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    Snake Oil Science:
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    by R. Barker Bausell

    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.


    In his lively debut, health and medical journalist Hurley takes aim at the $21 billion supplement industry and its potentially injurious "natural" products. Hurley maintains that the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 is one of the worst laws on the books. Shielding vitamins and herbal concoctions from FDA testing, it requires only that no curative claims be made for such "dietary supplements." If you think that "herbal" weight loss products are all safe, think again. Hurley targets the scam artists who sold billions of dollars of adulterated pills to make a buck, and left many people dead or permanently ill for the rest of their lives. The Chinese herbal products for weight-loss are especially dangerous.

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  • Bolen doesn't know fact from fiction

    For those of you who don't know who Patrick Timothy Bolen is, or what he believes, get ready for a shock. He has taken positions in defense of numerous medical and dental professionals who have been at the leading edge of quackery and consumer fraud. He misrepresents legal proceedings at every turn. It seemed to start when he was brought on the Hulda Clark team to keep her from going to jail for practicing medicine without a license. But, it hasn't stopped there. If you have been defamed, libeled or mentioned in any of Bolen's bizarre, and disjointed rants on the internet, you can help set things straight. You can help us sustain the defamation and libel lawsuit in California against Tim Bolen, Hulda Clark, and their associates.

    Cyberstalking and lies by Tim Bolen

    Bolen Report takes aim and misses

    On or about May 2, 2007 Tim Bolen issued one of his monstrous attacks about myself and others in his Bolen Report. His tactic is to destroy me professionally and personally, and that has been his goal ever since he was hired by cancer quack Hulda Clark many years ago. He has again threatened me with bodily harm. He did this with intent, in order to provoke me into taking some kind of action against him.

    Mr. Bolen will continue his bloody lies until one day he will face the consequences. Mr. Bolen pretends that he was never in any conspiracy to defame me. Unfortunately, this has never been proven in any court because Bolen has never taken an oath in front of a judge. But his depositions in our case and in others along the way are so full of holes that one can only imagine what goes on inside his head.

    A deposition of Mr. Bolen in the Cavitat case showed that he is living outside the law on Federal land in California, has admitted misstating his business information with regard to tax authorities, and admits he has been making false statements about Dr. Barrett and Dr. Baratz for many years. He had claimed multiple violations of the law by both of them, and when asked under oath to give one example, he could not.

    Patrick T Bolen's deposition in the Cavitat case. It's in Adobe .pdf format - 339 pages

    This document includes the following testimony:

    • Bolen resides in and operates his JuriMed business from a house he leases in the Cleveland National Forest.
    • He moved there seven or eight years previously after losing his home in a foreclosure sale.
    • He routinely deducts personal expenses as business expenses.
    • He could not remember which income tax returns he had filed during the previous five years.

    Bolen has vocally supported some major losers over the years. Almost all of the healthcare professionals that he sided with are no longer able to practice their profession with impunity. Some have had their licenses stripped by their State regulators. One of the companies that he has championed, Cavitat, has declared bankruptcy (and he was a shareholder in that one).

    Tim and Jan Bolen's abode
    26 Hot Springs Canyon Rd
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

    Business use of a National Forest home site is illegal. So if there are any Federal process servers who need directions to his home they can be found.
    Just click here to get a birds-eye view of the topography that surrounds his wonderful rented cabin.

    For an even better look use Google Road Map or perhaps another overhead scenic view. Follow the many links below to the original lawsuit against Bolen, Hulda Clark and others for details.

    If you would like to help to bring justice in this matter kindly follow the links above and let us know what you can do to set the record straight.

    Comments by Terry Polevoy, MD

    February 9, 2005

    Appeal for help by Terry Polevoy - a victim of cyberstalking. I was recently threatened again via e-mail and through posts on the internet by Tim Bolen who lives in the San Juan Capistrano area of California. And again some of these posts were repeated on Usenet. These personal assaults were reported officially where they should be, to the individual ISPs, the e-mail services and to the police. Those of us who have been victimized by cyberstalking bullies who represent the natural health movement and cancer quacks should not feel alone. If you have been personally victimized or targeted by these folks contact me privately. The following links may help explain how these people operate. Since the natural health people and cancer quacks use this group to monitor for anything that I say, please contact me privately if you feel you need to share your thoughts without being made a target, too. On the other hand, it may be useful to make your thoughts public, and give examples of how you have been victimized. The defamation and libel lawsuit against Ilena Rosenthal in California has reached their Supreme Court. I don't know when it will be heard. The defamation lawsuit against Tim Bolen (Patrick Timothy Bolen), Jan Bolen, Hulda Clark, some of her family, and their friends and others is still active. Each and every personal attack made against me by those who are presently being sued has been recorded and will most certainly be useful in any amendments to the original lawsuit. So, keep your eyes opened and if you feel that you can contribute to the effort to sustain the drive to protect our privacy, our reputation, and our lives please let me know. Recent posts and private communications have included statements made by Tim Bolen that are not true. They are out and out lies. These vicious lies have been communicated to Canadian Trueman Tuck via e-mail. They have been reposted on Usenet again by someone who is anonymous. Owen Fonorow posted my picture on the web site for a day or so and it linked to the article authored by Bolen. The link is still there, but my picture is not on his web site. Bolen claims to have 285,000 subscribers to his newsletter to Health Freedom Fighters, etc. Those claims, if true, could be very damaging to his case when it comes time to sit down with the judge, or jury. I believe that Bolen has had difficulties with several ISPs, and now seems to have established several different IP locations that may have hosted his enterprises. We still don't know actually where he is physically located, or where his computers are actually operating from. His former deposition is obviously now seriously out of date because of this cruel and vicious attack on me personally. We have a long way to go to establish the actual facts in the case as they involve Bolen's recent activities. Ilena Rosenthal has remained active in her direct attacks against me. She has published tens of thousands of posts on Usenet over the last few years.

    To keep up with the story, please take a refreshing look at Bolen and his associates. You can link to Rosenthal and Hulda Clark from there. Links and thoughts about EFF: Links to articles on the EFF.ORG web site about Ilena Rosenthal: Google search for EFF.ORG and Polevoy: Links to articles on the ACLU-NC web site about Ilena Rosenthal : It may be useful to contact members of the press in your area with a view to cover the story. The impact of government intervention and legal actions in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to stop cancer quackery has not stopped those who support the Hulda Clarks of the world from continuing their activities. If we sit back and just take the abuse without fighting publicly about it, this struggle will drag on for years. If there are cyberstalking laws in effect in Canada and the U.S. they certainly are not protecting those of us who are the victims. We are way behind in North America to defend the rights of individuals who are the intended targets of these cybercriminals. They may not be stealing money, or phishing for a living, but their intent is to ruin lives at no cost to themselves. The losers in all of this will be those dark forces who claim to have the cure for all diseases inside a small box worth just a few dollars, or in herbs or potions that do nothing at all. We need effective cyberstalking laws that are enforceable and effective. The freedom of the press, or the internet is not the issue here. The rights to speak out against the goons and bullies who lie and distort reality to their own ends overweighs the right of those who intend to destroy the truth. Thanks and please continue your good work. Terry

    Important links

    • Trueman Tuck's web site - located in Belleville, Ontario. He dedicates a special web page to me. Of course very little of this site has anything do do with me. But Tim Bolen has staked out his claim that he and Tuck are pretty tight and if you believe what any of them say, I feel sorry for you.

      A long list of posts include individuals such as Hulda Clark, Lorraine Day, James Shortt, Stuart Suster,

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