Read any Migraine blog that has ever mentioned caffeine, and you’re likely to come across comments from Barry Spencer. Spencer’s own web site is CaffeineAndMigraine.com — “Caffeine and Migraine is a book that explores the relationship between the most popular neuroactive drug and the most prevalent neurological malady.” Bloggers report that Spencer is a major PIA; that some of them have started moderating all comments to their blogs because of his persistence in repeatedly posting inane comments about his unproven and absurd theory.
If you try telling Spencer that you’ve rid yourself of caffeine, his reply is inevitably along the lines of this statement from his site, “Certainly many migraine patients report using no caffeine, yet there is no demonstrated example of migraine absent caffeine use.” What? Are you freakin’ kidding me? This person says no Migraine been demonstrated with out caffeine use? Yeah, right. And the earth is still flat.
To those who disagree with him, he’s likely to say, “My theory that caffeine causes all primary headache is currently the best available explanation for observations. The burden of falsifying my theory falls to headache researchers, who possess the training and access to funding and facilities needed.” Again, yeah, right. He thumbs his nose at all the legitimate research and tells legit researchers to DISprove his theory because he doesn’t have the training, funding, or facilities to prove it. Well, duh. If his theory were so valid, someone else would have proven it by now.
People who are passionate are great. People who are obsessive can be ok, too, but Spencer is beyond even that. I’ve seen discussions where he got aggressive and nasty. Mister, if you have a legit theory, it doesn’t take that to get it recognized.