Consumer Health Digest #12-03
Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
January 19, 2012
Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., with help from William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making.
Another fluoridation classic published. Dental Watch has posted a complete copy of Fluoridation: The Search and the Victory, by Frank J. McClure, Ph.D., published in 1970 by the National Institute of Dental Research. McClure served as chief of the Institute's biochemistry laboratory from 1948 to 1966, after which he retired and devoted the major part of his time to record the notable events that led to fluoridation as a vital public health measure.
Chelation conference announced. The American College of Medical Toxicology will hold a conference on "The Use and Misuse of Chelation Therapy" that should be of interest to toxicologists, public health professionals, emergency medicine physicians, occupational and environmental physicians, family practitioners, pediatricians, internists, and nurses. The meeting will be held in Atlanta on February 29th and broadcast simultaneously on the Internet. A discount is available for early registration.
TIME spotlights recent research frauds. TIME magazine has published "a gallery of the most spectacular falls from scientific grace." [Park A. Great science frauds. TIME, Jan 12, 2012] The spotlighted researchers included:
- Dipak Das, who was accused of fabricating research on resveretrol reported 145 times in 11 journal.
- Andrew Wakefield, whose paper allegedly linking autism to the MMR vaccination was withdrawn after investigations concluded that his research was fraudulent.
- Woo Suk Hwang, who falsely claimed to have generated stem cells that could be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries and diabetes.
- Roger Poisson, who was fund to have conducted improper research on the effectiveness of breast cancer treatments.
Naturopathic practitioner restricted. Emily Kane, who practices naturopathy in Alaska, has signed a consent agreement under which she is not permitted to give, prescribe, or recommend any prescription medicine and must submit to monitoring of her practice for up to three years. The agreement lists cortisol, cytomel, methotrexate, procaine, thyroid hormones, and 17 other prescription products that she appears to have prescribed in the past.
This page was revised on January 21, 2012.