Biographical Sketches

September 19, 2019

Stephen Barrett

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who resides near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a nationally renowned author, editor, and consumer advocate. An expert in medical communications, he is medical editor of Prometheus Books and consulting editor of Nutrition Forum, a newsletter emphasizing the exposure of fads, fallacies and quackery. His 50 books include The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America and six editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions. One book he edited, Vitamins and Minerals: Help or Harm?, by Charles Marshall, Ph.D., won the American Medical Writers Association award for best book of 1983 for the general public and became a special publication of Consumer Reports Books. Dr. Barrett is a board member of the National Council Against Health Fraud, a Scientific Advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, and a Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). In 1984, he received an FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation Award for Public Service in fighting nutrition quackery. In 1986, he was awarded honorary membership in the American Dietetic Association. His other writings include Dubious Cancer Treatment, published by the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society; Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds, published by Consumer Reports Books; The Vitamin Pushers: How the “Health Food” Industry Is Selling America a Bill of Goods, published by Prometheus Books; and Reader’s Guide to “Alternative” Health Methods, published by the American Medical Association. [Click here for full Curriculum Vitae]

Manfred Kroger

Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has won several teaching awards. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Food Science, a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, a technical editor for Prometheus Books, and a science communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists. He has conducted research in analytical chemistry (pesticide residues), food composition, fermented milk products, and dairy processing technology. Even though retired, he remains professionally active at Penn State, nationally, and internationally. His university courses included food laws and regulations, toxicology, introductory food science, dairy technology, and a very popular university-wide general education course entitled “Food Facts and Fads.” His other professional activities include lecturing at public and professional meetings, expert testimony in court and at government hearings, and translation of German writings. He recently was elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. [Click here for full Curriculum Vitae]

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    Chatham Crossing, Suite 107/208
    11312 U.S. 15 501 North
    Chapel Hill, NC 27517.
  • Telephone: (919) 533-6009