Category Archives: Law, Regulation, and Politics

Health & Human Services Inspector General Finds Dietary Supplement Companies Make Misleading, Unsupported Claims and Ignore FDA Regulations

I have discussed the bizarre and ineffectual regulatory scheme for dietary supplements in detail previously. The stunningly misnamed Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) basically exempts any product called a “supplement” from any meaningful regulation to ensure safety or … Continue reading

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AVMA Considers Resolution Acknowledging Homeopathy is Ineffective

A recent article in the Veterinary Practice News (VPN) revealed that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is considering a resolution, proposed by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), relating to homeopathy, specifically, and to the role of science and … Continue reading

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Eric Weisman Gets Fine and Probation for Violating Court Order

I recently received a comment from Mr. Eric Weisman, promoter of Evolution Diet, regarding a post I wrote about his products in 2009. The comment was full of conspiracy theories, baseless accusations, and a general disregard for truth. At that … Continue reading

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Can you own an idea? Hemopet sues Nestle-Purina and Hill’s over Nutrigenomics.

Intellectual property law is a complex, often bewildering tangle that I make no claim to be deeply conversant with. However, it has always struck me as odd to consider the notion that ideas can be owned. While I understand the … Continue reading

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Dr. Eisen Takes Legal Action to Suppress Criticism

In the true spirit of quackery, which cannot bear criticism or the exposure of its absurdities, Dr. Steven Eisen has expeditiously taken action to suppress my criticism of his marketing himself as a dog cancer expert despite no formal training … Continue reading

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FDA Finds Widespread and Serious Violations of Safety and Quality Control Regulations for Dietary Supplements

Despite the possibility that some dietary supplements could have real health benefits, there are many reasons to be skeptical of the safety and value of most supplements on the market. Most have not been tested scientifically to an extent that … Continue reading

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Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)-A Familiar Tale of Quackery

The hallmark of classic medical quackery is the lone genius proclaiming the discovery of a radical new approach to healing that is simple, perfectly effective, and perfectly safe. This magical new therapy, described in impressive scientific terminology invented from scratch … Continue reading

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AVMA Model Practic Act Update

About a year ago, I wrote a post about the American Veterinary Medical Association’s effort to revise their Model Veterinary Practice Act, a document states often use as a template for writing laws regulating the practice of veterinary medicine. I … Continue reading

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Burzynski Cancer Clinic Update

Per the ever informative Orac at Respectful Insolence, the Burzynski Cancer Clinic has backed down—well, sort of. The clinic has apparently fired Marc Stephens and disavowed his specific threats against Andy Lewis, but it has reaffirmed that the original post … Continue reading

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Burzynski Clinic Attack Dog Marc Stephens Continues Bizarre Threatening Tirade Against Skeptical Bloggers

The initial threats of litigation against Andy Lewis at the Quackometer, for his critical essay concerning the questionable therapies and ethical practices of the Burzynski Cancer Clinic, have been superseded by a bizarre rant against a multitude of skeptical bloggers, … Continue reading

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