Each of the 1,200 methods described in this book: (a) has a mystical or supernaturalistic application, theory, significance, or pedigree; (b) has a name wherewith proponents or writers have called to mind a method, a group of methods, a system, or a general “approach”; (c) has been portrayed as a means of improving and/or delineating the health of individuals; and (d) has been a subject of uncritical public discourse in English since the late 1950s. Synonyms for each method are in parentheses. Pronunciations are in brackets. Capitalization in, hyphenation in, and italicization of names generally stem from the prevailing proponent style.
About the Author
Jack Raso, M.S., R.D., is Director of Publications for the American Council on Science and Health and editor-in-chief of its magazine, Priorities. He is a former editor of Nutrition Forum newsletter and the author of Mystical Diets: Paranormal, Spiritual, and Occult Nutrition Practices (1993) and “Alternative” Healthcare: A Comprehensive Guide (1994). He has also contributed to several books, including The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America (1993), Chiropractic: The Victim’s Perspective (1995), the Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs (1996), and Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions (1996). He is a board member of The National Council Against Health Fraud and coordinator of its Task Force on Dubious Healthcare Credentials.
The author thanks Saul Green, Ph.D., William, T. Jarvis, Ph.D., Mary Ellen Kelly, Manfred Kroger, Ph.D., Rebecca Long, and Marvin J. Schissel, D.D.S., for their editorial suggestions.