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Consumer Health Digest #10-02
January 14, 2010

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by
Stephen Barrett, M.D., with help from William M. London, Ed.D. It
summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement
actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and
nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer
protection and consumer decision-making.


Quackwatch and Dr. Barrett need your help in maintaining and
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Antidepressants probably ineffective for mild depression.

A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials of antidepressants has
found little little effect on mild to moderate depression. [Fourniew
JC and others. Antidepressant drug effects and depression severity: A
patient-level meta-analysis. JAMA 303:47-53, 2010] The analysis compared
outcomes based on the Hamilton Depression Rating Score (HDRS), which
was developed for hospitalized patients.

The authors concluded:

"Prescribers, policy makers, and consumers may not be aware that the
efficacy of [antidepressant] medications largely has been established
on the basis of studies that have included only those individuals
with more severe forms of depression. This important feature of the
evidence base is not reflected in the implicit messages present in
the marketing of these medications to clinicians and the public.
There is little mention of the fact that efficacy data often come
from studies that exclude [mildly depressed] patients who derive
little specific pharmacological benefit from taking medications. . .
. Whereas antidepressant medications can have a substantial effect
with more severe depressions, there is little evidence to suggest
that they produce specific pharmacological benefit for the majority
of patients with less severe acute depressions."

For most people with mild to moderate depression, the best treatment
is conversational therapy that focuses on what is upsetting them.


"Dr. Oz" giving untrustworthy advice.

During a recent TV show, Mehmet Oz, M.D. referred to "energy
medicine" as the most important alternative treatment of all. "Energy
medicine" is based on the notion that the body is surrounded or
permeated by an energy field that is not measurable by ordinary
scientific instrumentation. The alleged force, said to support life,
is known as ki in Japan, as chi or qi in China, and as prana in
India. Reiki practitioners claim to facilitate healing by
strengthening or "balancing" it. During his show, after noting that
his wife is a reiki master and uses it on him, Oz advised that reiki
can balance your energy and "cure what ails you."
However, Reiki has no substantiated health value and lacks a
scientifically plausible rationale. [Barrett S. Reiki is nonsense.
Quackwatch, Aug 4, 2009]

During the past week, Oz has also provided irresponsible advice about
vaccinations. During an interview an an anti-vaccination Web site, Oz
said (a) his children didn't get flu shots because his wife didn't
want them to have them, (b) vaccines might be a causative factor in
autism, and (c) his children's vaccine schedule was "spread out"
because of concern that they might have too many at once. [If Dr. Oz
spreads out the vaccine schedule for his kids, why can't we? Age of
Autism Web site, January 12, 2010]
However, the recommended schedule poses no health threat and failure
to follow it will leave children unprotected longer than necessary.
[Crislip M, Barrett S. Do children get too many immunizations? The
answer is no. Quackwatch, December 15, 2008]


Widely used chiropractic brochure criticized.

The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a
complaint against a Koren Publications brochure titled "Infants &
Babies," which states:

"There seems to be no limit to the conditions which can respond to
chiropractic care: colic, difficult breast-feeding, Erbs palsy (an
arm is limp and undeveloped), torticollis (twisted neck), unbalanced
face and skull development, foot inversion, nervousness, ear, nose
and throat infections, allergies and sleep disorders, and projectile
vomiting. . . .

"Babies are very top-heavy. Mild to moderate shaking of a child can
result in serious neurological damage since their neck muscles are
undeveloped. This damage has been known to occur after playfully
throwing the child up in the air and catching him/her. The damage
caused is called Shaken Baby Syndrome. In addition to being shaken or
thrown, being spanked can also cause spinal or neurological damage to
a child. Any child who has been subjected to this rough behavior
desperately needs a chiropractic checkup to prevent possible nerve

The ASA stated that the brochure must not appear again in its current

Koren Publications, headquartered in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, is
probably the world's leading supplier of educational materials that
chiropractors distribute to their patients. In the late 1990s, the
FTC expressed concern about several Koren brochures but did not bring
formal action. [Barrett S. FTC drops chiropractic investigation.
Quackwatch, June 9, 2008]


Donsbach ordered to stand trial.

Kurt Donsbach, 73, whose dubious health-related activities have
spanned more than 50 years, has been ordered to stand trial on five
counts each of practicing medicine without a license and selling
misbranded drugs with intent to defraud, and one count each of grand
theft, attempted grand theft, and being a felon in possession of a
gun. [Phony Bonita doctor charged with felonies. San Diego Tribune,
Jan 13, 2010]
For a detailed history of Donsbach's shady activities, see


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Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Consumer Advocate
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Telephone: (919) 533-6009 (health fraud and quackery)

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