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4 of the Biggest Quacks Plaguing America with False Claims About Science

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Posted 23 July 2014

This article, from AlterNet, argues that from the Food Babe to Dr. Oz, these four are the media’s biggest fear-mongers and snake-oil peddlers.

It may be easy to draw a caricature of a “quack” as a cross between the ShamWow pitchman and an alchemist, but they’re really not so easy to spot. Modern-day quacks often cherry-pick science and use what suits them as semantic backdrop to fool unsuspecting consumers. Quacks may dazzle people with fanciful research studies or scare them with intimidating warnings before trying to peddle products that make unreasonable promises. And those who use these alternative, unproven products may forego treatments that would be more likely to help them. In short, quackery is dangerous. It promotes fear, devalues legitimate science and can destroy lives. Here are the four biggest quacks giving dubious health advice in the media and some samples of their Read the rest

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