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CHIROPRACTIC: THE GREATEST HOAX OF THE CENTURY? (2001)
L.A. Chotkowski, M.D., FACP, describes observations made during his half-century of medical practice. Includes reports of cases; the author's observations at New York Chiropractic College, a chiropractic office, and a chiropractic lecture; and details of critical reports in the media. Softcover, 208 pages, $15.00.
 
CONSUMER HEALTH: A GUIDE TO INTELLIGENT DECISIONS (2001)
Seventh edition of leading college text covering all aspects of basic health strategy for consumers. Includes much information on food faddism, quackery, and "alternative methods." Thoroughly referenced. By Stephen Barrett, M.D., William T. Jarvis, Ph.D., William M. London, Ed.D., and Manfred Kroger, Ph.D. Softcover, 620 pages, $62.00.
 
INSIDE CHIROPRACTIC: A PATIENT'S GUIDE (1999)
Samuel Homola, D.C., has produced an incisive guide to chiropractic's history, benefits, and shortcomings. No one should ever contemplate or undergo chiropractic care without reading this book. Thoroughly referenced and indexed. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Hardcover, 280 pages, $25.00.
 
CHIROPRACTIC: THE VICTIM'S PERSPECTIVE (1995)
George Magner has produced a comprehensive report on chiropractic's history, current status, marketing tactics, dubious diagnostics and therapeutics, insurance abuses, dangers, "chiropractic pediatrics," and more. Thoroughly referenced and indexed. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Hardcover, 260 pages, 50 illustrations, $27.00.
 
THE VITAMIN PUSHERS: HOW THE "HEALTH FOOD" INDUSTRY IS SELLING AMERICA A BILL OF GOODS (1994)
Stephen Barrett, M.D., and Victor Herbert, M.D., J.D., explain in detail why they consider the industry is a form of organized crime. The topics include propaganda techniques, "nutrition insurance," "stress vitamins," the pharmacy connection, "ergogenic aids," dubious diagnostic tests, fad diagnoses, nutrition cultism, the endless parade of gurus, the multilevel mirage, "chiropractic nutrition," homeopathic fakery, elaborate marketing schemes, nutrition and the media, "vitamin wars," companies that have marketed illegally, and glossary of supplements and "health foods." Hardcover, 548 pages, 100 illustrations, $30.00. (Canada 31.00)
 
THE HEALTH ROBBERS: A CLOSE LOOK AT QUACKERY IN AMERICA (1993)
The most important and comprehensive book about quackery ever published. Covers chiropractic, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, faith healing, vitamin pushers, mail-order quackery, "fad" diagnoses, overselling of herbs, cancer and arthritis quackery, unproven "allergies," dubious dentistry, multilevel marketing, immunoquackery, "organic" foods, weight-control facts/fads, occult practices, holistic hodgepodge, prominent promoters, why quackery persists, what can be done, and more. Edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. Foreword by Ann Landers. Hardcover, 544 pages, $30.00. (Canada $31.00)
 
NCAHF POSITION PAPER ON CHIROPRACTIC (1985)
Four-page report, $1 (overseas orders, $2). No charge for postage. Or read online.
 
CHIRO: HOW MUCH HEALING? HOW MUCH FLIM-FLAM? (1981)
Mark Brown's investigative report published December 13, 1981, in the Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa. Contains a close look at chiropractic as practiced in chiropractic's "fountainhead" city. Contains information available nowhere else. Tabloid size, 36 pages, $5.00.
 
CHIROPRACTIC SPEAKS OUT: A REPLY TO MEDICAL PROPAGANDA, BIGOTRY AND IGNORANCE (1973)
A defense of chiropractic by Chester A Wilk, D.C., who later spearheaded the antitrust suit brought by chiropractors against the American Medical Association. Hardcover, 252 pages, $5.00.
 
TESTIMONY AGAINST CHIROPRACTIC INCLUSION UNDER MEDICARE (1971)
A 39-page report submitted by the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. $5.00.
 
AT YOUR OWN RISK: THE CASE AGAINST CHIROPRACTIC (1969)
Ralph Lee Smith's devastating exposé describes the history of chiropractic and the shoddy salesmanship that charaterized its practice during the 1960s. This book is out of print, but we have a few used paperback copies for $8 each. Or you can read it online.
 
HEW REPORT ON CHIROPRACTIC (1968)
Out-of-print classic provides important background information. Paperback, 89 pages, $10.00. Or you can read it online.
LEFTOVER PERIODICALS
We have about a hundred surplus copies of chiropractic newspapers, magazines, and journals accumulated as part of our research. Some are recent, while others date back into the 1980s. We don't consider them sources of reliable information for consumers. However, they may be useful as examples of the misinformation circulating in the marketplace. Available only to U.S. buyers. For price information, send an email message.
 
HOW TO ORDER
 
To above prices, please add $2.50 for first item + $1.00 for each additional item for postage & handling. (Canadian orders add $4.00 for the first + $2.00 for each additional book. Other countries add $5.00 for the first + $2.50 for each additional book.) Please enclose payment with order. Send orders to Quackwatch, P.O. Box 1747, Allentown, PA 18105. Pennsylvania residents should add 6% for sales tax. NCAHF members can deduct 10% from book prices. Canadian & overseas checks must be in U.S. dollars. We cannot process credit card orders. Please use our order form and include your email address.
 
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This page was revised on February 3, 2001.