Sotto’s anti-RH speech copied from US blogger who writes about recipes

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Sotto’s anti-RH speech copied from US blogger who writes about recipes

By GMA News Online and Philippine Times of Southern Nevada

Sen. Tito Sotto's emotional story on the Senate floor last Monday about the death of his son may have come from his heart, but at least one lengthy passage from his speech came from someone else's blog.

Sotto's description of the purported ill effects of birth control pills on unborn children was lifted nearly word for word from the blog of "Sarah, the healthy home economist," a US-based writer who also opposes vaccines for children and offers recipes for goodies like grain-free pumpkin cookies.

Sotto did not attribute any of his words or research to "Sarah, the healthy home economist," whose disclaimer cautions that "the nutritional and other information on this website are not intended to be and do not constitute health care or medical advice.

The plagiarism was first exposed by Alfredo Melgar on the blog Filipino freethinkers.

Here is a comparison of Sotto’s speech and Sarah’s blog:

1. Sotto’s speech (from second to last paragraph):

“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, the use of the pill also causes severe gut dysbiosis. What is worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”

Sarah’s blog:

“According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, use of other drugs such as the Pill also cause severe gut dybiosis. What’s worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.”

2. Sotto’s speech:

“Gut imbalance brought on through use of the pill negatively impacts the ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. As a result, even if a woman eats spectacularly well during pregnancy, if she has been taking oral contraceptives for a period of time beforehand, it is highly likely that she and her baby are not reaping the full benefits of all this healthy food as the lack of beneficial flora in her gut preclude this from occurring.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Gut imbalance brought on through use of The Pill negatively impacts the ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. As a result, even if a women eats spectacularly well during pregnancy, if she has been taking oral contraceptives for a period of time beforehand, it is highly likely that she and her baby are not reaping the full benefits of all this healthy food as the lack of beneficial flora in her gut preclude this from occurring.”

3. Sotto’s speech:

“Pathogenic, opportunistic flora that take hold in the gut when the pill is used constantly produce toxic substances which are the by-products of their metabolism. These toxins leak into the woman’s bloodstream and they have the potential to cross the placenta. Therefore, gut dysbiosis exposes the fetus to toxin.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Pathogenic, opportunistic flora that take hold in the gut when The Pill is used constantly produce toxic substances which are the by-products of their metabolism. These toxins leak into the woman’s bloodstream and guess what, they have the potential to cross the placenta! Therefore, gut dysbiosis exposes the fetus to toxins.”

4. Sotto’s speech:

“Not well known is also the fact that use of the pill depletes zinc in the body. Zinc is called ‘the intelligence mineral’ as it is intimately involved in mental development.”

Sarah’s blog:

“Not well known is the fact that use of The Pill depletes zinc in the body. Zinc is called ‘the intelligence mineral’ as it is intimately involved in mental development.”

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  • WAPF Mom

    Sarah writes about HEALTH and that just happens to include recipes for eating healthfully. She is quoting Dr. Campbell-McBride who is a medical doctor– why do you make it sound like she’s making this up? It’s based on scientific evidence.

    • Arthur

      I don’t know if he made it sound like she’s making it up, but just because she quoted a doctor does not mean it’s “based on scientific evidence”. Where’s this evidence you speak of? I never saw anyone mention any specific study done.

      Could it be true? It might very well be, but it could just as easily be false. The problem is, without clear sources, and reliable evidence, this is mere hearsay. We don’t know this doctor, we don’t know enough about her to rely on her word. And that’s the problem.

      Should our arguments be based on reliable evidence all the time? I say yes. It’s not always possible, and it’s never stopped anyone before, but if you don’t use reliable evidence, then you should suffer the consequence of people questioning you and your motives.

      The trouble with a lot of people these days is they make very bold claims with nary a thought about backing it up. Emotions and sob-stories seem to be enough proof. Anyone who’s ever stood up and make such claims should be made accountable for their claims.

  • grant

    Its confusing about were the fuss lies –> over him using correct information and not giving credit where it might be do? the amazing thing about knoweledge is its completely free to give to another, yet so often then its hoard in books for the top 1% and not share it with all, i wish for a more open and honest world so I can see she might have wished to be connacted or linked in someway but on the other why does she own this knoweldge (her words?)We can also look at it on the other side she’s incredibly blessed intellectually, educationally, locationally….even to be able to have reached Dr. Natasha’s guides is lucky & shes educated enough to read & understand the studies and then she had the ability to write about it (on a device that hooks to the www none the less)
    – she has an open blog and yes he did quote her but why can’t it just be a great thing? we used to pass information down through generation by story telling now we have intellectual property? thats scary because it means that things that could improve life drastically for all can be limited, bought or sold only by the top few?
    The one thing I have in this life is my experience, my story but without anyone of the past or present this story could have been drastically different – I think what we have should be shared with truth as much as possible and I see how this is a tricky one but I also just dont care? I’m sorry I don’t I loved to see us tell eachother our truths without fear or ownership and we are all here together no matter what we choose — from bloggers, to drug ceo’s, to top secrets does the ability to have the knoweledge make anyone superior or does it harbor us in fear of eachother and the unknown?

    • inc

      It simply does not show that the honorable senator has a firm grasp of what he was talking about. He merely uttered Sarah’s writings, almost word per word. How is he supposed to show the senate, and the Filipino people, that his stand on the issue is valuable?

      The oral/written tradition of passing knowledge through generations has been essential throughout history, but the knowledge needs to be understood and digested, too, before passing it on.

      We are talking about one of the most controversial issues in the modern Filipino society – not just some retelling of an enchanted folklore to put children to sleep.

    • Guest

      What Sen Sotto did is plagiarism. In most countries, including the Phils, that’s unacceptable. Plagiarism is stealing and passing off someone else’s work as your own. There’s no harm in passing information, as you put it. But give credit where credit is due!

    • Patrick

      The issue here is that he gave this speech as if he was the one who researched everything he said, which, infact he was reading from someone else’s research. Eventhough these blogs are free for everyone he could have at least given her credit for her work and he should’ve rephrased them in his own words. By reading it word for word, it just shows that he doesn’t completly understand what he is talking about.

  • John

    One word: BUSTED!

  • Ram

    Pde kasuhan c Sen.Sotto for anti Plagiarism act.He did not even acknowledged and cite the Author for his speech.Ayan ang gawain ng mga tamad not doing their own speech and i rely lahat sa mga Secretary nila.Na Bulaga c Mr Sotto.

  • http://yahoo.com king dinglasan

    Eat Bulaga!!!

  • Eche

    Ano ba naman yan! We expect a thorough research work from the senator’s staff. Pang plenary speech ba yan?

  • Brax Philipps

    The accusers are actually the ones notorious for plagiarism…

    On Freethinking, Objectivism, and Plagiarism — > http://filipinofreethinkers.org/2010/04/13/on-freethinking-objectivism-and-plagiarism/

    To Filipino Freethinkers: Your Plagiarism is INCURABLE! –> http://fvdb.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/freethinking-plagiarism-and-reason/

  • http://www.putakayo.com Putaka

    Ano ba yan.PUTAKA!

  • mj

    We have to take into consideration that speeches are not made entirely by the senator himself,or anyone else, they are prepared by their executive staff who therefore researches anything that will make the speeches very intellectually done. I bet the one who made the speech is on the hot spot as we speak.

    • N

      In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila the Senator himself has said that he had worked very closely with his team to write his speech. That aside: Like in any other business, with leadership comes accountability and responsibility.

      It is also interesting to note that he insisted that his team do not look at blogs while compiling their research. The following day his Chief of Staff wrote a poor apology (one that lacked proper capitalization), but acknowledged: “You have a blog, it is meant to be shared”. I suppose with half poorly written apologies come with half truths. One thing is clear though: The Senator lied through his teeth to the Filipino people on TV when he refused to admit the source(s) of the content of “his” speech.

  • Jovi

    This is just great! Don’t you just love it when high profile personalities Slip up? Learn from this Mr. Drama-Sotto!

  • http://kean.in keanivan

    nakakahiya nmn yan publiko pa grabeh

  • edward50

    Gawain ko yan nung nag-aaral pa ako, ang mangopya ng assignment ng iba. Kaya ang kinlabasan ko…NGANGA!

  • Millet Bruce

    I commiserate for the unborn son, but only in the Philippines these things happen really. When I was the Committee Secretary of Public Order in the House in late 1990’s, we investigated him for his connections with drug kingpins in Manila, as he published a ghost-written book on how to fight illegal drugs which was financed by the drug lords themselves topping the police list; and the Inquirer even unearthed bank deposits from these drug lords going to his bank accounts etc etc. These were all in the newspaper headlines and reports kept in Congress archives. If that were in the UK, he would have been disgraced and gone to prison straight away. But this is the Philippines, so he instead, after lying low for a while he was appointed to head the anti-drug body or something like that and resurrected himself now as a crusading senator. No wonder we will forever be poor and our professionals who know better would keep fleeing the country. These politicians make me sick. eeewwwww.

  • http://Rabenalesliterature.com Rabernales

    This is a case of plagiarism through inadequate acknowledgment, much like similar to the act committed by a SC Justice. The reference to McBride is misleading as Sarah’s blog is clearly the source. This could have easily been cured by stating that McBride’s medical opinion was taken from the blog of Sarah, then at least, paraphasing the paragraphs. This creative way of commiting plagiarism is very common in the Philippines, especially in textbooks used in schools, written by teachers, a lot of them taught with or themselves teach intellectual honesty in Research 101!

  • John

    Dapat naman kasi sa Eat Bulaga na lang si Tito Sen eh.

  • James

    I am so sick of this country! Stupid citizens keep on voting stupid people… AM I WRONG? I can’t wait to leave this place.

  • James

    ..and THE SENATOR is fucking stupid because he can’t make his own speech! I hope one day there would be an I.Q. test for all people seeking for public office! I am sick and tired of this nation!

  • http://piratebay gwapings

    tindehhhh mo tito sen hanggang ngayon escalera ka pa rin kopyador sa iskul bukol hahaha

  • Alma Louise B. Bagano

    I’m sure Sotto does not even understand what he said in his speech. He is an actor first before politician and is used to saying what the director or script writer dictates. He even shed crocodile tears, Best Actor Award!
    This is a lesson for us voters in the next election.This copy cat politicians do not deserve the respect of the Filipino people.

  • http://facebook lani

    I never believe anything that man has to say. He was accused of raping a young actress who eventually committed suicide because nobody believed her… go figure.

  • http://facebook lani

    Oh wait. It was his brother who was accused of rape. Still… he did grab my friend’s legs when she was sitting unawares hanging out by the studio… like he has a right. what a bunch of entitled hooligans!

  • http://yahoo edsa1 baby

    I feel sorry for Mr Sotto. I was impressed by the way he reinvented himself during the CJ Corona impeachment. Now he messed up again!

  • GLORIA MAKAPAL ANG MUKS

    mga bobo ang mga pinoy.. hindi lahat pero kapag artista na ang tatakbo pagka official ng gobyerno akala na nila kaibigan nila kase lage nila ma kikita, yun pala sa telebisyun lang. ayun nanalu ang tamad! tulad sa 2010 elections, ang nanalo benigo aquino no question but why would joseph estrada be on the 2nd spot. he should be on tha last spot. this place is gonna be like this for more DECADES! GLORIA MACAPAL ANG MUKHA

  • Super

    Hindi daw kinopya word for word. Kayo humusga. Ang issue dito is kinopya word for word sa isang blog.

    Eto comparison ng speech, blog post and book mismo ni Dr.Campbell-Mcbride.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/2zz4vlx.jpg

  • bon

    Too bad you did not do your home work. Anyway i am still pro to RH bill. People need to be educated and this is still everyone’s choice to use it or not. Our population is growing and mostly comes from people who has less knowledge about family planning. The issue here is not what Senator says but the issue that we are trying to support or not. Hungry people tend to end up in anointing a crime all because it started in a very basic element of our society failed to upbringing their children a proper life. And at the end they also blame the government for being corrupt or all other irregularities. But to trace back everything. It all started in one family. Started with the irresponsible parents. So i support president or who ever stand for “responsible parenthood” it is million miles to change the way people and that is the Filipino in particular but it is just a start and a strong leadership who do not care if he will be supported by catholic priest or not. I will definitely vote for you and people who support the president. My whole family and friends will support you. we are catholic too.