Following is an excerpt from a press release sent by Betty Martini dated 23rd June 2007:

On June 11th, 2007, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a
lower court dismissal of Barretts defamation suite against Dr. Koren.
Barretts case was so lacking in merit the judge blocked it from going
to the jury. Barrett simply had no case against Dr. Koren. This
followed another stunning defeat last month in California. There an
appeals court ordered Barrett and crony Terry Polevoy, MD to post
bonds of more than $400,000.00 after they lost a defamation case
against Illena Rosenthal virtually identical to the Koren case.

Perhaps the fact that lawyers and judges in Allentown are catching on
to his intimidation schemes explains why Barrett is moving to Chapel
Hill, North Carolina. Barrett can run but he cant hide. Chapel Hill
collection attorneys are already being asked to locate his assets to
pay his unmet legal obligations. Assets of other Quackwatch, Inc.,
principals might also be sought.

Who Is Steven Barrett, What Are Quackbusters?

Steven Barrett is an unlicensed Pennsylvania psychiatrist, who,
though he failed his psychiatric boards and has been criticized for
his lack of expertise by several courts, still claims to often advise
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), the FBI, State Attorneys General, HMOs, Consumer Reports,
medical journals and state medical, chiropractic and dental boards.

The insurance industry cites Barretts highly opinionated Quackbuster
attacks to deny paying claims for chiropractic and other natural healthcare.

Barrett and the Quackbusters, a vigilante group of self proclaimed
skeptics of any medical or health modality that avoids drugs, surgery
or radiation, attack almost all non-conventional healthcare practices
as quackery. Ignoring all scientific research to the contrary, they
dismiss Gulf War Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chemical
Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and dietary supplements as
rubbish. Double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling is on their quack
hit list along with many well known and respected doctors and
scientists, including Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and dozens of others.

Barrett claims to give over 500 interviews a year to newspapers,
magazines, and television shows, including CNN and the Today
Show. He claims to have been a peer reviewer for seven medical
journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association,
even though he had no license to practice medicine when he did the reviewing.

The Quackbusters run over 70 websites. Millions of people go to them
every year. Look up chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy or even
vitamin C, as well as almost every other natural health topic, on the
Internet and you (and the public) will be led to Quackbuster sites
advising you of natural health dangers. In all these forums Barrett
and the Quackbusters relentlessly attack the consumer right to
informed choice. These activities continue the AMAs anti-quackery
committees activities that were struck down by federal courts as an
illegal restraint of trade in a landmark lawsuit brought by Illinois
chiropractor Chester Wilk. They also help insurance companies deny
consumer reimbursement claims.

At the same time, Barrett flacks for products like aspartame
(NutraSweet), which is the subject of tens of thousands of consumer
complaints. Question (asked on Barretts web site): An email message
is being circulated with many statements to the effect that aspartame
is dangerous. How worried should I be? Answer (from Barrett): Not at
all. The message is pure rubbish.

What Did Dr. Koren Do to Provoke Barretts Shakedown?

Dr. Tedd Koren is a well-known chiropractor, researcher, writer and
lecturer. Barrett sued Dr. Koren in 2003 for calling him a
Quackpot, saying he was in big trouble because of a racketeering law
suit brought against him and attacking his lack of a medical license
in his internet newsletter.

The trial judge and three appeals judges agreed unanimously that
these statements were so far from defamation that no jury could be
legally allowed to call them defamation. Dr. Koren also said Barrett
was delicensed. One of the three appeals courts judges thought a
jury might be able to find this to be defamation. However two
appellate judges disagreed and jurors interviewed after the trial
said they too saw through Barrett and felt that he was a litigious,
ungrounded and biased denier of the truth.

In part jurors formed this view because Barrett testified with great
self-satisfaction in the Koren case that he had sued many
doctors-close to forty-in similar cases, demanding up to $100,000 if
they wished to avoid a costly lawsuit. Some paid-how many is yet to
be discovered. Drs. Koren and Rosenthal and a few others did
not. Barrett has failed to win a single lawsuit in this shakedown scheme.

Dr. Korens Legal Team

Well known consumer advocate, James S. (Jim) Turner, general counsel
to Koren Publications, who several years earlier had persuaded the
FTC to drop an investigation against Dr. Koren (brought at a time
when Barrett was a consultant to the FTC), organized and coordinated
the legal team that represented Dr. Koren. Attorney Christopher Reid
of Allentown, Pennsylvania acted as associate trial counsel and
appellate counsel and California health freedom attorney Carlos
Negrete acted as trial counsel.,

Mr. Negrete said, Fortunately for all of his colleagues, Dr. Koren
decided not to back down and took the case to trial. Barrett is part
of a group of intolerant individuals. I am not certain who the
supporters of the so-called Quackbusters are, but they seem to me to
be just skinheads with stethoscopes.

During heated and often dramatic courtroom proceedings, Mr. Negrete
pointed out many of the questionable statements Barrett includes on
his websites attacking chiropractic, as well as facts about Barrett’s
own credentials that shocked even his supporters.

Mr. Turner says, "It is very important that a very responsible judge
in Barrett’s hometown recognized that he was making false allegations
and dismissed the case. Barrett has cost untoward numbers of
consumers pain, anguish and probably serious harm by his
misrepresentation of the facts about subjects ranging from
acupuncture to zinc.

Mr. Turner, who among other campaigns led the team that got
acupuncture needles approved as safe by FDA, worked with a Senate
committee to abolish the dysfunctional vaccine regulatory agency,
worked with whistleblowers to stop the Swine Flu inoculation
campaign, kept aspartame off the market for ten years, and played a
key role in lobbying the Organic Food Production Act through Congress
(all areas on which the Foundation for Health Choice focuses), says,
Our objective is to end Barretts abuse of consumers by eliminating
the false and misleading information from his website and his entire
network of websites and replacing it with sound, useful information
for consumers."

Says Dr. Koren, This is just the beginning. Just as the FTC battle
was not about Tedd Koren alone but had ramifications for the entire
chiropractic and natural health professions so the Barrett v. Koren
battle will have major ramifications for all. Were going to give the
Quackbusters a taste of their own medicine. Theyll learn how
dangerous medicine can be.

Our mission is not just about revealing the Quackbusters to be the
unscientific bigots that they are. We are fighting for health care
freedom. One of our goals is to permit parents to make sound
decisions about vaccination for their children. There are too many
sound health reasons for certain children to avoid vaccination and
the government has recognized too many vaccine caused deaths and
maimings (over $1.5 billion of compensation has been paid to bereaved
families by the federal vaccine injury compensation system since
1988) to allow a non-vaccinated child to be refused day care,
school, college, or employment, says Dr. Koren.

Mr. Turner is also lead counsel in a case brought against Barrett by
Dr. Don Harrison, the chiropractor who founded and leads Chiropractic
Biophysics.

Comments

  1. “Dr”. Barrett is immediately suspect when you take into consideration is across the board bias against anything natural. Why wouldn’t the body be brought to health by the substances it’s designed to run on rather than substances not found in nature? Clearly there is a profit motive for Big Pharma to limit medicine to man made things. They can’t patent anything that’s natural. He says alternative medicine doesn’t work. My family has used it with great success for over 20 years. There was no placebo affect when you’re dealing with a baby. The baby has no idea what the medicine is for. But it works!

  2. His problem is that he cannot sign a Monsatan Protection Agreement like that Kenyan born half Luo implant of yours did. As he has to live on something, so he he found something, which brings in a large income from your pharmafia and medimafia. He cannot help it that he is not very bright. At least he is not conning you like the writers of those Nigerian letters which try to con everybody with business offers by asking the name of names of bank accounst so that they can transfer millions of $ to be shared out later. The main thing is to completely ignore his quack,quack, quack.

  3. Problem with what he writes is it is believed by many, thus I am having many problems in explaining to my family that I suffer from MCS. I have suffered from it for about 6 years but it is getting worse. I use no products at all with fragrances in them and have thrown problematic articles out of my home. Unfortunately because of Barratt and Quackesters all enteritis to my family, for whom I babysit, to stop using fragrances and use cleaning and personal care products that are not going to make me ill have failed. I am now faced with the choice of not going to either of my children’s homes thus not seeing my grandchildren or going and coming back to my own home very ill. So I would say he is more dangerous to people like me than any Nigerian who is trying to con money, most people don’t fall for the con, but many read and think that Quackesters work is true, thus making life unbearable for the likes of me.

  4. Greetings all Health nuts and I mean that in a congenial way. I am so glad nutters like Barrett exist because i get to read all the positive stuff between the world of Big Pharma and rampant corruption in this world. Idiots like university failure Barrett just high light what nonsence people will swallow? Skinheads with Stethoscope is so true. What just because a person has a spanner or paint brush in their hand makes them a trades person?? I think not.
    If you have an illness / sickness and the treatment you are on is not working move on!! Between the millions of medical minds on this planet someone every day is resolving a health issue. It is our responsibility to wisely choose who we deem fit to entrust our life to. The point is we must constantly be on guard for those that seek only to harm and have no regards for their evil while they enjoy the fruits of the evil Corps.Inc that sponsor them. That sadly is the Real World , Not Disney Land.

  5. Barrett and the likes of him are all going to reap what they sow. Eternal hell could very well be included as part of God’s divine justice upon them. The way of the wicked is as deep darkness. They know not over what they stumble. Quote from the Word of God.

  6. Is it possible Dr Stephen Barrett is now Dr Steven Slott? Slott is a well know pro fluorider who posts on forum all over the world when he finds people are opposing fluoride. From your article Barrett is now in North Carolina and Slott is also there.

    1. Leading the fight against fluoridation in Hendersonville, NC about 15 years ago, I was taken aback when the local paper printed a letter to the editor supporting fluoridation. It was written by “Dr.?” Stephen Barrett, no less. He doesn’t just pick on the big guys he went after me, a nobody,
      My grandson was born with a serious birth defect (neurofibromitosis) caused prenatally by fluoride, a known creator of birth defects because of its property of destroying the hydrogen bonding that olds proteins together (DNA is a protein).
      All his baby teeth erupted with severe dental fluorosis and had to be capped at great expense when he was 6 because all his teeth were crumbling.
      Let’s go after Barrett with the court order of $400,000. It’s the only way to stop him. He’s been operating “Quackbusters,” I understand, from his basement with help from chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto. He has little money without his corporate support.

      How many other children are being harmed with Barrett’s rants? …Thanks, Dr. Koren!

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