British nutritionist Gillian McKeith, often criticized for claims that run contra to scientific consensus, is engaged in an entertaining catfight on twitter with Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame.
The background: Goldacre and others mock the lady for presenting herself as a doctor, when her PhD was in fact awarded via 'distance learning' from a non-accredited college in the U.S. Her frequent inspection of human turds earned the notorious "Poo Lady" sobriquet. Though the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority made clear its dim view of "Dr. Gillian"-style marketing, whoever is at the controls of her twitter account isn't having any of it. Criticizing what has been desribed as a diploma mill is anti-American bigotry! And Goldacre is an ass:
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