Homeopath Smashes "Quackpot Menace" in California...

October 28, 2001

Opinion by "Consumer Advocate" Tim Bolen

 

Failed MD Stephen Barrett ran home to Pennsylvania last Friday with his tail lodged FIRMLY between his legs (so to speak).

In probably his MOST HUMILIATING defeat to date, Barrett and his toadies at the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) were handed an unvarnished, unsophisticated kick in their privates (again, so to speak) by a California Superior Court Judge who had no sympathy, or appreciation, what-so-ever, for Barrett, et al's, claim to "expertise" in what makes up "quackery" in North America.

It was a belly laugh to watch.

BARRETT'S GOT "THE HILL STREET BLUES?"

Hill Street, in downtown Los Angeles, is the location of the Los Angeles County Main Superior Court. And, I'll bet Stephen Barrett wishes, right now, he'd, not only, never heard of that Superior Court, but had never even set foot in California at all. California has not been good for arrogant Barrett and his band of medical misfits he grandiosely self-labels as "the quackbusters."

 

THE LAUGHS GETS EVEN BETTER...

Wallace Sampson MD(?) showed up, trying to make it appear that California's Stanford University couldn't function without his presence on the staff - and that he, Wallace Sampson, was Stanford's "leading expert" on Alternative Medicine. As that "expert," Sampson tried to convince the Hill Street Judge that "Homeopathy" was a fraud because he (Wallace Sampson) said so....

Hah, ha, hah, heh, hee, hee, ho, ho, har, har, hargh, hargh, (cough, cough)... etc., etc....

Sampson, who I first heard speak at a Federation of States Medical Board (FSMB) meeting in San Diego in 1997, doesn't come across, to me, as convincing (to say the least). In fact, I'd characterize him as a "weasel," but I'm afraid the weasels would sue me for defamation (and win)... The first time I heard Sampson speak was the incident that convinced me that "the quackbusters" were a "looney-toons" operation. Sampson's lectures on quackery give meaning to the word "pompous-ass-ity."

 

JUDGES ARE GOOD AT DECORUM...

I have to hand it to the Hill Street Judge. He maintained a straight face the whole time. Not even a smile. I guess Judges see it all...

And, apparently this one DID SEE IT ALL, BECAUSE, even before the end of the case he declared Barrett's, and the NCAHF's assertions about homeopathy as bald-faced bunk. He stopped the case - even before the "defense" presentation, and declared the case as a NON-SUIT...

Insert laughter here...

 

THE REAL DEAL...

Delicensed MD Barrett, running his "testifying business" out of his basement in Allentown PA, through his questionable website www.quackwatch.com, had bragged (in a Texas newspaper article) that he had "thirty lawsuits going on in California."

Does that means that Barrett's cronies (and paymasters) are going to be handed the pleasure(?) of watching "washed-up Stevie" stumble through twenty-nine more NON-SUITS?

Barrett, right there on Hill Street, under oath, was forced to admit that he was testifying for money...

It is not known, at this time, whether the homeopath that so soundly defeated Barrett, et al, in the Hill Street Courtroom will file a "Malicious Prosecution" suit against Barrett, the NCAHF, it's board members, and members, etc...

Stay tuned... the story just keeps getting better, and better, and better...

 

Tim Bolen