Victim Case Reviews
The amount of people injured by quackery-related activities is unknown. Most such harm isn't openly reported since the victims are generally too confused or too embarrassed to advance. As historian James Harvey Youthful, Ph.D., noted within the Health Thieves: A Detailed Take a look at Quackery in the usa:
Failure rarely reduces patient loyalty. When regulating agencies aim to prosecute quacks, the companies possess a struggle getting new patients to testify in court. Partially this is a result of the need to prevent public exposure like a dupe but frequently this objection to testifying rests with an lack of ability to understand that deceptiveness has occurred. Many quacks do this type of good job of exuding truthfulness their explanations appear very plausible. Even patients confronted with death have confidence in the "kindly" individual who states the special remedy might have labored if treatment had only begun just a little sooner.
As one example of quackery's dangers, this website will publish reviews of victims whose tales have grown to be public-through either their direct efforts or through civil suits or criminal prosecutions that have started to our attention. It requires great courage for victims (or their children) to confess they or their family member designed a serious error.
Even if a suit is filed, there might be little if any publicity. The press frequently choose that it might be unfair towards the defendant to publicize the case until a jury verdict continues to be made. The lawyers instruct their customers to not discuss their case with anybody. Plaintiffs' lawyers fear that the judge might conclude that publicity interfered using the defendant's to a reasonable trial. Defendants' lawyers wish to minimize publicity that may damage the reputations of the clients. Each side could also fear that loose talk might hurt their case in different ways. Nearly all meritorious cases are settled from court years later by having an agreement to not disclose the the settlement and, in some instances, the particulars from the case. Such secrecy contracts prevents the media from researching the settlement and could allow it to be impossible for that media to obtain sufficient detail to think about it newsworthy.
Individual Case Reviews
Lorie Atikian (died of lack of nutrition and pneumonia under natural care)-connect to another site
Kristie Bedenbauer (wiped out by chiropractic care neck manipulation)-modified 12/17/99
Darlene Benson (died of cancer of the breast while depending on "natural" techniques)-published 10/23/97
Feingold diet victim (couldn't concentrate and experienced humiliation throughout childhood)-published 3/15/04
HB (autistic child roughed up by chelation physician)-published 11/28/01
Ruth Conrad (face shed by quack treatment with salve for nonexistent cancer)-published 2/16/02
Paultte Cooper (trouble after writing a magazine critical of Scientology)-connect to another site
Lucille Craven (chose bogus "alternative" remedies on her cancer)-published 2/27/02
Tawnya Cummiskey (caused by physician to purchase unnecessary herbal items)-published 10/18/99
Frances Denoon (stroke from chiropractic care neck adjustment)-connect to another site
Marian Fowden: (Her mother would be a long term victim of quacks)-published 2/21/02
Dale and Susan Fox (scammed by Herbalife)-published 2/14/04
Amy C. Hays (the way a chiropractic specialist used scare tactics to help keep her returning)-published 1/4/00
Amy Hermanson (died of undiscovered diabetes under Christian Science care)-connect to another site
Lori Hoeksema (father with cancer defrauded by James Gary Davidson)-modified 9/15/02
Pam Hysong's husband (sickened by phony cancer cure)-published 4/18/02)
J. Kesterson (mistreatment by an dishonest chiropractic specialist)-(published 9/15/02)
Aubakar Tariq Nadama (autistic child wiped out by chelation therapy)-(published 7/11/07)
Lisa McPherson (alleged Scientology victim-connect to another site
Ryan Pitzer (wiped out by unproven advice inside a book)-published 3/27/99
Robyn (experienced needlessly throughout the terminal phase of cancer of the breast)-published 3/7/02
Kelley Cruz (the way a chiropractic specialist destroyed her existence)-published 6/11/01
Sheri Spencer (father wronged with a cancer quack)-published 2/11/05
Kimberly Strohecker (died of epileptic seizures after chiropractic specialist advised preventing medication)-published 7/7/03
Matthew Swan (died of without treatment meningitis under the proper care of Christian Science professionals)-published 9/23/97
Scott Tatro (chiropractic care neck manipulation made him quadriplegic)-published 11/17/09
James Turner (11-year-old child paralyzed by chiropractic care neck manipulation)-published 10/18/01
Andrew Twitchell (died of without treatment peritonitis under Christian Science care)-connect to another site
Andrew Wantland (died of undiscovered diabetes under Christian Science care)-connect to another site
Multiple Case Reviews
Victims of Ryke Geerd Hamer's "New Medicine"-connect to another site
Lots of people request why Quackwatch does not publish case reviews about individuals who die from "medical quackery," that they define as any kind of incorrectly shipped mainstream care (malpractice). Our focus is on fraud and quackery. Malpractice may be the failure to satisfy mainstream standards of care. Fraud is deliberate misrepresentation. Quackery, once we define it, requires the promotion of techniques which are unverified and lack a scientifically plausible rationale. Even though some overlap is available, many instances of malpractice involve negligence instead of fraud or even the promotion of bogus techniques.
Individual cases indicate exceptional harm has been done, try not to indicate the number of individuals are being injured. Former National Council Against Health Fraud leader William T. Jarvis, .D., has recommended creating a quackery confirming system patterned following the Cdc and Prevention's system by which doctors report cases of communicable disease. This could enable us to keep an eye on what's being marketed, in which the "hot spots" are, and what legal and academic work is required for a highly effective response.
Within the mid-eighties, the Ada requested its people to report cases of individuals injured by inappropriate diet advice from bogus "nutrition experts," health-super market operators, yet others. Between 1986 and 1990, the association received a lot more than 500 such reviews. Regrettably, the machine contained no mechanism to create the information helpful for research or public education. Even though dietitians posting the reviews understood the identity from the victims, the reviews contained no determining information, with no attempt is made to find the victim's permission allowing publication or further inquiry.