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When a Scientist Doesn’t Think Like a Scientist:  A Review of Susan Barry’s Fixing My Gaze

Susan Barry’s recent book, Fixing My Gaze [1], is a vivid narrative of her life with a small but intrusive disability—strabismus (“crossed eyes”)—with its common effect of poor depth perception. Barry recounts the events of her infancy, when her strabismus developed; the operations that cosmetically corrected the condition without correcting her vision; her awkward school days; difficulty …

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An Irreverent Look at the Vitamin Bible and Its Author (Earl Mindell)

According to the advertisements in the newspapers, I was going to learn “How to Live to Be 100 Plus!” “It’s free,” said one ad, “and if you are less than a century old, what have you got to lose?” So, since I am not quite that old, off I went, pen and notebook in hand, …

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Book Review: Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies

  Authors: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen Publisher: Fawcett Columbine, New York Reviewed by: Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. Recently, this attractively packaged paperback caught my eye as I browsed through a bookstore’s healthcare section. I picked it up and, as usual, first turned to the back to learn the qualifications of the authors. There 1 …

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Book Review: Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach (1982)

Authors: Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw Publisher:Warner Books, New York, N.Y. Reviewed by: Stephen Barrett, M.D. The book’s central premise is that animal experiments are now adaptable to humans who want to live to the age of 150. The authors, who call themselves “research scientists,” have been experimenting on themselves since 1968. They would like …

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Book Review: Eat Right 4 Your Type

Author: Peter J. D’Adamo, N.D. Publisher: Putnam Reviewed by: Edward Blonz, Ph.D. According to naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo, your blood type is a genetic fingerprint that is more powerful than race, culture or geography. It all has to do with lectins, a diverse group of proteins that are present in certain foods. D’Adamo, who is …

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Talking Back to Peter Breggin

In Talking Back to Ritalin: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You about Stimulants for Children (Monroe, ME: Courage Press, 1998), psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, M.D., warns us of the catastrophe now befalling children in the United States as a consequence of the clinical methods of organized psychiatry and psychology, the widespread use of professional diagnostic classifications …

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Book Review: Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible

Author: Earl Mindell, R.Ph. Publisher: Fireside Books/Simon & Schuster, New York, N.Y. Reviewed by: Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. Earl Mindell, co-founder of Great Earth Vitamin Stores, has added another biblical work to his collection (Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible, Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible for Kids, and Earl Mindell’s Pill Bible). This new volume bears the same …

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Book Review: Complete Medicinal Herbal

  Author: Penelopy Ody Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, Inc., New York, N.Y. Reviewed by: Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. This herbal is particularly hazardous because its appearance gives undeserved credibility. The colored illustrations are extremely well done and very numerous. Typically, they picture the various parts used of the medicinal herbs, fresh and dried, together with some …

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Book Review: Natural Healing with Herbs

Author: Humbart Santillo, B.S., M.H. Publisher: Holm Press, Prescott, Arizona Reviewed by: Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D. In other writings, I have listed ten signs that identify irrational recommendations for the use of herbs. These signs — which I call false tenets — can be used to distinguish between rational use (true herbalism or pharmacognosy) and …

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