Nonrecommended Books

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

I consider these books unreliable because they promote misinformation, espouse unscientific theories, and/or contain unsubstantiated advice. The criteria used in my article How to Spot a Quacky Web Site can also be used to identify quacky books.

Book Author/Editor(s)
Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Alternative Therapies William Arnold, MD, and others
The Cancer Industry Ralph W Moss
Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines Andrew Wakefield
Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask Tedd Koren, DC
Choices in Healing Michael Lerner
Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody
Cure for All Cancers
Cure for All Diseases
Hulda Regehr Clark, PhD, ND
Dr Anderson's Antioxidant, Antiaging Health Program James W Anderson, MD
Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution (link to another site)
Robert C Atkins, MD
Earl Mindell's Herb Bible Earl Mindell
Eat Right for Your Type
Peter J D'Adamo, ND
Entering the Zone/Mastering the Zone (link to another site)
Barry Sears
Evidence of Harm (link to another site) David Kirby
Fit for Life Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
Fundamentals of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Marc Miccozzi, MD, PhD
Healing with Homeopathy
Wayne B Jonas, MD
Jennifer Jacobs, MD, MPH
Healing Childhood Ear Infections Michael A. Schmidt, DC
Healing Words (link to another site) Larry Dossey, MD
Healthy School Handbook Norma L Miller, EdD (editor)
Laetrile Case Histrories John A. Richardson, MD
Life Extention: A Practical Scientific Approach Durk Pearson
Sandy Shaw (editors)
The Medical Advisor: The Complete Guide to Alternative & Conventional Treatments Editors of Time-Life Books
Medicine and Malice Chester Wilk, DC
Medicine on Trial Charles Inlander
Natural Healing with Herbs Humbart Santillo, BS, MH
Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About Kevin Trudeau
Perfect Health Deepak Chopra, MD
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
James F Balch, MD
Phyllis A Balch
Racketeering in Medicine James Carter, MD
Reclaiming Our Health John Robbins
Spontaneous Healing Andrew Weil, MD
Talking Back to Ritalin
The Ritalin Fact Book
Peter Breggin, MD
Timeless Healing Herbert Benson, MD
The Perricone Prescription Nicholas V. Perricone, MD
The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Steven R. Gundry, MD
Total Wellness Joseph Pizzorno, ND
Ultraprevention Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Liponis, MD

The Vaccine Book

Robrt Sears, MD
What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer Nicholas Gonzalez, MD
Your Body's Many Cries for Water Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD

This page was revised on October 29, 2017.

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