Antiquackery classics posted

Posted 29 June 2015

Quackwatch has posted the complete texts of two volumes of Nostrums and Quackery: Articles on the Nostrum Evil, Quackery and Allied Matters Affecting the Public Health; Reprinted, With or Without Modifications, from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Volume I was published in 1912.
Volume II was published in 1921.

The books, which total more than 1,500 pages, are no longer copyrighted.

Some extracts:

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ONDAMED System – Bogus test

Posted 16 June 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered the marketers of the ONDAMED System to stop claiming that it can diagnose or treat disease and to stop saying that it is a biofeedback device.
[Welch J. Warning Letter to Sylvia Binder, June 1, 2015]

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Homemark Aragan Oil – ASA breach ruling

Posted 15 June 2015

Homemark continues to make false claims for their product, Aragan Oil, claiming that it cured nail fungus, among other false claims in breach of a previous ASA ruling. In a complaint to the ASA, it was argued that Homemark has for more than 10 years scammed consumers, and that Homemark should be severely ‘punished’ – similar to a thief who has stolen before, and cannot now claim to not knowing what they are doing is wrong.

Although the ASA agreed that Homemark continued to make false claims in spite of a previous ASA ruling, that severe sanctions were not required.

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Social and judgmental biases that make inert treatments seem to work

Posted 10 June 2015

[quote]CAM remains, for the most part, “alternative” because its practitioners depend on subjective reckoning and user testimonials rather than scientific research to support what they do. They remain outside the scientific fold because most of their hypothesized mechanisms contradict well-established principles of biology, chemistry or physics. If CAM proponents could produce acceptable evidence to back up their methods, they would no longer be alternative-they would be absorbed by mainstream medicine.  [/quote]

I accidentally stumbled on this article while researching on another topic, ‘hidden’ in Internet Archive WayBackMachine. The article was written for publication in a special issue of Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine (1999). The author, Prof Barry L. Beyerstein, makes a number of arguments that are still pertinent today.

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Eating chocolate could help you lose weight faster – Not!

Posted 08 June 2015

Earlier in the year the world was finally treated to some good news from science: a report was published that claimed to show that eating chocolate could help you lose weight faster.

Although it all seemed too good to be true, the story was reported in news outlets around the world. Europe’s largest daily newspaper, Bild, ran it on the front page. It made TV news in Australia and the US, it landed on the Irish Examiner, The Times of India, and the Huffington Post in various languages.

But it was too good to be true. Or, if you’re an aficionado of the work of trolls, it was even better.

Last week science journalist John Bohannon revealed that the whole study was an elaborate prank, a piece of terrible science he and documentary film makers Peter Onneken and Diana Löbl – with general practitioner Gunter Read the rest

“Miracle Mineral Solution” Seller Convicted

Posted 01 June 2015

Seller of “Miracle Mineral Solution” Convicted for Marketing Toxic Chemical as a Miracle Cure

A federal jury in the Eastern District of Washington returned a guilty verdict yesterday against a Spokane, Washington, man for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure for numerous diseases and illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, lyme disease, asthma and the common cold, the Department of Justice announced.

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