I don't envy Stephen Barrett at all, but this is going to be good. Barrett is the doctor behind QuackWatch a wonderful resource for exposing bogus medical claims. Among the many subjects of common charlatanry he's taken apart, one is the use of invalid tests to justify useless treatments, like chelation therapy, which is a goldmine for quacks. Do the doctory thing of drawing a little blood while wearing a white lab coat, send it off to a 'lab' that does a few tests and sends back a very official looking mass of data, and then the quack gazes into it and announces that you need powdered newts' eyes, or whatever nostrum he's peddling that day.
Barrett explained in thorough detail how the reports of one such 'lab', called "Doctor's Data", were jiggered to create unnecessary fears in patients.
This is going to be such a hassle for Barrett—a pointless, frivolous suit by con artists who don't like the fact that he has publicly exposed their scam. But it is also deliciously ironic, because the suit will also make Doctor's Data more widely known as a fraud. Everyone should go read the relevant articles on QuackWatch:
- How the Urine Toxic Metals Test Is Used to Defraud Patients
- CARE Clinics, Doctor's Data, Sued for Fraud
- Be Wary of CARE Clinics and the Center for
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (CASD)
- Three brief articles in Consumer Health Digest:
- Laboratories Doing Nonstandard Laboratory Tests
Spread the news far and wide. Make sure everyone knows Doctor's Data is a fraud.
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