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I manage online support groups for a neurological disease and sleep disorders. The theories about what causes these are far reaching and most are ridiculous. He has helped me prove that some of the doctors I suspected are "quacks", definitely ARE. It is good to have the proof right in front of me and saves me valuable time. Cannot thank him enough! It is amazing what some people will fall for or who they will believe. So when I see some article about what I research all of the time, he usually has the answer for me 90% of the time. I had one case of a "doctor" who said the neurological disease was made up and hyped up and made up by pharma companies to sell more drugs. Then, he discovered the court cases where the "doctor" had had her license to practice stripped in Canada and in several states in the US. Stops those online arguments fast when I have the facts in front of me. Court documents do not lie. I trust Dr. Barrett implicitly and have the highest respect for him.
Quackwatch is good for telling dumb, naive, and/or desperate people not to buy snake oil, like magic water blessed by the Virgin Mary or expensive "healing crystals". I totally agree with him about those things. But he also dismisses and attacks people who advocate natural remedies, and PREVENTIVE health measures like healthy eating; STRESS MANAGEMENT techniques like meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, deep breathing, etc; and people who are critical of the DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS for every little thing approach to health like Harvard trained psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin who believes that therapy is better than toxic drugs with their myriad dangerous side effects that the drug companies routinely minimize.
His knee-jerk "QUACK!" labeling of so many people just because they recommend natural remedies that many people have found relief from for hundreds or thousands of years is extremely ignorant and irresponsible and makes me not trust him because he obviously lacks wisdom and a balanced perspective
Quackwatch also seems to have BLIND FAITH in anything that calls itself "science." Barrett constantly talks about "science" but I wonder why he never mentions things like what Harvard trained Dr. Richard Horton, the editor of the medical journal The Lancet said about "science": “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”
Or the similar statements made by Dr. John Ioannidis, director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center and adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, who wrote the paper "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False".
"Science" is just as corrupt as politics and everything else because it is being done by greedy, morally and intellectually fallible human beings. It's not all good or all bad. But Quackwatch's information is very one sided about that and his condemning of people who dare to question the old ways of doing things is backwards and scary.
It's also misleading about supplements because often "no scientific proof" a supplement works only means that there was no big money to be made on a natural herb so no one was going to pay money to have many large studies run on it. It can still help. Lots of herbs that many people use and get wonderful relief from like Tulsi, Triphala, Valerian, etc, were unheard of in the west until recent decades. Barrett's small minded reasoning seems to be that doctors who recommend natural supplements without tons of "scientific proof" or who question the old ways of doing things are going against science and therefore "QUACKS!"
There have been constant news stories saying doctors grossly over-prescribe antibiotics and the AMA warning them to stop because it damages gut flora (Hypocrites said disease begins in the gut!) and causes antibiotic resistance. Why aren't the doctors doing that and why isn't that info in Quackwatch? And another news story a few years ago where the AMA warned doctors to stop passing out Ritalin so often because of dangerous physical and mental side-effects, and because we have no idea what the long term side-effects are to kid's growing brains. Why aren't the doctors heading those warnings and why isn't that info in Quackwatch???
Will the real quack please stand up?! Quack watch has no idea what it's talking about. Anytime I do research on natural cures this site comes up saying it doesn't work. Yet, why do I feel better after these treatments? Hmmmmm, something smells Fishy at quackwatch....
Especially when it comes to the Amen clinic, once again quack watch says no, best thing I ever did...
Tip for consumers: Don't believe what Quackwatch has to say, find out for yourself.Ask Zack about Quackwatch
A site such as quackwatch serves to propagate the misinformed dealings of the pharmaceutical industry and offer no other solutions to the sites they deem unsatisfactory. Imagine if you went to a doctor and he said only his way was the right way and that was that. Dr. Steven Barrett is a retired psychiatrist and one should not expect anything but a biased answer concerning the information he provides on the sites he berates. According to some sites that give an autobiography of the good doctor; Dr. Barrett has become a "lightning rod" for controversy as a result of his criticisms of alternative medicine theories and practitioners. Barrett says he does not criticize conventional medicine because that would be "way outside his scope. While there are organizations out there that are controversial in their operations and unaccredited institutions of education that succeed in their endeavors to fool and relive those who seek an education in the field of alternative medicine of their money, Dr. Barrett offers no solution for those seeking such an education. This leads others to speculate that he is biased to alternative medicinal practices. Here is a partial list of Dr. Barrett's' works Consumer Health:
A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, Barrett S, London WM, Kroger M, Hall H, Baretz R (2013). (textbook, 9th ed.) McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0078028489
Dubious Cancer Treatment, Barrett SJ & Cassileth BR, editors (2001). Florida Division of the American Cancer Society
The Health Robbers: A Close Look at Quackery in America, Barrett SJ, Jarvis WT, eds. (1993). Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-855-4
Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds, Barrett SJ (1991). Consumer Reports Books, ISBN 0-89043-330-5
Reader's Guide to Alternative Health Methods, Zwicky JF, Hafner AW, Barrett S, Jarvis WT (1993). American Medical Association, ISBN 0-89970-525-1
The Vitamin Pushers: How the "Health Food" Industry Is Selling America a Bill of Goods, Barrett SJ, Herbert V (1991). Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-909-7
Vitamins and Minerals: Help or Harm?, Marshall CW (1983). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ISBN 0-397-53060-9 (edited by Barrett, won the American Medical Writers Association award for best book of 1983 for the general public, republished by Consumer Reports Books).
It is my opinion that Dr. Barrett could be a bit more open minded and stop reporting on that which is the obvious and report on those alternative and healthy lifestyle choices that in fact do help others. Don't worry we are not trying to put the pharmaceutical companies out of business, we are just trying to help people to find healthier lifestyles Dr. Barrett.
Barrett never achieved any success in his chosen medical profession. Because of that, he has found frustration. He is rabidly jealous of those that actually accomplish things. As an outlet for that frustration, he hatefully attacks his betters.
De-licensed MD Stephen Barrett, I believe, is one of those people whose ambitions, and opinions of himself, far exceed his abilities.
In reading through a Quackwatch article on Lyme disease, I was appalled by the lack of quality references. As a person who spent many years doing research to attain my PhD, I find the information in the article misleading, and based on poor or inefficient reference work. Such practice is commonly suspected as slanted within the "true" research community.
Based on reading this article, I would caution anyone to do their due diligence and look for higher quality research and reference sections. It is out there. Look for peer reviewed research by people with qualified backgrounds. DO NOT waste your time at Quackwatch! I certainly will not.
There are references listed at the bottom of every article that link to papers and studies with hard evidence. It's rare to see the site's detractors backing up their claims with proven facts. Use your best judgement. If one side can support their arguments with science and the other side cannot, who would you believe?
Stephen Barrett owns & operates Quackwatch.com
IMO this website is so dangerous it should be illegal. I don't even know where to start, but everything on the site is harmful & anyone w/ a brain needs to do the exact opposite of whatever he is saying. His arguments are so ridiculous it's laughable & really scary to me anyone takes this seriously. Come on, nobody profits off of telling people to eat healthy, get exercise or to take herbs which I know from suffering from depression for 30 years is the only thing that has helped me...medicine the doctors gave me made me worse w/ numerous side effects requiring even more medication & turned moderate depression into severe psychotic depression & bipolar disorder. They didn't cure anything. It's really common sense once you study & learn about how our bodies work & what they actually need to function.
I found this from http://www.quackpotwatch.org/quackpots/quackpots/barrett.htm but after googling his name it's definitely not hard to figure out who the real quack is.
Stephen Barrett - Professional Crackpot...
The Internet needs health information it can trust. Stephen Barrett doesn't provide it...
Barrett is one of those people whose ambitions and opinions of himself far exceeds his abilities. Without ANY qualifications he has set himself up as an expert in just about everything having to do with health care - and more.
And this from a man who is a professional failure.
Records show that Barrett never achieved any success in the medical profession. His claim to being a "retired Psychiatrist" is laughable. He is, in fact, a "failed Psychiatrist," and a "failed MD."
The Psychiatric profession rejected Barrett years ago, for Barrett could NOT pass the examinations necessary to become "Board Certified." Which, is no doubt why Barrett was, throughout his career, relegated to lower level "part time" positions.
Barrett, we know, was forced to give up his medical license in Pennsylvania in 1993 when his "part-time" employment at the State Mental Hospital was terminated, and he had so few (nine) private patients during his last five years of practice, that he couldn't afford the Malpractice Insurance premiums Pennsylvania requires.
In a job market in the United States, where there is a "doctor shortage," Stephen Barrett, after his termination by the State mental Hospital, couldn't find employment. He was in his mid-50s at the time. He should have been at the top of his craft - yet, apparently, he couldn't find work.
It is obvious, that, after one humiliation after another, in 1993 Barrett simply gave up his medical aspirations, turned in his MD license, and retreated, in bitterness and frustration, to his basement.
It was in that basement, where Barrett took up "quackbusting" - which, in reality, means that Barrett attacks "cutting-edge" health professionals and paradigms - those that ARE achieving success in their segment of health care.
And there, in "quackbusting" is where Barrett finally found the attention and recognition he seems to crave - for, a while, that is, until three California Judges, in a PUBLISHED Appeals Court decision, took a HARD look at Barrett's activities, and declared him "biased, and unworthy of credibility."
Bitterness against successful health professionals is Barrett's hallmark. To him they're all "quacks." In this, his essays are repetitive and pedestrian.
Barrett, in his writings, says the same things, the same way, every time - change the victim and the subject, and still you yawn your way through his offerings. It's like he's filling out a form somebody gave him...
Take an overactive self importance, couple it with glaring failure and rejection in his chosen profession, add a cup of molten hatred for those that do succeed, pop it in the oven - and out comes Stephen Barrett - self-styled "expert in everything."
Barrett, we know, along with his website, was named, among other things, in a racketeering (RICO) case in Federal Court in Colorado.
He's also being sued for his nefarious activities in Ontario, Canada.
Barrett, in the Canadian case, has formally admitted, according to Canadian law, to a number of situations put to him by the Plaintiff, including:
"The sole purpose of the activities of Barrett & Baratz are to discredit and cause damage and harm to health care practitioners, businesses that make alternative health therapies or products available, and advocates of non-allopathic therapies and health freedom."
"Barrett has interfered with the civil rights of numerous Americans, in his efforts to have his critics silenced."
"Barrett has strategically orchestrated the filing of legal actions in improper jurisdictions for the purpose of frustrating the victims of such lawsuits and increasing his victims costs."
"Barrett failed the exams he was required to pass to become a Board Certified Medical Doctor."
Barrett's Funding - TOP SECRET...
Barrett was cornered in a Federal case in the State of Oregon not long ago, and asked about his income. He testified that over the past two years he made a TOTAL of $54,000.
How then does he afford to carry on fourteen (14) separate legal actions at one time?
If each legal action cost him $100,000, that would come to 1.4 million dollars ($1,400,000).
How do you squeeze 1.4 million out of a $54,000 total income?
a whole lot of unreferenced information written by a few people to dissuade readers from alternative therapy. After reading some of the articles on the website, quackwatch itself seems to be a big quack!
Notice that you can't contact anyone at the quackwatch.com website?? You have to ask why it exists - but the answer is all too obvious. Big Pharma and too many medicos are feeling threatened by medicine that practices PREVENTION as well as TRUE HEALING. So they need websites like this to scare the mediocrity into thinking that ONLY big pharma and the bullying pocket lining medicos can treat them properly. Sadly that's why health insurance costs so much - we're all paying for the slashing, poisoning and burning all of which costs massive $'s and ensures the patients remain ill so they'll need on going so called therapies. It's not called "health care" called the SICKNESS INDUSTRY.
What a joke! Sooo basically everything and anything that isn't chemo or radiation is a scam??? You're fraudulent site should be shut down! I truly hope that the people that stumble upon this pathetic website are not gullible enough to believe this crap! What a pathetic piece of trash... Anyone considering any of these alternative therapies should research how cancer cells are developed and how cancer cell growth is promoted. Once you do you will understand the immense benefits of such treatments like: wheatgrass, chlorophyll, oxygenation, gerson, etc.
It appears that this site has ties to the pharmaceutical industry. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 20 years ago. I did the conventional therapy (drugs) only to feel worse than ever and to develop more and more negative symptoms. As soon as I began to use natural healing methods, my health began to improve. I no longer believe in drugs, which provide only a band aid effect as the disease rages on underneath. Quackwatch should be sending out information about all of the countless drugs that undermine health and kill millions of unsuspecting people. One only has to look at the side effects of drugs to wonder, "are people that take these drugs really that clueless?"
as a person who overcame mental illness with nutrition and alternative therapies and now as a therapist who has seen over 20,000 clients with phenomenal success...this guy Stephen Barrett, M.D. is the REAL QUACK...Sorry to say..google him..he really is..it's scary to see his affiliations with pharmaceutical companies the FDA and the like..Evil..HE IS
I have been a Cranio Sacral Therapist for many years now and have felt and SEEN amazing results. Clients that haven't had relief of pain for decades felt rejuvenated and alive again. When this site came to my attention it seemed as if there is only one side...and he is being a bully with no direct experience of the topics I have read. I refuse to read ignorance. He reminds me of a fat kid with acne that had no friends on the play ground because he $#*! himself.
Seeing is believing. I'll take natural alternatives over chemical synthetics, any day. This site is designed to discourage alternative treatments by instilling fear, so that big pharma can continue to lie with their bed partners who are mainstream, narrow minded Doctors. Natural Doctors treat the whole person, they don't just specialize in specific areas of the body so as to divide it in sections. When's the last time you went to a mainstream Doctor who was able to diagnose AND treat the thyroid, BP, liver, heart and digestive system all in one visit?
Perfect case of "pot calling kettle black". Stephen Barrett, M.D. is either a king of quacks or a stooge for the pharmaceutical industry. The volume of big pharmaceutical propaganda on the website would make Goebbles feel jelaus and inadequate.
This site is very informative about some of the underhanded or uninformed practices being performed in medicine both human and veterinary. Of course, this inflames the snake oil salesmen and their ilk so the site posts some of these comments. It also posts positive comments from visitors to the site. I would highly recommend this site to anyone seeking or thinking about seeking treatment in any kind of alternative medicine.
I am for modern medicine as well as alternative. But its sad that no one considers that some alternative medicines work. And generally dont come with 2 pages of side effects that come with them. So dont bash alternative medicine when modern medicine has problems of their own.
This website and its contributors are no different than those believe that nothing good exists...and Elvis is still alive. Unfortunately for Dr. Barrett, he has been marketed to just as much as those he complains about.....and global warming was promoted as quackery for years and look what's happening. He is just as much a product of promotion as everyone else. I suggest to people to do their own research on both sides of the fence because I have, as many people I know, experienced help in areas that he promotes as quackery.
This site is terrifying. It presents itself as a non profit consumer protection site when in reality its only goal is to promote the pharmaceutical industry. It tries to discredit legitimate, state-licensed, legal health care practitioners. It bashes every government agency that endorses or promotes alternative medicine. It discounts the critical importance of nutrition in health. If there are 30 positive studies and 10 negative ones on a certain treatment, guess which ones get listed and which don't? Reader beware!
People would be ignorant to think that this site and their postings have the peoples best interest at heart.
It doesn't get much more close minded than quackwatch. As a MD, Dr. Barrett should at least be open to some of these medical treatments that he is trying to hard to debunk. Take acupuncture for instance, it has been around for 2000 plus years and he talks about the dubious claims of the technique. He loves the word dubious by the way. If anything is our world was a fraud then it won't last a month let alone 2000 years. Yes there are quacks out there on both the allopathic side and naturopathic side but to label either group as quacks you are doing more harm than good. I'm sure he is well paid by some gov't agency but isn't it time to start doing the right thing instead misinforming citizens about treatments that may very well help them and their families. After all, since when has the government ever cared about saving any of us from potentially wasting our money.
This website does little to watch for genuine quackery. It is also poorly organized and difficult to navigate. Instead of featuring very one-sided articles that "debunk" supposed quackery, it should focus on genuinely dangerous health memes. Just because you have a real doctor posting an article that includes references, does not mean that you have debunked anything.
Learn to think for yourselves people.
Being a pharmacist that works in the supplement industry I agree with many but not all things found in that site. A psychiatrist-and one not allowed to practice too- is not the best source of information. As for the big-pharma conspiracies I read here- big pharmas laugh laugh and then laugh some more at the tiny % of their profits the whole supplement industry is. If the guy writes an article and is backed with both logical arguments AND scientific studies, then doctor or not, he is probably right
This site has no credibility just research Truth of Stephan Barrett and you will see he and his site have no credibility...Quackwatch has been involved in a number of lawsuits and apparently Stephen Barrett had lost one or more lawsuits where the judge made him pay the opposing attorneys fees.Google... Court Orders Quackbusters Barrett and Polevoy to Post $433,715.93 Bond..Yet Quackbuster still maintains it is run from donations...More like donations from big pharma.
One of the worst sites to receive your information.
This is a heavily biased website attacking anyone who is investigating alternative medicine. The owners are also on the board of directors for other organisations that receive direct funding from Big Pharma and Chemical companies. They also promote the use of Sodium Fluoride in drinking water, even though the Nazis used it in their concentration camps to keep prisoners docile.
"Dr" Barrett was also exposed in a lawsuit where he had to admit he had no certificate to give Psychiatric advice even though he had done so to unsuspecting people. He has also launched 40 lawsuits against what he calls ' quacks ' and he has not won a single case. There are far better sites out there and openly ask questions about alternative medicine rather than do what quackwatch does which is out right attack and dismiss with no proof.
Over 100,000 people die from the drugs they promote, can anyone provide a number close or more than that from people who have died using natural remedies to fight their illness?
Don't be fooled. While I know there are plenty of quacks out there, this site is definitely funded, supported, or otherwise controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. I regularly witness the true quackery of "board certified physicians." I work in one of the largest, well-known cancer and heart hospitals in the nation, and have yet to see ANYONE cured by pharmaceutical drugs. It just doesn't happen. The physicians on the site are trained by the industry, therefore, they know little else. They are taught to never think outside the box and would never discredit conventional thinking/practice even if it results in lives saved. The fact is that medicine only makes money if people are sick and ignorant about preventing illness. Natural cures are not profitable to the current medical establishment.
Dr. Stephen Barrett of Quackwatch Exposed In Court Cases
At trial, under a heated cross-examination by Negrete, Barrett conceded that he was not a Medical Board Certified psychiatrist because he had failed the certification exam.
This was a major revelation since Barrett had provided supposed expert testimony as a psychiatrist and had testified in numerous court cases. Barrett also had said that he was a legal expert even though he had no formal legal training.
The most damning testimony before the jury, under the intense cross-examination by Negrete, was that Barrett had filed similar defamation lawsuits against almost 40 people across the country within the past few years and had not won one single one at trial.
During the course of his examination, Barrett also had to concede his ties to the AMA, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Court Case: Stephen Barrett, M.D. vs. Tedd Koren, D.C. and Koren Publications, Inc.
Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County for the State of Pennsylvania
Court Case No.: 2002-C-1837
I love Quack Watch because their truly are so many newfangled remedies and health claims circulating with a sole for profit intention.
They intelligently debunk claims and, although they can be extreme in some cases, give great information, especially when one is engaging in debate and needs backup!
Very enjoyable and factually entertaining.
Very few people realize that this website is founded, funded and written by the pharmaceutical industry and is a desperate attempt to discredit and attack all holistic and alternative health treatments. There is a lot of money these days from the mainstream healthcare industry especially big pharma to eliminate any competition. So read with an informed mind.
What you get from this site is no frills medical opinion on all controversial topics like dieting and steroid usage. Not the prettiest website out there. Not the best designed. Not even very well written compared to professionally edited sites. What you get is medical facts from doctors who do stick to the facts. refreshing.
It is good to see some doctors out there who create a site and make no money or profit off of it and they just want to share their knowledge with the world. It seems today all these doctors are trying to sell you something and tell you it will cure you. On this site they tell you what is real and what is fake and they do it all for free.
There are many times when you hear of a new medical fad or diet and you wonder if it is really true or not. Quackwatch.com is wonderful website that is run by a team of doctors who go out of their way to tell people what is medical truth versus fiction. It is completely non-profit and I think they do a great job of telling us what to really believe in.
In particular regards to Lyme disease. This websites opinion shows strong bias against people experiencing advanced chronic lyme infection symptoms that test negative to the western blot, pcr and erisa tests. Johs Hopkins study showed none of these test were accurate enough to rule out lyme disease. and in combination were still not near 100% accurate. These were confirmed cases. Motive for the insensitive position can probably be compared to the clinical treatment of Polio before a NUN used heat therapy. She was debunked by a medical community that considers their opinion the only one that counts. Considering the amount of money these people make, perhaps their own investment returns would be better with little or no treatment protocols being paid for? I don't like this site at least in their stand on Lyme disease. And that discolors any other opinion they have for me.
The medical truth behind diets, anti-aging medicine, chiropractors, alternative medice and quacks. - Anyone who has tried diet pills, chiropractors, or even skin care products should read this site. This is the attempt of a single physician and his team to educate the public about what is "real" evidence based medicine and what is "quackery".
I found some interesting "quacks" that really seem mainstream. A good example is Dr. Perricone, read how they believe he is a quack just getting rich:
<a href="http://www.quackwatch.com/11Ind/perricone.html" target="_blank">http://www.quackwatch.com/11Ind/perricone.html</a>
How chirpractors are causing strokes and not reporting them;
<a href="http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/chirostroke.html" target="_blank">http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/chirostroke.html</a>
the Vitamin C myth;
<a href="http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/pauling.html" target="_blank">http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/pauling.html</a>
This site is great reading for anyone who is interested in healthcare and wants to know the real evidence behind all the claims that celebrity doctors make to sell their products and services.
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