November 4 - The article "Cancer and HIV/AIDS Therapies" (see June 22 item below) has been posted in an HTML version so that it can be read directly instead of downloading the pdf file.  See: CANCER

October 16 - January-February 2017 News has been added to the NEWS pageFeaturing:     pseudoscience at the Cleveland Clinic        acupuncture for colic        kratom        fake medical journals        nonsense from Gwyneth Paltrow        harmful homeopathic teething tablets   antivaccine claims from Kennedy and De Niro        dangerous supplements for teen athletes

September 4 - NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016 NEWS has been added to the NEWS pageFeaturing:     FTC policy on homeopathic drugs        calcium supplements        harmful sports supplements        illegal supplement claims        Worst Websites for Science

July 30 - SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016 NEWS has been addedFeaturing:     "chronic Lyme disease"        stem cell clinics        autism treatments        trials of acupuncture and homeopathy        St. John's wort

June 22 - Revised handout (including readings and links), "Cancer and HIV/AIDS Therapies," has been added to the HANDOUTS AND READINGS page. See "CANCER2017.PDF" file at the bottom of the page.  Now available in HTML at: CANCER

February 22 - JULY-AUGUST 2016 NEWS has been addedFeaturing:     cupping        stem cell clinics        reforming chiropractic?        tricks of the quackery trade        supplements to avoid        hazards of herbal remedies

January 7, 2017 - a link to the obituary of William T. Jarvis has been added to the bottom of this page.

December 27, 2016 - MAY-JUNE 2016 NEWS has been addedFeaturing:     9 articles on naturopathy (critiques, hazards, licensing, lobbying, naturopathic oncology)

November 11 - March-April 2016 News has been added to the News page (Now under Previous News Pages)Featuring:     dietary supplement safety        "functional medicine"        acupuncture for menopausal symptoms        naturopathic pediatrics        integrative oncology

September 18 - January-February 2016 News has been added to the News page (Now under Previous News Pages).  Featuring:     best of the blogs        fish oil        dangers of supplements        ethics of CAM        alternative cancer treatments


KCAHF is a private nonprofit, voluntary health agency that focuses upon health misinformation, fraud, and quackery as public health problems. Our positions are based upon the principles of science that underlie consumer protection law.

We advocate:

(a) adequate disclosure in labeling and other warranties to enable consumers to make truly informed choices; 

(b) pre-marketing proof of safety and effectiveness for products and services claimed to prevent, alleviate, or cure any health problem; and, 

(c) accountability for those who violate the law.


Nancy Tullis, R.D., died on July 20, 2013.  Nancy was a founding member of KCAHF and was the driving force behind the group for many years.  At various times she served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  From her published obituary:

"As President of the Louisville Dietetic Association, she formed Dial-a-Dietitian, a service for the public, which continued for five years. She was on the Board of the Kentucky Dietetic Association for more than ten years, and was chairman of the legislative committee which achieved passage of the certification of dietitians and nutritionists in the Kentucky legislature. When licensure was achieved she served on the first Board of Licensure for Dietitians and Nutritionists by appointment of Governor Brereton Jones.

"Mrs. Tullis volunteered in the office of two Kentucky Attorneys General in planning and coordinating two Health Fraud Conferences for health professionals across the state. She was a founding member of the not-profit Kentucky Council Against Health Fraud, which continues in existence. She was a five-year board member of the National Council Against Health Fraud."

Complete obituary

William T. Jarvis, Ph.D., died on March 1, 2016.  Dr. Jarvis was Professor of Health Promotion and Education at Loma Linda University.  He was one of the founders of the National Council Against Health Fraud and a leader in the antiquackery movement.