Appendix 3 – The Skeptic Connection

If we look on the web sites, blogs and other pages relating to anti
quackery, we can see very clearly which groups and which individuals
are linked.

Don’t expect anything near to rationality from the skeptics or any
of their aligned organisations. If they are not actually funded by the
pharmaceutical and processed food industry or other corporate concerns
themselves, they are aligned with groups which are. Their views
are narrow and ideological, they have nothing to do with the normal,
historically accepted investigation of knowledge.

And if it enters your head to wonder whether these people are sincere,
forget it. In the main they are professional agents for corporate
medicine and health.

Look at these pages from Syracuse University: Resources for
Selected Areas of Pseudoscience and Paranormal Phenomena, and for
Skeptical Perspective: Science for the 21st Century.1

I have summarised the compendium of contacts on these pages, so
as to show the most important associations. It should be noted that all
the information below relates to a skeptical view of alternative medicine,
while none of it is in any way independent or for that matter written
by accepted academic authorities on the subjects.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, PSEUDOMEDICINE, AND QUACKERY

QuackWatch, Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent
Decisionmaking. Operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Alternative Health Practices (Skeptic’s Dictionary).

Office of Alternative Medicine National Institutes of Health (USA).

National Council Against Health Fraud home page.

Alternative Medicine and Faith Healing – Skeptical Bibliography
(annotated) ,Stephen Barrett, M.D., Consumer Advocate.

The Health Robbers – A Close Look at Quackery in America (edited
by Stephen Barrett, MD and William T Jarvis, PhD, Prometheus,
1993, 526 pp.)

Roundtable Interview – Dr. Stephen Barrett; another book of Dr.
Barrett’s: The Vitamin Pushers.

A Consumer’s Guide to Alternative Medicine – A Close Look at
Homoeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith Healing and Other
Unconventional Treatments by Kurt Butler, edited by Stephen Barrett,
Prometheus, 1992.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

BCS Debates a Qi Gong Master (British Columbia Skeptics; includes
the “16 questions”.)

China, Chi, and Chicanery – Examining Traditional Chinese Medicine
and Chi Theory by Peter Huston, Skeptical Inquirer (September/
October 1995, vol. 19, no. 5.)

Traditional Medicine and Pseudoscience in China: A Report of the
Second CSICOP Delegation (Part 1) by Barry L. Beyerstein and
Wallace Sampson, Skeptical Inquirer (July/August 1996, vol. 20, no. 4).

Qigong – Chinese Medicine or Pseudoscience by L. Zixin, Y. Li, G.
Zhengyi, S. Zhenyu, Z. Honglin, and Z. Tongling (Prometheus, 1996)

HOMOEOPATHY

Homoeopathy: A Position Statement by the National Council Against
Health Fraud.

“Homoeopathy? Much Ado About Nothing” Consumer Reports,
March 1994, pp. 201-206.

“Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilte antiserum
against IgE” by E. Davenas et al. (the notorious paper from Benveniste’s
lab in Paris published by Nature editor John Maddox, under
the condition that a team be permitted to investigate; see next two
items), Nature, 333, June 30, 1988, pp. 816-818.

“High-dilution experiments a delusion” by John Maddox, James
Randi, and Walter Stewart, Nature 334, July 28, 1988, pp. 287-290
(see also Benveniste’s reply on p. 291.)

“Dilutions of Grandeur” by Andrew C. Revkin, (Homoeopathic experiments
of J. Benveniste and periodical Nature’s investigation)
Discover 10, January 1989, pp. 74-75.

CHIROPRACTIC

National Council Against Health Fraud, Inc. Position Paper on
Chiropractic.

ICA Board Takes Emphatic Stand on “Orthopractic” and
“Chiropractic Medicine” from the International Chiropractors
Association.

Chiropractors – Healers or Quacks. Consumer Reports, 1975, 40:542-
547, 606-610.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS, VITAMINS

Recommended book by Stephen Barrett, M.D., Consumer Advocate
(see above), The Vitamin Pushers – How the ‘Health Food’ Industry is
Selling America a Bill of Goods (Stephen Barrett, MD and Victor

Herbert, MD, JD, Prometheus, 1994, 536 pp.), Dr. Barrett’s: The
Health Robbers.

ARTICLES/WARNINGS ABOUT CERTAIN SUPPLEMENTS

FDAWarns Against Supplements That Contain Ephedrine (Reuters).

CDC Officials Cite Adverse Events Associated with Ephedrine-
Containing Products (Reuters).

NIH Panel Seeks To Curb Melatonin Use (Reuters).
Data Lacking For Accurate Dietary Supplement Recommendations
(Reuters).

HERBAL MEDICINE

Herbal Humbug by Elliott Marchant and Barry Beyerstein (Rational
Enquirer, vol 3, no. 4, Apr 90).

False Tenets of Paraherbalism by Varro E. Tyler (from Nutrition
Forum, a newsletter focusing on nutrition-related fads, fallacies, and
quackery).

Herbal Roulette – The maker’s of these ‘natural’ remedies don’t have to
prove they work and don’t have to prove they are safe. You have to be
very careful. Consumer Reports, November 1995, pp. 698-705.

CONVENTIONAL (SCIENTIFIC) MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta,
Georgia.

National Institutes of Health, located in Bethesda, Maryland.

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The Cochrane Collaboration – Preparing, maintaining and disseminating
systematic reviews of the effects of health care.

THE ANTI-QUACKERY RING MANAGED BY PAUL LEE

This ring is for sites that combat & debunk health-related frauds,
myths, fads, and fallacies, and are more interested in real, objective,
scientific proof, than in the speculative, subjective, and unproven theories
and anecdotes of so-called Alternative Medicine. If you are sympathetic
to the aims of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and
you consider Quackwatch to be a reliable source of anti-quackery
information, then this ring may be just what you’re looking for.
Welcome to WebRing! AWebRing Community is a group of web sites
with a common theme connected by a NavBar providing you easy
access to more sites with related content. Still don’t see what you’re
looking for? Search WebRing or check out the WebRing Directory to
find even more communities.

Quackwatch — Flag this site: Great site! Your guide to health fraud,
quackery, and intelligent decisions. Free weekly newsletter.

Quackwatch Sites and Affiliates — Health care consumer protection
when it is best!

Anne’s Anti-Quackery & Science Blog (Danish/English) — A skeptical
view of alternative treatments, science, new age, psychology, conspiracy,
philosophical thinking, religion and faith.

Autism Watch — Your scientific guide to the diagnosis and treatment
of autism. Operated by James R. Laidler, M.D.

Gary Posner’s Web site — Gary P. Posner, M.D., is a medical software
company executive, founder of Tampa Bay Skeptics, contributing editor
to “The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine,” and investigator
of paranormal and fringe-science claims.

JunkScience.com — Spotlights faulty science used to promote a special
agenda.

Welcome into the Quackbuster’s Lair! Here you’ll find links to information
and web sites that are skeptical of most so-Called “Alternative
Medicine” (sCAM), antagonistic to quackery, and favorable to objec-
tive scientific evidence and critical thinking, in contrast to sole
reliance on anecdotes & testimonials.

The Quack-Files. Confessions of a skeptic who is concerned about
healthcare consumer protection, quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic
quackery, and other forms of so-Called “Alternative Medicine”
(sCAM). (An English / Danish blog).

The Heathen Hold: APersonal Blog by a Skeptical Secular Humanist.
Casewatch: Your guide to health fraud and quackery-related legal
matters: including case reports, key documents, and laws.

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