J Todd DeShong – Baylor Health’s online AIDS diagnostician – UPDATED

Normally I wouldn’t want to waste this much time or bandwidth on such a matter, but the questionable activities involved justify calling this insignificant gnat out.  He’s finally irritated me enough that I have to swat him.  Besides, I’m off my feet for a few days and have some extra time on my hands, or maybe it’s just a side effect of the  antibiotic.

The leg

I recently woke up with a sudden, acute bacterial infection in my left leg, the same leg that has had two DVT blood clots in three years and has a history of recurring and slow-healing sores.  The name for the condition that results in this type of skin problem in the leg is called venous insufficiency and the sores are venous ulcers.  It is not uncommon (unlike, say… Kaposi sarcoma).

I know what the problem is and I am aware of a treatment center I want to go to that offers a non-invasive and drug-free protocol that even Medicare is convinced helps.

I posted a picture of my leg, seeking opinions about using antibiotics to treat it, on the website AIDS Myth Exposed, which I help moderate. I  had some ulterior motives, as I wanted to see what members’ reaction would be, considering some them seem to be opposed to all allopathic interventions, regardless of circumstances. I expected a variety of responses and got some.

Unsolicited email diagnosis and digital sleuthing

J Todd DeShong, in over his head

J Todd DeShong, in over his head

I was pretty surprised when that post resulted in a comment on this, my personal blog, from an anti-“AIDS denialist” activist who is well known among some of us AIDS questioners for his taunting and abusive personality and caustic, even toxic writing style. I really wasn’t so much shocked that J Todd DeShong would email me with his “concern”  as I was amazed that he advised me from his workplace, Baylor Health Care Systems in Dallas, that I seek medical care for Kaposi sarcoma, a serious and rare cancer!

The IP address in question was included in the email WordPress forwards to me with every new comment, and it belongs to Baylor Health Care Systems.  This same IP address is one of, if not  the  most frequent visitor to the resistance is fruitful blog, according to statcounter.com, a tracking service I use. I’ve been curious for some time who this regular visitor to my blog might be. Now I know. (Hi Todd!)

DeShong has visited this blog from his work IP address at least eighteen times in the last month or so, even though I haven’t blogged for weeks. Curiously, he also spent nearly an hour yesterday at my domain (resistanceisfruitful.com), which hosts only a redirect to this blog at WordPress.  There’s not a lot to do there, unless one is searching the non-visible directories that contain some photos and documents, most of which are linked to from here.  What the heck was he trying to find there, and why was he doing it from his employer’s computer?

I am reprinting below for posterity the comment DeShong sent me. I have also emailed Baylor Health Care Systems, the owners of the servers that were used to post it, and asked whether they condone the use of their equipment for such purposes, but they have yet to respond. I’ll update if and when they do.

New comment on your post #2 “who am i?”

Author : J Todd DeShong (IP: 65.248.93.200 , 65.248.93.200)

E-mail : jtdeshong@hotmail.com

URL :

Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=65.248.93.200

Comment:

Hi,

I know you probably know who I am and that I am a believer in the orthodox science.

I am truly writing because I am concerned about your health. I saw the picture of your leg at AME and it looks to me like the black/purple spots are Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

I am only writing to you because from what I read by you, you are not seeing an orthodox doc.

I am just suggesting that you see a doctor (especially since you are considering antibiotics).

I am not writing to make you mad or upset.

Sincerely,

Todd.

For context: the personality type

If you’re unfamiliar with DeShong, you might think the above is a very polite and considerate note of concern. Unfortunately, those of us who know DeShong from his blog are aware of his truly nasty style.  I couldn’t stand to visit very long, but I managed to quickly  cherry-pick just a very few choice examples from a couple of his recent posts:

Now, are we clear? Henry Bauer just proved he is either a lying jerk~wad, or just plain ol’ stupid! (My vote is BOTH!)

At least Christine Maggiore died with some dignity, living her lie to the very end, despite all the blood dripping from her hands! Take a lesson from the ultimate denialist, your St. Maggiore.

Jesus, you hypocritical, lying douchebags! Make up your fucking AIDS demented minds! Either HIV is killing you or it ain’t. You can not have it both ways!

So shut the fuck up you sad, pathetic impotent dumbass!

Clark Baker is such a douchebag of immense proportions!!

BTW, I found Brian’s youtube videos. I would bet money he used to be a crackhead!

Makes one just want to hug him and add him to their friends list, doesn’t it?

I responded to Todd once and do not intend to engage him further.  He has since sent three emails attempting to justify his behavior and position. In one of them he states: “I also looked up KS pics on the internet and the ones on all the legs on the internet looked like the ones on your legs.”  Too bad Todd didn’t bother to google venous insufficiency pictures to see what that looks like. Or, since he was already at work, he could have queried his own employer’s website for information such as this, or this.

Ms. Diagnosis… or DeShong is wrong

Here’s a picture of Kaposi sarcoma that Todd probably saw, as it comes up as one of the first in google:

ks2

and here’s a picture of legs with venous insufficiency (there are much more hideous ones if you care to look for them):

venous1

here are the pictures I posted of my lovely leg:

left leg2leftleg1

Who among my readers would care to diagnose my condition based on pictures? Many conditions can present with similar appearances and photographs can be deceptive.

It is a ludicrous diagnosis for a non-medically trained employee to make from his cubicle at Baylor Medical on company time, and I hope the hospital he works at investigates the documentation I’ve provided them.  Isn’t the cost of medical care high enough without paying salaries for medical support staff to carry on such activities at work?

Putting DeShong on the couch

DeShong is locked into the same HIV/AIDS mindset as many people in the medical world  that makes it damn nigh impossible for people like me to get proper medical care.  Everything MUST be related to my HIV status. Does DeShong really think that I could cure my leg by taking Atripla?!  This leg has been seen by dozens of doctors and medical specialists, including HIV and wound care. Not a single one of them has ever suggested or suspected KS.  It doesn’t look like KS, it doesn’t act like KS. It isn’t KS.

DeShong claims that his outrageous commentaries and behavior is justified because he has lost friends to AIDS and because he is living with an HIV-positive diagnosis.  Both of those conditions are true for me as well. My friends died while taking their AIDS cocktails.  From my perspective, what Todd calls “AIDS” could just as easily be called ARV drug effects, especially after long-term use.

DeShong believes very strongly that ARVs are keeping him healthy. Given his fanatical conviction that they are lifesavers, even I would recommend he continue to take them.  I’m not an absolutist on this question.  However, my experience is quite different and my messages are for those people (especially my gay brothers) who are questioning the wisdom of treating a disease that supposedly causes immune collapse with immune destroying drugs that will ultimately destroy every major organ in their body.

DeShong’s position is supported by the AIDS establishment (though I suspect they may not want to claim him as one of their own).  Mine is supported by a growing number of questioners and rethinkers who are ostracized and even threatened for daring to doubt and for seeking other possible answers.

Joining the DeShong shit list

DeShong and I could agree to disagree, but he seems incapable of expressing any point of view without resorting to smarmy, vicious and  mean-spirited statements that suggest to me that he is privately getting a hardon by trying to damage others’ reputations.  Why is he surprised that I suspect the sincerity of his message?

While DeShong tells me he has “no issue with [me] personally,” and therefore will not trash me on his blog, the truth is he has already used my words out of context there and has attributed his own alternative meaning to them. In his latest email, he warns me that those who urge people to stop taking their meds will become his targets for abuse.

WTF?! After all those visits here from a Baylor computer, hasn’t J Todd DeShong even read my blog or writings?  Of COURSE I urge every person on HAART to consider stopping their drugs!  Didn’t he read my post LOTTI: Take a vacation from AIDS drugs a couple of months ago?! (also available on youtube)  I know he’s read my page surviving “aids” without drugs, as his now known IP address is stamped all over it  in the tracking logs.

Enough attention for J Todd DeShong from this blogger. He should be quite excited to get this much of it from me, but I really do have other things I’d rather get on to.

UPDATE 09/30:

This is the response I got from Ashley Howland, Senior Marketing & Public Relations Consultant for Baylor Health Care Systems:

Hi Jonathan, Thank you for responding to my comment on your blog. As I mentioned to you in my last comment, rest assured that Baylor takes your concerns very seriously and is looking into this matter. Please understand that the views of individuals on Social Media websites do not necessarily reflect the views of Baylor Health Care System. We do have policies in place and will respond appropriately. We appreciate your understanding that we aren’t able to comment further about confidential personnel matters.


Thanks again for bringing your concerns to our attention.

Sincerely,

Ashley Howland

Do not necessarily reflect… so,  maybe they DO?

Post closed.

~

~
~

wordpress stat

Advertisements

11 Responses to J Todd DeShong – Baylor Health’s online AIDS diagnostician – UPDATED

  1. J Todd DeShong says:

    Yes, Jonathan, that email I sent to you is was surely the work of a demented, evil person. HUH?
    I must say that I am shocked and saddened by your response. But if you think that the email I sent out of a sincere concern for your health is worthy of trying to get me fired from a job, then I guess that is your right. But I wish you would take a step back and realize that just because we may have different views about the science of AIDS does not mean that I wrote to you for any reason except that which I politely and professionally expressed to you in that email. A personal email to a moderated blog that would go to you, and only to you. I was genuinely concerned for your health. You had expressed that your doctor is an Indian Shaman and that is why I had no way of knowing that an Infectious Disease doctor had seen your leg. I’m glad it is being taken care of and I wish you no ill will. However, I am just shocked that whatever perceived intent on your part had to manifest itself in trying to get me fired from my job. Please think about your actions before going to the extreme.
    Sincerely,
    JTD

    • Jonathan says:

      You have yet to master the art of putting words into others’ mouths, Todd. Demented? Evil? Those are your words, not mine.
      Nowhere do I say my doctor was an Indian Shaman, rather I mentioned using a similarly described hypnotist as one of several alternative practitioners I have consulted and had success with actually recovering my health, as opposed to treating symptoms with synthetic drugs.
      If you “genuinely” care about the health of me or others, you’ll lower the level of bombastic personal attacks that “genuinely” hurt.
      The bottom line is that your diligent (though I must add, quite shoddy) work as an anti-“AIDS denialist” activist is apparently being supported by your employer, Baylor Health Care Systems. The question I have is whether they approve of your personal efforts.
      I am not responsible for whether or not you lose your job for misusing corporate servers. Only you can be held accountable for your own actions.
      Your message suggests you did not lose your job, so for all I know, maybe Baylor supports what you’re doing, though I do notice you didn’t use a Baylor IP address to post this comment.
      Oh, and thanks for keeping the conversation civil on my blog. I won’t tolerate the abusive name-calling you do on your blog in comments here.

  2. Ashley says:

    Jonathan, thank you for bringing this to Baylor’s attention. Please know that we take your concerns very seriously. We do have policies in place for acceptable use for computer and Internet use and we assure you that we are looking in to this matter. Please forward the email that you sent to Baylor to me personally at [deleted]@baylorhealth.edu so that I can follow up with you. We hope you’re feeling well.

    Thanks,
    Ashley Howland
    @baylorhealth

  3. Gregory says:

    Jonathan, i just sent some remote healing to restore balance in the affected areas of your legs. when balance is restored the cells will be able to grow healthy once again. (you have nice legs btw)

  4. William says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    This AIDS stuff drives people to madness. I enjoy your blog. You seem like a concerned man, simply trying to figure out what is best for you.

    Beware fanatics and dogmatists, who believe in the magical power of pharmaceutical drugs, in the same way that little kids believe in the magical power of Santa Claus.

    In good health.

  5. Karri says:

    A very well-written blog Jonathan. Thank you for taking the very painful time to post about this extremely unfortunate individual. He has written much about me as well, (so I am told, I’ve never read his sad little blog) all taken “out of context”. He also came to me (in the very beginning of our journey into this world of HIV dissidence) seeming very concerned for my health and welfare. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, for sure. This seems to be his ploy. His Ad Hom attacks are quite pitiful. Really, what that says to me is that he has nothing else in the arsenal to attack with, except Ad Hom.
    I sincerely hope his employer will have some concern about how a company employee is spending their time and resources.
    And, I believe what Brian posted is correct, some sort of dementia has surely set in. This is NOT normal behavior from a sane person.
    Sincerely,
    Karri Stokely
    http://www.myspace.com/rethinkaids

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for your comment and the additional insight, Linda. His initial contact would have come across as quite sincere had I not been familiar with his true personality.

  6. Brian Carter says:

    One of the disastrous side effects from ant-HIV medications is neurological effects. DeShong’s behavior is quite typical of such. In his belief that the drugs he consumes on a daily basis are saving his life, hides the fact from him that he’s lost all sense of reason. He knows not what he does. His only friend is his stead fast belief.

    • Jonathan says:

      I have comparative neuropsych tests (on pharmaceutical drugs and off) to prove that what you say is valid in my personal experience as well. Thanks for the tip for a future blog post Brian!

      • Brian Carter says:

        Not too long ago I met someone who’s talkin meds daily. He was so delusional, actually way beyond comprehention. This is the same I see in our nemesis, Deshong.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: