Graham Hancock Recovering from Health Crisis, Says Negative Energy from Online Skeptics and Haters Contributed to Stroke, Coma
Self-described “alternative historian” Graham Hancock announced on his blog yesterday that he has recovered from a life-threatening stroke, seizure, and coma that had left him hospitalized and semiconscious for most of the last week. Hancock had begun experiencing seizures in May when he was wrongly diagnosed with a heart condition following a stroke. After a major seizure on August 14, Hancock lapsed into a coma, and medical personnel advised his family to prepare themselves for his death or severe brain damage. He escaped both, and doctors concluded that his seizures were caused by his decades of heavy use of sumatriptan, a medication for migraine headaches. Hancock took a sumatriptan shot every other day or so for twenty years. According to Drugs.com, current medical recommendations say that most users should limit themselves to four uses per month.
Hancock has a history of drug overuse, and he confessed several years ago to decades of chronic and heavy marijuana use.
It is of course shocking and horrifying that Hancock was so close to death, and I wish him the best in his recovery. However, I was equally shocked to find that Hancock blames skeptics and skeptical YouTube comments for contributing to his seizures and coma, essentially by harshing his buzz with negative energy:
A darkness that had been hanging over me for most of this year reached its peak intensity at the time of the heated debate that Randall Carlson and I participated in with skeptic Michael Shermer and establishment geologist Marc Defant on the Joe Rogan Experience in May (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFlAFo78xoQ). The focused hatred directed at me in the comments section in the first three weeks after the debate is hardly visible in the more recent comments but, at the time, it affected me energetically in a very bad way and my intuition is that it was a contributing factor in my health breakdown. Subsequently a researcher has looked into those early comments for me and established that a very large number of them were generated by a relatively small group of people using multiple aliases and often repeating the exact same phrases with the exact same spelling mistakes. I don’t know if this was a deliberate attempt to manipulate public opinion, or what it was, or who was behind it, but it certainly hit me hard! Hatred is a vile and terrible energy, doubly so because it damages not only those who it is focused upon but also those seduced into expressing it.
I hate to speak ill of someone who has suffered so badly, but what? First, the pot seems to be calling the kettle black, particularly given Hancock’s penchant for attacking those who disagree with him. Second, is Hancock really saying he was cyber-bullied nearly to death? While that might be understandable for children and teenagers who lack the emotional maturity to handle nasty comments, I can’t see how a senior citizen would be so devastated by internet comments as to blame them for contributing to his stroke and coma. I’ve faced death threats, comments so vulgar I cannot repeat them, and threatened lawsuits. I’m still here. I find it difficult to understand how YouTube comments could drive someone to the brink of death, particularly since Hancock has spent 20 years complaining about mean critics and has presumably faced nasty online comments before. Perhaps this explains his quickness to anger and his kneejerk defensiveness: He simply feels more strongly and has more emotional reactions to provocation.
Hancock says that his journey to the brink of death has expelled the dark energy of skepticism and has restored his positive energy flow. He speculated that while in a coma he might have ventured to the afterlife. Given that he presents himself as a guru of sorts (while denying it) the fact that he can now claim to have died and been resurrected after a journey to heaven can only carry bad tidings for the future of the Hancock “brand.” Perhaps he will lean in to guru status now.
8/23/2017 09:59:46 am
I do not wish ill for Graham Hancock, but he seems to me to be like several other people I knew from the nineteen sixties, if you ran into them on the street and said hi, they would answer yes.
8/23/2017 11:05:54 am
I wish him a speedy recovery, and look forward to many more years worth of nonsense to debunk.
8/23/2017 12:36:20 pm
Graham, don't read the comments if you're that delicate.
8/23/2017 12:37:14 pm
So bad words made him have a stroke? It's only on his personal web site. He sure came back from his stroke and coma fast. Usually a misdiagnosed stroke leads to damage and death. Do we have any more info yet? It does seem kind of strange that he's the only one mentioning it anywhere, except for this site this morning. Is he self diagnosing and actually it was just a bad batch of something? How do you just come out of a coma? Too many questions. Hopefully he gets better.
8/23/2017 02:38:48 pm
Another installment in the "KAL Is Not Smart Chronicles".
8/23/2017 10:07:14 pm
Intelligence and maturity come from knowing when to sit back and enjoy the diplomatic nuances of posters trying very hard not to make fun of this Hancock person.
8/24/2017 02:29:25 am
If by that you mean you can suck my [assistant's] dick I agree.
The troll Krampus
8/25/2017 10:09:52 pm
lol been awhile since i visited this site. glade to see that it is still entertaining in the comments section.
8/23/2017 12:43:21 pm
I, too, wish Graham a speedy recovery.
8/23/2017 12:44:37 pm
Without absolving him of responsibility for overusing his medication, I think it's well-known that stress is generally bad for your health.
8/23/2017 01:44:59 pm
I wish Graham a speedy recovery, and recommend he does what other people do: don't read YouTube comments.
8/23/2017 02:40:22 pm
I personally am actively wishing death upon him. I wasn't yesterday but I am now.
8/23/2017 06:12:43 pm
I wish him a full recovery. That said, I don't appreciate his attempt to emotionally blackmail any of us who have spoken ill of him. Our negative comments on his site, and negative thoughts and words have not caused his problems.
8/23/2017 10:10:57 pm
Negative comments cannot make someone get sick. It's silly. He had something else wrong with him. He is old, after all.
8/23/2017 10:12:55 pm
And because some of the trolls are so uptight about nuances, it is not silly he got sick, but silly that he equates what happened to negative press. It is not sound. Still, hopefully he recovers. I want to listen to more of his bizarre rants, or read about them.
8/24/2017 12:28:42 am
In his book UNDERWORLD, the bulk of which was written in the late 90s/early 2000, he writes of having to take injections for his migraines so he could go scuba diving off of India. So yeah, it's been at least 20 years.
8/24/2017 02:33:52 am
It's clear that Graham Hancock killed Scott Wolter's father in a "scuba diving accident" because we know for sure it wasn't his dive buddy Scott Wolter.
8/24/2017 06:25:37 am
Enough. AmericanNegro, please refrain from making personal attacks, vulgar comments, and off-topic comments. I have received multiple complaints about your postings, and if you continue I will be deleting your postings in accordance with my terms and conditions policy. Please stick to the topic at hand.
8/24/2017 02:18:16 pm
Wilco. Apologies are meaningless but I do apologize. <Hans Moleman voice>I'll be good.</Hans Moleman voice>
8/24/2017 10:23:37 pm
Jason, this guy is a butt. You should kill him with cheese.
8/24/2017 08:16:03 pm
Artery disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Strokes are horrific. I listened to mr hancock on joe rogan and his "im a jounalist not a scientist" is a very convenent way to equate fringe bs with real science. "Just asking" as he says...
Strange. For years I fought epic battles with him and Robert Bauval (was called "his most enthusiastic critic"), but he took it lightly. I was even "Author of the month" in 2009 with a book discarding his and Bauvals ideas. And when I defended him from wrong accusations on the Ma'at board he was really sentimental.
8/24/2017 11:02:59 pm
Wtf is wrong with you people?? Whether or not you agree with his work he is still a human being just like the rest of us. Would you speak this way to your own family or someone you care about?
9/9/2017 09:10:46 pm
"He speculated that while in a coma he might have ventured to the afterlife. Given that he presents himself as a guru of sorts (while denying it) the fact that he can now claim to have died and been resurrected after a journey to heaven can only carry bad tidings for the future of the Hancock “brand.” Perhaps he will lean in to guru status now."
1/2/2018 11:35:14 am
Nothing says moral high ground like mocking someone after a major health setback. It's almost as if you carry a bias against these types of people.
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