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View Resource Quackwatch: Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions

Quackwatch, provided by Dr. Stephen Barrett with the aid of a 127 member advisory board consisting of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and professors, among others, has the simple purpose of combat[ing] health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies." It does this through a series of articles, some brief, some detailed, and some book length, dealing with topics from Ayurvedic...
View Resource Better Business Bureau (BBB) Central Web Server for U. S. and Canada

The Better Business Bureau Central Web Server links Better Business Bureaus in the US and Canada with the goal of promoting "the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public." A resource library lists a wide range of BBB publications by subject, and includes scam alerts, press articles and links to other company information servers. Business directories are also available and...
View Resource FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements

The sale and variety of dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbal mixtures, and hormones have expanded tremendously in recent years, accounting for $6.5 billion in sales in 1996 alone. This resource will help users to understand this trend and the health claims made by supplement companies and to make educated decisions regarding their use. This site offers a revised version of an...
View Resource All You Can Eat

Just what's on that apple, or in that salad or ice cream? Although they are unlikely to be happy with what they find, users can now discover which and how many pesticides are likely to be on the food they eat. Provided by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), this site allows users to match selections from hundreds of food items with more than 90,000 government lab tests. Visitors to...
View Resource U.S. Consumer Safety Protection Commission

Recognizing that technology is not perfect, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides safety tips and product information for consumers. From this website, visitors can learn about product recalls and safety news, report an unsafe product, sign up for free email announcements about new recalls and safety information, or become part of the Neighborhood Safety Network, which is...