The Health Robbers by Stephen Barrett
A Close Look at Quackery in America (Consumer Health Library)

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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. The essays answer such questions as:

- Are "organic" foods worth their extra cost?

- Can acupuncture cure anything?

- Can diet cure arthritis?

- Will spinal adjustments help my health?

- Will amino acids "pump up" my muscles?

The answers to some of these questions should seem obvious, but the details in this volume, written in an informative, highly readable and easy-to-understand style, will astound you. Quackery is often harmful because it turns ill people away from legitimate and trusted therapeutic procedures. However, its heaviest toll is the financial loss, not only of those who pay directly, but to everyone who pays for bogus treatments through taxes, insurance premiums, and other ways that are less obvious.

About Stephen Barrett

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Published September 30, 1993 by Prometheus Books. 526 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Arguing that ``quackery is at an all-time high,'' psychiatrist Barrett ( Health Schemes, Scams and Frauds ) and Jarvis, an adviser to the American Council on Science and Health, in a comprehensive if not altogether well-balanced survey, come down hard on misleading advertising and news media, sal...

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