Consumer Health Digest #16-19

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
May 22, 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.

Naturopathy assertions debunked. Britt Hermes, who abandoned naturopathy after concluding that it did more harm than good, has written a superb analysis of the claims naturopaths use when lobbying—as she did for five years before changing careers. [Hermes B. Fact-checking naturopathic talking points at DCFLI. Naturopathic Diaries Blog, May 21, 2016] The talking points she labels as false include:

Opponents of naturopathic licensing and mandated insurance reimbursement should sign her petition at

Traditional Indian practices criticized. Sanchita Sharma, health editor for India's Hindustan Times, has published a scathing attack on government support for ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homeopathy, collectively referred to as "Ayush." [Sharma S. People want modern medicine, not miracle cures. Hindustan Times, May 22, 2016] The article notes:

NAS concludes that genetically engineered crops are safe. The National Academy of Sciences has issued a 420-page report which concludes that genetically modified crops are safe. The full report can be purchased as a paperback book or downloaded free of charge from the National Academy Press Web site.

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