This page will provide convenient access to the testimony at more than 100 government hearings on topics related to health fraud and quackery. Most hearings highlighted serious problems. Some, however—particularly those held by Dan Burton (D-IL) and his House Committee on Government Reform— provided a platform for quackery promoters. The U.S. Government’s hearings database works best if document number or title is used to search.
Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Frauds and Quackery Affecting the Older Citizen—Part 1 (1963)
- Frauds and Quackery Affecting the Older Citizen—Part 2 (1963)
- Frauds and Quackery Affecting the Older Citizen—Part 3 (1963)
- Frauds and Quackery—Part 1 (1964)
- Frauds and Quackery—Part 2 (1964)
- Frauds and Quackery—Part 3 (1964)
- Frauds and Quackery—Part 4 (1964)
- 102-877: Recent Trends in Dubious and Quack Medical Devices
- 104-2: Gaming the Health Care System: Trends in Health Care Fraud
- 104-8: Health Care Fraud: Milking Medicare and Medicaid
- 107-14: Swindlers, Hucksters And Snake Oil Salesmen: Hypea and Hope of Marketing Anti-Aging Products to Seniors
- 107-123: Medicare Enforcement Actions: The Federal Government’s Anti-Aging Actions
- 109-29: At Home DNA Tests: Marketing Scam or Medical
- 110-5: Bioidentical Hormones: Sound Science or Bad Medicine
- 110-10: Paid to Prescribe? Exploring the Relationship between Doctors and the Drug Industry
- 111-18: Dietary Supplements: What Seniors Need to Know
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- 103-406: Alternative Medicine
- 103-817: Health Care Fraud
- 106-741: Medicare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
- 111-332: Autism Research, Treatments, and Interventions
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- 111-37: Deceptive Practices: Are Consumers Getting What They Paid For?—Part I
- 111-37: Deceptive Practices: Are Consumers Getting What They Paid For?—Part II
- 113-331: Energy Drinks: Exploring Concerns about Marketing to Youth
- 113-547: Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advrertising of Weight-Loss Products
Senate Committee on Finance
- Social Security Amendments of 1970 (Part II)
- 109-45: Review of the FDA’s Approval Process for Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy System for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
- 99-228: Weight Reduction Products and Plans
- 107-619: When Diets Turn Deadly: Consumer Safety and Weight-Loss Supplements
- 108-651: Dietary Supplement Safety Act: How Is the Food and Drug Administration Doing 10 Years Later?
Senate Commitee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- (1971): Children’s Dental Health Act of 1971
- 106-847: Medical Mistakes
- 108-434: Higher Education Accreditation: How Can the System Better Ensure Qualioty and Accountability?
- 111-387: Principles of Integrative Health: A Path to Healthcare Reform
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Senate Committee of Labor and Human Resources
- 96-422: Banning of the Drug Laetrile from Interstate Commerce by the FDA
- 103-419: Legislative Issues Related to the Regulation of Dietary Supplements
- 103-707: Access to Medical Treatment Act
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare
House Committee on Appropriations
- 103- Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1994 (DSHEA)
- 106-742: Alternative Medicines
House Committee on Education and the Workforce
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- 101-81: Deceptive Fundraising by Charities
- 102-107: Health Care Fraud and Waste (Part 1)
- 102-134: Health Care Fraud and Waste (Part 2)
- 103-57: Regulation of Dietary Supplements
- 108-43: Issues Relating to Ephedra-Containing Dietary Supplements
- 108-93: Parents Be Aware: Health Concerns about Dietary Supplements for Overweight Children
- 110-83: Science and Mission at Risk: FDA’s Self-Assessment
House Committee on Government Operations
- 94- Hearings on the Use Advisory Committees by the Food and Drug Administration (Part 3).
- 103- Food and Drug Administration’s Regulation of Dietary Supplements
House Committtee on Government Reform
- 104-747: Health Care Fraud: All Public and Private Payers Need Federal Criminal Anti-Fraud Protection
- 105-1: Gulf War Syndrome: To Examine New Studies Suggesting Links Between Gulf Service and Higher Rates of Illnesses
- 105-13: Health Care Fraud in Nursing Homes (Part I)
- 105-68: Health Care Fraud in Nursing Homes (Part II)
- 106-4: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Government-Funded Health Programs
- 106-13: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act: Is the FDA Trying to Change the Intent of Congress?
- 106-33: Cardiovascular Disease: Government Doing More Harm Than Good? EDTA Chelation Therapy
- 106-60: How Accurate is the FDA’s Monitoring of Supplements like Ephedra?
- 106-61: The Role of Early Detection and Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women’s Cancers
- 106-77: Improving Care at the End of Life with Complementary Medicine
- 106-84: Vaccines—Finding the Balance Between Public Safety and Personal Choice
- 106-97: Hepatitis B Vaccine: Helping ior Hurting Public Health?
- 106-136: Compensating Vaccine Injuries: Are Reforms Needed?
- 106-180: Autism: Present Challenges, Future Needs—Why the Increased Rates?
- 106-232: Mercury in Medicine—Are We Taking Unnecessary Risks?
- 106-235: Cancer Care for the New Millennium—Integrative Oncology?
- 106-239: FACA: Conflicts of Interest and Vaccine Development—Preserving the Integrity of the Process
- 106-247: Ethnic Minority Disparities in Cancer Treatment: Why the Unequal Burden?
- 106-248: Accutane—Is this Acne Drug Treatment Linked to Depression and Suicide?
- 106-250: Defrauding Medicare: How Easy is it and what Can We do to Stop it?
- 107-26: Six Years After the Establishment of DSHEA: The Status of National and International Dietary Supplement Research and Regulation
- 107-29: Autism—Why the Increased Rates? A One-Year Update
- 107-44: The National Vaccine Injury Program: Is it Working as Congress Intended?
- 107-74: The Autism Epidemic—Is the NIH and CDC Response Adequate?
- 107-109: Diet, Physical Activity, Dietary Supplements, Lifestyle and Health
- 107-121: The Status of Research into Vaccine Safety and Autism
- 107-137: Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses: Health of Coalition Forces
- 107-140: The Continuing Oversight of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
- 107-141: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder—Are We Overmedicating Our Children?
- 107-153: Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: Reviewing the Federal Government’s Track Record and Charting a Course for the Future
- 107-159: Mercury in Dental Amalgams: An Examination of the Science
- 107-237: Research Into Persian Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
- 108-22: Consumer Choice and Implementing Full Disclosure in Dentistry
- 108-46: Ten Years after the Implementatiin of DSHEA: The Status of Dietary Supplements in the United States
- 108-59: Canadian Prescription Drug Importation: Is There A Safety Issue?
- 108-85: The SV-40 Virus: Has Tainted Polio Vaccine Caused an Increase in Cancer?
- 108-102: The Environmental Impact of Mercury-Containing Amalgams
- 108-125: The Future Challenges of Autism: A Survey of the Ongoing Initiatives in the Federal Government to Address the Epidemic.
- 108-127: Preventing Another SV40 Tragedy: Are Today’s Vaccine Safety Protocols Effective?
- 108-141: California’s Compliance with Dental Amalgam Disclosure Policies
- 108-146: 10 Years after the Implementation of DSHEA: The Status of Dietary Supplements in the United States
- 108-192: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Update of Federal Government Initiatives and Revolutionary New Treatment of Neuro-Developmental Diseases
- 108-262: Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism
- 108-270: Dietary Supplements: Nature’s Answer to Cost-Effective Preventive Medicine
- 109-135: The Rehulation of Dietary Supplements: A Review of Consumer Safeguards
House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce
- Staff report: Vitamin, Mineral, and Diet Supplements, October 1973
- 93-58: Vitamin, Mineral, and Diet Supplements, Part I
- 93-59: Vitamin, Mineral, and Diet Supplements, Part II
House Committee on the Judiciary
- 103-78: Health Care Fraud
House Committee on Small Business
- 101-7: Unqualified Doctors Performing Cosmetic Surgery: Policies and Enforcement Activities of the Federal Trade Commission (Part I)
- 101-11: Unqualified Doctors Performing Cosmetic Surgery: Policies and Enforcement Activities of the Federal Trade Commission: (Part II)
- 101-14: Unqualified Doctors Performing Cosmetic Surgery: Policies and Enforcement Activities of the Federal Trade Commission: (Part III)
- 101-50: Deception and Fraud in the Diet Industry, Part I
- 101:57: Deception and Fraud in the Diet Industry, Part II
- 101-71: Unqualified Doctors Performing Cosmetic Surgery: Policies and Enforcement Activities of the Federal Trade Commission: (Part IV)
- 101-80: Juvenile Dieting, Unsafe Over-the-Counter Diet Products, and Recent Enforcement Efforts by the Federal Trade Commission
- 102-67: Innovative Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud in Oregon and the Northwest
- 102-78: Deception and Fraud in the Diet Industry, Part IV
House Select Committee on Aging
- 96-240: Catalyst Altered Water
- 96-232: DMSO: New Hope for Arthritis
- 98-435: Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal (A Report by the Chairman)
- 98-463: Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal (Hearing)
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
This page was revised on April 5, 2020.