
So there's this alt-health expo coming up in the Long Island, NY area this coming Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. It's the 22nd NAVEL Wellness Expo, NAVEL being an acronym for Nutrition, Aesthetics, Vitality, Efficacy, Life. The man behind the NAVEL is one Alex Lubarsky, who also seems to be a long time friend and admirer of imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie.
And guess who the keynote squeaker is going to be at the NAVEL Expo? Not-doctor Leonard Coldwell, the stupidest man in Scamworld, ex-b.f.f. of Katie, and nutcake extraordinaire.
Here's a PDF of the Expo magazine featuring Lenny. His story is on pages 14-15. You will note that the writer continually refers to Coldwell as a doctor, implying he has true medical expertise. But Coldwell is not a doctor; all of his "degrees" are from diploma mills, and his claims about being a medical doctor/naturopath back in Germany are unsubstantiated.
|Purple prose about a pink-shirted little lunatic.|
The onstage pic of Coldwell was actually taken
at a Kevin Trudeau GIN event;
there's no evidence that Coldwell has ever been able
to draw so large a crowd on his own merits.
The blurb in the speaker lineup (page 7) mentions Coldwell's story about curing his mommy of Stage IV liver cancer, but curiously enough, has no mention of the Hep C:
...Join renowned naturopath Dr. Leonard Coldwell, who is the author of 19 bestselling books, including The Only Answer to Cancer, who cured his own mother of Stage IV Liver Cancer when he was only 13 years old, as he shares how to regain power and control over your health and learn how to manage and eliminate pain in the most effective way.Anyway. Some people were concerned that Alex Lubarsky might be compromising his business and personal credibility, and the greater message of natural cures and alt-health, by promoting Coldwell. A thread was initiated on the NAVEL Wellness Expo page on October 18. I did not initiate the thread but was one of the most enthusiastic participants, though of course not the only one. I wrote nothing that I haven't written on my very public blog and on the public Facebook forum GIN Network Truth. I stand by everything I write.
In response to the critical comments about Coldwell, Alex mounted a spirited defense of his choice of keynote speaker, and seemed to be more willing to focus on attacking the critics than to listening to their arguments. But at least Alex allowed dissent -- unlike his loony-tunes keynote speaker does on his forums -- for which I give Alex all due credit. Follow the link -- here it is again -- and you can read it all for yourself, since it is a public page. Be sure to expand all of the individual comments and all of the replies to those comments. (A shorter thread on the same topic also appears here.) [Note: See October 25 and October 28 updates at the end of this post. ~CC]
Lenny had a response to the discussion on the NAVEL Expo page as well. But he didn't take it to the small little corner of the NAVEL Expo page where the two threads appear (and I should stress that they do not show up on the main timeline; you have to look on the left-hand side of the page to find them, and you have to expand them to see all of the comments). Instead, Lenny took it to his own personal Facebook page, which has thousands of followers, and to his buddy Abe Husein's page. I have to hand it to Abe; even he seems to be getting sick of Coldwell's crazy rants. Rather than flooding you with more verbiage, here are some pretty pictures from October 19, 2914. Click to enlarge, of course.
You should be able to read Coldwell's post pretty clearly if you click on the picture and zoom in. But just in case you can't, here is a closeup of that post, with my personal data redacted.
On the same evening he posted that screed on his main page, Lenny posted two short porno fantasies on Abe Husein's page.
Facebook removed that post from Lenny's main page, in response to complaints from me and from a few of my friends. After I sent him a private message, Abe removed the shorter posts from his page. Good for Abe.
It's important to know that I have not and do not complain about every post Coldwell writes about me...
...only those that list my home address and phone number and that seem like clear attempts to get his craziest fans to deal with me. But the way Coldwell whines, you'd think that Facebook is just out to get him and that I'm behind a lot of that. And his fans eat that story up, not even questioning him. He has even falsely claimed that I have some sort of "connection" with Facebook and am responsible for getting his posts deleted and for Facebook's threats to ban him.
The truth is that I have had a hell of a time in the past getting Facebook to take down Coldwell's posts that endanger me. But this time Facebook actually responded, removing not only the October 19 post from Coldwell's main page, but also a long screed from July 17 and August 30 (Coldwell had also published my home address and private cell phone number on those two posts). In the past, Facebook had refused to remove them after several requests, but this time they did.
And it's about time.
Of course, Coldwell is whining about it now. This is from this evening, October 22:
Lenny, although you are trying every devious and dangerous way possible to shut me up, I actually fully support your right to free speech. I don't care how many wackadoodle "cures" you write about, how many crazy conspiracy theories you push, how many misogynistic or anti-Jewish or homophobic remarks you make on your social media pages. I don't report those to Facebook. I make fun of a lot of them but I don't report them.
I don't even care if you continue to promote that anti-Jewish nutcake "Brother Nathanael," as you often do on your Facebooks. Presumably you share BroNate's vision of "an America that is Christian in its consciousness and wholesome in its culture" (and hates Jews, of course)... although putting you and "wholesome" in the same thought cycle is kind of a stretch.
Heck, I don't even care if you call me an AIDS-infected prostitute/tumor on society who's being paid by Big Pharma to discredit you; or if you say I am sexually obsessed with you and that I killed your dog because you rejected me, although much of that is the type of defamatory speech that is clearly not protected by your cherished First Amendment. But the truth is that all of those silly, childish, junior-high lies just make you look stupider, crazier, and less credible. You're hanging yourself with them.
I do, however, care when you post my personal information and invite your crazy fans to "get in touch with me." Because when you do that, you are endangering me. And I will continue to report each and every one of those posts as they are made known to me (of course I cannot see them myself, since you have me blocked).
I will also continue to complain to Facebook when you post pictures of my friends, such as Bernie O'Mahony, and falsely accuse them of being child rapists.
Even as I fully support your right to (most) hate speech and crazy talk, though, I fully support my own right -- and that of other critics -- to say something about your hate speech and crazy talk, and to ask questions about your phony credentials, dodgy past, and unbelievable cure claims.
In other words, Lenny, I have just as much of a right to be here as you -- perhaps even more, since I'm not a scammer or alleged predator. And I am not going to shut up. I am not going to go away.
As for you, Alex, I wish you well with your health expo. Let's just hope your loony little keynoter doesn't alienate too many audience members. Try keeping him away from the bourbon, at least until after his speech is over.
Updates, 25 October 2014:
Other conversations about Coldwell's NAVEL Health Expo appearance
First off, in the interests of total accuracy, I need to say that contrary to what I stated above, there is one group of critical comments about Coldwell that currently appear on the main timeline of the NAVEL Expo page. I didn't discover these comments until October 24. But even though the thread itself was initiated by the page owner on October 12, the first critical comments did not appear until October 20, and it was on October 19 that Coldwell published his scurrilous posts about my "defamation" of him in conjunction with his NAVEL Expo keynote appearance. Clearly he was referring to the October 18 threads, which I linked to above: the longer thread and a shorter one.
In addition, over the past few days I have written comments on several public forums about Coldwell's upcoming appearance at the NAVEL Health Expo:
- The Skeptical Inquirer Facebook page:
- The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=726945104055614&set=o.16599501604&type=1
- The Respectful Insolence blog (on a post about Coldwell): http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/10/02/and-so-it-begins-breast-cancer-awareness-month-brings-out-the-cancer-quacks/#comment-373282
Coldwell's additional responses to having his abusive Facebook posts taken down
I had suspected that the October 22 screen shot I shared above -- the post in which Coldwell whined that Facebook is constantly deleting his posts -- would not be his last word about the matter. And I was right. As per usual, he worked his conspiracy obsessions into his whine-fest, reiterating his claim that Facebook is owned by the CIA, and insinuating that Facebook has targeted him because of posts such as the cop-kills-dog post/petition plea he shared, rather than totally abusive posts such as those I displayed above.
He also had to make things personal again, zeroing in on his critics -- particularly "Horny Connie" and "Maloony" (that would be Bernie O'Mahony).
I can't speak for Bernie "and Co.", but I for one was touched and flattered by the announcement that Loony Lenny Coldwell is writing a book about moi. It seems that you just can't keep a good idiot down. Even though that whole porn-site idea was dead in the water, he is still determined to get the "truth" out. Over the years, I've had poems and songs and breathtakingly beautiful pieces of prose written about me, but never a whole book! Ron and I and our legal team hope it will be a smashing bestseller.
Update, 28 October 2014:
Lenny returned triumphant -- at least in his own mind -- from the NAVEL Wellness Expo, as indicated on a thread he initiated yesterday.
"...every time Horny Connie and Maloony assault the event provider with their slanderous posts the event gets twice as big. Evil never has a chance." Ha.
I guess evil really is in the eye of the beholder. I suppose, though, that if you're an evil little man, everyone who questions your evil is evil in your eyes. In truth, no critics "assaulted" any event owner. I've already mentioned that in the days leading up to the NAVEL Wellness Expo, some of us participated on public Facebook forums and conversations with the owner of the Expo, Alex Lubarsky. (I even provided links to each thread.)
In any case, Bernie wrote about Coldwell's post-Expo ranting on this post on GINtruth, and he covered just about all of the bases, including the false claim that "Horny Connie, Maloony and Co." tried to sabotage the Trinidad event Coldwell infested in April of this year. This isn't the first time that Lenny has falsely claimed that the alleged "co-conspirators" tried to trash the Trinidad love-fest. Here's an exchange that took place in July of this year, in the wake of Coldwell's claim that I poisoned his dog. Monique M. Hackett is the sister of Uchenna Hatchett, aka "Dr. Livet," who hosted the Trinidad event.
I can say with reasonable assurance that nobody in my circle of friends ever "threatened to destroy" Uchenna/"Dr. Livet." Some of us may have questioned his choice of keynoters, even as we questioned Alex Lubarsky's. But I have nothing against Uchenna himself. I like a man with dreads.
At any rate I'd like to take a closer look at Coldwell's claims that Bernie and I made "countless" defamatory posts to harm Alex's Expo. I went back again and looked on each one of those threads, and actually counted the number of posts written by Bernie and by me. Far from being "countless," they were in fact quite easy to count. And I'm hardly a math genius. Here's the pre-Expo tally; permalinks to individual threads are embedded in the bulleted items:
- Thread initiated on the NAVEL Wellness Expo page
by Tim Donohoe on October 18:
Connie: 12 comments (most of which were responses to others' comments on the thread)
Bernie: 4 comments
- Shorter thread also initiated by Tim Donohoe on
the NAVEL Wellness Expo page on October 18:
Connie: 2 comments
Bernie: 0 comments
- Thread to which Tim Donohoe initially responded
on the main timeline of the NAVEL Wellness Expo
page (initiated by NAVEL
Wellness Expo on October 12, but not responded to by Tim
et al. until October 20:
Connie: 3 comments
Bernie: 3 comments
- Thread on NAVEL Wellness Expo owner Alex
Lubarsky's personal Facebook timeline --
a thread Alex initiated on October 18 (and to which Coldwell himself responded several times, including with a post about the "4 loonys" who are out to get him (Omri, Salty, Bernie and me):
Connie: 0 comments (I can see Alex's page but am blocked from writing on it)
Bernie: 9 comments, including this one, addressed to Alex:
I'm not against your expo, far from it! Events like yours can be extremely useful and helpful to visitors. But you're touting a known charlatan as your headlining speaker! He has no real degrees (the honorary one coming from an unaccredited establishment) and cannot provide even the simplest of evidence regarding his cancer cure claims! All he does is quote the work of real doctors, and tout his own ghost written books as "best sellers"! Is it so difficult for you to accept he is not who he says he is? He has hurt many people. I saw him on the GIN cruise in 2012, and he was vulgar and rude, even in front of children! Having him at this event is a risk you're willing to take, obviously.
3 "likes": Connie Schmidt, Julie Daniel and Alex Lubarsky
That's right: Despite prior arguments he'd had with Bernie, Alex himself was one of those who "liked" Bernie's statement regarding some of the objectionable things about Coldwell. Wow.Alex also "liked" a comment on that same thread by Julie Daniel, who wrote, "Thank you for your time, and I hope your expo goes well, and having Coldwell on board doesn't ruin it too much for you."
Here's the screen shot:
But back to the "countless" comments tally. In the interests of full disclosure I will once again mention the comments about Lenny and the NAVEL appearance that I posted on the following three forums:
- The Skeptical Inquirer Facebook page -- October
2 comments from Connie: the initial post and 1 subsequent post
- The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Facebook
page -- October 23:
2 comments from Connie: the initial post and 1 subsequent post
- The Respectful Insolence blog (on an October 2
post about Coldwell -- October 22):
1 comment from Connie about the NAVEL Wellness Expo (though I had previously commented to the post on October 5 -- not about the Expo, however)
And Bernie? Besides his blog post about the topic of Lenny and the NAVEL Wellness Expo, which he posted after the fact, Bernie wrote a total of 16 comments, most of which appeared on Alex Lubarsky's own page, and at least one of which Alex liked.
Between Bernie and me, we wrote a total of 38 comments about Lenny and the NAVEL Wellness Expo on forums outside of our own blogs. That hardly constitutes "countless." But then, Coldwell has always been innumerate. Perhaps to him, anything over one or two is "countless."
As for Alex Lubarsky, post-show he published a few comments on his own page about the show's success, but so far, as I write this, there's only one post about Coldwell: an odd little 10-second vid snippet on which it is difficult to tell whether Coldwell is babbling about talking to a 16-year-old "very heavy" girl on the phone, or "very happy" girl on the phone. For various reasons I don't really like to think about Coldwell and 16-year-olds girls, but in any case, perhaps someone will soon post a longer snippet, or the entire presentation, so I can get it in context. For now, here's that odd little link about an odd little man.[Update: A few days later Alex Lubarsky posted a series of photos about Coldwell's "inspriring" talk and book signing. ~CC]
"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!" redux
I submitted a comment to Lenny's blog post, but I'm sure he won't publish it. Just in case he tries to convince any of you that I am writing abusive or harassing posts to his blog, though, here's a screen shot of the comment I tried to submit:
As I've noted before, the three posts I complained about to Facebook were on Coldwell's main Facebook page. Many of you may not be able to get to the page at all because he has you blocked (I can't get to it myself, but a friend had provided it some time ago for some documentation I was putting together). And many of you who can get to the page may not be able to see any recent posts at all, due to his paranoid privacy settings.
In any case, if any of Coldwell's pages are in danger of being blocked or canceled, I would imagine it is that main page. And I maintain that it is because of his clearly abusive posts about others -- which several folks have reported -- not because of his ramblings about cancer or natural healing or world events.
First off, there are these two; they've been around a while:
He has used both of those pages to share some of his abusive posts about Bernie and me and others, including the posts about his dog, where he published his pornographic fantasies about me as well as my personal information. Fortunately one of the admins for those pages removed those posts at my request and apologized for their being up there. However, she told me she did not have admin privileges for his main page. It took Facebook to remove the abusive posts from that page.
There's also the Dr. Coldwell Opinion Radio Facebook page, which is used not only to promote his weekly "radio" show but also to expound upon various topics, mostly health or motivational related.
Then there are some newer Facebook pages:
- This "Business Person" page was created on September 9 and looks as if it
is maintained by someone from his lame, bargain-basement
SEO service. Some of the posts link to some very new,
obviously SEO blogs. (For more info about Lenny's SEO
efforts and absurd new blogs, see this post, under
"Strategy number 4: Lame SEO tricks.")
Of note, someone from Slovenia asked for medical advice on September 27; there is no public answer so far. It's a little disturbing that many people apparently think he is a real doctor and continue to seek medical advice from him.
- This "Writer" page was created on September 18 and appears to have been abandoned after September 23, but it still has a sprinkling of English-challenged posts singing the praises of IBMS and naturopathic medicine. He can always revive it if he needs to.
- This "Public Figure" page was created on October 23, with the apparent purpose not so much of dispensing medical advice but rather of showing how deeply and widely loved "Dr." C is. A post I wrote actually remained up there for several days, but now seems to be gone. See pic below. And -- no big surprise here -- I am no longer allowed to write on that page. Help, I'm being repressed now too!
That's a total of at least five other Facebook pages where Coldwell is perfectly free to dispense his "health advice" and his rants about world events, unchallenged (although if he publishes abusive posts on those pages about me or some of my friends I will continue to report him). In short, in case you hadn't already figured it out, Lenny Coldwell is just whining to get more sympathy and to push his newsletter and other content/frauducts/flopportunities. Scamworld gurus alternate between boasting and whining; that's how they work.
Whatever happens, I have no doubt that Coldwell will continue to flog the theme of himself as the alt-health hero/martyr, because that is the basis of his entire shtick. He's so Gollum; he's the one perpetrating the evil, but it's always "the fat Hobbit tried to kill us!"
Or maybe a better comparison would be Coldwell's ex-b.f.f., Kevin Trudeau, who is doing the same thing even now, from behind bars. "The government is out to get me because I dared to tell the truth!"
The facts don't matter if the story is good.
More LoonyC, if you can stand it...
A five-part Whirled series that most likely inspired some of Lenny's latest and lamest SEO efforts:
- Part 1 -- Coldwell rolls out hilarious new bio site, tightens rope around his own neck (published 30 June 2014)
- Part 2 -- Leonard Coldwell's medical lackground and other hilarities from his new Bio website (published 4 August 2014)
- Part 3 -- Sound and fury, Sturm und Drang: Leonard Coldwell's meaningless bluster (published 7 August 2014)
- Part 4 -- Leonard Coldwell: The facts don't matter if the story is good (published 16 August 2014)
- Part 5 -- Leonard Coldwell: stupid and dangerous, or simply stupid? (published 19 August 2014)
- Leonard Coldwell goes too far: lies about me poisoning his dog (originally published 16 July, 2014, with several updates)
- Blue dies, Coldwell lies, crazy minions terrorize (published 5 September, 2014)
My favorite doc blogger Orac (Dr. David Gorski) finally wrote a full post on Lenny (who previously had only been mentioned in the comments section of one of his cancer-quack posts).