Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Friday, November 20th, 2009
I’ve been wondering who would pick up the reins of the quackbuster operation once Stephen Barrett croaks, which could be very soon. I think I found the candidate. He’s perfect for the job – has all of the right qualifications, and seems eager to fill the spot.
For years there was a contest, among the quackpot faithful, to be crowned the heir apparent, and many were groomed for the job. But, problems kept coming up, so there was no obvious Crown Prince.
Everybody who follows my newsletter could figure out that there were two major candidates vying for the top spot – sometimes even trying to push Stevie off the bus a little early. I am, of course, referring to Bobbie Baratz, the current president of the National Council Against Health Fraud and Terry Polevoy, Canada’s low-budget Barrett copy.
Bobbie Baratz was, for a time, head and shoulders above Polevoy in the race, for he had three doctorate degrees (MD, DDS, and PhD) and he flaunted them in everyone’s face, offering himself, just like Barrett did, as a virtual expert in EVERYTHING. To here him talk, and talk and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, you could get the impression that he was a one stop shop, a virtual fountain of infinite knowledge about health care (and much more) – or at least he wanted everyone to think so. Read More…