Consumer Health Digest #16-16

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
May 1, 2016

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.

"Functional medicine" debunked. David Gorski, M.D., Ph.D. has published a critique that explains why "functional" medicine—like "complementary," "alternative," "holistic" and "integrated" medicine—is nothing more than a loosely-defined marketing term that offbeat practitioners use to promote their services. Its proponents typically do unnecessary testing, claim to identify and treat the "root cause" of illnesses, and claim that their approach addresses the "biochemical individuality" of their patients. [Gorski D. Making it up as you go along: So-called "functional medicine" is pure quackery. Respectful Insolence Blog, April 18, 2016]

Homeopathy blasted. Jan Willem Nienhuys has posted a detailed report on the Ph.D. dissertation on homeopathy defended in 1943 by David Karel de Jongh, M.D., a Dutch physician. De Jongh's report was based on meticulous examination of hundreds of articles and books and his experiences while working in a homeopathic hospital. His key points included:

FDA asked to ban the sale of highly concentrated caffeine products. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has asked the FDA to ban pure, powdered caffeine and highly concentrated forms of liquid caffeine as an imminent public hazard. CSPI's petition states:

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