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Do Children Get Too Many Immunizations? The Answer is No., 3/10/2014
Dr. Crislip is an infectious disease specialist who practices in Portland, Oregon and contributes to the Science Based Medicine Blog and Rubor Dolor Calor Tumor, a blog about infectious diseases. He is also responsible for the Quackcast podcast (an occasional review of supplements, complementary and alternative medicine) and the Persiflagers Infectious Diseases Podcast (a bimonthly review of infectious diseases).

How the "Urine Toxic Metals" Test Is Used to Defraud Patients, 2/10/2014
Despite all of this, Doctor's Data's reports classify mercury values in the range of 5-10 µg/g as "elevated" and further state that "no safe reference levels for toxic metals have been established." Practitioners typically receive two copies of the report, one for the practitioner and one to give to the patient. Very few patients understand what the numbers mean. They simply see "elevated" lead or mercury, and interpret the "no safe levels" disclaimer to mean that any number above zero is a problem. (The fact that the reports use the familiar green, red, yellow and red colors of traffic lights may also have an effect.) The patient is then advised to undergo "detoxification" with chelation therapy, other intravenous treatments, dietary supplements, or whatever else the practitioner happens to sell.

In October 2011, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation charges Usman wirh unprofessional conduct in her management of the Coman boy. The complaint states that she failed to obtain informed consent for his treatment, failed to maintain appropriate medical records, and prescribed chelation therapy, dietary supplements, hormones, enzymes, antifungal drugs, and various other treatments that have not been proven effective against autism .

Some Notes on Michael Gerber, M.D., 30/9/2014
I (we) understand that the above named may prescribe or recommend orthomolecular medicine, homeopathic medicine, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, and physical therapy, in addition to drugs, surgery, and psychotherapy. I (we) understand that the above named may utilize FDA registered diagnostic tools and unregistered experimental diagnostic tools. I (we) understand that if I (we) do not wish such treatment, I am (we are) free to select another physician.

Stephen Barrett, M.D. Curriculum Vitae, 28/9/2014
Member, ad hoc advisory group, NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, 10/98-

The Dark Side of Linus Pauling's Legacy, 23/9/2014
The largest clinical trials, involving thousands of volunteers, were directed by Dr. Terence Anderson, professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto . Taken together, his studies suggest that extra vitamin C may slightly reduce the severity of colds, but it is not necessary to take the high doses suggested by Pauling to achieve this result. Nor is there anything to be gained by taking vitamin C supplements year-round in the hope of preventing colds.

In 1976, Pauling and Dr. Ewan Cameron, a Scottish physician, reported that a majority of one hundred "terminal" cancer patients treated with 10,000 mg of vitamin C daily survived three to four times longer than similar patients who did not receive vitamin C supplements . However, Dr. William DeWys, chief of clinical investigations at the National Cancer Institute, found that the study was poorly designed because the patient groups were not comparable . The vitamin C patients were Cameron's, while the other patients were under the care of other physicians.

Although Pauling's megavitamin claims lacked the evidence needed for acceptance by the scientific community, they have been accepted by large numbers of people who lack the scientific expertise to evaluate them. Thanks largely to Pauling's prestige, annual vitamin C sales in the United States have been in the hundreds of millions of dollars for many years. Pauling also played a role in the health food industry's successful campaign to weaken FDA consumer protections laws. The Linus Pauling Institute that bears his name has evolved into a respectable organization. But Pauling's irrational advice about supplements continues to lead people astray.

Questions and Answers, 16/9/2014
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Dubious Diagnostic Tests, 14/9/2014
Amino acid analysis used as a basis for prescribing supplements

"Body Typing" as a basis for selecting diets or dietary supplements

Primrose Oil and Eczema: How Research Was Promoted and Supressed, 13/9/2014
By the mid-1980s, Efamol's products were sold in the United States and more than 25 other countries. During this period, although Efamol "officially" maintained that its EPO products were foods or "dietary supplements," therapeutic claims for them were disseminated by the company and a succession of American distributors.

"Efamol products are currently marketed as foods and dietary supplements and are not licensed for clinical usage other than in approved clinical trials."

In October 1987, Efamol Ltd. distributed an article from a British magazine which stated: "Any misconception that Efamol is a company producing mere dietary supplements and dabbling on the fringe of the medical scene are quickly dispelled by Horrobin. He has always thought of the Efamol essential fatty acids as pharmaceuticals, he says, but marketing them originally as nutritional supplements has provided the means to generate cash to fund continuing research." The article also states that product licenses had been applied for in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, and Canada for the treatment of atopic eczema with an EPO product, while approval for the same product as an over-the-counter supplement for PMS had already been granted in Finland and was pending in France.

Although Dr. Horrobin has claimed to have done sufficient research to establish that evening primrose oil is safe and effective against PMS and eczema, he has not gained FDA approval for marketing evening primrose oil products as drugs in the United States. Marketing them as "food supplements" is a transparent attempt to evade the food and drug laws.

In 1979, the FDA had notified Efamol representatives that EPO could not be imported into the United States unless the company sought and obtained approval by filing an appropriate food additive petition or new drug application. Efamol agreed not to export EPO to the United States, but in 1985 it began shipping it in bulk to California for encapsulation. The capsules would then be shipped to distributors who would market them as dietary supplements through health-food stores or by mail-order. In 1985, the FDA issued an Import Alert to detain EPO labeled for food use because the agency considered it an unsafe food additive.

Quackwatch, 7/9/2014
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Nutritional Supplements for Down Syndrome (updated 10/18/98)

Dietary Supplements: Appropriate Use (updated 11/12/10)

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"Detoxification" Schemes and Scams, 7/9/2014
Marketers also suggest that fecal material collects on the lining of the intestine and causes trouble unless removed by fasting, laxatives, colonic irrigation, special diets, and/or various herbs or food supplements that "cleanse" the body. The falsity of this notion is obvious to doctors who perform intestinal surgery or look inside the large intestine with diagnostic instruments. Fecal material does not stick to the intestinal lining.

"Provoked" testing" is used to trick people into thinking that they have lead or mercury poisoning. To do this test, the patient is given a chelating agent before the specimen is obtained. This artificially raises the levels of lead, mercury, and/or other heavy metals in the urine. The test report, a copy of which is given to the patient, states that its "reference values" are for non-provoked specimens. However, if a test level exceeds the reference values—which it usually will—it is reported as "elevated" even though it should be considered insignificant. The patient is then advised to undergo "detoxification" with chelation therapy, other intravenous treatments, dietary supplements, or whatever else the practitioner happens to sell . This advice is very, very, very wrong. No diagnosis of lead or mercury toxicity should be made unless the patient has symptoms of heavy metal poisoning as well as a much higher non-provoked blood level. And even if the level is elevated—as might occur in an unsafe workplace or by eating lead-containing paint—all that is usually needed is to remove further exposure.

More Ploys That Can Fool You, 7/9/2014
When challenged about the lack of scientific evidence supporting what they espouse, promoters of quackery often claim that they lack the money to carry out research. However, preliminary research does not require funding or even much effort. The principal ingredients are careful clinical observations, detailed record-keeping, and long-term follow-up "to keep score." Advocates of "alternative" methods almost never do any of these things. Most who clamor for research do so as a ploy to arouse public sympathy. The last thing they want is a scientific test that could prove them wrong. If a scientific study is performed and comes out negative, proponents invariably claim that it was conducted improperly or that the evaluators were biased. Proponents of so-called "natural" products (dietary supplements and herbs) often complain that funding is difficult or impossible to obtain because the products can't be patented and therefore drug companies have little incentive to study them. That may be true for some products, but it is certainly not true for all. Think, for a moment, about plain, ordinary aspirin.

Twenty-Six Ways to Spot Quacks and Vitamin Pushers, 7/9/2014
Most vitamin pushers suggest that everyone is in danger of deficiency and should therefore take supplements as "insurance." Some suggest that it is difficult to get what you need from food, while others claim that it is impossible. Their pitch resembles that of the door-to-door huckster who states that your perfectly good furnace is in danger of blowing up unless you replace it with his product. Vitamin pushers will never tell you who doesn't need their products. Their "be wary of deficiency" claims may not be limited to essential nutrients. It can also include nonessential chemicals that nobody needs to worry about because the body makes its own supply.

It is true that food processing can change the nutrient content of foods. But the changes are not so drastic as the quack, who wants you to buy supplements, would like you to believe. While some processing methods destroy some nutrients, others add them.

The RDAs have been published by the National Research Council approximately every five years since 1943. They are defined as "the levels of intake of essential nutrients that, on the basis of scientific knowledge, are judged by the Food and Nutrition Board to be adequate to meet the known nutrient needs of practically all healthy persons." Neither the RDAs nor the Daily Values listed on food labels are "minimums" or "requirements." They are deliberately set higher than most people need. The reason quacks charge that the RDAs are too low is obvious: if you believe you need more than can be obtained from food, you are more likely to buy supplements.

While it is true that the need for vitamins may rise slightly under physical stress and in certain diseases, this type of advertising is fraudulent. The average American—stressed or not—is not in danger of vitamin deficiency. The increased needs to which the ads refer are not higher than the amounts obtainable by proper eating. Someone who is really in danger of deficiency due to an illness would be very sick and would need medical care, probably in a hospital. But these promotions are aimed at average Americans who certainly don't need vitamin supplements to survive the common cold, a round of golf, or a jog around the neighborhood! Athletes get more than enough vitamins when they eat the food needed to meet their caloric requirements.

Many vitamin pushers suggest that smokers need vitamin C supplements.

12. They Recommend "Supplements" and "Health Foods" for Everyone.

By the way, have you ever wondered why people who eat lots of "health foods" still feel they must load themselves up with vitamin supplements? Or why so many "health food" shoppers complain about ill health?

to Indicate Whether You Need Dietary Supplements.

No questionnaire can do this. A few entrepreneurs have devised lengthy computer-scored questionnaires with questions about symptoms that could be present if a vitamin deficiency exists. But such symptoms occur much more frequently in conditions unrelated to nutrition. Even when a deficiency actually exists, the tests don't provide enough information to discover the cause so that suitable treatment can be recommended. That requires a physical examination and appropriate laboratory tests. Many responsible nutritionists use a computer to help evaluate their clients' diet. But this is done to make dietary recommendations, such as reducing fat content or increasing fiber content. Supplements are seldom necessary unless the person is unable (or unwilling) to consume an adequate diet.

Be wary, too, of questionnaires purported to determine whether supplements are needed to correct "nutrient deficiencies" or "dietary inadequacies" or to design "customized" supplements. These questionnaires are scored so that everyone who takes the test is advised to take supplements.

Sure-fire cellulite remedies include creams (to "dissolve" it), brushes, rollers, "loofah" sponges, body wraps, and vitamin-mineral supplements with or without herbs. The cost of various treatment plans runs from a few dollars for a bottle of vitamins to many hundreds of dollars at a salon that offers heat treatments, massage, enzyme injections, and/or treatment with various gadgets. The simple truth about "cellulite" is that it is ordinary fat that can be lost only as part of an overall reducing program.

"Dietary Supplements" as Part of Their Practice.

Although vitamins are useful as therapeutic agents for certain health problems, the number of such conditions is small. Practitioners who sell supplements in their offices invariably recommend them inappropriately. In addition, such products tend to be substantially more expensive than similar ones in drugstores—or even health-food stores. You should also disregard any publication or Web site whose editor or publisher sells dietary supplements.

are based on notions that, as a result of intestinal stasis, intestinal contents putrefy, and toxins are formed and absorbed, which causes chronic poisoning of the body. This "autointoxication" theory was popular around the turn of the century but was abandoned by the scientific community during the 1930s. No such "toxins" have ever been found, and careful observations have shown that individuals in good health can vary greatly in bowel habits. Quacks may also suggest that fecal material collects on the lining of the intestine and causes trouble unless removed by laxatives, colonic irrigation, special diets, and/or various herbs or food supplements that "cleanse" the body. The falsity of this notion is obvious to doctors who perform intestinal surgery or peer within the large intestine with a diagnostic instrument.

Hair analysis has limited value (mainly in forensic medicine) in the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning, but it is worthless as a screening device to detect nutritional problems . If a hair analysis laboratory recommends supplements, you can be sure that its computers are programmed to recommend them to everyone.

Other tests used to hawk supplements include amino acid analysis of urine, muscle-testing (applied kinesiology), iridology, live-cell analysis (also called dark-field video analysis, nutritional blood analysis, vital hematology, and biocytonics), genetic testing, blood typing, "nutrient-deficiency" and/or lifestyle questionnaires, and "electrodiagnostic" gadgets.

At least 25 diagnostic labels classifiable as fads have been in vogue during the past fifty years . Some unscientific practitioners apply one or more of these diagnoses to almost every patient they see. The common ones includde adrenal fatigue, candidiasis hypersensitivity, hypothyroidism, "leaky gut," chemical sensitivity, electrical hypersensitivity, amalgam toxicity, Lyme disease, "parasites," hypoglycemia, vertebral subluxation complex, and even "magnetic deficiency." Some refer to actual disease (which the patients do not have), whereas others are not recognized by the scientific community. In many cases, nonstandard tests are used to "diagnose" them and recommend "dietary supplements," "detoxification," and/or various procedures to treat them.

Quacks also claim there is a "controversy" about facts between themselves and "the bureaucrats," organized medicine, or "the establishment." They clamor for medical examination of their claims, but ignore any evidence that refutes them. The gambit "Do you believe in vitamins?" is another tactic used to increase confusion. Everyone knows that vitamins are needed by the human body. The real question is "Do you need additional vitamins beyond those in a well-balanced diet?" For most people, the answer is no. Nutrition is a science, not a religion.

Be Wary of "Alternative" Health Methods, 6/9/2014
"Alternative" promoters often claim that their approach promotes general health and is cost-effective against chronic health problems. In a 1997 article, for example, the American Holistic Association's president claimed that various "basic healthy habits" would "tap a well-spring of physical energy experienced as a state of relaxed vitality." In addition to exercising, eating a nutritious diet, and getting sufficient sleep, the list includes abdominal breathing; taking "a full complement of antioxidants and supplements; and "enhancing the body's ability to receive and generate bioenergy" through regular acupuncture treatments, acupressure, healing touch, craniosacral therapy, qigong, and several other nonstandard modalities. As far as I know, there is no published evidence that "alternative" practitioners are more effective than mainstream physicians in persuading their patients to improve their lifestyle. Nor have any vitalistic approaches been proven effective or cost-effective against any disease.

FDA Orders Dr. Joseph Mercola to Stop Illegal Claims, 3/9/2014
Joseph Mercola, D.O., who practices in Schaumburg, Illinois, also operates one of the Internet's largest and most trafficked health information sites. In 2012, Mercola stated that his site had over 300,000 pages and is visited by "millions of people each day" and that his electronic newsletter has close 1,500,000 subscribers . The site vigorously promotes and sells dietary supplements, many of which bear his name.

Many of Mercola's articles make unsubstantiated claims and clash with those of leading medical and public health organizations. For example, he opposes immunization fluoridation , mammography , and the routine administration of vitamin K shots to the newborn ; claims that amalgam fillings are toxic ; and makes many unsubstantiated recommendations for dietary supplements. Mercola's reach has been greatly boosted by repeated promotion on the "Dr. Oz Show."

I don't doubt Mercola's sincerity—and I know nothing about how he allocates his income. But I recently made some interesting observations. The word "Mercola" on the labels of his "Dr. Mercola Premium Supplements" is service-marked. Records at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office say that he began using the mark in commerce in 2000, applied to register it in 2009, and was granted registration in 2010. The registration address is for his home in South Barrington, Illinois, which the BlockShopper Chicago Web site states has 5,083 square feet and was purchased by Mercola in 2006 for $2 million. The Bing Maps aerial view indicates that it is quite luxurious.

Mercola markets his supplements through Mercola Health Resources, LLC. In 2011, after a customer complained that she thought a product she purchased was overpriced, I began checking whether the Better Business Bureau had received any complaints. I found that the company was rated C- on a scale of A+ through F. On February 1, 2012, the BBB reported that during the previous 36 months, there were 26 complaints—which is not an unusually high number for a high-volume business—but the report contained the following comments:

Contact Reflex Analysis Is Nonsense, 24/8/2014
Versendaal's textbook Contact Reflex Analysis and Designed Clinical Nutrition contains reflex charts, testing instructions, and lists of recommended supplements. for both humans and animals . A flier for practitioners calls it "a reference manual for over 1,000 syndromes and their treatments." However, a flier for patients stated:

A well-respected chiropractic textbook has expressed concern that "CRA's strange interpretation of how the body works must give rise to some concern, leading us to wonder if a CRA practitioner . . . puts patients at risk." The text also wondered why CRA advocates had never conducted scientific studies to see whether CRA practitioners can distinguish people with known illnesses from those without them and whether the supplements they prescribe actually benefit anyone .

In 1992, a 50-year-old Pennsylvania woman, in apparently good health, was treated by a chiropractor for hip and leg pain resulting from an automobile accident. When the pain resolved, the chiropractor checked a "thyroid reflex," said she had a "thyroid problem" and recommended dietary supplements that contained iodine. The chiropractor ordered no laboratory tests, standard or otherwise, to measure how well the woman's thyroid was functioning.

Applied Kinesiology: Phony Muscle-Testing for "Allergies" and "Nutrient Deficiencies", 23/8/2014
Finding a "weak" muscle supposedly enables the practitioner to pinpoint illness in the corresponding internal organs in the body. For example, a weak muscle in the chest might indicate a liver problem, and a weak muscle near the groin might indicate "adrenal insufficiency." If a muscle tests "weaker" after a substance is placed in the patient's mouth, it supposedly signifies disease in the organ associated with that muscle. If the muscle tests "stronger," the substance supposedly can remedy problems in the corresponding body parts. Testing is also claimed to indicate which nutrients are deficient. If a weak muscle becomes stronger after a nutrient (or a food high in the nutrient) is chewed, that supposedly indicates "a deficiency normally associated with that muscle." Some practitioners contend that muscle-testing can also help diagnose allergies and other adverse reactions to foods. According to this theory, when a muscle tests "weak," the provocative substance is bad for the patient. AK "treatment" may include special diets, food supplements, acupressure (finger pressure on various parts of the body), and spinal manipulation .

When an infection develops, have your child examined by your doctor using applied kinesiology. He can evaluate the energy patterns and usually find the reason that the infection developed in the first place. By correcting the energy patterns within the body and paying specific attention to nutritional supplements and dietary management, the infection which your child (using natural health care) does develop will be adequately taken care of in most cases .

Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) proponents claim that over a thousand health problems can be diagnosed with a muscle test during which the chiropractor's finger or hand is placed on one of 75 "reflex points" on the patient's body. If the patient's arm can be pulled downward, a condition corresponding to the "reflex" is considered present, and dietary supplements (typically made from freeze-dried vegetables or animal organs) are prescribed. CRA's chief proponent,. the late Dick A. Versendaal, D.C., taught that 80% of disease is due to allergy; the two main causes of disease are gallbladder disease and staphylococcus infections; and obesity is commonly caused by parasites.

By honoring the body's wisdom and recognizing its innate ability to communicate what is most important in the healing process, we are able to identify the appropriate sequence and protocol for each layer of healing. Nutritional supplements and herbal tinctures specifically formulated for the Whole System HealthScan are used to assist the body during periods of detoxification, cleansing and rebuilding. If indicated, chiropractic adjustments, electro-emotional adjustments and lifestyle changes are utilized to assist the body through the healing process .

A Skeptical Look at Monte Kline and Pacific Health Center, 21/8/2014
When asked whether he had any training that would qualify him to advise patients about cholesterol management, allergies, high blood pressure, immune deficiencies, osteoporosis, or diagnosing, treating, or judging the severity of depression, Kline replied that that he had attended seminars provided by manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements but had not had any classes or other formal training devoted exclusively to these topics .

Eat, Drink and Be Ready (1977), a 448-page paperback co-authored with William P. Strube, Jr., asserts that "the preliminary stages of the last days of world survival" (end time) are here and provides what the authors call a program of physical and spiritual preparedness that will triumph over any disaster. The recommended strategies include food preparedness and storage; an "intelligent program of nutrition"; dietary supplements; exercise; and bible study .

The Junk Food Withdrawal Manual (1978) contains 30 pages of text in which Kline recommends a 12-week plan to switch from foods that are "dead" (devitalized of nutrients), refined, or "adulterated" (not "pure") to what he considers nutritious counterparts. His suggests raw honey or blackstrap molasses instead of sugar; whole wheat flour instead of white flour, whole grains instead of refined grains and cereals; kelp powder or herb seasonings for salt; refined instead of unrefined oils; raw (unpasteurized) milk instead of pasteurized milk; fresh fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned or frozen; "natural" products instead of "additive laden foods"; and fresh juices, herb teas, and distilled water instead of coffee, tea, cocoa, and soft drinks. He also recommends taking supplements of vitamins, minerals, and possibly other substances and undergoing "body detoxification through fasting."

The Sick and Tired Escape Manual (1983)—later renamed The Sick and Tired Manual—contains 25 pages of text. It asserts that "auto-toxemia" is the deepest cause of disease and that the root causes of body toxicity are refined foods; poor food combinations; lack of raw fruits and vegetables; not fasting regularly; tap water; inadequate exercise; negative self-image; negative relationships; negative circumstances; and insignificant spiritual life. To get well, Kline recommends an 11-day fast, nutrition supplements, exercising with a rebound device, a positive self-image, a positive attitude, and "establishing a personal relationship with your Creator."

In the early 1980s, Kline attended an "Advanced Healing Techniques Seminar" given by Valerie Seeman that included how to determine nutrient needs through muscle-testing. Inspired by this, Kline held seminars of his own at local churches and, in 1983, opened his first clinic to use this methodology with clients. His Vitamin Manual for the Confused describes the procedure in detail. First the subject stands with his left arm outstretched and parallel to the floor and is told to resist when the practitioner grasps his wrist and tries to push the arm downward with about 7-10 pounds of force. In most cases the subject will be able to resist and the arm will be considered "strong." Then the practitioner tests the arm again while placing his left index finger (or the subject's own right index finger) on "deficiency points" shown in the picture to the right. Each point is said to represent one or more nutrients. If the arm "weakens," a deficiency supposedly exists. The booklet states, for example, that weakness of the arm while touching under the left armpit indicates a vitamin C deficiency, whereas weakness of the similar point under the right armpit indicates deficiency of vitamin E. The missing supplements would then be available for sale.

Index of Questionable Treatments, 13/8/2014
Dietary Supplements, Herbs, Hormones Index

Nutritional Supplements for Down Syndrome

Nasty Comments from Quackwatch VisitorsĀ , 1/8/2014
I'd like to report a fraud. That would be Quackwatch, the FDA, the AMA, the pharmaceutical industry, the cancer industry and this Barrett Jackass who runs the website called Quackwatch. However, keep up the good work of exposing the real healers and supplements. I know if something that I've heard about might actually be good for my health or an "alternative" provider might know his or her stuff, I can be assured that you dickheads will feature it on your website.

It's too bad you're living in the past. I have an alternative and preventative medical doctor here in N.J. who has treated both myself and my spouse for over 9 years. He is a brilliant man who has kept us healthy through Ozone therapy, On Damed, chelation, silver, supplements and the invaluable education he has given us throughout the years . You really need to come into the 21st century. Your ideas and opinions are archaic at best. It's people like you who keep Americans SICK with your medicines that cause more problems, unnecessary tests and all the other baggage from a medical school you went to more than 30 or so years ago. It's people like you who have insurance carriers deny more and more services and procedures that actually may help an individual. You sound like a very close minded person, or you wouldn't write articles about procedures you obviously know nothing about. No, you're the type who researches other peoples work and then gives your own opinion. I feel sorry for you. You're extremely ignorant for a physician. You are a legend in your own mind. You should be banned from the internet!

I am 72 and in very good health. Never been hospitalized since age 14 for tonsillectomy. I have been taking natural supplements, eating vegetables and eating pretty much whatever I wish to eat in moderation. I also juice. I have a belief that I believe keeps me healthy and that is that the AMA, ADA, and big pharma are criminal organizations who have no real interest in keeping us healthy as YOU make no money from healthy people. Thus, I stay away from doctors, hospitals and drugs. The United States is the most unhealthy nation in the world with rampant medical problems affecting us from childhood through adulthood. This is because of medical shills like you who prey on the ignorance of people in order to get rich. You are a morally bankrupt mental midget! And traditional medicine doesn't have a cure for cancer either does it?

Questionable Organizations: An Overview, 10/7/2014
7. How is it financed? The Council for Responsible Nutrition, despite its respectable-sounding name, represents manufacturers and distributors of food supplements and other nutritional products. Don't assume, however, that funding by an industry makes an organization unreliable. Reliability should be determined by judging the validity of a group's ideas rather than its funding. The National Dairy Council and the Institute of Food Technologists are highly respected by the scientific community for their accurate publications on nutrition.

8. Is it a real organization? Some entrepreneurs simply make up names for the purpose of marketing products, such as weight-control pills, sex enhancers, or various dietary supplements. If an "institute," "clinic," "laboratory," "research center," or professional-sounding "association" uses sensational claims to market products by mail or through the Internet, it is probably a phony. For example, the "American Urological Clinic," which marketed a phony impotence remedy called Vaegra (not Viagra) in 1998, was merely a rented mailbox in Kansas City, Missouri. Scams also exist in which donations are solicited for a phony organization with a name similar to that of a well-known genuine charity.

How to Choose a Personal Trainer, 7/7/2014
Tries to sell you dietary supplements. Most people who not need dietary supplements. If supplements are advisable, it is generally best to buy them from a retail or mail-order outlet that has low prices.

Index to "Fad" Diagnoses, 3/7/2014
defines "fad" as "a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze." At least 25 diagnostic labels classifiable as fads have been in vogue during the past fifty years. Some refer to actual disease (which the patients do not have), whereas others are not recognized by the scientific community. Some unscientific practitioners apply one or more of these diagnoses to almost every patient they see. In many cases, they use nonstandard laboratory tests to "diagnose" them and recommend "dietary supplements" or "detoxification" to treat them. In a few cases, the "diagnoses" have been concocted by marketers of dietary supplements or devices.

Pick a few treatments. Including supplements will enable health food stores and chiropractors to get in on the action.

A Trip to Stonesville:Some Notes on Andrew Weil, M.D., 29/6/2014
One of Weil's central themes in Health and Healing, and in his subsequent work, is his criticism of mainstream medicine's reliance on pharmaceuticals instead of herbal medicines. The latter are presently enjoying a great resurgence in popularity, due largely to the endorsement of prominent advocates such as Weil, and to the promotional activities of a "natural products" industry that received a big boost in 1994, when Congress gave the industry permission to market herbal preparations with less rigorous oversight by the FDA than the agency exercises over drugs. Manufacturers of herbal preparations can avoid many of the customary rigors of FDA drug regulation simply by labeling these products "dietary supplements." In 1997, the herbal medicine market had sales of nearly $4 billion, and a stroll down the aisles of almost any supermarket or chain drugstore will confirm that business is booming.

Rev. George Malkmus and his Hallelujah Diet, 16/6/2014
In 2002, Malkmus terminated his association with AIM and began selling a barley juice/alfalfa product (BarleyMax) from another source. An AIM executive subsequently told me that he was pleased to have their association end because "the Hallelujah Acres membership was always claiming the healing of many major health ailments, which is against The AIM Companies member/company agreement." BarleyMax costs much less than Barley Green, but I don't have enough information to estimate the current total cost of the supplements.

How can Malkmus be correct that humans lived an average of 912 years "before the flood" or 110 years after adding cooked food to their diet? These claims, of course, cannot be scientifically tested. But there are good reasons to believe they are false. First, no evidence has even been published showing that the average life expectancy of raw food advocates is over 100 years. More important, the original diet Malkmus describes would have a vitamin B-12 level of zero because fruits, vegetables and grains do not contain B-12 ; and since B-12 is needed to make DNA, protect the nervous syetem, and make blood cells, the human race would have been quickly wiped out. Malkmus began recommending and selling B-12 supplements in 1998 after his research director found that people on his diet were at risk for deficency.

Barley Green contains large amounts of beta carotene, which may be unwise to ingest because beta-carotene supplements have been associated with increased cancer rates .

Although low-fat, high-fiber diets can be healthful, the Hallelujah Diet is unbalanced and can lead to serious deficiencies. The overall program is expensive because the recommended supplements cost over $2,000 a year. Reverend Malkmus' sales pitch includes beliefs that are historically and nutritionally senseless, as well as health claims for which he lacks appropriate substantiation. Using his diet instead of appropriate medical care is very foolish.

Rapola JM and others. Randomised trial of alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene supplements on incidence of major coronary events in men with previous myocardial infraction.

Orthomolecular Therapy, 30/5/2014
The human body has limited capacity to use vitamins in its metabolic activities. When vitamins are consumed in excess of the body's physiological needs, they function as drugs rather than vitamins. A few situations exist in which high doses of vitamins are known to be beneficial, but they must still be used with caution because of potential toxicity. For example, large doses of niacin can be very useful as part of a comprehensive, medically supervised program for controlling abnormal blood cholesterol levels. "Orthomolecular" practitioners go far beyond this, however, by prescribing large amounts of supplements to all or most of the patients who consult them. This approach can result in great harm to psychiatric patients when used instead of effective medications.

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