Quackbusting” – is a Profitable Business…
Frankly, “quackbusting” is a profitable industry, and Stephen Barrett plays it to the hilt.
In a Canadian lawsuit (see below) Barrett admitted to the following:
“The sole purpose of the activities of Barrett & Baratz are to discredit and cause damage and harm to health care practitioners, businesses that make alternative health therapies or products available, and advocates of non-allopathic therapies and health freedom.”
Stephen Barrett testifies for money. He claims he’s an “expert” in virtually everything. Those “expert witness” fees seem to be a significant part of Barrett’s existence.
In a California Court case, former Barrett peer, and fellow Board Member of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), William Jarvis PhD, testified, under oath, that Stephen Barrett and Robert Baratz conspired to use the NCAHF, without Board permission, as a Plaintiff in over 40 cases in California, where Barrett and Baratz were to testify as “expert witnesses,” and get expert witness fees. The NCAHF Board was never consulted.
However, sometimes their plans fail.
One of those cases caused the NCAHF to be saddled with over $100,000 in legal fees awarded their victim – and the NCAHF doesn’t have the money to pay that debt. In fact, the NCAHF is SO DESPERATE for funds it is being run out of a cardboard box in the back room of Robert Baratz’s Braintree, Massachusetts hair removal and ear piercing salon.
Those type of cases Barrett involved the NCAHF in were considered so heinous that the people of California just passed an initiative (Proposition #64) banning this kind of lawsuit for all time.
Barrett’s claim to be a Consumer Advocate is an insult to American consumers.
Organized Stupidity is the Hallmark of the Quackbuster Conspiracy…
Barrett, and his vacuous minions, like to spout off other stupid “rules” that they think should apply to health care – the application of which, has to make the scientific community shudder.
One of the other totally BRAINLESS statements Barrett, and his parrotts, like to to screech out is “It hasn’t been double-blind studied!!”
The “double-blind study” is one of about 45 different kinds of scientific studies used, and approved for use, within the scientific community. It was designed for, and is usually restricted to, testing new dangerous drugs for the claims drug companies wish to make about their new laboratory produced products. Generally, in this type of study, you give half of the group the new pill, and the other half gets a sugar pill that looks just like the original. This type of study simply does not apply to new research. Never has, never will.
And worse, the “double-blind study” is considered to be heinous, and was banned by world government during the Helsinki Accord in 1964.
There’s a lot more…
Barrett’s Funding – TOP SECRET…
Barrett was cornered in a Federal case in the State of Oregon not long ago, and asked about his income. He testified that over the past two years he made a TOTAL of $54,000.
How then does he afford to carry on fourteen (14) separate legal actions at one time?
If each legal action cost him $100,000, that would come to 1.4 million dollars ($1,400,000).