Dr. Chung FAQ, Issue 3

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by A. B. Chung Faq, Feb 10, 2004.

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    | The Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD FAQ |
    | Version 3.0, February, 2004 |
    ---------------------------------

    Introduction
    ------------
    | (Note: "|" marks items which have been changed.)

    New people arriving in sci.med.cardiology (s.m.c.) are often puzzled and troubled by the
    controversy surrounding the poster who posts as
    Dr. Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD (Dr. Chung) and want to know what the controversy is about. This FAQ
    (Frequently Asked Questions) attempts to provide an answer.

    The FAQ is arranged in typical FAQ form, i.e. a series of questions and answers. For those who
    don't wish to read the whole FAQ, the following summary is provided.

    | Note: Since this FAQ first appeared in January of 2004, Dr. Chung forged his own "Issue 2" of the
    | FAQ on February 3, 2004:
    |
    | Message-ID: <[email protected]>
    |
    | As a courtesy to Dr. Chung, his forged version of the FAQ (Version
    | 2.) is accepted and included here verbatim, identified by braces {}. The reader may judge for
    | himself whether Dr. Chung's version refutes or reinforces the points made in this FAQ.
    |
    | Dr. Chung will probably also forge this version of the FAQ, but the reader should have no
    | difficulty recognizing the forgery for the self-serving lie that it is. The fact that Dr.
    | Chung engages in such a deceit reveals more about Dr. Chung than it does about his critics.

    Summary
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    Ds. Chung represents himself to be a licensed physician specializing in cardiology. In this
    capacity he responds to medical questions on
    D.s.a.. If that were all he did, there would probably be no controversy.

    | {Chung: "The controversy arises from Dr. Chung being Christian"}

    The controversy arises from Dr. Chung's other behaviors on s.m.c., in particular:

    o He uses s.m.c. to not only proselytize his particular interpretation of Christianity, but also
    to disparage and attack anyone with a different interpretation or different religion.

    | {Chung: "He publically [sic] professes to have accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior."}

    o He uses s.m.c. to promote his unscientific Two Pound Diet (2PD) and, in fact, cross posts this
    information to other groups in order to gain more exposure.

    | {Chung: "He freely helps people to lose weight in an altruistic fashion."}

    o When challenged on the above issues, or one of his medical opinions, he attacks his challengers
    as "obsessive

    "people who can't understand English", etc.

    | {Chung: "When attacked on the above issues, he turns the other cheek."}

    o When challenged he performs Internet searches on his challengers in order to "get the dirt" on
    them and smear their reputations.

    | {Chung: "When challenged about his faith, he witnesses in civil discussions."}

    o When challenged, he answers with evasions, non sequiturs, dissembling, rhetorical questions,
    quotes from the bible, religious mantras, thinly veiled death threats, ad hominem arguments, and
    other such disreputable, unethical, and unprofessional tactics.

    | {Chung: "When insulted for his faith, he considers himself blessed."}

    o He is insufferably full of himself, claiming to have "the Gift of Truth Discernment" and to be
    "Humble" while behaving anything but humbly.

    | {Chung: "He remains truthful despite being libeled and defamed."}

    | o He uses a shill who posts under variations of the name "Mu" to
    avoid killfiles. Mu's job is to troll other newsgroups and, when he gets a reaction, to cross
    post the reaction to s.m.c. so that Dr. Chung can disingenuously claim to be "only responding"
    to a cross post. Whereas Dr. Chung has to be somewhat careful what he says and so attacks
    primarily through insinuation and innuendo, Mu's tactics are blunt and direct like those of a
    playground bully.

    | {Chung: "Other Christians have affirmed his faith in Christ."}

    The above lists only the highlights of Dr. Chung's egregious behavior on s.m.c.. If anything, it
    understates it. Everything can be verified in the Google archives.

    The issue then arises: so what? As long as Dr. Chung provides free medical advice on s.m.c., who
    cares what else he does?

    Many people provide free medical advice on the Internet. How does one know whether it is good
    advice or bad advice? If the person giving the advice is, or represents himself to be, a doctor
    shouldn't that be enough? Unfortunately, no.

    | {Chung: "Yes, it should be. Medical education is enough to assure good information. Knowledge is
    | knowledge. Experience adds to knowledge. Dr. Chung has both. Dr. Chung consistently demonstrates
    | the breadth of his knowledge. This is archived many times over in Google."}

    Medical education alone is not enough to guarantee good advice. If
    | facts alone were all that were required, we could replace Physicians with Medical Encyclopedias.
    | Knowledge must be tempered with
    judgment, impartiality, integrity, ethics, and professionalism. If someone consistently
    demonstrates by their behavior that they lack these qualities, how much credence should be given
    to their medical advice?

    People arrive in this group looking for help. For their own protection, they deserve to know the
    quality of the person purporting to dispense that help and not be lulled into a false sense of
    security simply because someone displays an MD after their name. It is the intention of this FAQ
    to provide people with enough information to allow them to make an informed decision.

    | {Chung: "People arrive in this group looking for help. Dr. Chung has graciously provided this over
    | several years."}

    | Ask yourself this: Suppose you went to see a cardiologist and, while in the waiting room, observed
    | some clearly disturbed behavior on his part. Perhaps, for example, he was sitting in the corner
    | sucking his thumb and rocking back and forth, playing with his feces, or babbling incoherently.
    | Suddenly, he pulls himself together and calls you into his office. How comfortable are you going
    | to be with his advice, even if it is technically correct?

    | s.m.c is Dr. Chung's "virtual waiting room". If you have been here a while, you have observed his
    | behavior. If you are new, this FAQ will give you some background. The decision is yours.

    List of Questions Answered
    --------------------------
    1. Who is Dr. Andrew B Chung, MD/PhD?
    2. What is the Charter of s.m.c.?
    3. Aren't Religious Discussions Covered by the Charter?
    4. So Dr. Chung is Religious... What's the Problem With That?
    5. But it's Just a Little "Tag Line" in His Signature.
    6. But I'm a Christian Too!
    7. Well, Why Not Just Ignore His Religious Rants?
    8. But Isn't It Wonderful That Dr. Chung Offers This Free Medical Advice Out of the Goodness of
    His Heart?
    9. How Does a Practicing Physician Find so Much Time to Spend on Usenet?
    10. Won't Challenging Dr. Chung Drive People Away?
    11. Doesn't the "Fault" for all Those Posts Lay With Those Who Challenge Dr. Chung?
    12. Why Do I see So Many "Ad Hominem" Attacks?
    13. I'm Sick of Seeing All This!
    14. What is the Two Pound Diet?
    15. Is Discussion of the Two Pound Diet "On Topic"?
    16. Who is Mu?
    17. What is Mu's Role?
    | 18. Doesn't Dr. Chung Claim to Always Tell The Truth?
    | 19. What is the "Chung macro"?
    | 20. What is "Hissing"

    18. Who is Dr. Andrew B Chung, MD/PhD?
    --------------------------------------
    The poster who posts as Dr. Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD claims to be a licensed physician, practicing
    internal medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and specializing in cardiology. His signature contains
    a link to a website which is consistent with his posts.

    It should be noted that anyone can claim to be anyone on Usenet and so caution is always advised.
    Indeed there are those who claim that the poster in question is not Dr. Andrew B. Chung, or is not
    the Dr. Andrew B. Chung listed in the Atlanta telephone directory, and/or has lost his license
    and/or hospital privileges for misconduct. This FAQ does not attempt to address those claims one
    way or the other. The reader with an interest in these matters can easily find the relevant
    discussions archived in Google Groups.

    This FAQ deals with the poster who posts as Dr. Chung and restricts itself to issues demonstrated
    by those posts. No position is taken on his "true" identity.

    19. What is the Charter of s.m.c.?
    ----------------------------------
    "The purpose of this newsgroup is to establish electronic media for communication between health
    care providers, scientists and other individuals with interest in cardiovascular field. Such
    communications will provide quick and efficacious means to exchange
    | information and knowledge, offer problem solutions and stimulate research interest.

    The sci.med.cardiology newsgroups will welcome participants who are health care providers,
    researchers, students or recipients with interest in the field of cardiovascular problems."

    <ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/news.announce.newgroups/sci/sci.med.cardiology>

    20. Aren't Religious Discussions Covered by the Charter?
    --------------------------------------------------------
    What do you think?

    | {Chung: "Possibly. See: http://www.heartmdphd.com/healer.asp"}

    21. So Dr. Chung is Religious... What's the Problem With That?
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    There is no problem with that. Most of the people who participate in s.m.c. are probably
    religious. However no one but Dr. Chung feels compelled to characterize themselves as the "Humble
    Servant of God" in their signatures, continually thank God for the opportunity to "witness",
    question others about their religious beliefs, claim the "Gift of Truth Discernment", etc.

    | {Chung: "Some people are fiercely anti-christian."}

    When one person insists on introducing his personal religious interpretations into the
    discussions, it naturally generates responses from others who feel just as strongly that their
    viewpoints are correct. The resulting debate easily swirls out of control, especially given Dr.
    Chung's intolerant and dismissive attitude towards beliefs which differ from his. The situation is
    further exacerbated by Mu's rabble raising from the sidelines.

    There are over 160 Usenet groups dedicated to the discussion of religion. Dr. Chung should take
    his beliefs to one of these and stick to cardiology in s.m.c. It is a simple matter of respect
    for others.

    22. But it's Just a Little "Tag Line" in His Signature.
    -------------------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Yes it is. But it offends those who are anti-christian."}

    No, it is not. He has even gone so far as to "investigate" someone asking for advice about stents
    and accuse her of being anti-Christian.

    | A quick search of Google will reveal that the vast majority of Dr. Chung's posts have nothing
    | whatever to do with cardiology as described in the charter, but instead are religious rants,
    | religious arguments, arguments about the Two Pound Diet (see 14 below) or posts of the "Chung
    | macro" (see 19 below).

    23. But I'm a Christian Too!
    ----------------------------
    | {Chung: "And so you have Christ's promise of eternal life."}

    Lots of people are Christians. There is a time and a place for everything. s.m.c. isn't the place
    to "witness" or recruit. In addition, lots of other people are Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Taoists,
    Hindus, etc. Would s.m.c. be better or worse if they all emulated Dr. Chung in their proselytizing
    and recruiting?

    Furthermore, if you are a Christian, you should be appalled by Dr. Chung's pharisaical, cynical,
    and manipulative use of Christianity. He is truly a "whitened sepulcher", loudly proclaiming his
    adherence to Christian values while overtly lying, carrying on smear campaigns against others,
    making false accusations, dissembling, and marketing his web site under the guise of altruism. He
    is "bearing false witness" and true Christians should be concerned.

    As an example, when John Ritter recently died unexpectedly, Dr. Chung rushed to use this
    unfortunate event to market his web site. He showed a total lack of Christian compassion for Mr.
    Ritter and his family, even when challenged to do so.

    As another example, he recently choreographed a smear campaign against a poster who had criticized
    him. Dr. Chung found a

    the poster and anyone who agreed with him were engaged in a

    Christianity you identify with.

    | In still yet another example, when an anonymous post was made implying that one of his critics was
    | a pedophile, Dr. Chung, rather than condemning such a despicable and outrageous charge, attempted
    | to get more information.

    24. Well, Why Not Just Ignore His Religious Rants?
    --------------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Well, Why Not Just Ignore his Christian nature?
    | -----------------------------------------------
    | Anti-christians are unable to do that."}

    Why should one individual be given carte blanche to violate the rights of everyone else? Usenet is
    a community. It is up to the community to sanction its members. There is nothing "ad hominem"
    about challenging inappropriate and antisocial behavior.

    25. But Isn't It Wonderful That Dr. Chung Offers This Free
    Medical Advice Out of the Goodness of His Heart?
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "It is."}

    First, it is only of value if it is good advice. Medical education
    | alone is not enough to guarantee good advice. If facts alone were all that were required, we could
    | replace Physicians with Medical Encyclopedias. Knowledge must be tempered with judgment,
    impartiality, integrity, ethics, and professionalism. If someone consistently demonstrates by
    their behavior that they lack these qualities, how much credence should be given to their
    medical advice?

    | Ask yourself this: Suppose you went to see a cardiologist and, while in the waiting room, observed
    | some clearly disturbed behavior on his part. Perhaps, for example, he was sitting in the corner
    | sucking his thumb and rocking back and forth, playing with his feces, or babbling incoherently.
    | Suddenly, he pulls himself together and calls you into his office. How comfortable are you going
    | to be with his advice, even if it is technically correct?

    | s.m.c is Dr. Chung's "virtual waiting room". If you have been here a while, you have observed his
    | behavior. If you are new, this FAQ will give you some background. The decision is yours.

    Secondly, despite his protestations to the contrary, Dr. Chung is not simply motivated by
    altruism. Every post of Dr. Chung's contains a link to a website with the following quote:

    "If you are looking for a cardiologist and reside in Georgia, please consider me your best
    option for a personal heart advocate. Check out my credentials and my background. Additional
    information is available in the protected sections of this web site. Email me at
    [email protected] to me of your interest and I may send you a temporary username and
    password to allow a preview. The more information you email, the more likely my decision to send
    you a temporary username and password. If you like what you see and learn from this website and
    wish to confer with me about your heart, you or your doctor should email me privately or call my
    voicemail at 404-699-2780 to schedule an appointment to see me at my *real* office."

    <http://www.heartmdphd.com/office.asp>

    Thirdly, Dr. Chung has repeatedly stated that one of his key motivations for participating is
    s.m.c. is to "witness" and win converts to his religious beliefs.

    26. How Does a Practicing Physician Find so Much Time to Spend on Usenet?
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    An interesting question.

    | {Chung: "God has blessed him with a quick mind and fast typing skills."}

    27. Won't Challenging Dr. Chung Drive People Away?
    --------------------------------------------------
    Perhaps. But not challenging him will drive others away.

    | {Chung: "No. But it will give him the extraordinary opportunity to glorify God."}

    D.s.b. is historically a "low traffic" group. Therefore, when Dr. Chung misbehaves, he generates
    an apparently large response. This is compounded by Dr. Chung's need to "get in the last
    word" and Mu's provocations. In spite of this, if someone has a question it will usually
    be answered.

    Dt. Chung is not the only participant who offers advice in s.m.c. He is not even the only doctor
    who participates in s.m.c. However, the controversy he generates and sustains often makes it
    appear that he is the "only game in town".

    Finally, Dr. Chung himself drives others away including other physicians who leave in disgust
    after being verbally assaulted by him, and other knowledgeable posters who point out where Dr.
    Chung's medical opinion might be in error or at least not the only one generally held. Anyone
    disagreeing with Dr. Chung on any subject can expect a series of increasingly vitriolic attacks,
    including threats of libel suits.

    11. Doesn't the "Fault" for all Those Posts Lay With Those Who Challenge Dr. Chung?
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Yes."}

    An interesting perspective: blame the victim. No other poster (with the exception of Mu, of
    course) introduces religion or the Two Pound Diet. How can it be acceptable for Dr. Chung to
    introduce these topics, but not acceptable for others to respond?

    In any thread, someone must, of necessity "get the last word". Dr. Chung has amply demonstrated
    that he will not be outdone in this respect.

    12. Why Do I see So Many "Ad Hominem" Attacks?
    ----------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Anti-christian folks can't seem to help themselves."}

    You are probably referring to an "Ad Hominem" _argument_, which attempts to disprove an
    adversary's fact by personal attack on the adversary. An example would be "You are opposed to the
    Two Pound Diet because you are anti-Christian".

    When someone misbehaves, for example lies or distorts what someone else is saying, it is not an
    "ad hominem attack" to call them on it. It is a legitimate social sanction.

    There are also, unfortunately too often, simple personal attacks and insults on both sides.
    While we can all wish it weren't so, it is simply human nature when an argument becomes heated
    or the other person is obviously not arguing in good faith. If you are distressed by this, see
    the next question.

    13. I'm Sick of Seeing All This!
    --------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Would suggest you killfile the anti-christians. You won't see any as [sic] hominems from
    | Dr. Chung."}

    There is no reason why you have to see it. Just as you can change the TV channel if you don't like
    a show, you can killfile a poster or thread you don't want to see. See the manual that came with
    your Usenet reader for directions on how to do it.

    Before you do this, however, you may wish to consider if a truer picture of the world is not
    gained by seeing all that goes on - both the good and the bad.

    14. What is the Two Pound Diet?
    -------------------------------
    | {Chung: "See: http://www.heartmdphd.com/wtloss.asp"}

    The Two pound Diet is a diet which Dr. Chung "invented". It's only rule is to restrict yourself to
    two pounds of food per day. That's it. Doesn't matter if you are a 16 year old girl or an 80 year
    old man; a 5' 2" woman or a 7' man; a weight lifter or a mattress tester. Two pounds. That's it.
    No more, less if you want. One size fits all.

    Oh, and the food? Whatever you want: two pounds of lettuce, two pounds of ice cream, two pounds of
    celery, two pounds of bacon, two pounds of chocolate, two pounds of peanuts... doesn't matter. Mix
    and match. Just keep it under two pounds.

    Du. Chung's claim is that this magical weight of food, this universal gustatory constant will
    cause everyone to arrive at and maintain their ideal weight. His scientific basis for this
    claim: none. The proof he offers: none. Studies supporting this claim: none. Nutritional
    explanation: none. Metabolic explanation: none.

    And this from a doctor who expects people to take him seriously on other issues.

    15. Is Discussion of the Two Pound Diet "On Topic"?
    ---------------------------------------------------
    | {Chung: "Yes. It cures [sic] Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) which predicts cardiovascular morbidity and
    | mortality."}

    Dv. Chung says it is because being overweight is a risk factor for heart problems and therefore
    discussion of the Two Pound Diet is On Topic. However criticism of the Two Pound Diet is Off
    Topic as is discussion of any other diet.

    As with religion, Dr. Chung takes every opportunity to introduce the Two Pound Diet (2PD) into any
    other thread. In addition Mu trolls other newsgroups, particularly the diet groups looking for
    opportunities to introduce the 2PD in these groups and then cross post the resulting discussion
    back to s.m.c so that Dr. Chung can disingenuously claim to be "only responding" to a cross post.

    Since Dr. Chung and Mu have been laughed off of these other groups and have been asked repeatedly
    not to bring up the 2PD in them, participants of these groups are understandably angered when it
    happens yet again; and, because of Mu's cross-posting, all their anger spills back into s.m.c.

    Another reason for ongoing 2PD discussions is Dr. Chung's habit of researching anyone who
    criticizes the 2PD and then cross-posting his responses back to other groups which the critic
    has been found to frequent. He disingenuously claims that he does this as a "convenience" to
    the critic, but his true reasons are transparent. Once again, the cross-post generates a
    firestorm in s.m.c.

    The bottom line is that if the Two Pound Diet is "On Topic" for anyone, it is "On Topic" for
    everyone... including it's critics. If it is "Off Topic", it should not be continually re-
    introduced by Dr. Chung.

    16. Who is Mu?
    --------------
    | {Chung: "A Christian."}

    Mu is a longtime Usenet Troll who has even merited his own FAQ. He postures as some kind of
    personal physical trainer, but who really knows? He has allied himself with Dr. Chung and serves
    as the "Bad Cop" in the Chung - Mu "Good Cop - Bad Cop" routine. He specializes in the short,
    nasty one-liner and, because unlike Dr. Chung, he has no reputation to protect, he can afford to
    be much more direct and offensive.

    Mu parrots an even meaner-spirited version of Dr. Chung's "Christianity" and does not hesitate to
    employ anti-Semitism and homophobia in his attacks.

    Naturally, most people would have long ago killfiled Mu, so he changes his handle on an almost
    daily basis.

    17. What is Mu's Role?
    ----------------------
    | {Chung: "God only knows."}

    Mu's role is to troll other newsgroups and, when he gets a reaction, to cross-post the reaction to
    s.m.c. so that Dr. Chung can disingenuously claim to be "only responding" to a cross post.

    Mu is also responsible for pitching softballs to Dr. Chung so he can hit them out of the park, and
    for re-introducing religion and the Two Pound Diet should the discussion flag.

    Finally, Mu's role is to tirelessly wear down unsuspecting Dr. Chung critics, deflecting the blows
    that would otherwise be aimed at Dr. Chung. He is Dr. Chung's Internet equivalent of the "rope-a-
    dope". Insults roll off him like water off a duck as do attempts to reason with him or even have a
    civil discussion.

    Most people have learned to ignore him and his comment is usually the last one in any thread sub-
    tree where it appears.

    18. Doesn't Dr. Chung Claim to Always Tell The Truth?
    -----------------------------------------------------
    | Yes, he does... repeatedly. However this claim cannot be reconciled with his behavior on s.m.c.
    |
    | Dr. Chung has lied repeatedly on Usenet and those lies are preserved in the Google archives. A few
    | examples:
    |
    | o Dr. Chung consistently changes other people's words when quoting them in a response to a post to
    | make it appear they said something different than what they actually said.
    |
    | o Dr. Chung consistently posts a macro (see below) which states that he is responding to a cross-
    | post because the person he is responding to has not requested that he trim the headers, even when
    | this request has been explicitly made.
    |
    | o More recently Dr. Chung has begun forging posts as his bogus "Version 2" of this FAQ
    | illustrates. Unfortunately for him the attempts are so amateurish and the language so self-serving
    | and lame that there is no doubt as to the authorship.
    |
    | These are only examples of Dr. Chung's explicit lies. They do not include lies told through
    | dissembling, innuendo, disingenuousness, employment of twisted trope's, and other "word games"
    | which he plays.

    19. What is the "Chung macro"?
    ------------------------------
    | The "Chung macro" is an approximately 4.5 kilobyte, mind-numbing diatribe which Dr. Chung attaches
    | as a response to any post he doesn't like. It includes Chung's unstinting praise of himself, an
    | advertisement for the Two Pound Diet, an disingenuous protest that he is "only responding to a cross-
    | post", and gratuitous slaps at all his critics.
    |
    | It is called a "macro" because it can be saved and attached to a message with a single keystroke.
    | Usually, the content of the original post is either "snipped" so that only Dr. Chung's diatribe
    | appears or the words of the original poster are modified to say something which pleases Dr. Chung.
    | Common decency is not
    | Dr. Chung's concern here.
    |
    | When the "Chung macro" appears in a thread, it is a sure sign that a criticism has struck home
    | and/or Dr. Chung has run out of arguments or anything intelligent to say. Instead he laboriously
    | and obsessively attaches the "Chung macro" to each and every message in the thread. If someone
    | responds to the "Chung macro", he attaches the macro to the response and so on ad infinitum and ad
    | nauseam.
    |
    | This generates considerable anger in the victimized newsgroups to
    | Dr. Chung's apparent glee. Requests to stop are mocked and ignored. Eventually, people become sick
    | of it and just stop responding: Dr. Chung has achieved his objective of shutting down the now
    | objectionable thread... which was probably initiated by Mu in the first place.

    20. What is "Hissing"?
    --------------------------
    | "Hissing" is Dr. Chung's term for something he doesn't want to hear, particularly a criticism or a
    | correction of one of his errors. He frequently inserts it in place of other people's words when he
    | quotes them but is too lazy or unimaginative to change their words to his liking.

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