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).

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Update from the American Council on Science

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1) NY Post op-ed
2) Good Stories, Bad Science
4) Drug Importation Hoax


1) In a New York Post op-ed, ACSH President Dr. Elizabeth Whelan prepares us for a major announcement coming soon from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). See:

2) In a new report, "Good Stories, Bad Science: A Guide for Journalists to the Health Claims of 'Consumer Activist' Groups," ACSH analyzes claims of four groups -- the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) -- as we attempt to encourage journalists and the public to more carefully evaluate health warnings. ACSH suggests some questions you can use to evaluate the scientific validity of claims made by these and similar groups. The booklet is available at:

3) On --

Cartoonist Marvin Winter joins Fears' regular contributors:

Jeff Stier notes Morgan Spurlock's political broadcasts:

Sara Cuccio asks whether paying people to eat makes sense:

4) In today's National Review Online, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan explains why drug importation would be a public health disaster. See:


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