The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America / Edition 1

The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America / Edition 1

by Stephen J. Barrett, William Jarvis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879758554

ISBN-13: 9780879758554

Pub. Date: 10/01/1993

Publisher: Prometheus Books

While medical science has never had more to offer, many people are turning to "alternatives" such as chiropractic, homeopathy, "organic" foods, vitamin supplements, herbs, chelation therapy, and occult "healers." Millions of Americans who are unenlightened, seriously ill, or desperate have fallen into the clutches of TV promoters, nutrition hustlers, or other con…  See more details below

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While medical science has never had more to offer, many people are turning to "alternatives" such as chiropractic, homeopathy, "organic" foods, vitamin supplements, herbs, chelation therapy, and occult "healers." Millions of Americans who are unenlightened, seriously ill, or desperate have fallen into the clutches of TV promoters, nutrition hustlers, or other con artists whose offerings are ineffective or dangerous - and sometimes lethal. But quackery is not confined to individuals who fit the popular image of a quack. Significant numbers of well-trained physicians have strayed from science into "fad diagnoses" and unproven treatments that lack a rational basis. The Health Robbers, featuring more than twenty highly respected authorities, explains the dangers of quack medicine, "alternative" cancer remedies, health fads, and "miracle diets." It argues for stronger laws and more vigorous policing of the marketplace. And it answers such questions as: "Are 'organic' foods worth their extra cost?" "Can acupuncture cure anything?" "Will vitamin B[subscript 12] shots pep me up?" "Can diet cure arthritis?" "Will spinal adjustments help my health?" "Will amino acids 'pump up' my muscles?" "Where can reliable information be obtained?" and "What's the best way to get good medical care?" Even if the answers to some of these questions seem obvious, the details in this volume, written in an informative, highly readable, and easy-to-understand style, will astound you. Quackery often leads to harm because it turns ill people away from legitimate and trusted therapeutic procedures. However, its heaviest toll is in financial loss not only to those who pay directly, but to everyone who pays for bogus treatments through taxes, insurance premiums, and other ways that are less obvious. Chapter titles include: "The Food Fear Epidemic" ("Beware of chemical con men"), "The Overselling of Herbs" ("More hype than help"), "Quackery and the Media" ("Should we believe what we see and hear?"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879758554
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Consumer Health Library Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword: P. T. Barnum was right
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1How Quackery Sells: Clinical tricks of the supersalesman1
2Vitamin Pushers and Food Quacks: How to spot a nutrition hustler23
3The Make-Believe Doctors: Medical impostors45
4Occult Health Practices: Why the proof of the pudding is not in the eating55
5The Food-Fear Epidemic: Beware of chemical con men67
6"Alternative" Cancer Treatment: Doublespeak that can kill you83
7The Misery Merchants: Exploiting arthritis sufferers101
8Weight Control: Facts, Fads, and Frauds: Beware of fat profiteers113
9Avoiding the "Marginal" Medic: How to spot a fuzzy-thinking physician125
10Unproven "Allergies": An Epidemic of Nonsense "Environmental illness" and the "yeast connection"137
11Immunoquackery: Riding the crest of AIDS155
12The Spine Salesmen: Don't let chiropractors fool you161
13Homeopathy: Is It Medicine? Much ado about nothing191
14Genuine Fakes: The "organic" ripoff203
15The Overselling of Herbs: More hype than help213
16Vitalistic Gurus and Their Legacies: Natural health?225
17The Multilevel Mirage: Person-to-person hype253
18Acupuncture: Nonsense with Needles: Don't get stuck259
19Nutrition for Athletes: Myths vs. Facts: An insider's views on "ergogenic aids"269
20Quackery by Mail: The "guarantees" are as bogus as the product281
21The Tooth Robbers: The unfounded attack on fluoridation295
22Dubious Dental Care: Delusions and poor science in the dental office307
23The Gadgeteers: Exploiting science321
24The Miracle Merchants: Faith healing doesn't work337
25The Eye Exorcisors: Don't throw away your glasses347
26The "Holistic" Hodgepodge: Look beyond the slogans355
27Prominent Promoters: Have they confused you?367
28"Health Freedom" Crusaders: Fighting to make quackery legal397
29The Mental Health Maze: How to find a therapist421
30The Mind Robbers: Destructive cults443
31Quackery and the Media: Should we believe what we see and hear?447
32Why Quackery Persists: Quacks never sleep457
33The Truth-Seekers: Voices of scientific truth465
34Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Laws: How well does government protect you?477
35Getting the Most from Your Doctor: Communication tips485
36Fighting Quackery: Tips for Activists: Your effort may even save a life!495
Recommended Reading501
Index507

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