From plunger to Punkt-roller: a century of weight-loss quackery
- 1993-4 Slim Chance Awards. // NCAHF Newsletter (08903417);Mar/Apr94, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p2
Presents the recipients of the 1993 and 1994 Slim Chance Awards for false claims on the effectiveness of products for inducing weight loss. Acu-Stop 2000 for controlling hunger; Slender You exercise devices; Bodi-trim pills; Dr. Clayton's Natural Program pills.
- Quackery targets teens. // FDA Consumer;Feb1988, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p24
Falling for everything from worthless breast developers to `overnight' tanning pills, teens are unfortunately following their parents' example in believing--and buying--the unbelievable. Tips for recognizing quackery.
- Dangers with `Rio' hair relaxers. // FDA Consumer;Mar1995, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p4
Reports that the Food and Drug Administration moved in January 1995 to withdraw `Rio Hair Naturalizer System' and another related product from the market. Adverse reaction complaints; The use of infomercials to market the products.
- Help end weight-loss abuse. // Nutrition Action Health Letter;Apr93, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p3
Urges the public to report weight-loss scams to the Task Force on Weight Loss Abuse, to the state attorney general, and to Representative Ron Wyden. Examples of scams.
- Quackery abounds in China. Jarvis, William // NCAHF Newsletter (08903417);May/Jun95, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p3
Discusses Wu Xianghong's report `Skeptical Briefs,' which focus on quackery in China. Popularity of paranormal beliefs; Difficulty in testing the effectiveness of Chinese medicine; Widespread ignorance and superstition in China; Source of quackery in North America.
- Classic on how quackery advances--how the NIH office of alternative medicine came to be. // NCAHF Newsletter (08903417);Mar/Apr97, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p3
Comments on the popularity of quackery in the United States. Success of quackery attributed to people's inability to accurately interpret their personal experiences with health and healing; Deceptiveness of clinical illusions; Example of social psychology of quackery.
- Body language. Jarvis, William T. // Psychology Today;Sep/Oct94, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p10
Asserts that the charlatan healers don't really help the desperate beyond giving them attention. Massage; Herbal remedies; Why the old snake-oil salesmen were popular; Excerpted from the television series `Healing and the Mind.'
- Pills, acupuncture and chromium picolinate. Berg, F. // Obesity & Health;Nov/Dec92, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p110
Lists questionable weight loss products advertised in the market. Systematic and permanent weight-loss method; Glandiet; Acu-Stop 2000; Thermoslim; Fat Eliminator; Dr. Johnson's Method; Kyo-Chrome; Pound Control 4040; Beldoxinol; Bodi-Trim; Lipitrol; Diet to End All Diets; Fat-Erasers; Sugarol;...
- Quackery targets teens. // Consumers' Research Magazine;Apr88, Vol. 71 Issue 4, p24
Shopping and spending practices of teens; Mail order buying; Types of `quack' products teenagers are asked to believe in: breast developers, weight loss products, steroids and growth hormones, tanning and tanning pills, hair removal and growth products and look-alike drugs; How to recognize...