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

Dr. Stephen Barrett on C-Health: Your Health and Wellness Source

Dr. Stephen Barrett on C-Health: Your Health and Wellness Source



PART TWO OF THREE Apr. 18, 2002

PART ONE OF THREE Apr. 11, 2002

Can testimonials be checked? Apr. 4, 2002

Diet not the answer for cancer Mar. 28, 2002

Quackbusters attack U.S. Presidential commission report Mar. 21, 2002

Benefits of full-body CT scans questionable Mar. 14, 2002

Insiders blast chiropractic brochures Mar. 7, 2002

Can reflexology cure illness? Feb. 28, 2002

Are HealthPrints like fingerprints? Feb. 21, 2002

Salves worthless against cancer Feb. 14, 2002

Neck manipulation may cause strokes Feb. 7, 2002

The dark side of multilevel marketing Jan. 31, 2002

Glucosamine for Arthritis Jan. 24, 2002

Magnetic device won't cure cancer Jan. 17, 2002

Health Canada Hits Ephedra Products Jan. 10, 2002

Antioxidant supplements may be harmful Jan. 3, 2002

What does homeopathic research tell us? Dec. 27, 2001

Laws of chemistry work against homeopathy Dec. 20, 2001

Homeopathy's "laws" are unproven Dec. 13, 2001

Notes on Homeopathy's History Dec. 6, 2001

Dubious claims for "Biostructural Medicine" Nov. 29, 2001

Phony breast enlarger facing court action Nov. 22, 2001

New Book Raps "Alternative" Cancer Treatments Nov. 15, 2001

Dubious "Yeast Allergies" Nov. 8, 2001

Contour Analysis is a Dubious Screening Test Nov. 1, 2001

Why Spam Should Be Ignored Oct. 25, 2001

Be Wary of "Holistic Dentistry" Oct. 18, 2001

Can a Low-Fat Diet Reverse Atherosclerosis? Oct. 11, 2001

Examining Advertising Claims Oct. 4, 2001

Oxygen hype is hot air Sep. 27, 2001

Be Wary of Disclaimers Sep. 27, 2001

Mail-Order Fakery Sep. 20, 2001

The Grape Cure Sep. 13, 2001

Alternative healer faces legal action Sep. 6, 2001

E-mail Health and Safety Hoaxes Aug. 30, 2001

Be Wary of "Enzyme Deficiency" Claims Aug. 23, 2001

Craniosacral Therapy Aug. 16, 2001

Vulnerability to Quackery Aug. 9, 2001

"Psychic" Hotlines Aug. 2, 2001

"Bulking Agents" and Weight Control Jul. 26, 2001

Kirlian Photography Jul. 19, 2001

Cellular Therapy Jul. 12, 2001

"Personalized" Vitamins Jul. 5, 2001

How to Choose a Chiropractor Jun. 29, 2001

Dubious Chiropractic Nutrition Jun. 22, 2001

Overselling the Spine Jun. 15, 2001

Chiropractic's Elusive "Subluxation" Jun. 8, 2001

Introduction to chiropractic Jun. 1, 2001

Secretin found ineffective for treating autism May. 25, 2001

Contact Reflex Analysis is nonsense May. 18, 2001

Live Blood Cell Analysis is bunkum May. 11, 2001

How to live forever May. 4, 2001

Strange healing systems unproven Apr. 27, 2001

Where to get professional nutrition advice Apr. 20, 2001

"Wilson's Syndrome": a bogus diagnosis Apr. 12, 2001

The Internet helps to foil a cancer quack Apr. 6, 2001

"Miraculous Recoveries" from Cancer Mar. 30, 2001

Negative reports on some "alternative" cancer treatments Mar. 23, 2001

Some Notes on "Therapeutic Touch" Mar. 16, 2001

Be Wary of "Fad" Diagnoses Mar. 9, 2001

Juice Plus+(r) doesn't live up to claims Mar. 2, 2001

Many mercury tests are scams Feb. 23, 2001

"Invisible Forces" Flunk Tests Feb. 16, 2001

Beware of multilevel marketing Feb. 9, 2001

Low-carbohydrate diets Feb. 1, 2001

Why homeopathy makes no sense Jan. 25, 2001

Hydrazine sulfate Jan. 19, 2001

Colloidal Silver: Risk without Benefit Jan. 8, 2001

Who will "Organic" certification protect? Dec. 27, 2000

Dubious Urine/Saliva Testing Dec. 20, 2000

The Allure of Multilevel Marketing Dec. 14, 2000

"Health Freedom" Dec. 6, 2000

How Cancer Quackery Fools People Nov. 29, 2000

Laetrile spammers ordered to stop Nov. 27, 2000

Muscle-Testing for "Allergies" and "Deficiencies" Nov. 16, 2000

What Does the HONcode Mean? Nov. 8, 2000

The Mercury-Amalgam Scare Nov. 3, 2000

Iridology is Nonsense Oct. 25, 2000

Don't Buy "Anti-Cellulite" Pills Oct. 18, 2000

The Cellulite and Body Wrap Scam Oct. 12, 2000

Hulda Clark's "Cure for All Cancers" Oct. 4, 2000

Aromatherapy Flunks "Court Test" Sep. 27, 2000

A Phony Magnetic Cancer Cure Sep. 20, 2000

Weight-loss product makes impossible claims Sep. 13, 2000

Be Wary of "Calorie-Blockers" Sep. 6, 2000

Questionable Treatments for Learning Disabilities and Autism Aug. 30, 2000

Be Wary of Multiple Sclerosis "Cures" Aug. 23, 2000

Quackery By Mail Aug. 16, 2000

The Florsheim Magnetic Shoe Story Aug. 9, 2000

Vitamin C Is Not Effective against Cancer Aug. 2, 2000

Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked Jul. 26, 2000

Ear Candling Jul. 19, 2000

Herbal Treatment Jul. 12, 2000

Hair Analysis: What Can It Tell You? Jul. 5, 2000

Is There a Conspiracy to Suppress Cancer Cures? Jun. 28, 2000

Endorsements Don't Guarantee Reliability Jun. 21, 2000

Back Pain: Does VAX-D(r) Therapy Make Sense? Jun. 14, 2000

Nutritional credentials questioned Jun. 7, 2000

Chelation Therapy: Long on Claims, Short on Evidence May. 31, 2000

Be Wary of Phony "Electrodiagnostic" Devices May. 24, 2000

How Quacks Can Fool People May. 17, 2000

How vitamins may protect your heart May. 10, 2000

Who Might Need Vitamin Supplements? May. 3, 2000

Can Vitamin C Help Fight Colds? Apr. 26, 2000


About Dr. Barrett

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a well known author, editor, and consumer advocate. An expert in medical communications, he is medical editor of Prometheus Books and consulting editor of Nutrition Forum, a newsletter emphasizing the exposure of fads, fallacies and quackery.

His 47 books include The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America and five editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.

One book he edited, Vitamins and Minerals: Help or Harm?, by Charles Marshall, Ph.D., won the American Medical Writers Association award for best book of 1983 for the general public and became a special publication of Consumer Reports Books. His other book projects include Dubious Cancer Treatment, published by the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society; Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds, published by Consumer Reports Books; The Vitamin Pushers: How the Health Food Industry Is Selling America a Bill of Goods, published by Prometheus Books; and Reader's Guide to "Alternative" Health Methods, published by the American Medical Association.

Dr. Barrett is board chairman of Quackwatch, a board member of the National Council Against Health Fraud, a Scientific Advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, and a Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He serves on several editorial boards and is a peer-review panelist for three of the world's leading medical journals.

In 1984, Dr. Barrett received an FDA Commissioner's Special Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association.

In 1999, U.S. News & World Reports rated his Quackwatch Web site as one of the top three medical sites on the Internet. In March 2001, he will receive the American Association for Health Education's Distinguished Service to Health Education Award.

For more information contact:
Stephen Barrett, M.D.Board Chairman, Quackwatch, Inc.
Telephone: (610) 437-1795

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