The Health Robbers (Contents)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
November 1, 2019

Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and Willliam T. Jarvis, Ph.D.

Introduction, v

Foreword by Ann Landers, vii

1. How Quackery Sells
(Clinical tricks of the supersalesman)
William T. Jarvis, Ph.D., and Stephen Barrett, M.D., 1
2. Vitamin Pushers and Food Quacks
(How to spot a nutrition hustler)
Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P., 23
3. The Make-Believe Doctors
(Medical imposters)
Robert C. Derbyshire, M.D., 45
4. Occult Health Practices
(Why the proof of the pudding is not in the eating)
Ray Hyman, Ph.D., 55
5. The Food-Fear Epidemic
(Beware of chemical con men)
Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H., 67
6. “Alternative” Cancer Treatment
(Doublespeak that can kill you)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 83
7. The Misery Merchants
(Exploiting arthritis sufferers)
Diana Benzaia and Stephen Barrett, M.D., 101
8. Weight Control: Facts, Fads, and Frauds
(Beware of fat profiteers)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 113
9. Avoiding the “Marginal” Medic
(How to spot a fuzzy-thinking physician)
Philip R. Alper, M.D., 125
10. Unproven “Allergies”: An Epidemic of Nonsense
(“Environmental illness” and the “yeast connection”)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 137
11. Immunoquackery
(Riding the crest of AIDS
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 155
12. The Spine Salesmen
(Don’t let chiropractors fool you)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 161
13. Homeopathy: Is It Medicine?
(Much ado about nothing)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 191
14. Genuine Fakes
(The “organic” ripoff)
Thomas H. Jukes, Ph.D., and Stephen Barrett, M.D. 203
15. The Overselling of Herbs
(More hype than help)
Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., Sc.D., 213
16. Vitalistic Gurus and Their Legacies
(Natural health?)
Jack Raso, M.S., R.D. 225
17. The Multilevel Mirage
(Person-to-person hype)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 253
18. Acupuncture: Nonsense with Needles
(Don’t get stuck)
Arthur Taub, M.D., Ph.D., 259
19. Nutrition for Athletes: Myths vs. Facts
(An insider’s views on “ergogenic aids”)
Ellington Darden, Ph.D., 269
20. Quackery by Mail
(The “guarantees” are as bogus as the product)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 281
21. The Tooth Robbers
(The unfounded attack on fluoridation)
Bob Sprague and Mary Bernhardt, 295
22. Dubious Dental Care
(Delusions and poor science in the dental office)
John E. Dodes, D.D.S., and William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. 307
23. The Gadgeteers
(Exploiting science)
Wallace F. Janssen, 321
24. The Miracle Merchants
(Faith healing doesn’t work)
Rev. Lester Kinsolving and Stephen Barrett, M.D., 337
25. The Eye Exorcisors
(Don’t throw away your glasses)
Russell S. Worrall, O.D., and Jacob Nevyas, Ph.D., Sc.D., 347
26. The “Holistic” Hodgepodge
(Look beyond the slogans)
Wallace I. Sampson, M.D., 355
27. Prominent Promoters
(Have they confused you?)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 367
28. “Health Freedom” Crusaders
(Fighting to make quackery legal)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 397
29. The Mental Health Maze
(How to find a therapist)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 421
30. The Mind Robbers
(Destructive cults)
John G. Clark, Jr., M.D., 443
31. Quackery and the Media
(Should we believe what we see and hear?)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 447
Why Quackery Persists
(Quacks never sleep)
James Harvey Young, Ph.D., 457
33. The Truth-Seekers
(Voices of scientific truth)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 465
34. Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Laws
(How well does government protect you?)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 477
35. Getting the Most from Your Doctor
(Communication tips)
Philip R. Alper, M.D., 485
36. Fighting Quackery: Tips for Activists
(Your effort may even save a life!)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., 495
Recommended Reading, 501

Index, 507

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