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Quackwatch, 7/9/2014
"Holistic Dentistry" / "Biologic Dentistry" (updated 5/26/08)

"Detoxification" Schemes and Scams, 7/9/2014
A small but vocal group of dentists, physicians, and various other "holistic" advocates claim that amalgam fillings are a health hazard and should be replaced. Anti-amalgam dentists sometimes use a mercury vapor analyzer to persuade patients that "detoxification," is needed. To use the device, the dentist asks the patient to chew vigorously for ten minutes, which may generate tiny amounts of mercury from the fillings. Although this exposure lasts for just a few seconds and most of the mercury will be exhaled rather than absorbed by the body, the machine gives a falsely high readout that the anti-amalgamists interpret as dangerous. However, scientific testing has shown that the amount of mercury absorbed from fillings is too small to be significant . Removing good fillings is not merely a waste of money. In some cases, it results in tooth loss because when fillings are drilled out, some of the surrounding tooth structure will be removed with it.

More Ploys That Can Fool You, 7/9/2014
There is nothing wrong with giving due attention to a patient's lifestyle and social and emotional concerns in addition to physical problems. In fact, good physicians have always done this. Today, however, most practitioners who claim to offer "alternative," "complementary," "integrative," or "holistic" health methods are engaged in quackery and embrace such terms as marketing tools.

During the 1970s, they popularized the word "natural" as a magic sales word. During the 1980s, the word "holistic" gained similar use. Today's leading buzzword is "alternative." Correctly used, "alternative" refers to methods that have equal value for a particular purpose. (An example would be two antibiotics capable of killing a particular organism.) When applied to questionable methods, however, the term is misleading because methods that are unsafe or ineffective are not reasonable alternatives to proven treatment. For this reason, we place the word "alternative" in quotation marks when it refers to methods not generally accepted by the scientific community and which have no plausible rationale .

Be Wary of "Alternative" Health Methods, 6/9/2014
"Alternative" promoters often claim that their approach promotes general health and is cost-effective against chronic health problems. In a 1997 article, for example, the American Holistic Association's president claimed that various "basic healthy habits" would "tap a well-spring of physical energy experienced as a state of relaxed vitality." In addition to exercising, eating a nutritious diet, and getting sufficient sleep, the list includes abdominal breathing; taking "a full complement of antioxidants and supplements; and "enhancing the body's ability to receive and generate bioenergy" through regular acupuncture treatments, acupressure, healing touch, craniosacral therapy, qigong, and several other nonstandard modalities. As far as I know, there is no published evidence that "alternative" practitioners are more effective than mainstream physicians in persuading their patients to improve their lifestyle. Nor have any vitalistic approaches been proven effective or cost-effective against any disease.

Inker R. Basic training for holistic medical practice: Nurturing your body. Holistic Medicine Winter 1997, pp 4-5.

Victim Case Reports, 4/9/2014
Forfeiture compensates five hurt by "holistic" fraud—posted 11/12/11

A Skeptical Look at Monte Kline and Pacific Health Center, 21/8/2014
He received a bachelor of science in physical geography from Oregon State University in 1971, a master of Bible theology from International Bible Institute and Seminary in 1983, and a Ph.D. in nutrition and holistic health sciences from Columbia Pacific University in 1984 .

Bogus Naturopath (Laurence Perry) Convicted of Manslaughter, 19/8/2014
"Holistic Alternative Practitioner" certificate, National Association of Arthropathy, 1989.

Index of Questionable Treatments, 13/8/2014
Holistic Dentistry

Nasty Comments from Quackwatch Visitors , 1/8/2014
Stephen Barrett, M.D. who wrote that ignorant, biased article on colloidal silver is fucking retarded. In fact the whole quack watch website is fucking retarded. While you're waging war on harmless foods nature intended for us to eat, you should be condemning the bullshit man-made drugs the government doles out to people like it's fucking candy. Man-made drugs that are way more harmful than a fucking diet on natural foods are. All the "doctors" who write all those biased bullshit articles are full of shit, and they don't have any concrete evidence to back up all the hogshit they spew. They cant get evidence, because you cant get evidence for bullshit. These "doctors", who are really just agents for the government to dole out poison they call "medicine" are just afraid a fucking orange or herb will put them out of work if their patients get cured by some holistic medicinal means. Same for the pharmaceutical industry; if more people are cured by holistic medicinal means, they'll loose money. Simple as fucking that. I remember a story where a man who found the cure for cancer was murdered. I forget his name. Why not condemn the poisons "doctors" and pharmacists dole out?? They are the real fucking quacks, who don't give a fuck about anyone's health and well-being, and all they care about is making money. I don't hear anyone on this dumb ass quack watch website condemning the Monsanto evil-doers, or the demons in the food industry who fill our food with hydrogenated oils, MSG, and other harmful additives. Keep eating your so-called "healthy" foods full of soy shit, canola oil, MSG, and other poisons the government wants you to believe is food. You people need to shut the fuck up for the sake of others who don't know any better.

Questionable Organizations: An Overview, 10/7/2014
1. Are its ideas inside the scientific mainstream? Some groups admit that they were formed because their founders felt alienated from the scientific community. One group that made no secret of this was actually called the American Quack Association, whose main purposes were to provide emotional support to its members, poke fun at their critics, and stimulate positive public feelings toward unconventional practitioners. The group was founded in 1985 by Jonathan Wright, M.D., who became its president, and Roy Kupsinel, M.D., a "holistic" practitioner from Florida, who became its vice-president. It attracted about 300 members but no longer appears active.

American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)

American Holistic Nurses Association

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Holistic Dental Association

International Academy of Holistic Health & Medicine

International Association of Holistic Health Practitioners

American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABIHM)

Holistic Moms Network

American Holistic College of Nutrition

American Institute of Holistic Theology

New Hope Bioresonance University of Holistic Medicine

Universal University of Holistic Spirituality

Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board

International College of Holistic Medicine (IHCM)

National College of Holistic Medicine (NCHM)

Holistic Resource Center

International Institute of Holistic Healing

A Trip to Stonesville:Some Notes on Andrew Weil, M.D., 29/6/2014
Weil has a good word to say for almost all alternative healing methods, except for some practices used by so-called "holistic" physicians. "Holistic medicine" is an outdated term that formerly referred to many of the same methods in common use by today's alternative healers, but also included other less widely used methods of diagnosis and treatment that have not attracted much attention recently. Why Weil singles the latter out for disapproval is not entirely clear, since his criticisms would seem to apply equally to many of the alternative methods that he does endorse.

Be Wary of "Fad" Diagnoses, 13/5/2014
A small but vocal group of dentists, physicians, and various other "holistic" advocates claim that amalgam ("silver") fillings are toxic and cause a wide range of health problems including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, headaches, Parkinson's disease, and emotional stress. They recommend that amalgam fillings be replaced with either gold or plastic ones and that vitamin supplements be taken to prevent trouble during and after the process. Scientific testing has shown that the amount of mercury absorbed from fillings is only a tiny fraction of the average daily intake from food and is insignificant. The American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs considers the unnecessary removal of silver amalgam fillings "improper and unethical." In 1996, the leading antiamalgamist, Hal A. Huggins, D.D.S., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, had his licensed revoked. During the revocation proceedings the administrative law judge concluded: (a) Huggins had diagnosed "mercury toxicity" in all patients who consulted him in his office, even some without mercury fillings; (b) he had also recommended extraction of all teeth that had had root canal therapy; and (3) Huggins's treatments were "a sham, illusory and without scientific basis.

Bernadean University: A Mail-Order Diploma Mill, 22/3/2014
Timothy Kuss PhD, CNC., a California nutritionist, has MS and PhD degrees from the American Holistic College of Nutrition and naturopathy certification from Bernadean. Biographical sketches describe him as Director of Research and Development at Infinity Health in Denver, Colorado; co-founder of the Institute of Bio Energetic Research in Walnut Creek, California; and a consultant to over 1,500 medical clinics across the country.

Chester P. Yozwick, "CNA, ND, PMD" founded and served as president of the American Institute of Holistic Theology , a nonaccredited correspondence school offering bachelor's, masters, and doctoral programs in metaphysics, "parapsychic science," divinity, "healtheology," holistic ministries, and "naturology. (Like Bernadean, AIHT states that it is accredited by American Association of Drugless Practitioners.) Yozwick was also author of "How to Practice Nutritional Counseling Legally Without Being Guilty of Practicing Medicine Without a License," a 42-page manual for "natural health" practitioners . The booklet's foreword, written by Kadans, calls Yozwick "a highly regarded graduate of Bernadean University." The key to avoiding legal trouble, said Yozwick, was not to "diagnose, treat or sell anything or collect fees for anything under the promise that it will cure disease." He advised readers to watch their language, to avoid naming organs of the body, and to say what they would do if they had their client's problem. He advised screening clients with a questionnaire, verifying their identity, and taking other steps to keep out "undesirables" (such as government investigators). He advised using a disclaimer stating that the advice given is not a substitute for medical treatment but is "for the sole purpose of teaching people how to build their own health." He also advised joining a professional nutritional association that can provide sound legal advice, nutrition news, group malpractice insurance, increased prestige, and news of "detrimental" legislative developments.

Besides guiding his new operation as "Dean of Students," Kadans was also executive director of the "International Naturopathic Association," which claimed a membership of 2,000 and had the same Nevada address as Bernadean University . In 1981, the group's name was changed to "International Association of Holistic Health Practitioners (Naturopathic)," but its executive director and address remained the same.

Hitler's Contribution to "Alternative Medicine", 2/3/2014
Rusting greenhouses with broken windows stand near the electrified barbed wire fence of Hitler's death camp just north of Munich. Beds for plants are barely visible in the long grass. An old rake still leans against the oven where the medicinal herbs were dried. This was the Nazis' experimental herb garden at the concentration camp Dachau, a relic of their support for what has been successively known as holistic, alternative, complementary and integrative medicine . Here, in addition to conducting grisly medical experiments on the inmates, the Nazis tested herbal remedies.

A Critical Look at Gary Null's Activities and Credentials, 16/1/2014
The Union Institute is also accredited, but its degree requirements and standards for health-related doctoral degrees differ greatly from those of most traditional universities. Students design their own program, form and chair their own doctoral committee, and are required to attend only an introductory colloquium and a few interdisciplinary seminars. Null's thesis, entitled "A Study of Psychological and Physiological Effects of Caffeine on Human Health," was approved in in August 1989. The approval document states that his PhD committee was composed of a "core faculty member," three "adjunct professors," two "peers," and a "second core reader." The "core faculty member," Peter Fenner, was a well-credentialed academician whose expertise (in geologic sciences) was not related to Null's topic. One of the three "adjunct professors" was Martin Feldman, MD, a "complementary" physician (and "clinical ecologist") who has pinch-hit for Null as a radio host, and helped develop some of Null's books and supplement formulations. The other two were Philip J. Hodes and Elayne Kahn. When I asked a school official about their background or location, he replied that information was in storage and was too difficult to obtain. In 2005, I located mention of "Dr. Philip Jay Hodes, Ph.D, Ed.D., Practitioner Holistic, Health Detoxification & Orthomolecular Nutritionist, Consultant" on a Web site that sells "natural tropical herbal medicines." I also discovered that Elayne Kahn is a psychologist in New York City who coauthored a book with Null that was published in 1976 .

The Rise and Fall of Laetrile, 7/1/2014
In July 2000, Kenneth N. Michaelis and his company, Holistic Alternatives, both of Louisville, Ohio, were indicted for conspiring to distribute Laetrile and hydrazine sulfate in interstate commerce. The indictment also alleged that with intent to mislead the FDA, the defendants failed to register their drug manufacturing facility .

Cheers and Jeers from Quackwatch Visitors, 5/12/2013
I am sorry but if there is anyone here who is a quack it is you Mr. Bartlett. I would not even concider you a doctor. Your sites are truely rediculous. A general characteristic of a quack site is any site that promotes or sells herbs??!!! Get out of here. The reson why we have to rely on holistic healers is because you "doctors" can't seem to make any progress.

A Close Look at Naturopathy, 26/11/2013
Baer HA. The potential rejuvenation of American naturopathy as a consequence of the holistic health movement. Medical Anthropology 13:369-383, 1992.

Gregory Caplinger and His Cancer Scam, 11/11/2013
He has published extensively in the Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Molecular Biology, and Journal of Developmental Biology. He is currently completing a textbook in the area of Clinical Endocrinology and Laboratory Data for the practicing holistic Physician.

A 1984 educational program brochure stated that Caplinger was then practicing as a homeopathic physician in the United States and doing postgraduate studies in internal medicine through Harvard University; had just been board-certified in homeopathic internal medicine by the Hahnemann Medical Society; was directing a research project in ovarian metabolism at Ball State University; was founder and president of the Institute of Holistic Medical Research; and was a member of many homeopathic and preventive medical societies and a fellow in many of them.

Quack "Electrodiagnostic" Devices, 7/11/2013
The FDA has banned importation of EAV devices into the United States and warned or prosecuted a few marketers Foreign and state regulatory agencies have also taken a few actions . However, no systematic effort has been made to drive them from the marketplace, and the FDA's inattention to this area is disgraceful. As a result, these bogus devices are being used by many chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, dentists, "holistic" physicians, veterinarians, self-styled "nutritionists," and various unlicensed individuals . The most common use is for prescribing homeopathic products.

Court Orders Columbia Pacific University to Cease Operating Illegally in California, 5/11/2013
Charles Bates, founder of Beyond Dieting, who acquired a Ph.D. in epidemiology from CPU in 1987 where his dissertation on environmental triggers and food allergies was supervised by C. Norman Shealy, M.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association. Between 1988 and 1993, Dr. Bates served as clinical director of a large outpatient chemical dependency treatment clinic.

Lonny J. Brown, PhD, who "teaches Holistic Health, Stress Management, and Mind-Body Healing at hospitals, businesses and schools throughout the U.S." obtained an MA in "Holistic Health Sciences/Education" from CPU in 1983 and a PhD in 1985.

Live Cell Analysis: High-Tech Hokum, 16/9/2013
Seeing one's own blood cells on a video screen is, admittedly, a powerful experience. It gives patients the impression of hi-tech, cutting edge science combined with holistic care. And impressed patients are ready to part with a lot of money. American websites explain how a practitioner can make $100,000 (£57,000) annually by purchasing the equipment necessary for performing LBA. The bulk of this money is made not through charging for the test itself but by selling expensive nutritional supplements to the patient with the promise that these will correct whatever abnormality has been diagnosed.

Center for Enzyme Therapy (offers "board certification" as a "holistic health microscopist," a credential not recognized by the scientific community.

Regulatory Actions Related to EAV Devices, 8/9/2013
The FDA has banned importation of EAV devices into the United States and warned or prosecuted a few marketers. Foreign and state regulatory agencies have also taken a few actions. However, no systematic effort has been made to drive them from the marketplace. As a result, these bogus devices are being used by many chiropractors, acupuncturists, dentists, "holistic" physicians, veterinarians, self-styled "nutritionists," and various unlicensed individuals. The most common use is for prescribing homeopathic products.

The American Quack Association, 6/7/2013
AQA's founder and vice president was Roy Kupsinel, M.D. (1928-2007), a "holistic" practitioner in Ovieda, Florida. Kupsinel published Health Consciousness, a bimonthly magazine with articles on "holistic" health care, cosmic philosophy, conservative causes, and the "persecution" of his beloved colleagues. It also contained ads for questionable products and services. While AQA remained active, the last few pages of Health Consciousness were printed upside down as the Journal of the American Quack Association. In a 1987 issue of Health Consciousness, Kupsinel stated that he had suffered from hypoglycemia; mercury-amalgam toxicity; allergies to foods, chemicals and inhalants; hypothyroidism; and eight other "common denominators of degenerative disease." The article also described how he had been expelled from his county and state medical societies following charges related to his "nutritional/hypoglycemia practice." (Among other things, he had been treating large numbers of patients for hypoglycemia, a condition that scientific authorities consider rare.) Kupsinel also got into trouble with the Florida's medical licensing board, which issued this summary in June 1996, when the charges were settled:

Michael E. Greer, M.D. Surrenders Medical License, 16/6/2013
Loss of his license has not stopped Greer from professional activity that does not involve direct patient care. His Web site describes him as "an integrative medicine specialist focused on holistic, herbal, homeopathic and naturopathic solutions for health, incorporating the best of conventional medicine with natural medicine products and philosophies" and states that he "lectures internationally at medical conferences and seminars to educate doctors about integrative medicine." His lecture schedule indicates that most of his lectures are done on behalf of Standard Process (a supplement company) and Heel (a homeopathic product manufacturer). His Web site also states that he "retired" in 2011 but is available for consultations with professionals.

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