The Blaylock Wellness Report
is a paid newsletter written and sold by
Dr. Russell Blaylock. He claims that it has “over 100,000 subscribers,”
at a price of $40 to $55 per year.
It is a fountain of bad advice.
The August 2004, Vol. 1, No. 3 issue pooh-poohs the benefits of statins for
treatment of hyperlipidemia. It contains many claims which are either questionable
or clearly untrue, which you can read about
. But one
of the most strikingly misleading parts of his newsletter is his own biographical
information, at the end. The final sentence in the newsletter, in the “About
Dr. Blaylock” section on
“He [Blaylock] recently retired as a Clinical Assistant Professor
of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi
and now serves as a Visiting Professor in the Department of
Biology Belhaven College.”
That is extremely misleading. He did not “retire” from
employment with the Medical University of Mississippi, nor any other Mississippi
In fact, there is no such institution as “the Medical University
and there never has been. I searched the Web for
references to an institution with that name, and all I found were references
to Dr. Blaylock's own bio.
More recent versions of his bio have corrected the name of the
institution to “University of Mississippi Medical Center.”
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC
) is a respected
institution, but I wondered how Dr. Blaylock could have been confused
about the name of his own employer?
So I tried to find him in UMMC's archived faculty directories. He wasn't
listed in any of them.
So I emailed the department chairman at UMMC, and he informed me
that Dr. Blaylock had never actually worked there
! This is
what the chairman wrote:
“He [Blaylock] was appointed clinical assistant
professor of neurological surgery-non-salaried on July 1, 1996
and terminated on February 1, 2003. Clinical faculty are not
necessarily listed in the medical center faculty directory. ...
Non-salaried means that the University of Mississippi gave
him an honorific title in the hope that he would contribute
to our teaching conferences for resident education.
He never actually practiced neurosurgery at the university
hospital nor did he see patients here. Unfortunately,
he did not come to any teaching functions at the university,
being quite busy in his business."
As you can see, the only thing Dr. Blaylock did at UMMC was misuse the
honorific title (with “non-salaried” omitted) to misleadingly
promote himself. It was obviously deceptive for him to claim that he
“retired” from an institution where he never actually did any
work, and was never paid anything.
What's more, it turns out that even the Belhaven College position
Of course, the fact that he lied in his bio doesn't prove that
everything else he says is wrong. However, as
cautions, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted
with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest
Original: June 8, 2007
Most recently revised: March 14, 2015