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Untrustworthy Organizations in the Healthfinder Database

Healthfinder® is a government-run site which claims to be "your guide to reliable health information." The site states:
Unfortunately, the "careful review" does not seem to include sufficient willingness to confront quackery. The following organizations are listed in its database, even though, in most cases, I have notified the Healthfinder staff that they promote untrustworthy ideas. The most egregious inclusion is the American College for Advancement in Medicine, which is under an FTC cease-and-desist order not to misrepresent chelation therapy in advertising yet continues to do so on its Web site.
 
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
Alternative Medicine Foundation
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Association of Oriental Medicine
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
American Chiropractic Association
American College for Advancement in Medicine
American Holistic Health Association
American Holistic Nurses' Association
American Massage Therapy Association
American Meditation Institute
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Association for Integrative Medicine
Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Autism Society of America
CAM Research Center for Cardiovascular Diseases
Center for Addiction and Alternative Medicine Research
Center for the Study of Autism
Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Council for Naturopathic Medical Education
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Emory University Center for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Environmental Health Network
Flower Essence Society
HELP-Institute for Body Chemistry
International Chiropractors Association
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Center for Homeopathy
National Certification Board for Therapeuic Massage and Bodywork
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Reflexology Association of America
White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

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This page was posted on December 15, 2003.