Consumer Health Digest #15-25
Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
June 28, 2015
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.
David Perlmutter blasted. New York Magazine has debunked many of the views of David Perlmutter, M.D., celebrity neurologist and author of the best-selling book, Grain Brain [Berkowitz A. The problem with David Perlmutter, the Grain Brain Doctor. New York Magazine, June 2015] The article states:
- Perlmutter has offered dubious advice for well over a decade. Long before he was a household name, he claimed to offer his readers "miraculous" treatments capable of preventing or reversing allergies, autism, Alzheimer's, ALS, dementia, Parkinson's disease, cancer, and other serious problems.
- He inappropriately claims that supplements and "detoxification" regimens—available for purchase on his various websites—are crucial to optimizing brain health.
- He recommends that parents ask their pediatricians about spacing out their children's vaccinations, a strategy that would put children at greater risk of contracting preventable disease.
- Although Perlmutter's Web site states he has "contributed extensively to the world medical literature," his research has been trivial and unrelated to his theories about nutrition.
- Much of what Perlmutter is now saying is the opposite of what he wrote—just as confidently—15 years ago.
Autism guru appears to have committed suicide. James Jeffrey "Jeff" Bradstreet, M.D., who advocated unsubstantiated biomedical treatments for autistic children, has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest that appeared to have been self-inflicted. One report stated that shortly before his death, agents from the FDA and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency had searched his office. [Sharpe J. Controversial autism researcher, Jeff Bradstreet, commits suicide after FDA raid in Buford, authorities say. Gwinnett Daily Post, June 26, 2015.] Bradstreet's fans have described him as a "cutting edge doctor," but in 2009, a Special Master of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims who looked closely at Bradstreet's work concluded that he habitually misdiagnosed and mistreated his autistic patients. [Barrett S. "Autism specialist" blasted by Omnibus Special Master. Quackwatch, June 27, 2015] As news of Bradstreet's death spread, some of his supporters began speculating that drug companies had murdered him because he had spoken out against vaccines.
Antiquackery classics posted. Quackwatch has posted the complete texts of two volumes of Nostrums and Quackery: Articles on the Nostrum Evil, Quackery and Allied Matters Affecting the Public Health; Reprinted, With or Without Modifications, from The Journal of the American Medical Association. Volume I was published in 1912. Volume II was published in 1921. The books, which total more than 1,500 pages, are no longer copyrighted.
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