- 1 Wiki Links
- 2 Media Watch: Critiques of Prominent Articles and Broadcasts
- 3 A Critical View of the Health Infomercial Marketplace
- 4 About Infomercial Watch
- 5 General Observations
- 6 Investigative Reports
- 7 Analysis of Infomercial Transcripts
- 8 Consumer Protction Actions
- 9 Private Lawsuits
- 10 Links to Other Sites
- 11 Questionable Advertisements
- 12 Spam Messages
- 13 Internet
- 14 About Internet Health Pilot
- 15 Consumer Strategy
- 16 Search Tips
- 17 General Information Indexes
- 18 Specialized Information Indexes
- 19 Other Indexes
- 20 CAM, SBM and the Media Print Media
- 21 The Internet
- 22 Television and Movies
Media Watch: Critiques of Prominent Articles and Broadcasts
- News Briefs (Topic Index)
A Critical View of the Health Infomercial Marketplace
Except for some exercise-related items that may work if the user does not become bored with them, few if any health-related products sold through 30-minute infomercials will live up to the claims made for them. In addition, many sellers fail to honor refund requests and/or make unauthorized credit card charges. This site provides investigative reports and other documents related to consumer protection. Meanwhile, the best way to protect yourself is to ignore all program-length (15 to 30-minute) health-related infomercials.
About Infomercial Watch
- Mission Statement (posted 3/7/08)
- FTC Guidelines for Endorsements and Testimonials (posted 9/20/04)
- The ERSP Online Complaint Program
- Financial Misconduct by Infomercial Marketers (posted 3/7/08)
- Index of Misleading Infomercials
- Amaze Rx is Marketed with Deceptive Claims (updated 3/7/09)
- Donald Barrett's "Free Vitamin D" Is Overhyped and Overpriced (posted 11/13/10)
- Don't Buy the 7-Day Miracle Cleanse (posted 3/3/08)
- Don't Buy Dual Action Cleanse (posted 2/6/06)
- Stay away from FiberWeigh (posted 9/18/04)
- Comments on The World's Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets (posted 2/2/07)
- The Rise and Fall of Don Lapre and "The Greatest Vitamin in the World" (updated 6/17/11)
Analysis of Infomercial Transcripts
- Lorraine Day's "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore" (posted 8/3/04)
- FiberWeigh (posted 9/18/04)
- 7-Day Miracle Cleanse (posted 11/13/04)
- Kevin Trudeau's "Natural Cures" (posted 2/2/05)
Consumer Protction Actions
- FDA Warning Letter to CortiSlim (posted 9/15/04)
- FTC Action against "Ab Force" Belt (posted 9/24/04)
- ERSP Referrals to the FTC (posted 1/13/07)
- Kevin Trudeau's Sordid Regulatory History
- Cortislim Marketers Sued for False Advertising (posted 7/26/04)
Links to Other Sites
- As Seen on TV: Hartford Courant's reviews of non-health-related informercial products
- Clarified Butter (Ghee): Is It a health food?
- Enzyte Marketers Sued
- Oxygenated Water Device
- Centrum to Bridge Nutrition Gaps"
- Recovery™: An "Amazing" Story
- Slim Slippers: A Precautionary Tale
- FDA Warning Letters (Index)
- The Dr. Rinse Case: An Inside Look at FDA Dietary Supplement Regulation in the 1980's
This site links to hundreds of sites that offer trustworthy information. Starting with trustworthy sites is usually more efficient and reliable than searching with Google.
About Internet Health Pilot
- Mission Statement (to be posted)
- Biographical Sketches
- Frequently Asked Questions (to be posted)
General Information Indexes
Specialized Information Indexes
- Allergy and Immunology
- Care of the Elderly
- Children's Health
- Dental Care
- Endocrinology (including diabetes and thyroid sites)
- Eye Care
- Herbs and Dietary Supplements
- Infectious Diseases
- Mental Health
- Rheumatology (arthritis and related conditions)
- Skin-Related Care
- Public Health
- Women's Health
- Consumer Protection Organizations
- Health Care Economics
- Insurance Information
- Sites for Checking Health-Related Credentials
- Useful Legal Sites
Science-Based Medicine Links
CAM, SBM and the Media Print Media
- The Media and Vaccines.
- The Media and CAM
- The effective wordsmithing of Amy Wallace.
- Double Standards “ Newsweek and Tom Harkin.
- The media versus the frontiers of medicine and surgery.
- Science and Health News Reporting “ The Case of the Regenerating Finger.
- Chopra and Weil and Roy, oh my! Or: The Wall Street Journal, coopted.
- Blatant pro-alternative medicine propaganda in The Atlantic.
- Anti-vaccine propaganda in The Baltimore Sun.
- Hype over science. Does acupuncture really improve the chances of success for in vitro fertilization?
- Scientific American Mind Is Not So Scientific.
- I No Longer Love a Parade.
- Deadly Indeed.
- Skepticism versus nihilism about cancer and science-based medicine..
- Cancer research: Going for the bunt versus swinging for the fences..
- Write for Oprah? Wrong for Me.
- You. You. Who are you calling a You You?
- Be careful what you wish for, Dr. Dossey, you just might get it.
- Cognitive Dissonance at the New York Times.
- Mothering magazine: Peddling dangerous health misinformation to new mothers..
- Consumer Reports drops the ball on alternative medicine.
- The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Ideology trumps science-based medicine.
- Misleading Ads in Scientific American.
- Ghostwriting As Marketing Tool.
- Credulous medical reporting.
- The Power of Faith and Prayer?
- Salt: More confirmation bias for your preferred narrative.
- The Huffington Postâ€˜s War on Medical Science: A Brief History.
- The Huffington Postâ€™s War On Science.
- Homeopathy for fibromyalgia: The Huffington Post bombs again.
- Pseudoscience In Medical News at the Huffington Post.
- Pro-CAM Wikipedia “ Skeptics Need Not Apply.
- J.B. Handley of the anti-vaccine group Generation Rescue: Misogynistic attacks on journalists who champion science.
- Chemical castration for autism: After three years, the mainstream media finally notices.
- Terrible Anti-Vaccine Study, Terrible Reporting.
- In Jenny McCarthyâ€™s own words.
- Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends: The Jenny and Jim antivaccine propaganda tour has begun.
- Dr. Jay Gordon: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
- The anti-vaccine movement strikes back against Dr. Paul Offit..
- Steven Higgs: Another antivaccine reporter like Dan Olmsted in the making?.
- Antioxidant Hype and Reality.
- Ultrasound Screening: Misleading the Public.
- HPV vaccination misinformation and bias in Medscape.
Television and Movies
- When œinvestigative reportingâ€ becomes anti-vaccine propaganda.
- Vaccines and the Media: No Room for Balance.
- The Vaccine War.
- œOh, come on, Superman!: Bill Maher versus œWestern medicineâ€
- œOh, come on, Superman! (Part II): Bill Maher meets Kryptonite over vaccines and œWestern medicineâ€
- Bill Maher endorses cancer quackery.
- The Oprah-fication of medicine.
- How low can Oprah Winfrey go? Promoting faith healer John of God to the masses.
- Dr. Oz and John Edward: Just when I thought Dr. Oz couldnâ€™t go any lower, he proves me wrong.
- Dr. Mehmet Oz completes his journey to the Dark Side.
- The trouble with Dr. Oz..
- A Skeptic In Oz.
- Dr. Oz on alternative medicine: Bread and circuses.
- Gullible George.
- The fallacy of œbalanceâ€ and œfairnessâ€ about unscientific health claims in the media: A case study.
- Christiane Northrup, MD: Science Tainted with Strange Beliefs.
- Anti-vaccine propaganda from Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News.
- Ann Coulter says: Radiation is good for you!.
- The (Not-So-)Beautiful (Un)Truth about the Gerson protocol and cancer quackery.