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.
Autism's False Profits: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure (Hardcover)
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.
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.
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.
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:
The Truth about Complementary
and Alternative Medicine
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.
Based on the recently published book, "MS TOOLKIT - A Patients' & Caregivers' Guide to Multiple Sclerosis," MS TOOLKIT will inform patients and caregivers about the realities of the disease, its possible causes, effects, and treatments. It will provide current information on new developments, clinical trials and other important matters for those dealing with MS.
Finally! A how-to kit for understanding and dealing with multiple sclerosis - "MS" - one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases of the central nervous system. The true "story of multiple sclerosis' impact" - on everyone! If you have MS, or know someone with MS, you simply cannot be without this book! Cary Polevoy speaks candidly about the impact of MS and chronic disease on the lives of patients, family, friends, and co-workers, revealing critical information about the disease, the effectiveness of highly touted treatments, and what everyone should know BEFORE they find themselves stricken with a crippling disease or sidetracked by a career-ending accident: the importance of disability insurance and how to navigate the often onerous paths of insurance companies and Social Security. Everything is contained in one highly readable volume that everyone will understand. It is a necessity for anyone that has MS for dealing with the changes in their lives, family and work, and the medical community.
Cary J. Polevoy
Cary was first diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS in July 1995. He currently has secondary progressive MS. He is the author of the new book, "MS TOOLKIT - THE PATIENTS' & CAREGIVERS' GUIDE TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS," published in August 2006. Cary's career saw him employed as a chief financial officer, securities analyst, portfolio manager, and stockbroker. He became unable to work in 2000. Since 1996, as his health has allowed, Cary has been a participant in, and a major fundĖraiser for, the Colorado MS150 Bike Tour, held for the benefit of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cary has also been active as a member of the NMSS Speakersí Bureau and as an NMSS Peer Support Mentor. He has periodically contributed articles and editorials about multiple sclerosis to the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Cary lives with his wife, Chris, and their two dogs and three cats, in Centennial, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
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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.
This book is also available in Canada from Amazon.ca
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.
This book is also available in Canada from Amazon.ca
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.
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.
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 Ottawa Police & CPSO
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Judge Refuses to Gag Trudeau Critics - ConsumerAffairs.com
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
Is this really Kevin Trudeau's own Match.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Quackometer.net - The quackometer is an experiment to see if it is easy to spot quack web sites just from the language they use. The idea for this site came about after various discussions on Guardian writer Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Kline's web site is still up and running on October 6, 2005Monte 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.
Boys father was a medical doctor in the UK - Abubakar Tariq Nadama, whose father is a doctor, died on Tuesday after receiving his third round of chelation therapy, an intravenous treatment designed to remove heavy metals from the body.
Cheatlation. Yes, that is how it should be spelled - Peter Bowditch's RatBags.com
"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.)
Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism - Institute of Medicine - This eighth and final report of the Immunization Safety Review Committee examines the hypothesis that vaccines, specifically the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines, are causally associated with autism. The committee reviewed the extant published and unpublished epidemiological studies regarding causality and studies of potential biologic mechanisms by which these immunizations might cause autism.
The committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. The committee also concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.
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
- 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 Shapefast.com, 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."
"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.
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 Casewatch.com 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 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"
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.
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.
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?
Before you can understand super-homeopathy, you need to know a bit about good old-fashioned homeopathy, as developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).
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
Pulling the plug on fairness - great review of Hammesfahr and his battles with the pressWilliam Hammesfahr, a neurologist brought in by the Schindlers for a 2002 hearing who claims that Terri Schiavo is not in the "persistent vegetative state" claimed by Michael Schiavo. An Oct. 23, 2002, Miami Herald article notes that Hammesfahr "charges cash for treatments and advertises himself as a nominee for a Nobel Prize based on a letter his congressman wrote to the Nobel committee." An Oct. 25, 2003, St. Petersburg Times article noted that Hammesfahr "offered no names, no case studies, no videos and no test results to support his claim" that Terri Schiavo could be helped.
Since the Schiavo affair began, this neurologist who brags about his alleged "Nobel Prize Nomination" openly on his web site has appeared on scores of radio and TV shows. I would assume that Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity had no idea that his "nomination" was made by his own Congressman, Michael Bilrakis, from Clearwater, Florida.
As fas as his qualifications are concerned, Hammesfahr is a board certified neurologist who had his troubles at one time in his home State over the billing of a patient. If you would put his c.v. next to a real Nobel Prize nominee, it would be worth absolutely nothing. He is not on the staff of any teaching hospital, nor does he appear to have any affiliation with a medical school. So, what in the world was this Congressman nominating him for in the first place back in 1999?
Stroke therapy's creator labeled pioneer, quack - St. Pete Times - Jul 7, 1999. pg. 1.B
Hammesfahr has been mentioned on Quackwatch, a Web site focusing on fraud and quackery in medicine. His articles have been turned down by well-known medical journals. And a Miami Beach neurologist has filed a complaint with the state accusing Hammesfahr of fraudulent advertising.
"In my opinion, it's irresponsible to market any treatment to the public before it has gone through the peer review process," said Dr. Steven Novella, a Yale neurologist who wrote an article about Hammesfahr for Quackwatch.
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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.
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'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.
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.
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, www.vitamist.com.
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
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 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.
"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, 2004Michael 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 - ABCNEWS.com
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.
Eva Briggs gets instructions from Grassy Mohawk guy
Gary Young and his Essential Oils
Gary Young Essentially Wacko at Toronto's Total Health ExpoThey 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.
HealthWatcher.net Announces The True Story of EMPOWERPLUS
Pig Pills, Inc. the Synergy Group
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.
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.
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 ClaimsMarketers 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 MillionDirect 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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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.
"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 GroniiHamer, 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.
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.