Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Monday, March 28, 2005

Alternative Medicine Consulting Services - Steven Bratman, M.D.

Dr. Bratman is an alternative medicine expert who deserves commendation. Here is some information about him and his internet information resources:

Alternative Medicine Consulting Services
Steven Bratman, M.D.

I am a nationally regarded expert in the field of alternative medicine. My perspective is objective, unbiased, and grounded in encyclopedic knowledge of the field.

I am available to Answer your Questions about alternative medicine, such as the all-important, "which ones work and which are a waste of my time and money?" I also offer a variety of Professional Services, such as writing/editing, medical review, background information, expert witness testimony, and public speaking.

For encyclopedic information on alternative therapies, see The Natural Health Encyclopedia (once called TNP), a regularly updated database whose text was (and is) almost entirely written by me.


Steven Bratman, MD is a national expert on alternative medicine. He is both a strong proponent and vocal critic of alternative treatments. This even-handed approach has made him a trusted party on both sides of the debate.

Dr. Bratman earned his medical degree from the University of California at Davis. For 11 years, he ran a medical clinic that combined conventional and alternative therapies. He worked closely with a wide variety of alternative practitioners, and received training in acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, massage, osteopathic manipulation, and body-oriented psychotherapy.

In 1997, he instituted and supervised the research program that led to the creation of Complementary Therapies Database and associated books. He is the author or coauthor of more than ten books in the CAM field, including Mosby's Handbook of Herbs & Supplements and Their Therapeutic Uses and Mosby's Handbook of Drug-Herb & Drug-SupplementInteractions. He has written more than 400 herb and supplement monographs, and has been published in peer-reviewed professional journals and numerous national consumer magazines. Dr. Bratman has also appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs.

Dr. Bratman has been an expert consultant to the State of Washington Medical Board, the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, and the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, evaluating disciplinary cases involving alternative medicine.


The Orthorexia Home Page
by Steven Bratman, MD
(inventor of the term "Orthorexia Nervosa")

What is Orthorexia?

It’s great to eat healthy food, and most of us could benefit by paying a little more attention to what we eat. However, some people have the opposite problem: they take the concept of healthy eating to such an extreme that it becomes an obsession. I call this state of mind orthorexia nervosa: literally, "fixation on righteous eating."

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Please visit Dr. Bratman's websites and make good use of his valuable resources!

(Reproduced here by permission - PL)