National Council Against Health Fraud

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The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt group which describes itself as "focused upon health fraud, misinformation, and quackery as public health problems." The NCAHF website is run by board member Stephen Barrett, M.D. The group also produces a weekly online newsletter in association with [1] Although the group maintains a website, its 990 forms indicate no income or expenses for the fiscal year ending in 2006, the last year it's financial reports were available on Guidestar.

NCAHF, the AMA & 'anti-quackery'

The organization has rankled alternative medicine practitioners and supporters, some of which have questioned or attacked its credibility. For example, Dr. James P. Carter has noted that the NCAHF is an outgrowth of the American Medical Association (AMA)'s Coordinating Conference on Health Information (CCHI), which challenged an anti-trust ruling against the AMA. Wilk v. AMA was a federal anti-trust law suit brought against the AMA and 10 co-defendants by chiropractor Chester A. Wilk, DC and four co-plaintiffs. The law suit ruled against the AMA. [2], [3], [4]

For more information on the CCHI, see also AMA, section 2, on AMA's 'anti-quackery' campaign.


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  1. Consumer Health Digest, National Council Against Health Fraud, accessed September 2011
  2. Wilk v. American Medical Association, Global Oneness, accessed September 2011
  3. Wilk v. American Medical Association, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 895 F.2d 352, (Dec 1988- April 1990)
  4. James P. Carter Racketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives, Hampton Roads, July 1992, ISBN 187890132X

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