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Who Is The Quack Buster?

Stephen Barrett for at least 20 years has touted himself as a medical expert on "quackery" in healthcare and has assisted in dozens of court cases as an expert. He has been the subject of many magazine interviews, including Time, , and has been featured on television interviews on ABC’s 20/20, NBC’s Today Show, and PBS programs. He was critical of two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and openly opposes beneficial alternative therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy, and nutrition.

It is interesting that even though Barrett claims to be a medical expert he has not been a licensed physician since the early 1990’s. What is even more revealing is the fact that he has filed almost 40 defamation lawsuits within the past few years and has not won a single trial.

Unfortunately, his opinions in print and over the airways are influential in turning people off from trying alternative therapies and receiving the help that they need.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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