'Quack Buster' busted Dr. Stephen Barrett

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Dec 29, 2011
 
For years, Stephen Barrett, self-appointed "quack buster," has directed many of his most
venomous attacks at chiropractic. He has used print and broadcast media -- as well as the
Internet -- in an attempt to do what the American Medical Association failed to do during their
anti-chiropractic campaign: destroy and contain chiropractic.

When faced with criticism of his own closed- mindedness or vindictiveness, Barrett has had a
reputation for threatening lawsuits to silence his detractors.

However, in what's been called a landmark free speech decision, a judge in Northern California
has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against a San Diego woman who called Barrett a "quack" on
her own Internet discussion group.

Barrett, a former psychiatrist who holds no current medical license, is one of the most vocal
opponents of non-medical health care and his "Quackwatch" website, launched in 1996, is
frequently cited in anti-chiropractic media reports.

A defendant, Ilena Rosenthal, has a website that serves as a support group for women who
have had problems with breast implants. In online discussions, she has called Barrett an arrogant
quack, and stated that he was a "bully" who tried to "extort" her, and that "Quackwatch appears to
be a power-hungry, misguided bunch of pseudoscientific socialistic bigots."

Barrett tried to shut her up by slapping her with a lawsuit for defamation and libel, but the judge
threw the case out since, he stated, Barrett was a public figure and the online discussion was
protected by the Constitution's right to free speech.

The ruling came on July 25, just two days after New Century Press filed a RICO (racketeering)
lawsuit against Barrett and his fellow "Quackbusters." The lawsuit charges Stephen Barrett, his wife Judith Barrett, with "Unlawful, Unfair, and Fraudulent Business Practices ... Violation of Civil Rights, Intentional Interference With Prospective Advantage, Negligent Interference With Prospective Advantage, Civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Malicious Prosecution, Abuse of Process, Negligence,(and) Civil Conspiracy."

Also named in the suit are many of Barrett's business enterprises and associates -- including
Terry Polevoy (of Canada), Christopher Grell, Quackwatch Inc., Quackwatch.com , Lehigh Valley
Committee Against Health Fraud, the National Council Against Health Fraud Inc., NCAHF,
Healthwatchers.net , the Georgia Council Against Health Fraud, Rebecca Long, Rebekah
Johnson, Scotsoft Research, ssr.com , hcrc.org , Aron Primack, Peter W. Pappas, Joseph
Pizzorno, Robert S. Baratz M.D., William T. Jarvis, Tim Gorski, John Stone, Bill Ross, Peter
Bowditch, Monica Pignotti, Paul Lee, Michael McNeil, Paul Hilling, J.A. Lyons, Paul Smith,
QUACKBUSTERSOFTHEILLUMUNATTI, Esther Figueroa, Jose Figueroa, and others.

The suit asserts that, "Without any basis or clinical research of their own, Dr. Barrett (a de-
licensed psychiatrist) and Dr. Polevoy (an acne care physician), and each of the Cross-
Defendants, have focused their unqualified attack on the scientific findings of Dr. Clark.

Applying their obviously limited scientific understanding of microbiology and parasitology, they minimize the significance of Dr. Clark's work by addressing only one form of parasite that they believe is the entirety of her findings. It is almost as if they picked up one of Dr. Clark's books and read the middle page and nothing else, then decided they are experts in the field of parasitology."
Dr. Clark's attorney's also noted, in the legal action, that Barrett and his cohorts "have used the
internet as their national pulpit by which they preach the exclusive validity of allopathic medicine
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Dec 31, 2011
 

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Hulda Clark is not a good source.

http://www.raysahelian.com/quackwatch.html

"I have not read every single page on Quackwatch but the ones I read give me the impression that in many cases he has done good research on many of the people involved in the alternative health industry, and has pointed out several instances of inaccuracies and scams (for instance, Hulda Clark and her pitiful book "The Cure for all Cancers"). However, I hardly came across reports on his website regarding some of the scams or inaccurate promotion and marketing practices by the pharmaceutical industry. Why is this? Why has Stephen Barrett, M.D. focused almost all of his attention on the nutritional industry and has hardly spent time pointing out the billions of dollars wasted each year by consumers on certain prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical drugs...

"Saw palmetto has been used for decades and this is the first case report of pancreatitis associated with it. Yet, Stephen Barrett believed it was important enough to mention it in his newsletter. This clearly indicates that Quackwatch looks out for negative outcomes on supplements as opposed to balancing the newsletter with a positive outcome on herbal research, or mentioning negative studies or side effects from drugs. An unbiased scientist is balanced. It is my opinion that Stephen Barrett, M.D. is significantly biased and cannot be considered a true scientist."

I agree with Dr. Sahelian.
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Dec 31, 2011
 
What is Thought Stopping and How Does It Work?

http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/livingwithp...
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Wash,

You are mentally ill and are certainly thought stopping. Read this and get help for yourself.

http://www.howcultswork.com/
Wisdom

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Funny how "washboy" a supposed chiropractors who claims to know chiropractic has no clue as to just how bizarre and scamming the cult leader sid williams was/is.

Visit "chirotalk" and educate yourself mr chiropractor. Enough of your dumb ass ignorant posts.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
It's not funny it's typical. When you are a chiropractor propaganda and indoctrination is the norm.
Washington Chiro

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Jan 4, 2012
 
snuffleup wrote:
It's not funny it's typical. When you are a chiropractor propaganda and indoctrination is the norm.
Yeah, it's funny how the snufcreep keeps banging the "credentials don't matter" bible.
Hey, I see his point. Snuf doesn't need no stink'n credentials to be credible. Who needs those. Who better to discuss chiropractic and medicine than someone who's never been to school and has no degrees, licenses, or experience.
Yeah, I see this jag off's point. When a network TV news show wants an expert on health care, they hire the cab driver who never set foot in a professional school. When a newspaper hires a columnist to discuss health care, who do they hire? Why of course, the cab driver's brother! Man, does that cabby have opinions on surgery, and all of them valid!! Dumb ASS.
Wisdom and snuf, the creepy bedfellows, have zero credibility. Both have admitted they have no professional qualifications. Both are jealous losers.
Oh, and let's not forget--snufboy, in a recent post, wished Dr. Sid Williams, who just had a stroke, would spend 'quality time in a wheelchair.' And "suffer the rest of his life." Wisdom raised his creepy hand to second the motion.
Speaks volumes.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
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Jan 4, 2012
 
he he he he OWNED! "Snuf" continues, yes, CONTINUES NOT paying attention to me!! Just like he said he wouldn't. he he he he
He's a man of his word. Oh man did he prove he's the better man! JAG OFF.
Since you liked my last post so much--how 'bout a little repeat, scarecrow?? he he he he

Yeah, it's funny how the snufcreep keeps banging the "credentials don't matter" bible.
Hey, I see his point. Snuf doesn't need no stink'n credentials to be credible. Who needs those. Who better to discuss chiropractic and medicine than someone who's never been to school and has no degrees, licenses, or experience.
Yeah, I see this jag off's point. When a network TV news show wants an expert on health care, they hire the cab driver who never set foot in a professional school. When a newspaper hires a columnist to discuss health care, who do they hire? Why of course, the cab driver's brother! Man, does that cabby have opinions on surgery, and all of them valid!! Dumb ASS.
Wisdom and snuf, the creepy bedfellows, have zero credibility. Both have admitted they have no professional qualifications. Both are jealous losers.
Oh, and let's not forget--snufboy, in a recent post, wished Dr. Sid Williams, who just had a stroke, would spend 'quality time in a wheelchair.' And "suffer the rest of his life." Wisdom raised his creepy hand to second the motion.
Speaks volumes.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
Funny how barrett is still living rent free in the minds of these quacks.

"credentials"? snuff just wiped the floor with this quack and he responds with , "but but you didn't tell me your credentials". ha ha I love it when these quacks post.

Most people are now seeing these quacks for who they are. Dumb ass ignorant scam artists who blog all day using profanities.
Washington Chiro

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Jan 4, 2012
 
he he he he OWNED! "Snuf" continues, yes, CONTINUES NOT paying attention to me!! Just like he said he wouldn't. he he he he
He's a man of his word. Oh man did he prove he's the better man! JAG OFF.
Since you liked my last post so much--how 'bout a little repeat, scarecrow?? he he he he

Yeah, it's funny how the snufcreep keeps banging the "credentials don't matter" bible.
Hey, I see his point. Snuf doesn't need no stink'n credentials to be credible. Who needs those. Who better to discuss chiropractic and medicine than someone who's never been to school and has no degrees, licenses, or experience.
Yeah, I see this jag off's point. When a network TV news show wants an expert on health care, they hire the cab driver who never set foot in a professional school. When a newspaper hires a columnist to discuss health care, who do they hire? Why of course, the cab driver's brother! Man, does that cabby have opinions on surgery, and all of them valid!! Dumb ASS.
Wisdom and snuf, the creepy bedfellows, have zero credibility. Both have admitted they have no professional qualifications. Both are jealous losers.
Oh, and let's not forget--snufboy, in a recent post, wished Dr. Sid Williams, who just had a stroke, would spend 'quality time in a wheelchair.' And "suffer the rest of his life." Wisdom raised his creepy hand to second the motion.
Speaks volumes.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
>Hey, I see his point. Snuf doesn't need no stink'n credentials to be credible. Who needs those. Who better to discuss chiropractic and medicine than someone who's never been to school and has no degrees, licenses, or experience.

You haven't posted your real name and credentials. Why then should we take your drivel seriously. Also, I never said I didn't have any "credentials", you did. If you think I don't then you should point out where these supposed mistakes are. The fact that you haven't and can't means you are full of (pick your favorite excrement).
Washington Chiro

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Jan 4, 2012
 
snuffleup wrote:
>Hey, I see his point. Snuf doesn't need no stink'n credentials to be credible. Who needs those. Who better to discuss chiropractic and medicine than someone who's never been to school and has no degrees, licenses, or experience.
You haven't posted your real name and credentials. Why then should we take your drivel seriously. Also, I never said I didn't have any "credentials", you did. If you think I don't then you should point out where these supposed mistakes are. The fact that you haven't and can't means you are full of (pick your favorite excrement).
You're a liar, snufbag.
I stated, numerous times that I am a practicing licensed chiropractor. Have been for years. I had a BA degree, a DC degree, and various post graduate certifications including acupuncture, sports therapy, and neurology.
I never asked for your name. Don't care. You won't get mine, either. I don't need to create a stalker.
You, on the other hand, have never stated any professional degrees or experience. I doubt you have any. Therefore, anything you say has zero credibility. Any idiot can copy and paste what they see online. Does that make them an expert? Hell no. It's makes them a fraud--which is what you are.
So lie all you want. I am upfront and you've done nothing but lie and ducked the credential question. Got that? Hey, tell us more about chiropractic and medicine, ok cab driver?
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Jan 4, 2012
 
I have BA and a DC too but I still don't see any relevance. Most DCs are research illiterates and half of all MDs are too.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
snuffleup wrote:
I have BA and a DC too but I still don't see any relevance. Most DCs are research illiterates and half of all MDs are too.
If you are a chiropractor, you seem to have gotten in the wrong profession or maybe you just weren't any good at it. How else would you explain your disdain for it.
I, on the other hand, can't believe my luck. I've helped thousands of people during my career and got paid very well in the process--and I'm still in practice and still enjoying every second of it. I couldn't be happier being a chiropractor.
The fact you couldn't make it is no reflection on chiropractic, just yourself. And the fact you couldn't hack it in business does not mean chiropractic doesn't work. It sure does. Only a practitioner would know that and not some no-nothing hate monger like wisdom, whom, by the way, has zero credentials.
I give you credit for listing yours. It's about time.
No one said most chiropractors or MDs are researchers. I'm not. It's no shame not to be a researcher. I'm a practitioner. I'm in the field doing it, not just talking about it.
Frauds like wisdom, who never touched a patient in their life or have any degrees or licenses, are not credible. It is clear wisdom gets all, not some, but all of his propaganda from chirotalk--the most deceiving website there is. I call it 'the loser's water cooler'. You never see anyone successful post there.
If you dare to make a flattering comment about chiropractic, they boot you off. So much for it being an honest site. Chirotalk has zero credibility.
I go on there about two times a year for about two minutes each time. Nothing ever changes. It's the same bellyaching from failed chiropractors who cry in each other's beer. And they blame chiropractic. Not one ever looked in the mirror and blamed themself for being a loser. Chirotalk isn't worth a bucket of spit.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
Wash,

This is why "credentials" are a red herring, they have nothing to do with anything. The research clearly shows manipulation is a limited treatment with high adverse events (around 50%) and it is foolish to imply that any chiropractor who recognized such and became disgusted about the field and its limitations was personally at fault. It is more of this is indoctrinated mindset. Again, you are mentally ill and this discussion is going nowhere.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
It also bears mentioning that chiropractic techniques are outdated because they ignore clinical prediction rules and in doing so mandate that patients will have more adverse events.

http://fearonphysicaltherapy.com/webfm_send/2...

Rubensteon, S. PREDICTORS OF ADVERSE EVENTS FOLLOWING CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH NECK PAIN. JMPT Feb 2008.

"The reported use of rotation by the chiropractor and working status of the patient (sick leave or workers compensation) were weakly to moderately predictive of adverse events, regardless of the specific type of event.
A longer duration with neck pain in the preceding
year was moderately associated with headache and
with increased neck pain after the first visit."

The other problem is that chiropractic adjusting just doesn't have much of a biomechanical effect. It has no effect on ligaments-either contractures or laxity so chiropractors have no way to permanently correct the passive support system of the body, leaving them to just give patients never ending exercises and self-serving office visits while spinal degeneration continues. It's futile really.

But returning to your delusion that chiropractic is objective and all these letters after your name meaningful, if chiropractic had any integrity it would be discussing AEs and addressing these problems rather than dancing around them and pretending they don't exist.

Or is biomechanics too difficult for you to understand given your indoctrination with the fake version (Gonstead/Diversified listings)?
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Jan 4, 2012
 
snuffleup wrote:
Wash,
This is why "credentials" are a red herring, they have nothing to do with anything. The research clearly shows manipulation is a limited treatment with high adverse events (around 50%) and it is foolish to imply that any chiropractor who recognized such and became disgusted about the field and its limitations was personally at fault. It is more of this is indoctrinated mindset. Again, you are mentally ill and this discussion is going nowhere.
Oh, I see. If someone disagrees with your lunacy, THEY'RE mentally ill. I never said chiropractic was a cure all for everything.
And you are dilusional and a complete moron to believe it has a 50% adverse rate. If that were the case scores of chiropractic patients would be in ER rooms. What a knucklehead.
You're just frustrated and angry since you couldn't make it in practice.
Losers like you always blame others for their failures. Now go and hang out with the chirotalk clan. Losers like you feel at home there.
Folks, chiropractic is the best. I recommend it as a profession. You get to help thousands of people without poisoning them with drugs, and you make a lot of money doing it.
By the way, it is drugs that have OVER a 50% adverse rate, more like 95%.
We don't want snuf's kind in our clean profession. He stinks it up. I'm glad he's not practicing. No one needs him.
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Jan 4, 2012
 
Chiropractor "washdc" said,...."By the way, it is drugs that have OVER a 50% adverse rate, more like 95%."

Washdc, you did not have to tell me your credentials. An ignorant staement like that proves how uneducated you really are.

Nice to have you here, "snuffle". Ignorant chiropractors like washdc,who claim to cure things like deep wounds and ADHD are an embarrassment to us all.
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Jan 5, 2012
 
Thank you Dr. Callahan. It's good to have another free thinking professional here.

He's clearly defensive. The really sad think is that chiropractors like him don't see that these problems aren't insurmountable, but the defensiveness prevents any progress and keeps chiropractic stuck in its current rut of mediocrity and nonacceptance by the scientific and mainstream medical communities.

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