Consumer Health Digest #09-45

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
November 5, 2009

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and cosponsored by NCAHF and Quackwatch. 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.

Please Help Quackwatch and Dr. Barrett

A Message from Robert S. Baratz, MD, PhD, DDS

Dr. Stephen Barrett, has been a leader the worldwide struggle against quackery and health fraud for more than 35 years. In addition to publishing the weekly Consumer Health Digest, he has written and/or edited 50 books and manages 24 consumer protection Web sites, including Quackwatch, which has more than 100,000 page views per month and has won many awards for its accuracy and quality. Dr. Barrett also serves as a trusted resource for the media, law-enforcement agencies, educators, and thousands of individual consumers who contact him each year for help.

Quackery promoters have tried to counter his influence by libeling him and filing groundless lawsuits. One campaign falsely suggested that he had lost his medical license. Another (settled in June 2010) accused him of being a habitual criminal.

The legal fees and other costs of defending against these assaults, while partially defrayed by donations, have been much higher than the cost of running the sites.

Very few people have the courage and persistence to engage in the struggle against quackery. Dr. Barrett intends to continue, but can use help in defraying legal expenses. Quackwatch and its companion Web sites are important consumer resources. They are free to the public, but maintaining them requires the ability to deal with frivolous assaults by well-financed quacks and the special interests that profit from quackery. If you appreciate Dr. Barrett's work, please make a contribution. Please give whatever you can.

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