CONSUMER EDUCATION


NCAHF/NCRHI Board and Membership Meetings

Following the conference on Science Meets “Alternative Medicine,” The National Council for Reliable Health Information will hold two meetings: Board of Directors Dinner Meeting Time: 6 PM, Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999 Place: Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pa. For hotel room reservations: Call (215) 735-6000 or fax (215) 790-7766. Directors who plan to attend should notify …

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Iowa Regional Health Care Anti-fraud Association 1997 Annual Workshop

August 27 – 28, 1997 Savery Hotel and Spa 401 Locust Des Moines, IA 50309 The Iowa Regional Health Care Anti-fraud Association (I.R.H.C.A.A.) is a non-profit organization of members from law enforcement, professional licensing boards, prosecutors, and health care carriers. The group was established in 1989 to develop an effective network to detect and prevent …

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Publications Monthly Specials and Clearance Items

Each month, Quackwatch will mark down one or more of the books its sells by 25% or more from list price. Books LYING FOR FUN AND PROFIT: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MEDIA (2000) [NEW] Kurt Butler reveals how talk shows and other media outlets promote quackery without the slightest concern about whether or not they harm …

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Nonrecommended Periodicals

I consider these publications untrustworthy because they promote misinformation, espouse unscientific theories, contain unsubstantiated advice, are insufficiently skeptical, and/or fail to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of advice. Some are no longer published. The magazines and journals marked with an asterisk (*) have carried ads for questionable potions, services, books, and/or publications. Few newsletters …

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Consumer Health IQ Test Answers

All are false except for #6 and #8. Fifteen correct answers suggests that you are fairly well informed. Twenty correct answers suggests that you are very well informed. Return to Quiz ||| Quackwatch Home Page

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Consumer Health IQ Test

Do you know which of the following statements are true and which are false? After you judge the entire list, click on the “Answers to Quiz” hyperlink. 1. Everyone should have a complete physical every year or two. 2. Fluoride toothpaste works so well that water fluoridation is no longer important. 3. It is difficult …

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Be Wary of “Free Foot Exam” Ads

If you receive a coupon in the mail or see a newspaper, Yellow Pages or Internet ad offering a free foot examination, be cautious. The exam may turn out to be costly. Doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) — also known as foot doctors or podiatrists — can provide valuable health care. They often participate with …

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Needless Surgery

Two decades ago, the number of tonsillectomies plummeted from about one million per year to 250,000, after studies showed that in most cases the tonsils didn’t need to be removed. While ear, nose, and throat specialists cut back on tonsillectomies, they started performing more myringotomies, or insertion of tiny tubes to prevent recurrent car infection, …

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Handling Challenges to Skepticism

When skeptics speak, especially in front of a large audience, our views are often challenged. Here are three examples of how I have handled such challenges. The Best Credentials Several years ago, I addressed a group that had a large proportion of believers in the paranormal. My presentation was titled “ESP – A Demonstration.” I …

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Jeffrey Bland/HealthCommm/FTC 1995 Consent Agreement

FTC NEWS RELEASE: JANUARY 19, 1995 DEFENDANTS IN A PREVIOUS FTC LAWSUIT AGREE TO PAY $45,000 CIVIL PENALTY TO SETTLE CHARGES HealthComm Inc., and its officer, Jeffrey S. Bland, have agreed to pay a $45,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively advertised various weight-loss products and diet supplements, in violation …

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