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.