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A few weeks ago, we discussed (1, 2) some of the drugs confiscated by authorities who searched the Sedona resort room occupied by self-help guru, James Ray, following the October 2009 deaths of three followers who paid nearly $10,000 each for his Spiritual Warrior retreat program. Late this afternoon, Ray was arrested – the best…

. . . or as Dr Barrett refers to it more accurately, Insurance Reform. On Friday, Sarah Avery of the News & Observer reported on her interview with the now-retired Pennsylvania psychiatrist who started the Quackwatch.com website in 1996 following years of investigating fraudulent health practices. From the Quackwatch Mission Statement: Quackwatch is now an…

The complicity of revered academic institutions in the promotion of pseudoscience today takes another step forward. The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), known formerly as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCP&S), will bestow an honorary Doctor(ate) of Science on John A Borneman, III, to celebrate their Founders’ Day. From the university…

I could write a post every other week, at minimum, on dietary supplements adulterated with prescription drugs – against federal law, but easy to do with bulk pharmaceuticals available from overseas and no independent product purity oversight. But here’s a new one from the Key West Citizen: Acupuncturist arrested An acupuncturist who operates a business…

This article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal has led me to revisit and repost an old essay I had at the old place on 6 January 2006. The article addresses Oscillococcinum, an extract of the liver and heart of the Muscovy duck that is diluted so many times that, thankfully, it contains no duck…