Recommended Consumer
Protection Publications

 

CONSUMER HEALTH: A GUIDE TO INTELLIGENT DECISIONS (2006) [NEW]
Eighth edition of leading college text covering all aspects of basic health strategy for consumers. Includes much information on food faddism, quackery, and "alternative methods." Thoroughly referenced. By Stephen Barrett, M.D., William M. London, Ed.D., Robert S. Baratz, M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., and Manfred Kroger, Ph.D. Softcover, 608 pages, 90.

CHIROPRACTIC: THE GREATEST HOAX OF THE CENTURY? (2005)
L.A. Chotkowski, M.D., FACP, describes observations made during his half-century of medical practice. Includes reports of cases; the author's observations at New York Chiropractic College, a chiropractic office, and a chiropractic lecture; and details of critical reports in the media. Second edition, softcover, 208 pages, $15.

QUACK! TALES OF MEDICAL FRAUD FROM THE
MUSEUM OF QUESTIONABLE MEDICAL DEVICES (2000)
Bob McCoy has assembled an illustrated guide to hundreds of bogus health and beauty devices used to separate people from their money. They include the Prostate Gland Warmer, the Recto Rotor, the Nose Straightener, and the Wonder Electric Generator. Softcover, 238 pages, $20.00

LYING FOR FUN AND PROFIT: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MEDIA (2000)
Kurt Butler reveals how talk shows and other media outlets promote quackery without the slightest concern about whether or not they harm their audience. He also describes his many efforts to counter the problem. Softcover, 310 pages. $8.00 [List price $19.95]

SCIENCE MEETS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT THE EVIDENCE
SAYS ABOUT UNCONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS (2000)

The covered topics include research principles; origins of alternative medicine; current trends; theories of Andrew Weil,; naturopathy; therapeutic touch; colloidal silver treatment; psychological aspects of belief in unconventional treatments; bogus conspiracy theories; and ethics of promoting unproven treatments. Edited by Wallace Sampson, M.D., and Lewis Vaughn. Softcover, 246 pages, $19.

INSIDE CHIROPRACTIC: A PATIENT'S GUIDE (1999)
Samuel Homola has produced an incisive guide to chiropractic's history, benefits, and shortcomings. No one should ever contemplate or undergo chiropractic care without reading this book. Thoroughly referenced and indexed. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Hardcover, 280 pages, $25.

THE PSYCHIC MAFIA (1999)
Lamar Keene's exposé of mediums and "fortune-tellers." Softcover, 194 pages, $17.

THE HONEST HERBAL (1999)
Fourth edition of this referenced analysis of more than 100 herbs and related substances. By Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., a leading expert on pharmacognosy. Hardcover, 460 pages, $35.00 [List price $54.95]. Softcover $17 [List price $24.95)

HERBS OF CHOICE (1999)
Second edition of Tyler's guide to the therapeutic use of herbs, arranged by problem. Softcover, 297 pages, $15.00 [List $19.95]

CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY: THE TRUTH ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS (1998)
A close look at multiple chemical sensitivity, sick building syndrome, Gulf War syndrome, the Feingold diet, the mercury-amalgam scam, and allegations of unhealthy schools. Thoroughly referenced. By Stephen Barrett, M.D., and Ronald E. Gots, Ph.D. Hardcover, 220 pages, $27.

THE ERGOGENICS EDGE: PUSHING THE LIMITS OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE (1997)
Comprehensive discussion of the nutritional, pharmacologic, physiologic, biomechanical, and psychologic methods used to aid sports performance. Includes ratings of more than 60 "ergogenic aids" with respect to effectiveness, safety, legal aspects, and ethical concerns. By Melvin H. Williams, Ph.D. Softcover, 327 pages, $18.

THE WHOLE TOOTH (1997)
The essential guide to protecting your dental health and your pocketbook. Covers preventive care, finding a good dentist, dental restorations, cosmetic dentistry, dental quackery and fraud, and dental insurance programs, including managed care. By Marvin J. Schissel, D.D.S., and John E. Dodes, D.D.S. Hardcover, 284 pages, $10.

CIGARETTES: WHAT THE WARNING LABEL DOESN'T TELL YOU (1996)

The American Council on Science and Health's comprehensive guide to the health consequences of smoking. Includes contributions from experts in 20 medical specialties. Softcover, 214 pages, $17.

CHIROPRACTIC: THE VICTIM'S PERSPECTIVE (1995)
George Magner has produced a comprehensive report on chiropractic's history, current status, marketing tactics, dubious diagnostics and therapeutics, insurance abuses, dangers, "chiropractic pediatrics," and more. Thoroughly referenced. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Hardcover, 260 pages, 50 illustrations, $27.

FLEECED! TELEMARKETING RIPOFFS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM (1995)
Fred Schulte's startling exposé of telemarketing scams and who profits from them. Hardcover, 361 pages, $26.

THE VITAMIN PUSHERS: HOW THE "HEALTH FOOD" INDUSTRY
IS SELLING AMERICA A BILL OF GOODS (1994)

Stephen Barrett, M.D., and Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., explain in detail why the industry is a form of organized crime. The topics include propaganda techniques, "nutrition insurance," "stress vitamins," the pharmacy connection, "ergogenic aids," dubious diagnostic tests, fad diagnoses, nutrition cultism, the endless parade of gurus, the multilevel mirage, "chiropractic nutrition," homeopathic fakery, elaborate marketing schemes, nutrition and the media, "vitamin wars," companies that have marketed illegally, and glossary of supplements and "health foods." Hardcover, 548 pages, 100 illustrations, $30. (Canada 31.00)

"ALTERNATIVE" HEALTHCARE: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (1994)

Jack Raso, M.S., R.D., examines the practices and philosophic underpinnings of more than 200 types of "alternative" methods and describes personal experiences with many. Features ayurveda, Qigong, reiki, yoga, macrobiotics, "body psychotherapies," "mystical" chiropractic, Cayce remedies, naturopathy, Natural Hygiene. Hardcover, 275 pages, $30.

THE HEALTH ROBBERS: A CLOSE LOOK AT QUACKERY IN AMERICA (1993)

The most important and comprehensive book about quackery ever published. Covers chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, faith healing, vitamin pushers, mail-order quackery, "fad" diagnoses, overselling of herbs, cancer and arthritis quackery, unproven "allergies," dubious dentistry, multilevel marketing, immunoquackery, "organic" foods, weight-control facts/fads, occult practices, holistic hodgepodge, prominent promoters, why quackery persists, what can be done, and more. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. Foreword by Ann Landers. Hardcover, 544 pages, $30. (Canada $31.00)

MYSTICAL DIETS (1993)
Reports on the author's investigations of macrobiotics, Edgar Cayce, Anthroposophic medicine, multilevel marketing (Km and Nature's Sunshine), mail-order nutrition, chiropractic nutrition, naturopathy, "complementary" and "alternative" medicine, Gerson diet, Natural Hygiene, Ayurvedic medicine, nutripathy, and schools offering dubious credentials. By Jack Raso, M.S., R.D. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Hardcover, 300 pages, $29.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE (1993)
Mark Twain's caustic attack on Christian Science and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, whom he described as "the queen of hypocrites." Analyzes her greed, lust for power, self-dedication, and incoherent writing. Softcover, 195 pages, $17.

A CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO "ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE" (1992)
A treasure-trove of information on scores of dubious products and practices. Covers leading "diet gurus and "experts to be wary of," talk-show quackery, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, Ayurveda, multilevel marketers, and scores of modern "snake-oil" products. By antiquackery activist Kurt Butler. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Softcover, 310 pages, $20.

DUBIOUS CANCER TREATMENT (1991)
An exposé of cancer quackery edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D. Softcover, 128 pages, $10.

HEALTH SCHEMES, SCAMS, AND FRAUDS (1990)
Hard-hitting exposé by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and the editors of Consumer Reports Books. Covers arthritis quackery, dubious cancer therapy, fringe medicine, fad diagnoses, chiropractic, mercury-amalgam scam, weight control frauds, real vs. bogus allergies, many other rip-offs, and 38 tips on how to avoid being quacked. Out-of-print. Supply limited. Softcover, 250 pages, $14.

HEALTH SMARTS (1990)
Updated, expanded versions of 69 of the author's newspaper columns related to consumer health strategy, misinformation, and quack products and practices. By John H. Renner, M.D. Softcover, 230 pages, $7. [List price $15.00]

DON'T GET TAKEN! (1989)
Analyzes how people get conned by astrologers, mystics, psychics, faith healers, blood readers, pyramid schemes, carnival games, home-repair swindlers, and other assorted bunko artists. By Robert A. Steiner. Softcover, 218 pages, $15.

THE FAITH HEALERS (1987)
Devastating exposé of the fakery of modern "healers" by magician James Randi. Softcover, 322 pages, $20.

POPULAR NUTRITION PRACTICES: A SCIENTIFIC APPRAISAL (1986)
Outstanding referenced analysis of 100 topics of recent concern. By Jack Yetiv, M.D., Ph.D. Softcover, 318 pages., $7. [List rpice $12.95]

EXAMINING HOLISTIC MEDICINE (1985)

Lays bare "holistic medicine" as not constituting a distinct concept of medicine but rather a melange of banalities, truisms, exaggerations and falsehoods, overlaid with disparagement of not only scientific conclusions but reason itself. Chapters written by numerous authorities; edited by Douglas Stalker, Ph.D. and Clark Glymour, Ph.D. Softcover, 406 pages, $23.

VITAMIN POLITICS (1984)
John Fried's classic investigation of megavitamin therapy and its proponents. Softcover, 238 pages, $20.

QUACKERY AND YOU (1983)
Insightful 32-page booklet by William Jarvis, Ph.D., suitable for waiting rooms. $1. (No postage if ordered with a book. Add $1 for postage if not ordered with a book.)

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