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Sotto's anti-RH speech copied from US blogger? Sotto doesn't think so

August 15, 2012 11:07pm
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(Updated Aug. 16, 11:45 a.m.) - 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 connection to "Sarah, the healthy home economist" was first exposed by Alfredo Melgar on the blog Filipino freethinkers

'What plagiarism?'
 
But on Thursday, Sotto belied claims that he had plagiarized part of his Turno En Contra speech against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
 
In a phone interview with reporters, Sotto explained that this was the first time he had heard of the blogger cited by Filipino Freethinkers.
 
Sotto said it seems both he and the blogger quoted from the book of Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, whom he cited in his speech.
 
Sotto also said that he always says in his speeches that the information he cites do not come from him.
 
"I always say a blanket disclosure these are not from me, ano plagiarism dun?" he said.

Comparison
 
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.” — with a report from Kimberly Jane Tan/DVM/HS/KG, GMA News

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