Consumer Health Digest #14-30

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
August 17, 2014

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.

Paul Fleiss, M.D., dead at 80. Professor William M. London has posted a lengthy report on the activities of Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., who was on the wrong side of many quackery-related issues. [London WM. Medical Renegade Paul M. Fleiss, M.D. Dead at 80. Skeptic Ink Blog, Aug 12, 2014] The report notes:

Illegal cancer drug marketer convicted. Sabahaddin Akman, a Turkish citizen who owns Ozay Pharmaceuticals in Istanbul, Turkey, has pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling misbranded and adulterated cancer drugs into the United States. According to the indictment:

It would be interesting to know who were the buyers or potential buyers of these drugs. Akman's sentencing is scheduled for November 18th.

Unlicensed practitioner investigated. Quackwatch has updated and expanded its investigative report on Monte Kline, an unlicensed practitioner who operates clinics in Oregon where patient management is guided by a device that supposedly measures electromagnetic "imbalances" and suggests products to correct them. About ten years ago, Kline and his clinic (Pacific Health Center) settled a lawsuit by the Oregon Attorney General with a consent agreement that permitted him to continue practicing as long as he make certain disclosures and did not violate Oregon's laws against practicing without a license. Kline represents himself as a highly educated, experienced, and qualified professional who can help people with a wide range of health problems. But the report concludes that (a) he has had almost no relevant training, (b) many of his beliefs clash with established scientific knowledge, and (c) the ZYTO device he uses offers fanciful diagnoses and makes recommendations that have no plausible rationale and have never been appropriately tested.

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