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The vitamin pushers: how the "health food" industry is selling America a bill of goods  [1994]

Barrett, S. Herbert, V.

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Presents a detailed and comprehensive picture of the health-food industry which, the authors claim, has amassed huge fortunes mostly by preying on the fears of uninformed consumers. The authors reveal how many health-food companies make false claims about products or services, promote unscientific nutrition practices through the media, show little or no regard for the rules of scientific testing and evidcence, and often skirt the law and elude government watchdog agencies with their quick-profit schemes. The authors counter phony assertions of health-food quacks with reliable, scientifically based nutrition information and suggest how consumers can avoid becoming victims