Huffington quackery

July 29, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

Over at, Rahul K. Parikh, M.D. makes a strong case that the Huffington Post is not strong on vetting their health and wellness contributors:

But when it comes to health and wellness, that diverse forum [Huffpo] seems defined mostly by bloggers who are friends of Huffington or those who mirror her own advocacy of alternative medicine, described in her books and in many magazine profiles of her. Among others, the site has given a forum to Oprah Winfrey’s women’s health guru, Christiane Northrup, who believes women develop thyroid disease due to an inability to assert themselves; Deepak Chopra, who mashes up medicine and religion into self-help books and PBS infomercials; and countless others pitching cures that range from herbs to blood electrification to ozonated water to energy scans.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erika Price says:

    Huffpo has run a few nasty vaccine-austism-link articles over the years, another sign of low quality health reporting. I generally don't respect the Huffington Post- too much celebrity gossip, too many "what is Michelle Obama wearing today" articles and the like. I find that the fluff on HuffPo is too thick, too difficult to dig through in order to find a decent piece, so I generally don't waste my time.

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