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This is a collection of essays on the topic of Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) written by specialists from a wide range of backgrounds. The editor has given the contributors free rein to express their views. Since they come from a wide variety of angles from extremely anti-CAM to moderately supportive, the book contains widely different perspectives ranging from virulent attacks to thoughtful analyses. At first sight this may seem strange but in practice this book represents the very best of contemporary albeit on the whole skeptical scholarship. It is highly refreshing to find a collection that does not toe a line but instead gives a wide range of pros and cons and includes some new and stimulating ideas.

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Dr. Paul Offit's amazing new book about the history of the anti-vaccine movement and the international brigade of corrupt researchers, ambulance chasing lawyers, politicians and advocacy groups who helped manipulate the parents of those children who were autistic. The anti-vaccine movement has caused significant harm to public health efforts around the world. The publication of this book may signal the beginning of the end to their position. Time will tell whether or not this will stop their insanity and manipulation of science.

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Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial

Trick or Treatment:
by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

The ultimate verdict on alternative medicine.

Welcome to the world of alternative medicine. Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it; most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. But how do you know which treatments really heal and which are potentially harmful? Now at last you can find out, thanks to the formidable partnership of Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh. Edzard Ernst is the world's first professor of complementary medicine, based at Exeter University, where he has spent over a decade analysing meticulously the evidence for and against alternative therapies.

He is supported in his findings by Simon Singh, the well-known and highly respected science writer of several international bestsellers. Together they have written the definitive book on the subject. It is honest, impartial but hard-hitting, and provides a thorough examination and judgement of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic and herbal medicine.

In "Trick or Treatment?" the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine is delivered for the first time with clarity, scientific rigour and absolute authority.

  • The last rites for alternative medicine? - Telegraph

  • Note to Prince Charles: 'You're wrong' - MediaLife Magazine

  • Complementary therapies: The big con? - The Independent
  • Suckers:
    How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All

    by Rose Shapiro

    Suckers reveals how alternative medicine can jeopardize the health of those it claims to treat, leaches resources from treatments of proven efficacy and is largely unaccountable and unregulated. In short, it is an industry that preys on human vulnerability and makes fools of us all.

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  • The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine
    The Cure Within
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    In ďThe Cure Within,Ē her splendid history of mind-body medicine, Anne Harrington tries to explain why we draw connections between emotions and illness, and helps trace how todayís myriad alternative and complementary treatments came to be. A professor and chairman of the history of science department at Harvard, Harrington has produced a book that desperately needed to be written.

    Snake Oil Science:
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    Millions of people worldwide swear by such therapies as acupuncture, herbal cures, and homeopathic remedies. Indeed, complementary and alternative medicine is embraced by a broad spectrum of society, from ordinary people, to scientists and physicians, to celebrities such as Prince Charles and Oprah Winfrey.

    In the tradition of Michael Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things and Robert Parks's Voodoo Science, Barker Bausell provides an engaging look at the scientific evidence for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and at the logical, psychological, and physiological pitfalls that lead otherwise intelligent people--including researchers, physicians, and therapists--to endorse these cures.

    The book's ultimate goal is to reveal not whether these therapies work--as Bausell explains, most do work, although weakly and temporarily--but whether they work for the reasons their proponents believe. Indeed, as Bausell reveals, it is the placebo effect that accounts for most of the positive results.

    He explores this remarkable phenomenon--the biological and chemical evidence for the placebo effect, how it works in the body, and why research on any therapy that does not factor in the placebo effect will inevitably produce false results. By contrast, as Bausell shows in an impressive survey of research from high-quality scientific journals and systematic reviews, studies employing credible placebo controls do not indicate positive effects for CAM therapies over and above those attributable to random chance.

    Here is not only an entertaining critique of the strangely zealous world of CAM belief and practice, but it also a first-rate introduction to how to correctly interpret scientific research of any sort. Readers will come away with a solid understanding of good vs. bad research practice and a healthy skepticism of claims about the latest miracle cure, be it St. John's Wort for depression or acupuncture for chronic pain.


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  • Canadians visit their chiropractors about thirty million times a year, and surveys show that patients are generally satisfied with them. But Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail have another opinion. This book is a powerful endictment of the chiropractic profession in Canada. From the early history of quackery, the latest scam gizmos, strokes, and pediatric abuse to the lack of effective regulation and discipline this book is a real eye-opener.

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    Canadians visit their chiropractors about thirty million times a year, and surveys show that patients are generally satisfied with them. But Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail have another opinion. This book is a powerful endictment of the chiropractic profession in Canada. From the early history of quackery, the latest scam gizmos, strokes, and pediatric abuse to the lack of effective regulation and discipline this book is a real eye-opener.

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    Canada's Bill C-51 - Legislation to control natural health products and devices

    In April 2008 the Conserviative government introduced legislation to once and for all regulate the natural health products and devices industries. An immediate smear campaign to discredit the government was launched by various interested groups. The usual suspects tried to hide who they were, but they couldn't hide for long. After a few sporatically attended events across Canada, they then sent in their friendly lawyer to again smear the government and Health Canada. Letter writing and e-mail campaigns were organized but the results were underwhelming to say the least.

    Editorials from mainstream newspapers across Canada painted a much different picture than those articles that supported a libertarian approach to the regulation of natural health products. Tony Clement, our Minister of Health attacked some of the outrageous comments made by Shawn Buckley, the industry's most outspoken legal representative.

    I've preserved many of the articles, and some of them may still be available using search engines. The various lobbying groups against Bill c-51 have been hampered by one main problem - they are either lying, or they believe the lies that are being fed to them by the ringleaders of the anti Bill C-51 forces.

    Recent articles in support of Bill C-51

    • Snake oil is natural, but it too should be regulated - June 12, 2008 - Globe and Mail - Andre Picard. Bill C-51 has caused an uproar, fuelled by a slick web-based campaign that features some vastly overheated rhetoric about the criminalization of camomile and dubious claims that parents will be arrested for giving their children vitamins. The campaign is not exactly grassroots: It is the brainchild of the folks at Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd., a company that has been engaged in a long legal battle with Health Canada. Truehope sells supplements that purport to treat severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder.

    • Clement calls natural-health claim "absurd" - June 12, 2008 - - By Matthew Burrows

    • A Triumph of Astroturf? - How a consumer protection law may be defeated by a faux consumer watchdog campaign. - by Daniel Loxton.

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    Arizona's homeopathic board is the second chance for doctors who may not deserve one

    Phoenix New Times
    April 10, 2008
    John Dickerson

    A Florida doctor lost his license after he was diagnosed as a sex addict ó he claimed he could cure his female patients by fondling their breasts.

    A Utah doctor lost his license after he illegally prescribed drugs over the Internet.

    A California doctor lost his license after he was charged with hiding more than half a million dollars in profits, convicted of tax fraud, and sent to prison. Another California doctor's license was suspended twice. The first time, he was accused of missing cancer in two patients. The second time, of misprescribing drugs.

    Yet another California doctor went to prison and was ordered to pay $15 million in fines after he was convicted of defrauding Medicare by performing unnecessary surgery on the eyes of elderly patients.

    Lose your M.D. license in one state in the U.S., and you may never practice medicine again. Certainly not in this state.

    Unless you know about Arizona's Homeopathic Board of Medical Examiners.

    Very Soon, Falsely Using the Title 'Dr' in the UK Will Land You in a New Heap of Doo Doo

    Breaking Story from the Quackometer Blog

    Friday, March 14, 2008 - If you are worried about the activities of an alternative medicine practitioner, there is not an easy way to find the right authority who might look into it. The British Advertising Standards Authority are very effective at investigating complex matters, but can only really rap knuckles and leave traders to carry on pretty much unharmed. Often, the only damage is an ASA ruling placed well down in the Google result list. The ASA can only also look into a narrow range of promotional material; they cannot touch web sites, for instance. Trading Standards have deeper powers and can criminally prosecute, but are not too well geared up to look into false medical claims.

    The complexity of trading standards legislation is being largely swept away and replaced with generalised laws to clamp down on unfair sales and marketing practices. The act is a incorporation of an EU directive into English law and so will be applicable throughout the EU area.

    Flim-Flam Man Adam Dreamhealer

    Adam appeared on CBC-TV's The Hour from Vancouver on December 4, 2007. We asked the CBC's producer about the interview the week before and we got no response. It's really unfortunate that it would appear that the inquisitive minds at the CBC have been too busy to care about the fact that Dreamhealer is nothing more than a manipulative non-faith based non-healer who has zero credibility How the hell did George Stroumboulopoulos ever get to the point in his life when all his staff did was to quote from one of Adam's book jackets. "Gifted energy healer" indeed. This university student has been primed by forces that only he knows to continue his gig of mesmerizing audiences with bizarre claims and stage theatrics. If Adam truly believes that he can cure cancer by looking at a fax or picture of somebody across a continent then he has problems. If, and that is what I believe, he is lying to the public about his powers to heal or to empower others to heal themselves then I'd like to ask him to step forward and present the evidence. James Randi has offered him a million dollars to prove it, and he's been unable to come through with anything.

    Peter Popoff exposed as fraud

    Follow the money as his personal income grew by millions over the last few years. This profile also includes James Randi's sting on Popoff when he recorded radio transmissions from his wife during a scam operation many years ago. His "ministry" spans the globe, and yet nobody has been actually able to prove that he is really a man of the cloth.

    The only insight into Popoffís organization comes from IRS documents. In 2003, people donated $9.6 million to Popoffís organization. Nearly a million of that, $909,133 went to salaries paid to him, his wife and children. By 2005, donations soared to more than $23 million. And so did the salaries of Popoff and his family, jumping to $3,137,929. When we told Clement [a minister] the numbers, he was stunned. "$23 million dollars? Thatís ridiculous," he said Pastor Fuiten has a different answer: "I think it sours people toward religion."

    Even more surprising, Popoff has a history of televangelist fraud. In the 1980ís, he held faith-healing crusades around the country. A video widely available online, shows one of those crusades where he ministers to people with such serious ailments as cancer.

    Bill O'Neill and the CCRG

    Bill O'Neill's clinic raided by
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    On May 10, 2007 the Ottawa Police Service presented a warrant to search the offices of the CCRG (Canadian Cancer Research Group) in the Glebe area of Ottawa. We believe that the CPSO requested assistance because of the previous threats that have been made against several media organizations, individuals and probably the College itself over the last decade.

    Dr. Hope on CTV's W-FIVE

    The long awaited exposť of one of Canada's most dubious cancer clinics in our nation's capital uncovered the truth behind the Canadian Cancer Research Group.

    • Dr. Hope was broadcast on CTV on January 28-29, 2006. It stayed on their web site for many months, was temporarily removed at the end of 2006, and then due to popular demand was put back in its original position. In the summer of 2007 it was removed again. If it's back up let us know.

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    China's TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Wars

    An attack on the traditional healing arts has inflamed adherents and sparked a debate about Western healthcare.
    By Mark Magnier

    Chinese Professor Zhang Gongyao and fellow critics have blasted Chinese medicine as an often ineffective, even dangerous derivative of witchcraft that relies on untested concoctions and obscure ingredients to trick patients, then employs a host of excuses if the treatment doesn't work. For adherents of the 3,000-year-old system, this borders on heresy. The Health Ministry labeled Zhang's ideas "ignorant of history," and traditionalists have called the skeptics traitors bent on "murdering" Chinese culture. The Province of Ontario wants to regulate TCM as a separate entity. What exactly are they going to regulate? The issues here are plainly that TCM has problems, and can never be regulated as long as the archaic methods of diagnosis and treatments are studied scientifically. Most of TCM is quackery, and those that practice it are unable to satisfy even the most elementary standards of evidence based medicine. Those TCM practitioners want to restrict what others can do without "proper" training. My opinion is that there is no such thing as "proper" training because TCM has little or no value in the grand scheme of things.

    Hulda Clark robs Tijuana woman of chance to survive deadly cancer!

    How Hulda Clark Victimized My Parents

    by Patricia Chavez

  • Posted on Cancer Treatment Watch - August 2007
  • The daughter of a deceased cancer patient has written a vivid account of her mother's experience with Hulda Clark, the unlicensed naturopath whose book Cure for All Cancers states that all cancers can be cured within 5 days. Shortly after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a bone cancer), the mother refused standard treatment and went to Clark's Mexican clinic instead. The article describes how, after more than a month, Clark pronounced that the mother was cured and advised her not to get an MRI because because even though her malignancy had been killed it would take time for the tumor to reduce in size. Several weeks later, an MRI showed that during Clark's treatment, the tumor grew to two-and-a-half times its initial size.

    "I strongly believe that if she had not undergone Clark's treatment and had sought treatment from a real doctor from the beginning, she would be probably be alive today. Clark robbed my mother of any real chance of survival. She is absolute and total fraud. She told my mother she was cured? Yes, cured and that her malignancy was gone. Now, my mother is dead.

    I find it frightening that despite of all of Hulda Clark's legal troubles, she has been allowed to continue to treat patients for many years. I am absolutely appalled that she has affected so many lives and continues to do so. She preys on people's desperation and fears. Hulda's treatment is cruel and inhumane. Extractions, cavitation scrapings, horrid living conditions in a cheap motel, and the list goes on. Something needs to be done to stop her from doing this to other people."

    Kevin Trudeau battles won and lost

    Wacko and previously convicted felon Kevin Trudeau made millions selling two versions of his book "Natural Cures They Donít Want You to Know About". Now with his most recent book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" his battles with the FTC continue to drag him down. Will he ever see the inside of a jail cell again?

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      The Federal Trade Commission has charged Kevin Trudeau with violating a court order by allegedly misrepresenting the contents of his book, ďThe Weight Loss Cure ĎTheyí Donít Want You to Know About,Ē in several infomercials. During the ads, Trudeau claims that the weight loss plan outlined in the book is easy to do, can be done at home, and ultimately allows readers to eat whatever they want. However, when consumers purchase the book, they find it describes a complex, grueling plan that requires severe dieting, daily injections of a prescription drug that consumers cannot easily get, and lifelong dietary restrictions. In a 2004 order settling FTC charges that he had falsely claimed that his calcium product could cure cancer and other serious diseases, and that a purported analgesic called Biotape could permanently cure or relieve severe pain, Trudeau was banned from using infomercials to sell any product, service, or program. The ban contained a narrow exemption for infomercials for books and other publications, but specifically required that Trudeau not misrepresent the content of the books. The FTC is now charging that he violated that narrow exemption.

      The FTC first sued Trudeau in 1998, alleging that he made false and unsubstantiated claims for hair growth, memory, and weight loss products sold through infomercials. In 2003, the FTC challenged Trudeauís marketing of Coral Calcium Supreme and Biotape, a purported pain-relief product. To settle the FTCís charges, in 2004 Trudeau paid $2 million and agreed to a court order banning him from infomercials, with a narrow exemption for infomercials for books and other publications that specifically required that Trudeau not misrepresent the contents of the books or publications. The contempt action announced today alleges that Trudeau violated that court order by deceptively claiming in his infomercials that the book being advertised establishes a weight-loss protocol that is ďeasyĒ to follow, and that once the protocol ends, consumers can eat what they want without regaining weight.

      The contempt action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

    • King Con - Kevin Trudeau's appearance on 20/20 - January 20, 2006. Watch a short news clip from ABCNEWS.COM and read transcript. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen and Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch are featured in this no holds barred attack on Trudeau. I just wonder why our major bookstore chains here in Canada continue to carry his book and push it in large displays. No book of his should be on the shelves of any Canadian bookstore, except perhaps in the "crime" section. To promote his fraudulent claims in his Natural Cures book is in my opinion fraudulent. The books should be pulled from the shelves and an apology issued by Canadian book stores that carry them.

    • New York State Consumer Protection Board - Oct. 25, 2005. Without Notice to Consumers, Kevin Trudeau is Selling Customer Names and Addresses from Infomercial Orders. In addition, many customers are also being charged unexpected fees, such as $71 for a monthly newsletter, when they order the ďNatural CuresĒ book over the phone. Consumers report trouble in obtaining refunds, problems reaching customer service agents and theyíre paying long-distance charges in order to cancel the $71 fee.

    • Kevin Trudeau spoofed on The Daily Show - Watch the segment using Quicktime video.

    • Cancer Ďcuresí are empty promises in Kevin Trudeauís ĎNatural Curesí book - New York State Consumer Protection Board attacks Trudeau's book. ďFrom cover to cover, this book is a fraud. The front cover makes false promises about Ďnatural curesí that are in the book, while the back cover includes false endorsements, including one from a doctor who died three years before the book was even written,Ē Chairperson Santiago said. These false endorsements extend to Trudeauís television infomercials, Chairperson Santiago said, citing in particular the infomercial featuring the former Tammy Faye Bakker (now Messner). Tammy Faye appears in Trudeauís infomercial because she is suffering from a reoccurrence of cancer.
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    • Judge Refuses to Gag Trudeau Critics - A federal judge has refused to block the New York State Consumer Protection Board (CPB) from asking television stations to withdraw misleading infomercials that promote the book, ďNatural Cures They Donít Want You to Know About.Ē
    • NCAHF Consumer Health Digest coverage - August 30, 2005 Courts in Washington, D.C. and New York have ruled against suits filed by Kevin Trudeau against government regulatory agencies.
    • coverage - Dr. Stephen Barrett has numerous links to Trudeau including a psychiatric evaluation.
    • Kevin Trudeau and Coral Calcium promotion - His links to Bob Barefoot are profiled on HealthWatcher
    • Is this really Kevin Trudeau's own profile?- .pdf file. The poster says that he is not interested in any woman who has had plastic surgery to make them look perfect, or who are in therapy, or on anti-depressants. He brags about his new book on Natural Cures, but fails to mention that the real Kevin Trudeau is a convicted felon. He says he's self-employed, but doesn't mention that he really is THE Kevin Trudeau, he is really a narcissistic windbag who feels confortable swindling people. He likes flirting, dancing and eroticism, in no particular order. I wonder where the truth lies, my eyes are wide open to the truth.

    FDA Issues Warning Letters to Marketers of Unapproved 'Alternative Hormone Therapies'

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that the agency has taken action against a number of firms marketing unapproved "Alternative Hormone Therapies" because the products these firms are selling are unapproved new drugs that have not been found safe and effective to treat or prevent certain serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions. FDA issued Warning Letters to 16 dietary supplement and hormone cream marketers who are making unproven claims that tout the benefits of their "alternative hormone therapy" products in treating or preventing serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis, and in affecting the structure or function of the body. These alternative therapies are often promoted as "natural" or "safer" treatments that can be used in place of approved hormone treatments. Marketers have 15 days to respond to FDA.

    FTC Warns Web Sites Peddling Hormone Replacement Therapy Alternatives to Review Their Claims

    The Federal Trade Commission staff today sent warning letters to 34 Web site operators making claims that products advertised as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy will prevent or treat diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis. The warning letters advise these sellers that their marketing claims may be illegal. FTC staff strongly advised the marketers to review their advertising and promotional materials, and to revise or delete any false, misleading, or unsubstantiated product claims.

    Chinese medicine outlets probed in UK

    Traditional medicines have been used for centuries but scores of traditional Chinese medicine stores in Britain's high streets are being investigated for selling illegal medicines, the BBC has learned. Radio Five Live has discovered that 67 outlets selling Chinese medicines are under suspicion. The herbs are contaminated with dangerous drugs. Sandi Stay had both kidneys removed after taking Chinese medicine which contained a banned toxic drug. She believed she was taking harmless herbs to cure her psoriasis. Traditional Chinese Medicine is now available on virtually every high street and offers treatment for conditions like eczema and weight loss which conventional medicine finds difficult to help. However, some products contain illegal substances, others contain illicitly traded extracts, and many risk causing serious side effects. It's a totally unregulated sector, with no control over whatís on the shelf, and no proper safety tests of the medicines. The Five Live Report investigates Chinese herbalists who put the health of their patients at risk.

    Homeopathic remedies 'put lives at risk'

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      George Vithoulkas is considered to be one of the top intellectuals in the homeopathic world. Revered for his teachings and fundamentalist approach to the teachings of Hahnemann, he is probably one of the best known homeopaths alive today. His writings underpin much of the contemporary homeopathic opposition to modern medicine, vaccines and science. He thinks AIDS was caused by repeated use of antibiotics amongst homosexuals with venereal disease. You can find out more about him from the Google Knol he wrote about himself.

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      • Should we maintain an open mind about homeopathy? American Journal of Medicine - November 2009
        Michael Baum, MD
        Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD

        We are often accused of tilting at windmills; and hey what's wrong with offering placeobos for the worried well with self-limiting conditions? Well firstly, it is considered unethical for modern medical practitioners to sink to this kind of deception that denies the patient his or her autonomy. Secondly, by opening the door to irrational medicine alongside evidence-based medicine, we are poisoning the minds of the public. Finally, if we don't put a brake on the increasing self-confidence of the homeopathic establishment, they will cease to limit their attention to self-limiting or nonspecific maladies. Already, an investigative journalist for Newsnight has exposed the willingness of homeopathic chemists to offer homeopathic prophylaxis for malaria. On World AIDS Day, the Society of Homeopaths in London hosted a conference on the treatment and prevention of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome by using water with a remarkable memory.
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      Great Britain's chief scientific adviser gave warning yesterday that people who use homeopathic medicines could be putting their lives at risk.

      Sir David King said homeopathy was of no medical use whatsoever and that those who trusted it to cure serious health problems could be causing themselves more harm than good.

      He also told MPs that the Department of Health was wrong to support the use of the alternative medicine and said there was no evidence that it worked.

      Sir David, who was speaking to MPs on the innovation, universities and skills select committee, said: "There is not one jot of evidence supporting the notion that homeopathic medicines are of any assistance whatsoever.

      "Therefore, I would say they are a risk to the population because people may take them expecting they are dealing with a serious problem."

      He also voiced concern that the Medicines Health and Regulatory Authority allowed homeopaths to state on labels what ailments their remedies would treat. advertisement

      He said: "How can you have homeopathic medicines labelled by a department which is driven by science?"

      Sir David's comments raised the issue of why the NHS continues to allow primary care trusts to fund homeopathy.

      Trusts in Brent, Harrow, and Kensington and Chelsea have all withdrawn funding in recent years.

      Jayne Thomas, the vice-chairman of the Society of Homeopaths, said: "There is a lot of proof out there that homeopathic medicines do work."

      However, she added: "If a patient was seriously ill, any genuine homeopathic practitioner would encourage them to visit a GP."

      Homeopathy no better than placebo

    • Homeopathy's benefit questioned - BBC News
    • A leading medical journal has made a damning attack on homeopathy, saying it is no better than dummy drugs. The Lancet says the time for more studies is over and doctors should be bold and honest with patients about homeopathy's "lack of benefit". A Swiss-UK review of 110 trials found no convincing evidence the treatment worked any better than a placebo.

      So why is Ontario's HPRAC in the midst of reviewing homeopathic practice for possible inclusion under the Regulated Health Professions.

      "Whether homeopaths should be regulated under the RHPA, including what their scope of practice should be, what controlled acts, if any, they should be authorized to perform, and any protected titles, and whether it is appropriate that homeopaths be regulated under an existing profession specific act."

      What is the transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario?

      It is NOT an educational institution or an advocacy association. Under the Ontario law, the TC-CHO will set up the process to regulate the profession of homeopathy, in the public interest. Once the process is put in place it is the ONLY organization that assesses applicants and determines who is qualified to practise homeopathy in Ontario.

      Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), any organization that falsely holds itself out as a body that regulates individuals in homeopathic practise would be liable to a fine of not more than $50,000 for a first offence and not more than $200,000 for a second or subsequent offence. This includes organizations claiming to assess and/or certify individuals' competencies for the purpose of practising homeopathy in Ontario.

      Academic Aging researchers sued by A4M gurus

      Osteopaths ask for $120 million after being criticized; experts question limits of scientific debate

      Two aging-science researchers are suing two other academics for $120 million, arguing that the defendants have damaged their reputation by accusing them of making inflated claims about the efficacy of anti-aging therapies they promote, a case that raises questions about when academic debate crosses a line. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Ronald M. Klatz and Robert M. Goldman, a pair of osteopaths who founded the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, or A4M, in Chicago. The doctors, who also earned MD degrees in Belize, argue that their critics have defamed them as scientists and interfered with their business relationships. The two plaintiffs also have a company called Medical Development Management that sells anti-aging products, according to published reports.

      The article below contains numerous links. It is a must read for anyone who still doubts the claims made by A4M and the blatant hucksterism in the anti-aging industry in general.

      Andrew Weil Takes on Anti-Aging 'False Prophets'

      The best-known practitioner of integrative medicine, melding alternative and traditional approaches, has gone mainstream. Dr. Andrew Weil, whose 10th book came out Oct. 18, intends to raise the public consciousness about aging, and why it is and should be healthy. In his view, advocates of anti-aging medicine, who tout regimens ranging from growth hormone to Botox and cosmetic surgery to stop the aging process, have become the 21st century equivalent of snake-oil purveyors ó long on pitch and short on scientific substance. It's a charge that's been leveled at Weil for years. Weil calls anti-aging advocates "false prophets who are putting out a message that aging is reversible or that we can stop it."

      Monte Kline forced to pay consumers for bogus EDT treatments

      Mailorder PhD mogul from Washington State plied his trade on unsuspecting victims who were told that electrodermal testing would find the cause of their health problems. Having done that, Kline's "clinic" would then sell them hundreds of dollars worth of supplements that were not needed. This case is the biggest settlement in the history of quackbusting and it comes after years of hard earned efforts from the State of Washington.

      • Pacific Health Center Ordered to Pay $1.7 Million for Unlicensed Medical Practices - September 30, 2005
      • Bogus Device Operator Hit for Large Penalties - Dr. Stephen Barrett's Quackwatch.
      • Oregon Attorney General attacks EDT
      • HealthWatcher links to electrodermal testing
      • Kline's web site is still up and running on October 6, 2005 Monte Kline is a Clinical Nutritionist with a Ph.D. degree in Nutrition and Wholistic Health Sciences. He and the staff of Pacific Health Center are not licensed medical or naturopathic doctors. They do not offer medical diagnoses, cure, advice, or treatment for any particular medical disease ailment, injury, infirmity, deformity, pain, or other physical or mental condition. Pacific Health Center does not prescribe or recommend discontinuance of any prescription drugs. Rather our program focuses on building health through nutritional balancing, desensitization and detoxification.

        Electrodermal Testing, as featured at Pacific Health Center, is used by tens of thousands of medical and other health practitioners around the world. Though there are many published studies indicating itís efficacy, it is generally not recognized by conventional medicine or the Food and Drug Administration. Pacific Health Centerís Electrodermal Testing instruments are duly registered as Class II devices with the FDA. No licensure is required to do Electrodermal Testing.

      • Kline's Appeal's Court Brief -- Part I - 1/31/2006
        Tim Bolen seems to have stuck his nose in this one, too. I'm really glad that he has done just that. He always seems to be associated with losers, even if they had valid licenses to practice in the U.S. "On January 17, 2006 PHC Bellevue attorney, William R. Bishin, filed the Opening Brief in our health freedom case with the Washington Court of Appeals. In my opinion it is a brilliant piece of legal work clearly demonstrating that both the facts and law are on our side. Taking the hour or so necessary to read this will tell you the whole story of Gregoire/McKenna vs. Monte Kline. Assistant AG, Paula Selis, will have a month to respond, after which we will have a reply to her response. In late March or April the Appeals Court Division One in Seattle will hear oral arguments. Their ruling could come a month after that or perhaps longer. Will justice finally prevail? God only knows. Because of length (58 pages), this had to be divided into two parts."
        Click here to see previous releases

      Child with autism dies during chelation treatment

      A 5-year-old autistic boy died Tuesday in a Butler County doctor's office while undergoing an increasingly popular though controversial medical treatment touted by some as a cure for the lifelong neurological and developmental disorder. Abubakar Tariq Nadama died while receiving chelation therapy, an intravenous injection of a synthetic amino acid that latches onto heavy metals and is then passed in the urine. State police at Butler are investigating Nadama's death, which occurred at the office of Dr. Roy Eugene Kerry in Portersville.

      State police at Butler are investigating the child's death, which occurred Tuesday morning after he went into cardiac arrest while receiving chelation -- an intravenous injection of a synthetic amino acid known as EDTA, for ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the practice only to treat heavy metal poisoning.

      "Chelation for autism is a fraud," said Stephen Barrett, a retired Lehigh County psychiatrist and founder of the Quackwatch Web site. "Many doctors who treat children for autism claim they are suffering from mercury or lead toxicity. There is no sufficient evidence that autism is caused by mercury or lead toxicity."

      The child's death has spurred heated debate within the autism community as parents and medical professionals argue over the safety of chelation and its varied methods of treatment.

      Resources - autism, mercury, vaccines, chelation etc.

      • Autism Watch - Your Scientific Guide to Autism Edited by James R. Laidler, M.D.
      • Search Quackwatch for Autism
      • Search Quackwatch for Chelation
      • Autism mercury link disputed - CBS News Healthwatch - lots of video clips.
      • NY Times special coverage on autism - Despite evidence to the contrary, more parents are blaming mercury in vaccines for their children's autism.
      • Chelation therapy has critics, champions - Reports of success have caused a surge in the use to treat autistic children
      • Earlier autism piece on Channel 7 - WJLA - August 12, 2005. - My guess is that the reporter will have to get her spelling and science right next time.
      • Cheatlation. Yes, that is how it should be spelled - Peter Bowditch's "The fraud of chelation is just another way for charlatans and criminals to steal more money from the parents of autistic children. They lie about mercury in vaccines, they lie about the ability of EDTA to chelate mercury (it is far more likely to extract calcium, leading to heart failure), they lie about the results they get.. They care about nothing but money, and what makes it worse is that these criminals are supported and endorsed by organisations (like Generation Rescue and TAAP) which pretend to be acting in the interests of autistic children."
      • A Photon in the Darkness - a blog that explores the wacky and potentially deadly world of those who support chelation for autism. Dr. Amy Holmes has her mercury-autism paper slammed.
      • Sadly, it was only a matter of time: An autistic boy dies during chelation therapy - Comments on Orac Knows (Respectful Insolence) Blog. "Given that the mercury hypothesis represents a biologically implausible explanation for the pathogenesis of autism, any therapy based on "removing" mercury is likely doomed from the start to be ineffective, and any doctor who administers such a treatment for autism (in this case, Dr. Roy Eugene Kerry) should be considered guilty of negligence at best and malpractice at worst."

        "Another issue that will become important is that Dr. Kerry is apparently an otolaryngologist, not a pediatrician or a pediatric psychiatrist. What's an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor who also claims to specialize in allergies doing administering chelation therapy for autism? Where and how did he learn to administer it safely? What are his qualifications to be treating "lead poisoning" or autism? Or did he just start doing it on his own? (I note that the University of Pittsburgh has apparently removed Dr. Kerry from its website; however, the cached page can be found here.)

      • Sticking Up for Thimerosal - Read the studies ó it's safe. - Art Allen in attacks Robert Kennedy, Jr. and all the other yahoos.

      Autism - Government agencies

      Autism - Bogus claims and controversies about etiology and/or treatments

      • Generation Rescue's thoughts on child's death "We grieve for Abubakar Tariq Nadama (Tariq) and his family, and pray that they will find comfort for their sorrow and the terrible loss they are bearing. As parents of autistic children, we feel the pain Tariq's parents are in very deeply.

        This tragedy has received national attention, ensuring that Tariq's death was not in vain. It has brought attention to the autism community and the debate surrounding chelation therapy. May his passing serve as a tipping point to bring this issue to the top of the national health agenda, where it squarely belongs and ensure that his story will be the only one that ends so tragically. "

      • Deadly Immunity - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigates the government cover-up of a mercury/autism scandal - Rolling Stone
      • Kennedy Report Sparks Controversy - Intense reaction from medical establishment and leading news organizations - Rolling Stone
      • Rhinebeck Health Center & the Center for Progressive Medicine
      • - Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, MD, FAAFP, FACN - His site is innacurate and outdated. His clinic was featured in a recent article in the Providence Journal's web site. You will have to sign up for free to see the full text of the article. Bock has no record of discipline in the State of New York. He has been licensed there since 1982. He also sits on the medical advisory board of, a MLM marketing company that sells weight loss, and other nutraceutical products that make unsupported claims. "The Rhinebeck Health Center/Center for Progressive Medicine is at the forefront of this biomedical approach to Autism. We have treated children from across the United States and around the world. In this rapidly changing field, we are continually applying the latest research findings to our clinical treatments with exciting results, which can enhance the benefits of behavioral and educational programs. We are committed to the recovery of every child."

        What Your Family Needs To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorders - This is where he pitches his mercury overload stuff. He is connected with DAN - Defeat Autism Now group.

        Google Search for Dr. Bock

      Government hearings and pressure groups

      BIE Health Products sues the world

      Richard Beemer is represented by health freedom guru Trueman Tuck

      Richard Beemer, the proprietor of BIE Health Products, appeared before the Standing Committee on Health on May 9, 2005 to pitch his position that selling what I would consider to be bogus products is okay.

      "My company had annual sales of over $1.5 million taxable, and it has been deliberately destroyed unlawfully by Health Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency over the last 18 months or so. These agencies did this by simply cutting off our cashflow, by threatening my advertisers, and unlawfully stopping all personal imports of my product to Canadians."

      He left a distinct impression that Health Canada and their employees were nasty little men and women who are out to get him. Of course who would come to his rescue but Trueman Tuck, the health freedom advocate and launcher of a "thousand" anti-government web sites. Okay, it's not quite a "thousand", it only seems that it is.

      On July 21, 2005 I received two packages from Tuck via Purolator. Each of them was about an inch thick, but up here in Canada, it's really 2.54 cm. Since Tuck had just returned from the Codex meetings in Rome in early July. It was reported that he attended the meetings with Carolyn Dean, who can no longer practice as an MD in Ontario, and Peter Helgason from Strauss Herbal products. I guess that their influence probably led to Codex coming down hard on the nutraceutical industry in Europe.

      I know that he is foaming at the mouth just waiting to get even with the rest of the world. I have scanned in his lawsuit that names just about everyone of interest in the Canadian government, Health Canada.

      Tuck has a knack of associating himself with some controversial issues, and has also helped spread misinformation about me, much of it courtesy of Tim Bolen who you will note below is not the kind of person you'd like to take home for the holidays.

      Tuck's publications include Health Freedom Update. It's jam packed with nice pictures of politicians who he favours.

      It will be interesting to see what happens with his lawsuit. If it turns out like the lawsuit he launched on behalf of Nick Jerch from Bell Distributors, I wouldn't bet on a victory before any judge or jury.

      Tim Bolen sued by Aetna

      Thanks to and Dr. Stephen Barrett

      Documents presented to the U.S. District Court for Colorado suggest why "biological dentists" helped fund the lawsuit that Cavitat Medical Technologies filed against Aetna, Inc. last year. [Barrett S. Documents suggest why bogus "racketeering" suit was filed against Aetna. Casewatch, July 15, 2005]

      Documents filed with the court indicate that Cavitat's lawsuit was backed by "biological dentists" who purchased shares that would entitle them to a percentage of any money collected if Cavitat prevailed. These documents also indicate that the shareholders also planned to add dental boards as defendants in their racketeering suit if they did not agree to stop disciplining dentists who diagnose and treat "NICO."

      One describes the funding scheme

      The other states: "We are trying a different tactic with the state dental boards but if they do not comply, they will be named in the Aetna legal action as co-defendants, individually and as a board." One of the shareholders is Tim Bolen, a "publicist" who has issued false and defamatory statements about participants in several regulatory proceedings. Aetna has filed suit against a device manufacturer who made the mistake of filing a lawsuit accusing Aetna of improperly classifying the Cavitat device as "investigational and experimental." Tim Bolen, acting with his wife, Jan, and their company "JuriMed," have been attempting to promote the business of Cavitat for some time. As Cavitat's agent, Bolen, his wife, and company have engaged in a venal and systematic campaign to attack Aetna and persons whom Cavitat alleges are associated with Aetna, all for the purpose of his making money for himself and the others he has acted in concert with in advancing the baseless claims asserted against Aetna in this lawsuit. Bolen has a history of advocating for the sale of holistic and alternative medical products and concepts and of attacking evidence-based mainstream medicine. He has been "hired," "retained" or "consulted" in the past by attorneys and for individuals accused of medical fraud, malpractice and quackery. He also has provided crisis management services for medical practitioners accused of unethical conduct.

      Cavitat, Jones, Bolen and others have engaged in a campaign to intimidate and obstruct testimony of witnesses under subpoena in this case by various means including the posting of false representations on the Internet and physical stalking of witnesses in this case.

      Exemplary Damages request:

      The conduct of Jones and Cavitat as well as Bolen and their other agents was intentional, willful, wanton, malicious, reckless, grossly negligent and deserving of punishment. Aetna is therefore entitled to exemplary or punitive damages in the maximum amount allowed by law to punish Jones and Cavitat and to deter other similarly-situated persons from engaging in like conduct.

      Hulda Clark Lawsuit Reinstated

      Appeals court upholds suit against Hulda Clark and her attorney.

      The California Court of Appeals has reinstated a malicious prosecution suit that Dr. Stephen Barrett filed in December 2002 against Hulda Clark and attorney Carlos J. Negrete.

      Clark is an unlicensed naturopath who claims she can cure cancer, AIDS, and other serious diseases with a low-voltage electrical device and various herbs. [Barrett S. The bizarre claims of Hulda Clark. Quackwatch, Nov 9, 2004] Barrett is suing her for libel because she hired a "publicist" who has been attempting to destroy his reputation by spreading false and defamatory statements about him [Barrett S. A response to Tim Bolen. Quackwatch, March 18, 2005]. In 2001, Clark filed a malicious cross-complaint in which she accused Barrett, his wife, and many other defendants with "racketeering" and a long list of other crimes and civil wrongs they did not commit. [Barrett S. Bogus "anti-quackbuster" suit dismissed: Why I am suing the lawyer who filed it. Quackwatch, March 18, 2005] In 2003, a lower court judge dismissed the malicious prosecution suit on grounds that Barrett not had presented enough information to conclude that Clark and Negrete knew the cross-complaint was groundless.

      In reversing the lower court decision (see below), the Appeals Court used these words to describe their reasons why the original court should go to trial:

      "the scurrilous nature of the defendants' allegations of wrongdoing and their efforts to publicize them widely on the Internet, when coupled with their utter failure to offer any proof of their charges"

      [Appeals court upholds malicious prosecution suit against Hulda Clark and Attorney Carlos Negrete. Quackwatch, March 22, 2005]

      Defamation as a tool to silence Quackbusters

      Terry Polevoy, MD

      • Fear Defamation & Loathing - Health Freedom Advocates' War on the Quackbusters

        I've spent hours and hours of my time trying to help people who have been victimized by quacks. Attacks on my credibility are a dime a dozen, and they aren't worth that much. But, the boldness of these assaults have grown much meaner over the last few months. Why is that? Why have the idiots who run quack cancer centres in Canada, and Mexico so worried about what I have to say?

        In this section of my web site I will try to focus on major attacks that have involved me personally. In addition, those of you who have been privately or publicly attacked will have a chance to pour your heart out and tell your side of the story.

        In addition, I have established a Defamation & Libel Blog to counter the Blogs that have allowed libel and defamation to thrive.

      Alex Orbito 'Psychic surgeon' charged with fraud in Toronto

      'Removed tumours': Practitioner once tended to Shirley MacLaine

      The Filipino "psychic surgeon" who once ministered to film actor and New Age maven Shirley MacLaine has been charged with fraud in Toronto, police said in a press release on June 15, 2005.

      They allowed Orbito to go out on bail for just $35,000. We assume that they kept his passport so he could not leave the country. That of course assumes that his passport is valid, and that he doesn't have friends in high places who could swish him out of the country back to his 200 metre high pyramid of power back in the Philippines.

      He will be in the Scarborough courts, room 412, 1911 Eglinton Ave East, Monday - July 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. should anyone want to attend.

      Alex L. Orbito, 65, a self-described "reverend" who claims to reach into the bellies of the ill to retrieve their "negative energies," faces charges of fraud over $5,000 and possession of the proceeds of crime. They say that he saw 600 people at a Best Western Hotel room last weekend and charged them about $135 Canadian for a few minutes of his time.

      This sleaze ball had local coordinators who put this together. The Toronto arrest is only the tip of the iceberg for this slime ball. He's been doing this for years on nearly every continent. Why is it he and his entourage think that they can just continue on this scamfest. And that brings me to another scammer, but in this case, he's a teenage boy and he's home grown.

      Psychic surgery links

      Healing is in the eye of the beholder -
      A scam is a scam is a scam

      Comments: If Alex Orbito has been charged with scamming millions of dollars from victims around the world why was he allowed to enter Canada in the first place over a month ago. What did he tell Canadian Customs when he got off the plane? Are our borders open to anyone who love to prey on people who have terminal diseases? And who is the mysterious 62 year old Pickering man named John Robert Wood who was charged with him. Did the hotel not find it rather strange that a man who rented a room was visited by over 600 individuals?

      If Orbito was charged with fraud, then why is he any different than Adam Dreamhealer, or Benny Hinn, or any of the other people who pretend to cure cancer or make blind people see?

      Canadians should appeal to CCRA to audit the books of anyone who pretends to cure people, who in actuality are just plainly and simply hucksters, flim-flam artists, and crooks. Just because someone's parents and their teenage son are Canadian should not remove them from the scrutiny of our regulators and tax people. A scam is a scam, is a scam, no matter which glossy magazine or TV show they appear on, or who their friends are in the media or entertainment business.

      Anti-vaccine zealots claims are false

      Vaccines do not cause autism. Numerous studies should silence these vaccine critics. Some have religion, and others are blatant liars who see profit before science as a motivational tool. The press doesn't get it either. They are too stupid to realize when they are being scammed, and it's our fault.

      Devgan investigated for scamming Mennonite couple after losing his right to practice medicine in Ontario

      [The original article never mentioned Devgan's name because of legal concerns, and the fact that he could be criminally charged for fraud and practicing medicine without a license. In my opinion, the CPSO has no power to do anything to Devgan since they took his license away for good after years of doing absolutely nothing about him. It's in the hands of the police. So what else is new with this notorious scamster?]

      What is Super-Homeopathy?

      Gulli-Go Super-Homeopathy for saleBefore you can understand super-homeopathy, you need to know a bit about good old-fashioned homeopathy, as developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).

      Click on Gulli-Go for the answers.

      A homeopath will start with a substance that produces the same symptoms as the disorder that is troubling the patient. Such a substance is supposed to prompt the body to heal itself. So, for a gullibility remedy, we'd start with something that makes people easier to fool*, such as grain alcohol or the essence of television programs such as a television newscast, especially one from CNN or Fox, or a televangelist's broadcast, especially one who cries and does faith healing. Any speech by a world leader will do as well and U.S. presidents have been especially good for this purpose of late.

      William Hammesfahr, M.D.
      Questionable Nobel Prize Nominee
      and advocate for the Shindler family in the Terri Schiavo case

      Dr. Joseph Mercola busted by FDA

      • Mercola gets FDA Cyberletter

        Dear Dr. Mercola:

        This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your web site at the Internet address and has determined that the products Living Fuel RxTM, Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, and Chlorella are promoted for conditions that cause these products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. ú 321(g)(1)]. The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that these products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.

      • More FDA Cyberletters for 2005

      The Dubious Promotion of Herbalife's Niteworks

      Stephen Barrett, M.D.

      • Herbalife would like you believe that taking Niteworks will benefit your heart.
        The product was formulated by Louis J. Ignarro, PhD., professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the UCLA School of Medicine, who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research concerning nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. This article tells why Dr. Stephen Barrett believes that Niteworks is being promoted with improper claims and Ignarro's conduct has been highly questionable. You can watch two short clips of Ignarro's performance at a Las Vegas rally where he appears to be an Herbalife hero ready to enter the ring, or the race to a victory celebration.

    • Search Google News for Herbalife and Ignarro
    • Nobel Prize Winner Didn't Disclose Herbalife Contract - Bloomberg special report: The Nobel Prize winner didn't return telephone calls to his office and to the public relations department of the University of California at Los Angeles, where he teaches. Herbalife spokeswoman Barbara Henderson said the company won't comment, on advice from its lawyers, because it's planning an initial stock sale to the public.

      Hulda Clark supporters snuffed by FTC actions

      HuldaWatch - December 4, 2004
      Hulda Clark's associate and Scientologist, David Amrein was barred from making false claims for devices and an herbal program for treating cancer. He has been associated with Hulda Clark, an unlicensed naturopath who falsely claims that all cancers are caused by parasites and can be cured with a low-voltage electrical device and various herbs. The details of the original FTC charges from January 2003 follow. David Amrein, a Swiss national, is the sole officer and director of both The Dr. Clark Association that operates as a not-for-profit corporation in California, and a Swiss company Behandlungzentrum GMbH. Amrein was charged with making unsubstantiated claims for several products that Clark recommends. Those people who bought into this scam can now obtain redress thanks to the settlement reached by the FTC. Amrein and all of his colleagues and associated companies are prohibited from making false claims for any of their products. In 2001, the FTC obtained a consent agreement with another advertiser of products based on Clark's theories. Clark, who writes books and operates a Mexican clinic, was not charged in these cases because her claims for the products do not constitute advertising.

      Challenging quacks and frauds

      Medical Post - November 2, 2004
      By Barbara Kermode-Scott

      He investigates and challenges products, services and theories that are marketed with claims he believes to be false, unsubstantiated or even illegal. Polevoy is certainly angered when he comes across evidence of fraudulent claims, con tricks or other health scams. Unlike most of us, Dr. Polevoy taps into that anger and takes action to protect consumers against health quackery.

    The Gentle Wind Project

    Gentle Wind Project Trauma Card

    Mix a little quantum physics, telepathy, and a dozen or so crazy inventions over the years, such as a colourful plastic trauma card, or a super "healing puck" and wrap it around a non-profit organization that ducks paying the right amount of taxes every year and you come up with
    the Gentle Wind Project.

    And, they are headed for Toronto's Sheraton Centre Hotel on October 9-10 this year.

    The press and media loves them, and they ignore the fact that GWP has been investigated on two coasts, and are involved in a number of nasty lawsuits. Our QuackeryWatch investigation begins in Canada with links to the U.S., Australia, and even into Iran and Iraq. Stay tuned for more good reading and listening.

    The Real Deihl

    BY ROBERT NELSON Nine days after September 11, 2001, a guy named Joe Deihl from Paradise Valley started a company called Regency Medical Research, Ltd.

    Within months, Regency had an amazing new product on the market. It was KI-Spray, a small bottle of potassium iodide that users could spray in their mouths when "a nuclear disaster strikes" to "shield yourself and your family against thyroid-related cancers and other diseases that crippled and killed thousands for years after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster."

    No joke. Thanks to Deihl, Americans could just spray away those annoying Armageddons.

    "No water needed, no pills to swallow, just spray like a breath freshener . . . to protect you and your loved ones," the company said on its Web site,

    KI-Spray was arguably the most brilliant invention in the history of American snake-oil medicine.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, did not appreciate the historic beauty of KI-Spray. In June of 2003, Alonza Cruse, director of the FDA's Los Angeles district, sent Deihl and his company a letter ordering them to stop selling KI-Spray immediately because the product and the company's claims violated numerous provisions of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

    One of those companies received a cease-and-desist order from the Arizona Attorney General's Office in 2002 for unlawful credit card billing practices. Two other companies have bad ratings from the Better Business Bureau.

    Deihl and his companies, some owned jointly with his wife and sons, have had nearly 70 lawsuits filed against them in state and federal courts. Bills weren't paid. Refunds weren't refunded. Credit cards were charged without authorization. Two of the companies have gone bankrupt.

    Renew You
    Holistic Medicine Scams

    Renew You Holistic Medicine - Ancaster, Ontario The Dundas Star News has allowed an advertisement to run in its local newspaper since June 2004 for a holistic health clinic in Ancaster, Ontario. The ad that we saw ran on August 20, 2004. Did anyone at the newspaper check on the actual credentials of the owners of the clinic? Had they checked they may have discovered some holes in their credibility. But, newspapers are not supposed to be consumer watchdogs, they are there to make money and provide for the good of the community.

    So what good is it to have this type of holistic clinic in their town?

    Renew You - Ancaster, Ontario - Adv. in Dundas Star News - August 20, 2004

    Renew You claims on their web site that two kinds of regulated health professions work at their facility, i.e. massage therapy and physiotherapy. According to the regulations of the physiotherapists and massage therapists they can not be associated with or perform certain kinds of treatments or they could be taken before the disciplinary committee of their respective Colleges. So what would make someone who has the public's trust given to them by law associate with people who have no credentials recognized by law?

    One of the worst examples of health quackery today is the use of electronic equipment to diagnose, evaluate and treat serious medical conditions. This clinic uses one of the worst examples of medical quackery I have ever seen.

    They Had One Thing In Common

    by Shelia Lewandowski

    "People who went there were intelligent people"
    "They were smart, they were funny"
    "They believed in God"
    "They all had one thing in common, though
    - they were going to die."

    Shelia's mother died, another victim of cancer quackery

    CSCT Inc. - Zoetron Settlement

    • CSCT, Inc. Settles FTC Charges Press release - Feb. 14, 2004

      Michael John Reynolds and John Leslie Armstrong agreed that their company offered bogus electromagnetic cancer therapy to U.S. citizens. So what about the Canadian's who fell for this?

      The settlement prohibits the defendants from making false claims in connection with the marketing and sale of any service, program, food, drug, or device and prohibits them from helping others to do the same thing.

    A Healthy Dose of Fraud

    Dr. Terry Polevoy was on the Mitch Albom Show on 760 WJR in Detroit on March 18 to discuss insurance scams, and health fraud. This undercover investigation by John Quinones, and producers of PrimeTime Thursday show was a blockbuster. We can't figure out why insurance companies paid anything for the procedures. The show ended with an announcement that some of the clinics were raided by the FBI.
  • Primetime Investigates a Gigantic Medical Insurance Scam - March 18§ It's one of the largest medical insurance scams in history, according to the FBI § involving thousands of healthy people across the country. In the scam, agents say, recruiters bring "patients" from across the nation to surgery centers in California where they give phony or exaggerated symptoms and doctors perform unnecessary operations on them. Then the surgery centers send inflated claims for the unnecessary procedures to the patients' insurance companies. When the insurers pay up, federal authorities say, the recruiters, the surgery centers and the patients split the proceeds. The FBI believes as many as 100 surgery centers are involved in the scams, many of them in Southern California. "For a few dollars, somebody is going to subject a human being to carving them up, subjecting them to risk," said FBI agent Grant Ashley. "That's as bad as it gets."
  • Holistic World Expo 2004 - Toronto

    Since the Total Health Expo at the CNE in Toronto failed to draw significant crowds, I wondered why. Well, it must be that the right-wing politicos in charge of the T.H.E. must eight have outstayed their welcome a the Toronto Convention Centre, or people didn't want to shell-out their hard earned money for their second-rate show.

    So, here comes the next best thing for the CAM community in Toronto. It's the Holistic World Expo. Some of the same faces are there, and we just can't resist the challenge of casting as few stones at some of their presenters, and exhibitors.

    Total Health Expo 2004 - Toronto

    Eva Briggs with Grassy Mohawk Vendor
    Eva Briggs gets instructions from Grassy Mohawk guy

    Gary Young and his Essential Oils

    • Gary Young Essentially Wacko at Toronto's Total Health Expo They came to hear him talk about hormones, but all they heard was total and complete baloney. The evidence is clear, he is not who he says he is. He avoids talking about his legal difficulties, the arrests, the lies, and a whole bunch of other stuff, including an axe-wielding assault on one of his former employer's offices, and attacks on his own family. So, why was there standing-room only in Toronto in March 2004?

    • A Critical Look at Gary Young Huckster for Young Living Essential Oils, and Raindrop Therapy this dangerous quack has lived a series of lies. Dr. Eva Briggs takes the shine off Young's oily past in this no-holds-barred attack on one of North America's most notorious flim-flam operators. Announces
    The True Story of EMPOWERPLUS

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    The result of over two years of research into the bizarre claims and marketing of a nutraceutical made in Utah, sold in Alberta, and promoted by some pretty slick business people. This story involves claims made by leading researchers in universities, unbelievable media hype, and a scramble to stay one step ahead of Health Canada.

    Recent FTC Actions

    Coral Calcium bulletins

    Full coverage on
    • FTC bars Kevin Trudeau from any infomercial - Sept. 7, 2004 Trudeau Settles Claims in Connection with Coral Calcium Supreme and Biotape A Federal Trade Commission settlement with Kevin Trudeau " a prolific marketer who has either appeared in or produced hundreds of infomercials " broadly bans him from appearing in, producing, or disseminating future infomercials that advertise any type of product, service, or program to the public, except for truthful infomercials for informational publications. In addition, Trudeau cannot make disease or health benefits claims for any type of product, service, or program in any advertising, including print, radio, Internet, television, and direct mail solicitations, regardless of the format and duration. Trudeau agreed to these prohibitions and to pay the FTC $2 million to settle charges that he falsely claimed that a coral calcium product can cure cancer and other serious diseases and that a purported analgesic called Biotape can permanently cure or relieve severe pain. Trudeau is paying $500,000 in cash and transferring residential property located in Ojai, California, and a luxury vehicle to the Commission to satisfy the $2 million monetary judgment against him. In the event that the court finds that Trudeau or his companies misrepresented their financial condition, the order would require Trudeau to pay $20 million pursuant to an avalanche clause.
    • FTC holds Kevin Trudeau in Contempt - On June 29, 2004, a U.S. District Court judge found Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court for violating a July 2003 stipulated preliminary injunction. The Court found that Trudeau violated the preliminary injunction when he disseminated direct mail pieces and an infomercial that made claims that coral calcium is an effective treatment or cure for cancer and other diseases. The preliminary injunction prohibited Trudeau from making these claims. The Court ordered that Trudeau cease all marketing of coral calcium and expressly reserved the right to impose additional remedial measures.

    • FTC and FDA Crack Down on Coral Calcium - The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have combined actions against Bob Barefoot and Kevin Trudeau. Why didn't they do it when we first reported this scam years ago? How many millions of dollars have these swindlers put away in offshore bank accounts?

    • Good Morning America slams Coral Calcium - False Hope?
      By Greg Hunter
      Experts Doubt Coral Calcium Infomercial Health Claims - Infomercials for a new "cure-all" are the most aired in the country and ad pitchman Bob Barefoot has told millions of people that taking a mineral supplement called coral calcium will help cure some of the most dreaded diseases known to mankind.
      "I've had a thousand people tell me how they've cured their cancer," Barefoot says in the infomercial. "I've witnessed people get out of wheelchairs from multiple sclerosis just by getting the 'Coral.' "
      The sad truth, however, is that Bob Barefoot's claims are dubious at best, according to Dr. Stephen Barrett, a consumer advocate who runs the Web site "Quackwatch." Barrett adds that, in many cases, Barefoot is just plain wrong.

    • SeaSilver - fined $4.5 million Two California-based companies that promoted the dietary supplement ¶Seasilver" with allegedly false medical claims are banned from making false or unsubstantiated claims for any dietary supplement, food, drug, or device as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

      More Charges

    • Focus Factor and V-Factor - fined $1 million Marketers of ¶Focus Factor," a dietary supplement that purports to improve concentration, and ¶V-Factor," a supplement that purports to enhance sexual performance, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made numerous unsubstantiated advertising claims for the products.

    • "Peel Away the Pounds" Patch Settle Charges of False & Unsubstantiated Weight Loss Claims Marketers of the "Peel Away the Pounds" patch, which was widely advertised in infomercials, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false and unsubstantiated weight loss claims in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC complaint alleges that the defendants falsely claimed that the seaweed-based skin patch causes as much as three to five pounds of weight loss per week, and made other false and unsubstantiated claims. The proposed settlement, which requires court approval, requires the defendants collectively to pay more than $1 million in consumer redress, to stop making certain false weight loss claims, and to possess scientific substantiation before making other claims for any product, program or service that purportedly provides health benefits.

    • Bentley-Myers and others to Pay $2.2 Million Direct mail marketers have agreed to pay $2.2 million in consumer redress and to stop certain deceptive advertising practices to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false and unsubstantiated weight loss and arthritis ¶cure" claims for dietary supplements in sales brochures mailed to consumers across the nation. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated the FTC Act by making false and unsubstantiated claims that three weight- loss supplements " Zymax and MillinesES (both containing ephedra), and Serotril (containing St. John√s wort) " cause rapid and substantial weight loss without diet or exercise.

    QXCI - how can it diagnose cancer?

    • QXCI doctors - Why do some of them claim that they can diagnose cancer in Canada - After receiving a complaint from a Quebec woman who was scared to death that she had a brain tumor after visiting a quack earlier this year, we tracked down the operators of a few alternative health clinics, and the vendors who sell these bogus systems. We were shocked that some of those people who spent over $13,500 U.S. for these devices were indeed registered health professionals in Canada.
    • MSB-Holistics - Why didn't the Buffalo, NY scammers bring their QXCI machine to the University of Waterloo, and why didn't they even discuss it at an open meeting? Did they think that Health Canada would be in the audience?

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    Jewish conspiracy movement masquerades as New Medicine

    WARNING!!! - This is one of the worst anti-Semitic ploys I have ever seen. We were warned by one of our friends in Quebec, but it could be coming to Belleville, Toronto, Windsor, or even Kelowna any day now. Seminar links are below. I wonder if Alan Borovoy from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association will be there to defend their right to spread hateful propaganda?

    There is new alternative health movement picking up speed in Quebec, called, "Biologie Totale". They are heavily recruting for new believers across North America, but their roots are from Germany. The "system" is based on the work of a German by the name of Ryke Geerd Hamer. He has a really dubious record in Germany where he was arrested for the illegal practice of medicine. His system is called, "New Medicine", and is based on the premise that all disease (that's right, ALL disease) are a result of psychological conflict and that the appearance of symptoms are a result of the body trying to heal. However, as you will see below, there is much more to this, than just "mind control".

    Here's some excerpts about his views on cancer from one English site. Pay attention to the phrase "Iron Rules of Cancer":

    • The New Medicine of Dr Hamer - Dirk Hamer Syndrome Dr Hamer had an exceptionally high success rate with his cancer therapy, by far the highest I have seen of any therapy. During one of several trials of the persecuted Dr Hamer the public prosecutor (Wiener-Neustadt in Austria) had to admit that after 4 to 5 years 6,000 out of 6,500 patients with mostly advanced cancer were still alive. That is over 90%, almost a reversal of the results to be expected after conventional treatment of advanced conditions.

    • Jewish-conspiracy nuts soar to new heights of lunacy - by Tor Bach and Kristin Gronii - From the web site - A Norwegian watchdog of religious intolerance.

      Quote of the Day

      "THE JEWS have killed two billion people with morphine, chemotherapy and radiation treatment according to the so-called "The New Medicine" cult that has begun to establish itself in Norway. It preaches that cancer sufferers should eschew conventional treatment in favour of therapists who "heal", while the patients cough up the cash." Comment from Tor Bach and Kristin Gronii Hamer, who served 19 months' jail in Germany for illegal practice of medicine, is currently living in exile in Spain and still practising his barmy ideas. According to the medical magazine, The Lancet, he has a following of around 3,000 people there, and Spanish doctors hold him responsible for several tens of deaths of cancer patients Hamer's followers, nevertheless, argue that he deserves the Nobel Prize for medicine and praise him as the Galileo of our times.

    • Hamer's New Medicine - Swiss Study Group for Compementary and Alternative Methods of Cancer - SCAC. This is in Adobe .pdf format.

    • Search ADL (Anti-Defamation League) for "New Medicine"

    • Canadian Jewish Congress - Anti-Semitism page

    • Canadian Jewish Congress - contact page. Let them know how you feel.


    • E-mail Bernie Farber

      Canadian Jewish Congress
      4600 Bathurst Street
      Toronto, M2R 3V2
      Phone: (416) 635-2883 x186
      Fax: (416) 635-1408

    • Ottawa office

      Canadian Jewish Congress
      100 Sparks Street, Suite 650
      Ottawa, K1P 5B7
      Phone: (613) 233-8703
      Fax: (613) 233-8748

    • The Nizkor Project - Countering Anti-Semitism and Hate in Canada
      by Karen Mock
      Legal/Legislative Remedies and Current Realities Racism, Anti-Semitism and Hate in Canada

    • Willis Carto - Institute for Historical Review and more anti-Semitic health related political movements: Carto's Liberty Lobby, based in Washington, D.C., and nominally headed by Colonel Curtis B. Dall (a former son-in-law of President Franklin D. Roosevelt), enjoyed friendly ties with conservative congressmen. It published a weekly tabloid, 'The Spotlight,' which by 1979 enjoyed a paid circulation of almost 200,000 (Circulation peaked at 315,000 in 1981 and had fallen to about 90,000 by 1992. George & Wilcox, 260). Its articles championed income-tax rebels, protested the plight of family farmers, and promoted quack cancer cures such as laetrile. Its favorite political targets included the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, Henry Kissenger, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the 'Zionist entity' in Palestine." (King, 39-40)

    Does this stuff have a familiar ring to it folks? The Tax Tyranny and Health Freedom lobbyists in Canada and the U.S. sounds are probably goint to cheer them on.

    New Medicine Events and Registration

  • New Medicine promotional meetings in Canada

  • The "offical" English language website has a .ca domain extension:

    It is registered in Canada to:

    Organization Ilsedora Laker
    Registrar Co.
    Renewal Date 2004/11/05
    Date approved 2002/11/05
    Last changed 2004/01/30
    Registrar Number 156
    Registrant Number 519021
    Domain Number 519022

    It is hosted in the U.K. by

  • Homeopathy Fails the Million Dollar Challenge

    Fight for Naturopathic Regulation in U.S.

    • Rx for confusion - CSINDY.COM January 19, 2006 - After a number of deaths at the hands of quack Brian O'Connell the State of Colorado may consider whether or not to approve the licensure of naturopaths.

    • Minority Report of the Special Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners

    • Testimony in opposition to licensing naturopaths in Massachusetts - May 28, 2003
      Kimball C. Atwood, M.D. - Representing the Massachusetts Medical Society
    • Naturopathic Practices are Bizarre, Irrational, and Unsafe
    • Naturopaths Portray Themselves as "Primary Care Physicians," but Their Training is Substandard
    • Superficial Appearances do not Ensure Validity
    • Government's Responsibility: Licensure Implies Validity and Self-Regulation
    • A Double Standard for Health Care is Wrong
    • The Public Demand for Naturopathy is Miniscule
    • Previous Government Studies have found Naturopathy Unsuited to the Practice of Medicine
    • A Threat to Health Insurers, an Insult to Non-MD Practitioners, and a Headache for the Department of Public Health
    • "Collaboration" with Medical Doctors Violates Medical Ethics

    From Cultism to CAM

    James C. Whorton - Nature Cures:

    The History of Alternative Medicine in America

    The recent growth of interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) represents a dramatic reversal of the medical profession's attitude toward unorthodox approaches to therapy. Through virtually the entire twentieth century, in fact, alternative medicine was scorned as "medical cultism." This talk will examine the basis for medicine's dismissal of alternative practitioners as cultists, and trace the transformation of alternative medicine's image and status from the 1890s to the present.

    James C. Whorton is the author of "Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America," published in 2002 by Oxford University Press. He is a Professor of History in the Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Professor Whorton has written many journal articles and four books.

    Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Skeptical Inquirer - September 2003

    Kimball C. Atwood IV, M.D.
    • Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine In spite of statements to the contrary by its director, the NCCAM continues to fund and promote pseudoscience. Political pressures and the Center's charter would seem to make this inevitable. Ethics and the public interest are compromised.
    • Pointless Research and Dangerous Promotions
    • Implausible Claims and Unacknowledged Scientific Fraud
    • Research Centers, More Implausible Claims, and "Integrative Medicine" Centers
    • Cynicism and Fear
    • Human Studies Ethics and CAM
    • Advisory Councils
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Conclusion - After more than ten years and $200 million, OAM/NCCAM-sponsored research has not demonstrated efficacy for any CAM method, nor has the Center informed the public that any method is useless. It continues to fund and promote pseudoscience. It continues to be influenced by powerful ideologues. The problem with so-called Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in a nutshell, is that it is an assortment of implausible, dishonest, expensive, and sometimes dangerous claims that are exuberantly promoted to a scientifically na've public. The NCCAM, so far, has not been part of the solution.

    Chelation lawsuits

    NCAHF newsletter - December 16, 2003

    Suits filed after chelation therapy disasters. Lawsuits have been filed in two cases where the patient's heart stopped beating during chelation therapy:

    • Kenneth Hough, of Bellbowrie, Queensland, is suing Dr. Lin Sinnathamby and the hospital where Sinnathamby was employed. The suit charges that Sinnathamby falsely promised that chelation therapy would clean out Hough's arteries and make him feel generally more energetic. Although he was resuscitated, he suffered a heart attack and was left with permanent damage to his heart. [Suit filed against Australian chelationist. Quackwatch, Dec 12, 2003]
    • The survivors of Susan Alexander, a 56-year-old Georgia woman who died in 2002, are suing Progressive Medical Group (PMG), several of its staff members, and Metametrix (a laboratory that offers nonstandard tests. The suit accuses the defendants of negligence, fraud, racketeering, and wrongful death. According to the complaint, Ms. Alexander died during chelation therapy for nonexistent lead poisoning that had been diagnosed with a fraudulent test. [Fraud charged in chelation-related death. Quackwatch, Dec 12, 2003]

    Chelation proponents claim that their procedure is safe and effective against coronary atherosclerosis. However, there is no scientific evidence that this is true, and the Federal Trade Commission has obtained a cease-and-desist order prohibiting the American College of Advancement of Medicine from advertising any such claim.

    Canadian Natural Health Products Directorate - NHPD

  • New laws provide for health claims that are proven On January 1, 2004 Canadians can look foward to new regulations which were enacted because consumers, government and some natural health product manufacturers felt the existing rules were too lax, labelling on some products incomplete and the health claims on some products did not have enough supporting evidence.
  • NHPD Regulations
  • Regulatios - FAQs
  • Health Canada Warnings and Advisories
  • Dr. Polevoy wins right to sue Ilena Rosenthal

    Case A096451 - Barrett v. Rosenthal.

  • Supreme Court to review online speech case - April 15, 2004
    A posting on a Web site has become the focus

    by Josh Richman, TriValley Herald

    The California Supreme Court will review an Alameda County case to decide how much protection a 1996 federal law gives intermediaries who are sued for re-posting someone else's words on the Internet -- a major issue where free-speech and technology collide.

    The two doctors' lawyer, Christopher Grell of Oakland, said he believes this was correct and hopes the Supreme Court will uphold it. "It's an important decision -- from the get-go, we thought it was something the Supreme Court would ultimately have to look at."

    California court upholds Terry Polevoy's right to sue republishers of Tim Bolen's defamatory posts which were repeated by Ilena Rosenthal.

    Ilena Rosenthal had posted libelous statements on numerous web sites which defamed Dr. Polevoy. Those statements were originally made by Tim Bolen, Hulda Clark's publicist. The judges stated that the original lawsuit filed by Drs. Stephen Barrett, and Terry Polevoy should continue. The links below are posted for your information. As the news of this decision reaches the bleeding hearts in the freedom of speech arena, we expect to have reactions posted from them as well. Even though the decision went against Ilena Rosenthal and she stands a good chance of losing in court, she continues to post defamatory articles by others on internet newsgroups around the world.

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    FTC slams Hulda Clark's Associates

    The FTC has just delivered a heavy blow against David Amrein, the Dr. Clark Research Association, and their brigade of supporters. On September 24, 2003 in the U.S. District Court of Ohio, Eastern Division, Judge John Adams, slapped them all down a notch or two. They can make no claims at all for any of their devices, products, goods or services. This includes Hulda Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers, the Super Zapper Deluxe, the Syncrometer, and the Complete Herbal Parasite Program. They have to prove to the FTC that their claims are true, but it must be based on reliable scientific evidence. They must keep records, they can't destroy, erase, or conceal any evidence, including all financial records, phone logs, etc. since January 1, 1999. They must provide a copy of this order to all of their affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, representatives, etc. by September 27, 2003. They have until October 30, 2003 to respond when proceedings in court will continue.

    Hulda Clark's Century Nutrition Busted

    Stuart Michael Suster, MD
    - Great Lakes Pain Center
    - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Faced serious charges for insurance fraud and professional misconduct.
    • State Medical Board free to revoke Suster's license The Division of Enforcement recommends that Dr. Suster's license be revoked. Dr. Suster recommends that no discipline be imposed and that this matter be dismissed. Based upon the evidence presented, the Administrative Law Judge recommends that Dr. Suster√s license to practice medicine and surgery be revoked. This measure is designed primarily to assure protection of the public and to deter other licensees from engaging in similar misconduct. He was originally charged with the following violations:
      • Improperly prescribing controlled drugs.
      • Improperly touching 16 women, including seven whose breasts he grabbed or fondled when they were in his office and two he kissed while they were receiving "electrostimulation treatment" in a reclining chair.
      • Threatening to injure four patients.
      • Improperly fondling the scrotum of a male patient who had complained of constipation.
      • Using an improper procedure code to bill ten insurance companies for approximately $1 million more than they might pay for properly coded claims for treatment with a Dynatron machine.
      • Excessive billing in six cases, in some of which he charged both the patient and the patient's insurance company for the same services.
      • Billing third-party payers for a total of more than 24 hours of physician-patient contact time on four dates.
      • Substandard practice, including inadequate record-keeping, in treating three patients.
      • Failing to comply with an order given in 2001 by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board that he undergo to a five-day residential evaluation. The order was issued after several patients complained that he had spoken to them in an angry and loud manner, using language inappropriate for a physician. According to the charges, he underwent the evaluation but refused to release the required report to the Board

    • Suster - complete coverage on Healthwatcher Dozens of former patients at Great Lakes Pain Center, the doctor's Wauwatosa pain clinic filed complaints that include sexual misconduct, fraud and threatening to injure patients. The State Department of Regulation and Licensing filed the complaint against Suster following a year-long undercover investigation by FOX 6 News.

      His courtroom antics have recently resulted in him being escorted out of the courtroom by the local constabulary. Tim Bolen, aka Hulda Clark's general, has recently championed this fellow's cause, as he tries to add yet another notch on his smoking gun.

    • Mark Probert's answer to Tim Bolen's insane post

    Texas Attorney General sues colonics companies and hydrotherapists

    • Landmark lawsuits may shut them down AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed six lawsuits against clinics, manufacturers and one training association that have engaged in the promotion, sale or unauthorized use of prescription devices for "colonic hydrotherapy" treatments without physician involvement. The suits - five filed in Dallas and one in Austin - seek temporary and permanent injunctions to protect the public from further deaths and serious injuries.

    Cass Ingram's oregano oil products and books sold by neo-nazi web site

    • hawks more than just hate Dr. Cassim Igram, aka Dr. Oregano, Cass Ingram, Cass Igram is a frequent guest up here in Canada. On November 20, 2003 he appeared again on the Michael Coren TV show on Canada's foremost Faith-based family TV cable network CTS-TV. We told Michael that Ingram's products were being sold by at least one neo-nazi web site, but he ignored us completely. In fact, he mentioned at the beginning of the show that people had e-mailed him to basically complain about the show before it aired.

      Three days later, Cass Ingram appeared at a rally at the OISE in Toronto to raise money to help pass Bill C-420. On that panel was Trueman Tuck (see below), Helke Ferrie, and MP James Lunney. It seems that the "freedom" to sell nutraceuticals is heavily entwined with right-wing politics around the world. Some of these agendas are anti-gay, anti-semitic, anti-tax, etc. A few years ago the Consumer Health Organization's Total Health Expo, where Cass Ingram regularly appears, was in the spotlight because Eustace Mullins, a self-proclaimed rabid anti-Semite was cancelled after numerous complaints were filed.

      What in the world does a formerly licensed osteopathic doctor, who is now one of the world's foremost natural health oil gurus have in common with these people? Is it because he doesn't care who sells his stuff? Ingram still wanders around North America proclaiming that he has the answer to SARS, toxigenic E. coli, and other ills despite all of this? Hmmm.........Could it be it improves his bottom line? I'm sure that his estranged family in Windsor, Ontario, especially his teenage daughter who he hasn't seen in years really supports all of this. Now Trueman Tuck has hooked up with Nick Jerch in another attempt to support nutraceutical misadventures.

    Health Canada warns public not to use Bell Magnum Bullet

    OTTAWA - May 21, 2004 - Health Canada is warning consumers not to use Bell Magnum Bullet capsules, after it was found to contain an unauthorized substance similar, but not identical to, tadalafil. Tadalafil is a prescription drug approved for male erectile dysfunction, sold under the brand name Cialisź. Inappropriate use of tadalafil could cause severe adverse reactions.

    Given the close chemical similarity between tadalafil and the substance identified in Bell Magnum Bullet capsules, the known serious health risks associated with tadalafil could also occur with the use of this product. Since Bell Magnum Bullet is not an approved drug product permitted for sale on the Canadian market, the safe use of this product cannot be assured and there may be other unknown risks associated with its use.

    Bell Distributor's Magicc Bullet contaminated with Viagra

    • Health Canada Warns "Do not take Stamen and Bell Magicc Bullet"Both have been found to contain sildenafil, a prescription drug approved for male erectile dysfunction, sold under the brand name ViagraÍ. Inappropriate use of sildenafil could cause severe adverse reactions. Nick Jerch, who runs Bell Distributors has hired Trueman Tuck to help him file a lawsuit against Health Canada because he says that there is no Viagra in his stuff.

    • The lawsuit filed in Belleville, Ontario in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - File 1988/03 was dismissed by the judge who heard the case on December 3, 2003. The Bell Distributor's web site for Magicc Bullett was was still operational on December 8, 2003.

    • Nick Jerch uses Trueman Tuck's paralegals to claim fowl play - Affidavit allegedly filed by Kim Beach on Nov. 21, 2003 has bizarre claims that there was a some kind of worldwide "collusion" by the international pharmaceutical companies against Nick Jerch. Instead of trying to explain how the raw material in Viagra got into their Magicc pills, they blamed the messenger.

      "20. Our firm has researched additional background information on how Pharmaceutical companies in collusion with regulatory officials and manipulated media are on a premeditated basis, attempting, contrary to public interest to discredit and in some cases financially destroy non-toxic, food based medicine businesses. This is a worldwide, organized scheme that is not in the public interest."

      "21. Our firm also has done research on the failure of trusted organizations including regulatory officials to properly protect the public√s health and well-being from medical errors, dangerous medical procedures, and toxic drug products, while actively trying to censor and restrict not only truthful information, but also low risk, highly effective non-toxic, food=-based medicines."

    Chelation troubles just scraping the surface

    • Fraud and scamsInsurers and State agencies in the U.S. are clamping down on fraudulent procedures that are ripping off the public and the insurance carriers as well. You will find recent cases and a detailed rebuttal of chelation therapy on our site.

    Australian baby died after seeing quacks

    • Herald Sun - November 26, 2003 Parent's of Isabella Denley, saw a psychic, a naturopath and an iridologist before taking her off anti-seizure medication. The Melbourne couple were told the girl was reliving her past life traumas and did not suffer from epilepsy, the Coroner's Court was told. This was despite the child suffering frequent seizures for months.

    FDA destroys quack supplements

    Nov 10, 2003

    Royal Tongan Limu Dietary Supplements Promoted to Treat Various Diseases Destroyed

    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that NBTY, Inc., of Bohemia, N.Y., has completed its voluntary destruction of approximately 90,000 units of Royal Tongan Limu, a dietary supplement promoted to treat various diseases like cancer, arthritis, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

      FDA Commissioner Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. stated emphatically, "We will not tolerate companies that raise false hopes for preventing and treating illnesses, when there are more scientifically proven steps than ever before that consumers can take to improve their health."

    More Goodies

  • Health food stores give wrong advice about breast cancer - Breast Cancer Research - August, 6, 2003 - Breast cancer patients may be doing more harm than good if they take some alternative medicines, according to a new study. Investigators went to dozens of health food stores in Canada and were given terrible advice about the treatment of breast cancer. This study was an indication that the health food industry is interested more in making profits than in training staff to recognize that they should not be practicing medicine without a license.

  • FTC and FDA Crack Down on Internet Marketers of Bogus SARS Prevention Products - The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning Web site operators who suggest that their products will protect against, treat, or even cure Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that they are aware of no scientific proof for such claims and that the Web site operators must remove any misleading or deceptive claims from the Internet.
    • FDA News - May 9, 2003
    • Len Horowitz attacked by FDA - May 19, 2004 This letter refers to your firm√s marketing and distribution of the products ¶Urbani SARS Formula Nasal Spray", " Urbani SARS Formula (Standard)¶, ¶Extra Strength Urbani SARS Formula", and ¶Urbani SARS Formula Homeopathic (6X)" for the prevention, treatment, or cure of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Statements made on your Internet websites, and cureforsarsnet, demonstrate that these products are being marketed with drug claims. We request that you take prompt action to correct the noted violations. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in enforcement action being initiated by the Food and Drug Administration without further notice. The Act provides for the seizure of illegal products and for injunctions against the manufacturer and/or distributor of those products.
    • Len Horowitz's wild claims were not on the FDA/FTC site.
      Lenny is saturating the internet with bogus claims for natural treatments to prevent or treat SARS on numerous web sites. Why didn't the FTC/FDA include the letter sent to him on May 12, 2003 on their own web site. Are they afraid that if they mention his name that they will be cursed. Will Lenny have to send them a message that they will have to pray for foregiveness because they have the "wrong attitude"? Len says that he's on sabbatical until next September. I wonder if the FTC's letter will have any effect on his efforts? It seems that Len may have finally met his match. But up here in Canada, he's free to come and go as if nothing has happened. His grandstand performance at the Total Health Expo during the Toronto SARS outbreak will probably go down in history as the beginning of the end to his media spotlight.
    • - it's where his products are sold
    • Healing Celebrations and Dr. Sars - If you need devine intervention, just in case his stuff doesn't work.
    • Healing Celebrations - links
    • Vintage Lenny on Canadian Quackerywatch - His wife is Canadian and he flies in and out of Pearson International Airport without a care in the world. He really stuck his foot in his mouth in April 2003 when he was invited to be on the Michael Coren TV show. The topic had nothing to do with SARS, or vaccines. It was a political discussion about current world events. Horowitz got Coren so upset that he will never again be invited to be back on the show. Everything in the world, according to reverend Horowitz is a bloody conspiracy. One look at his evangelical zeal and public pronouncements will convince you that rural Idaho must have some serious problems with either its air, or its water. Len has moved his entire family there to escape vaccine, crime and smog in Boston and New York over the last few years. His journey spans the universe, his quest to convince the rest of the world that he is right and we are wrong is never ending. So, we'd like to see the FDA/FTC's final list of the 40 or so people that they have sent letters to. If Horowitz has not made it, then someone is obviously asleep in D.C. and Rockville.

  • Australia shuts down PAN - largest complementary medicine manufacturer - In the biggest scandal to ever face complementary medical manufacturer the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has suspended the licence held by Pan Pharmaceuticals Limited of Sydney to manufacture medicines, for a period of six months with effect 28 April 2003, because of serious concerns about the quality and safety of products manufactured by the company.

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  • A Different Way to Heal - Scientific American Frontiers with Alan Alda.
    You can watch the entire series and decide for yourself if all of this alternative medical mumbo jumbo deserves to be funded by your government, or insurance company.

  • Michael Pinkus stung by FDA - Big Time
    He has 15 days to comply or they may shut him down Well it finally came to this. Michael R. Pinkus who sits in his lounge chair down in Florida producing mind-numbing infomercials for radio and TV has finally received a warning letter from the FDA. I sometimes wonder how stupid people could have been to have believed his rubbish for CalMax, B-1 Bomber and NuZymes all these years. Well I guess if you come right after Bob Barefoot's Coral Calcium scam on Sunday morning, one of them has to be believed. My guess both of them are out to make a really big buck. But that's another story. The FDA told the Pinkus operation that their products' claims basically put them in the DRUG category.

    They said that they could exert their power to seize their stuff and close them down. Pinkus' company has two weeks to reply. How much do you want to bet that nothing will happen. He's making so much money, he could probably buy everyone in the FDA a trip to Orlando for a week during Spring Break.

  • Hulda Clark associates Zapped by the FTC - January 27, 2003
    Swiss Company Charged by FTC with Making Unsubstantiated Health Claims - The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Switzerland-based company and its U.S. counterpart with making numerous unsubstantiated efficacy claims for a variety of dietary supplements and devices that they sell on the Internet. In its complaint filed in federal court, the Commission alleges that the defendants advertise that their products and programs can cure advanced and terminal cancers, AIDS, and other serious diseases.

    The products at issue are:

    • the "Zapper," (sold as the "Super-Zapper Deluxe") a device that purportedly kills disease causing parasites in the body with electricity;
    • the "Syncrometer," a device that purportedly can diagnose diseases;
    • "Dr. Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers," a regimen that includes
    • dietary supplements. It purportedly cures advanced cases of cancer, and, when used with the "Super-Zapper Deluxe," renders surgery and chemotherapy unnecesssary;
    • the "Complete Herbal Parasite Program" - also called the Herbal Parasite Cleanse.

  • HealthWatcher's part in the Hulda Clark story

  • Complementary or alternative medicine: the need for plausibility
    - by Dr. L. John Hoffer
    I believe there is a real danger that public funds earmarked in good faith for CAM therapy research will be dissipated in a variety of ways: in descriptive sociology, in pseudo-CAM projects that are really artfully repackaged mainstream research, and in large, mostly futile RCTs of CAM therapies selected on the basis of advocacy rather than merit. The way to prove the efficacy of most CAM therapies is with well-designed RCTs, and there is no reason to believe that clinical trial designs cannot be developed that allow even complex CAM therapies to be evaluated.

  • Be wary of alternative medicine - Dr. Carl E. Bartecchi
    Richard Dawkins, professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, notes that alternative medicine is defined as that set of practices that cannot be tested, refuse to be tested or consistently fail tests. An estimated $40 billion is spent each year on unproven and often worthless treatments. The alternative medicine industry has been generous to lobbyists and prominent legislators whose efforts have resulted in laws that have neutralized our otherwise effective Food and Drug Administration. These laws prevent the FDA from removing worthless and, at times, dangerous herbs and supplements from a marketplace flooded with them.

  • More on Richard Dawkins

  • Acupuncture needles contaminated in Toronto
    Toronto boasts that it has one of the world's most advanced alternative medical communities. Thousands of eager beaver chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, housewives and new-agers take weekend courses from gurus, and unlicensed and self-proclaimed experts in the Ying and Yang. Well, it's finally came around to haunt one of their brightest stars. There may be hundreds of people at risk for Hepatitis-B and C, and maybe even HIV because one of the leading proponents of acupuncture, who works with a medical doctor in a wholistic clinic, apparently didn't take "Sterilization 101" when she worked her way up the totem pole of natural medicine on the way from Quebec. What may be just a nasty and persistent skin rash with Mycobaterium abscessus, could actually lead to deadly illnesses for hundreds of patients.
  • Oral Chelation
    Why would anyone believe a radio huckster with a fake diploma, who is called doctor, and who says that a chemical known as sodium hexametaphosphate (also better known as Calgon), is the key to cleaning our your arteries, but only if mixed with royal jelly, and bee pollen, and swirled around your mouth for 15-20 seconds several times a day?
  • BBC's Horizon show puts a final nail in the coffin of homeopathy.James Randi's millions are safe in Florida. The proof that water has memory is totally and completely false.

  • Warning on vitamin use
    Aug 30, 2002 U.K. Food Standards Authority says that taking extra vitamins is unnecessary for most people and may be harmful if taken in large quantities, a health watchdog has decided.
  • Jamieson Labs Arthrimin GS with Zinaxin
    May 28, 2002Health Canada may curb latest Jamieson attempt to sell the public as yet unproved claims for their amazing new nutraceutical. Why it even says it on the label.
  • Wasting Big Bucks On Alternative Medicine - Time Magazine May 27, 2002Why are the feds spending millions studying questionable treatments? It was no accident, then, that the OAM, the NCCAM and their advisory committees have been loaded with New Age gurus like Andrew Weil, assorted mystics, quacks § like the one that treated Harkin's allergies with bee pollen § as well as various hangers-on who apparently think that "placebo" refers to one of the Three Tenors.
  • CH-TV's Body & Health Show on chelation therapy - transcript - May 1-2, 2002This show whitewashes the negative press and research on therapy and is a fine example of the biased attitude of the so-called health shows on TV today. We invite those of you who disagree with the show to let CH know how you feel.
  • FTC and Competition Bureau team up to crush cancer quacks
    FTC Actions - April 4, 2002 The FTC alleges David L. Walker is using an Internet site to market products he claims cure cancer, including his "CWAT-Treatment: BioResonance Therapy and Molecular Enhancer." The site claims his treatments, for which he charges between $2,400 and $5,200, make surgery, chemotherapy, and other conventional cancer treatments unnecessary. The FTC alleges the claims are unsubstantiated and a declaration from a distinguished oncologist suggests the therapies are potentially harmful to cancer patients. The agency has asked the court to bar the unsubstantiated claims permanently, and order consumer redress.

    His web site is now dead, but his registration on Network Solutions gives this information. WALKER, DAVID
    1001 COOPER POINT RD. SW SUITE 140-389
    OLYMPIA, WA 98502
    360-866-8991 (FAX) 360-866-2249

  • State of Washington charge cancer quack - David L Walker An Olympia man who used theInternet to promote an alternative cancer treatment with a purported 95 percent success rate has been sued by Attorney General Christine Gregoire for allegedly engaging in deceptive practices.

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  • When Medicine is Murder
    Sharon Lerner in the Village Voice - March 27, 2002 Should a psychiatrist who used wacko combination of inhaled gases to treat young woman face criminal charges? After all it was part of his treatment, only this time the patient died, another victim of repressed memory scam.
  • Quackbusters attack U.S. Presidential commission report
    Stephen Barrett, MD - Quackwatch The head of Quackwatch and NCAHF go for the jugular in this attack on the legitimacy of the President's CAM Commission. For detailed information about the final report of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP), which was released on March 25th. The information features a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the entire report plus the "minority report" in which two Commissioners lay bare the intellectual dishonesty of the rest.

  • Positive and negative Magnets attract admirers but also many skeptics By Janet Stoodley - Chicago Tribune
    Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Let me show you this simple little gadget! Guaranteed to cure cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, dysentery and gout! All with this simple little magnet I have here!
  • Alternative Medicine: All in Your Mind - University of Wisconsin The latest addition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate school's Why Files (first mentioned in the August 9. 1996 _Scout Report_) is about alternative medicine and the actual biological effects that alternative medicine has on the human body. For many years, alternative medicine was considered "quackery", but this Web site presents some of the science behind the placebo effect and hypnosis. There is also a page on some of the effects of and concerns about St. John's Wort. A bibliography and links to related Why Files provide additional resources for those users who are not satisfied by this brief glance at the topic.
  • U.K.'s National Health Service should not pay for homeopathy - BMJ - Mark Hunter Leeds No evidence exists to justify the use of homoeopathy in the NHS, an in-depth analysis of published data has concluded. The study, carried out by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, based at York University, reviewed data from over 200 randomised clinical trials of homoeopathy in a variety of conditions. It concluded that not only was there little evidence to support the efficacy of homoeopathy, but the data that did exist were of poor quality and came from trials that were often deeply flawed.
  • NCAHF Position Statement on White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Medical ethics dictate that before any medical practices are adopted or spread, they should be validated by appropriate scientific studies. Doing less would endanger the public and remove safeguards that have evolved over centuries in the practice of rational and caring medicine.
  • FTC zaps false claims by cellphone shield makers The Federal Trade Commission has charged two companies that sold devices that purportedly protect users from electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellular telephones with making false and unsubstantiated claims.
  • Mark Yarnell targets the world with BioSource Immune 26

    BioSource affiliates use streaming video on their web sites. ABC News can't do a thing about it. Why won't they pull the plug on their web site?

  • Divisional Court uphelds CPSO decision on Vegatest doctorJozef Krop argued the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario investigation into his use of a Vegatest machine was improper and the case against him involved a bias on the part of college members and an abuse of process. However, Ontario Divisional Court in Toronto dismissed his claims and found no fault with either the investigation carried out by the CPSO or the decision of the disciplinary committee.
  • CBC Television Disclosure stings Quebec chiropractor for Vegatest Outlandish Claims: People depend on health care professionals to give them critical advice and to treat them ethically. So what happens when one of those professionals provides questionable diagnoses and charges thousands of dollars for treatment? Disclosure catches a Montreal practitioner engaging in some questionable behaviour.

  • Watch "Outlandish Claims right now - RealPlayer 15 minutes
  • Quack clinic faces new state scrutiny:
    Health officials revive doubts about "electrodermal" tester
    Repeated investigations into practice of Washington quack by State officials focused on EAV meters. He's been running rings around investigators in two states. He has a mailorder diploma, is not licensed and yet Oregon and Washington States have failed to put him away, or close him down.

    Kline calls himself Dr. Kline, based on his having a Ph.D. in 1984 from Columbia Pacific University in Novato, Calif. The unaccredited school closed its doors in 1999 after being sued by California's Attorney General.

    He still uses Vegatest devices and he is still using Dr. on his web site. So, what good did it do to investigate him?

  • Washington State Attorney General Sues Electodermal Promoters

    Seattle - September 29, 2003 -

  • Tiuana Undercover On Thursday, January 24, 2002 ABC News PrimeTIME aired a 3-segment report on "alternative" cancer clinics in Tijuana, Mexico. The report featured hidden-camera segments that expose what patients experience. Click the link above to order the transcript from ABC directly.
  • Cellu-System Magnetic Toning Shorts at Shoppers Drug Mart We've nomininated this one for the worst scam for this year, because it crosses over to both a diet scam and a magnetic scam. So, if you want to try some on and go through the metal detector at the airport and be sniffed by dogs when you fly to Tijuana for your cancer treatment, be my guest. You'll really look smart as your cellulite and your cancer cells just get sucked out, thanks to the power of magnets that draw all that good medicine to where it's needed. Leave it to Diny Petty to step up to the mike and hawk this one. After all, it would appear that she was part of the company, according to sources.

  • Natural Health Products Directorate - Canada Download the .pdf or look at the .html files on the new Regulations and Impact Statement. Will Canada really address dangerous products and their quack promoters?

  • PhytoPharma and Plant Macerat exposed on W-FIVE CTV's Special Jan. 6, 2002 - Terry Polevoy, and Ron Reinhold guided CTV through a web of deceptive practices on this award winning Canadian program.

    Bio-Terrorism Consumer Alerts

  • Phony Bio-Terrorism Potions - Consumer Affairs - FDA warnings about oil of oregano and other scams to fight anthrax, smallpox, etc.
  • Offers to Treat Biological Threats: What You Need to Know - FTC

  • FTC WARNINGS - Nov. 19, 2001 Quack anthrax treatments will be prosecuted. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is giving Web site operators one week to remove from their site any product claims that their items will protect against, detect or treat biological and chemical agents, including anthrax.
  • Miscellaneous Quacksters

  • Anthrax quacks supported by Rep. Dan Burton
  • FTC clamps down on Hulda Clark's zapper scams - again!
  • Kava Kava warnings to physicians from FDA
  • Kava Kava targetted by FDA Medwatch
  • Three dead children - Peter Bowditch commentary
  • Maryland Businessman Sentenced for Illegally Marketing Aloe Vera Compounds as AIDS and Cancer Treatments
  • Seneca College teaches quackery at taxpayer's expense
  • Claims about Viacreme MLM a bust
  • John Edwards profits from WTC disaster - Dolores Krieger uses TT
  • Biomedica's Recovery with Nutracol
  • Strauss Heart Drops scam senior citizens
  • Federal Agents search chelation therapist's home near St. Petersburg, Florida
  • FTC action against Natural Organics for bogus claims for pediatric ADHD supplement
  • Senior Swindler? A Senate committee probes the claims of a vitamin magnate pardoned by Clinton
  • Senate probes 'anti-aging' claims Recipient of Clinton pardon called to testify
  • Swindlers, Hucksters and Snake Oil Salesmen: - The Hype and Hope of Marketing Anti-Aging Products to Seniors - U.S. Senate Hearings
  • Science, Faith, and Alternative Medicine
    By Ronald W. Dworkin
  • Liver pill Rx. chopped by FTC
  • Cancer fight turns into a crusade
  • Medicine v magic: the homeopathy scam - Parents warned on 'natural' jabs - homeopathic wackos in U.K. defraud families
  • Tijuana agencies put restrictions on alternative health clinics
  • Operation Cure.All hits major quack organizations
  • Cracking down on Quackery
  • The Man Who Loves To Bust Quacks
  • Q-ray jewelry lawsuit
  • Quack-TV - Michael Coren's show
  • How to spot a quack by Stephen Barrett
  • It ain't over 'til the Fluke lady sings
  • Awareness colon cleansing scam
  • Letter to a quack from Mark Weber, a victim of PLS
  • Hulda Clark's claims debunked - really debunked.
  • Hulda Clark - Tim Bolen et. al. sued for libel
  • Yahoo ignores complaints about Tim Bolen
  • Alternive Medicine: Help, Hype or Harm?
  • Body Scan 2010 - FDA Warning Letter
  • Uncertainty of Hair Analysis
  • Synergy has cure for Depression and ADHD
  • Barefoot in our park - Coral Calcium Scams
  • Dennis Miller's version of Alt. Medicine on HBO
  • Colloidal Silver - Miracle or Menace?
  • Queen of Quack Radio dethroned, eh?
  • A Cure for All Terminal Cancer Patients
  • Cancer Care Research Group
  • MS scams - Procarin, Enermed and Zappers
  • Ginseng surprise - Time Magazine
  • McQuacks on McPhee - just what the oncologists didn't order
  • Chinese herbs heavily contaminated and adulterated.
  • Wayne Rowland can cure 100% of M.S. patients
  • Colloidal Silver zapped in Australia
  • Enermed for MS - scam or salvation?
  • Should the NIH fund cancer quacks?
  • The Pied Piper of Walkerton
  • Unlicensed therapists charged in child's death in Colorado
  • Cancer quack device exposed - thanks to HealthWatcher
  • Quackery U. for Hamilton?
  • Ontario coroners will track alt. medical deaths - Leslie Papp - Toronto Star
  • The Second Coming of Lenny, the Gentle Dentist

    More Hot Stuff

  • Dr. Leonard Horowitz

  • Mr. Bill O'Neill and the CCRG

  • Hyperbaric chamber death

  • Quack in my box - Artho-7 Gero-Vital

  • Shark cartilage

  • Tyrell Dueck 13 year old Canadian boy led to his death by politician, chiropractor and his parents

  • Elk velvet antler and other horny dilemmas - The University of Alberta's biggest boondoggle

  • Iridology

  • Growth Hormone Releasers

  • GBL killers

  • Imedeen - wrinkle remover or just another fish story?
  • "Operation Cure.All" Wages New Battle in Ongoing War Against Internet Health Fraud

    • FTC, FDA and other law enforcement agencies move to stop Internet scams for supplements and other products that purport to cure cancer, HIV/AIDS and countless other life-threatening diseases. FTC also warns of risks associated with some supplements, including drug interactions.

      This may be just the tip of the iceberg. Hulda Clark and her supporters and marketers of "Zappers", wormwood and black walnut tinctures, colloidal silver,will have a hard fight on their hands after this. We don't understand why the FTC doesn't go after Hulda Clark and her organization.

      But, one question remains, why doesn't Health Canada do the same thing about hundreds, perhaps thousands of businesses, and web sites that operate in Canada that market these products?

    Suzanne Somers - does she or doesn't she?

    When Larry King interviewed Suzanne Somers about her "cancer" she dropped a bombshell:

    Follow this and other stories about cancer quackery right here on

    Larry King controlled psychic show

    Ithaca, N.Y. - March 13, 2001

    John Edwards book - One Last Time In CSICOP's latest Web feature, Generation SXeptic columnist Matt Nisbet examines how the mass media promote pyschic mediums.

    Talking to Heaven Through Television:
    How the Mass Media Package and Sell Psychic Medium John Edward

    When psychic medium John Edward appeared March 6 on CNN's Larry King Live, viewers deserved a balanced treatment of his claims, especially considering that the Larry King Live guest panel included two skeptics and a rabbi critic. Instead, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the program's transcript indicates that King and his producers offered viewers a carefully controlled and framed promotion of psychic ability.

    Q-Ray Bogus and Fraudulent claims

    • Q-Ray Canada runs ads on CBC NewsWorld - On May 2, 2004 I was watching the Fifth Estate at 6 a.m. and was floored by the advertisement for Q-Ray. Their web site is They operate this scam out of Richmond Hill, Ontario. We can't understand how the Competition Bureau and Health Canada allow them to operate.

    • Q-Ray marketers charged with deceptive advertising - June 2, 2003 - The FTC is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, including redress, to consumers who purchased the Q-Ray Bracelet. A federal district court has issued a temporary restraining order freezing defendants' assets and prohibiting misleading or deceptive claims.

    • Q-Ray Bracelet Marketed with Preposterous Claims - Quackwatch QT, Inc., of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, markets "ionized" bracelets claimed to benefit people by balancing the body's flow of "electromagnetic energy." It is said to have been invented in 1973 by Manuel L. Polo, a chiropractor living on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

    • Mayo Clinic study trashes Q-Ray claims - Adobe .pdf file.

    Is Chinese Medicine Really Winning Western Acceptance?

    Ken MacQueen's article focuses on what is happening in the TCM community in British Columbia. My personal thoughts are that just because snake-oil is alive and well in Vancouver is no reason to give it credibility. The struggle to control quackery and dangerous herbs has just begun. Why put the fox in charge of the chicken coup? Canada has failed to control dangerous herbs, contaminated with hormones, heavy metals and worse. How in the world does certifying someone in the use of those unproved and dangerous remedies going to improve things.?

    CMAJ flips on new Canadian Natural Health Products Directorate

    Well, well, the esteemed Canadian Medical Association Journal has changed its tune on natural health care. Just a year or so ago, their editorial staff featured Bill O'Neill and his CCRG, the notoriously bad-acting and foulmouthed quack promoter from the Ottawa area. Now, they've asked us all to take a look at the wacky world of the regulation of natural health products, Canadian style. Unfortunately, the editorial is unsigned. Let's send them some good messages. And another curious thing, their web site is still the Office of Natural Health Products. When does an office become a "directorate"?

    Safety investigation into trendy herbal cure

    By Severin Carrell

    11 March 2001

    As Indian alternative medicine is enjoying a surge in popularity in Britain it is now under investigation following fears over health risks. A series of cases from Europe of poisoning from other treatments that contain heavy metals and organophosphates have raised fears about the quality of the herbs used.

    Michael Coren cops a plea

    • Christian fundamentalist, refuses to discuss controversy at Total Health Expo - March 15, 2001
    • It was the best of was the worst of tmes, and last night on the Michael Coren Show on the CTS-TV cable show he decided that it was not proper to discuss the real intentions of the Consumer Health Organization's latest quack expo. We've filed our usual complaint with the Cable Television Standards Council, but we don't think they will do a thing to correct the serious errors made by a well-known Canadian physician.

    Jewish group protests Eustace Mullins at Toronto's Total Health Expo 2001

    Libby Gardon, the high priestess of the Total Health Expo, continues her campaign to discredit science by allowing a known anti-semitic, racist, Holocaust revisionist to be featured at her so-called health expo. Is she part of this conspiracy to defame scientists who are not of her own ethnic or religious background?

    Libby Gardon says that she never heard that Eustace Mullins had any anti-semitic views. The Canadian Jewish Congress' Bernie Farber was interviewed on Toronto's CBC Radio ONE in Toronto on February 21, 2000, and he didn't split hairs. The CJC issues this press release to go along with this outrage:

    "We are shocked that an organization concerned with health matters would involve itself with such an individual," said CJC, Ontario Region Chair, Keith M. Landy. "In the course of his racist career, Eustace Mullins has claimed that the Jews poison American children via the Polio vaccine, and that Jews murder children to drink their blood." I don't know about you, but if the CJC thinks that Libby Gardon and the are concerned with "health matters", I don't think they really know what their true agenda has been over the years. Gardon's organization sells Mullins' books, and they provide a platform for wacko survivalists, alien abductees, and paranoid messianics of all stripes and colors. Their Expos have nothing to do with the provision of useful health information. The fact that dentists and chiropractors and schools of natural health have booths there speaks to the sorry state of alternative health care in the world. For instance, their platforms have been used by quack cancer clinics in Tijuana to promote their unproved treatments. The name of Tyrell Dueck was introduced to 1999 show, the 13 year old boy who refused to have surgery on his leg, and ended up dying after a trip to one of their sponsor's clinics in Tijuana. Last year, Hulda Clark and Tim Bolen were there surrounded by goons in blue suits. One of them made threats to me personally.

    Is the Consumer Health Organization operating as a front for right wing, fundamentalist, anti-semitic individuals, or does it just appear that way to me?

    Eustace Mullins is headed for Canada

    • Mullins to wallow ashore at Salmon Arm instead of Toronto - CHBC-TV A man described by the Canadian Jewish Congress as "one of the most vitriolic anti-semites in North America" is making a visit to the Shuswap this summer for a speaking engagement. Eustice Mullins is an author and notorious hate-monger who lives in Virginia. His articles have characterized Jews as blood-drinkers and baby killers. He has described blacks as satanic. The Salmon Arm based "Preferred Network" is organizing a "new age" festival this August in Salmon Arm, where Mullins will be a guest speaker. Preferred Network is a business which sells "alternative" books and videos. In February, a controversy erupted in Toronto, when it was reported that Mullins was to speak at an alternative trade show there. Mullins was barred from the Toronto show, after sponsors and other speakers threatened to cancel if he appeared.
    Mullins was banned from Toronto meeting, now he's headed for Salmon Arm, B.C. to offer his opinion. Mr. Mullins' view of the world as a place where nothing is what it seems and where our most cherished beliefs are pathetic misconceptions is entirely in sync with what the alternative health movement preaches. This is why he gets invited back again and again to such events. Hard core health nuts want to hear Mr. Mullins condemn modern medicine in exactly the same way white supremacists want to hear him condemn Jews -- as an evil force that preys on the innocent.

    Rogers Communications does nothing to stop colon cleansing scam

    For months now, Canadian AM radio stations have broadcast a totally bogus system for cleansing your colon and improving your health. JJ Richards, one of the deans of Canadian talk radio broadcasters from the west coast teams up with Paige Matisse to convince listeners that most diseases, mainly serious ones are caused by visible and invisible parasites. If Hulda Clark's claims were unbelievable, this group goes on and on about it, not for 30 minutes, but for a whole hour. If the show are still on, you can listen to them live on radio links.

    Primary Lateral Sclerosis Can Be Stopped?

    Are his claims true? Mark Weber doesn't think so. In perhaps one of the most moving and thorough accounts of a victim's search to find a cure for PLS, progressive lateral sclerosis. Mark has taken Helmut Prahl's claims and skewered them, boiled them in oil and then shredded them to bits. If there is a reason for quackwatchers or quackbusters to exist, this is it.

    Weber's conclusions are a must read. Read about Prahl's other scams, false promises, the recruitment of the supplement industry to market his cures and more.

    B.C. takes steps to legitimize Hokum

    Globe and Mail - Dec. 30, 2000 - CAROLINE ALPHONSO
    • TCM to be regulated - More than a century after Chinese people came to Canada, their traditional medicine, once dismissed as hokum by Western doctors, is being recognized in British Columbia as a legitimate, regulated health profession.
    (CQ Comments: O.K. So does that mean that we will have to train TCM black bear gall bladder assessors, or dog meat inspectors? This has gone too far. It's one thing to make sure that the public is protected from Chinese herbs contaminated with steroids, or valium, or prednisone. That isn't being done now. What in the world does the B.C. government expect to gain by legitimizing more quacks and dangerous practitioners? If 500 people are supposed to be able to be "tested" what will they be tested with? First they have to prove that it works. It's like chiropractic all over again. This crap about TCM being around for 2,000 years is about as scientific as saying that because laetrile is a natural substance, we should all eat apricot pits to ward off cancer. Or how about old Canadian born, DD Palmer, who by knocking the wax out of a janitor's ear founded chiropractic which as close to quackery as you can get. It too, is under government control and yet quacks thrive in it openly. They are almost never disciplined by their regulators. Who will control the TCM regulators in B.C. What about the other Provinces? What will they do about people who go to B.C. because they can get licensed there? Who will train the trainers. Two thousand years, and they can't even get acupuncture points to agree. Boy, that's progress. Most Chinese want Western medicine. Give it up for B.C. folks, it's all politics.)

    Hair analysis can't stand up

    BodyScan 2010 - FDA Warning

    Michelle Vandepas doesn't seem to care about the FDA's warning letter that was sent to her on May 19, 2000. The president of the Colorado Springs based Phazx Systems just goes merrily along with claims for a biofeedback system that she sells and licenses to clients who treat medical problems. Some are actually chiropractors, like Walter Jaakkola, and Andy Ptak. Leonard Haimes, a medical doctor uses it along with homeopathic treatments. It's not that she's stupid or something like that. She was clearly told by the FDA what this device called BioScan 2010 could claim, and she out and out defied the regulations. Instead she placed advertisements and set up a web site to market her bogus medical device to scam artists, who could in turn defraud their clients. Computerized wellness scam links Electrodermal links to Scientology

    Hydrazine sulphate kills CAM cancer victim

  • Sixth Annual Report on Complementary Medicine - House of Lords - November 21, 2000The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread and increasing across the developed world. This raises significant issues of public health policy such as whether good structures of regulation to protect the public are in place; whether an evidence base has been accumulated and research is being carried out; whether there are adequate information sources on the subject; whether the practitioner's training is adequate and what the prospects are for NHS provision of these treatments. It was the need to consider these issues that prompted this Inquiry

    Bipolar Disorder Treated with Hype and Hope

    Let's wipe out all we know about the treatment of bipolar manic-depression. That's what a psychologist, and a psychiatrist from the University of Calgary, and a non-medical research group from rural Alberta want you to believe. At the Canadian Psychiatric Association meeting in Victoria a paper was delivered to the audience of mental health professionals. You've got to read it, but I warn you, it's from Canada, eh!

  • Synergy has the cure for all your bipolar needs!!!
  • Whole Life Expo Toronto
    Quackery Extraordinaire

    • Come one, come all to just about the best quack-fest in Canada.
    The Toronto Convention Centre again boasts of one of the best bunch of snake-oil sales people in Canada. Defrocked doctors, magnetic moguls, zapped couples, and even a real doctor or two are their for the scamming.

    Naturopath shills for SambuGuard

    Who better to promote unproved herbal stuff in major advertising campaign than a Vancouver naturopath? While he's at it, why not solicit patients, tour the country, and appear as a guest performer at a major Toronto alt. med. show? Where are the naturopathic regulators, and Health Canada when you need them?

    Mom said he'd have a magnetic personality

    So, my son the doctor becomes "my son the bio-magnetic man". Why would a professor of surgery at the University of Toronto choose to become a radio huckster? It took nearly two years for TALK640 to clean up its Saturday afternoon full of the likes of Katrina Kulhay, Vincent DeMarco, Tim Bolen, and Mr. Bill O'Neill. They say "Try it you'll like it, and it's guaranteed and tested".

    Body & Soul or Unhealthy Scamfest?

    If it's Shoppers Drug Mart magnetic healing bracelets, Mannatech, Noni Juice, homeopathy, reflexology and a 4 foot tall plastic spine you want, then toodle on down to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario where you can see this Province's largest single display of chiropractic flambangery by Ogi Ressel, an executive with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. And remember, they say that mall displays are o.k. to educate the public. They just don't like personal displays and don't like chiropractors talking in public about their opposition to vaccines. Well, unless I'm totally blind, this expo topped the mark so far this year for breaking the codes of ethics and policies of the CCO.

    Close encounters of an alternative kind

    BMJ - November 4, 2000

    John Diamond, who has oral cancer, last week received the 2000 Health Watch Award for informing the public about reliable cancer treatments. This is an edited version of his acceptance speech.

    "If orthodox doctors tried to get away with that sort of nonsense they'd be kicked out of the business in five minutes flat. But the alternativists do it all the time."

    Unhealthy radio on Talk 640

    Public fed weekly two-hour infomercial for unproven remedies - NOW Magazine - Nov. 2-9, 2000 By Colman Jones Toronto radio listeners interested in alternative solutions to health problems have one less outlet since Talk 640 yanked the Saturday-afternoon The Touch Of Health show hosted by Christine McPhee.

    It's a situation followers of natural health trends may find appalling given the current pharmaceutical monopoly, but many of McPhee's fans may not have been aware that the show -- which often featured big names in natural healing like Carolyn deMarco and Zolton Rona -- was in fact a two-hour paid ad.

    Follow the story and you decide if a two hour paid infomercial was ever revealed by station management. They just don't get it, even now.


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