Medicine: Health and Hucksterism

Few things are more fashionable among the fad-conscious today than the dietary approach to health. The Food and Drug Administration has found that one out of every five Americans believes that illness can be avoided if only they gulp enough vitamins and mineral supplements or give up processed breakfast foods for cereals made from organically grown nuts and wheat grains. Americans spend $320 million a year on vitamin pills alone, additional millions on so-called "organic" or "health" foods. Last week crowds of the faithful and their suppliers gathered at New York's Madison Square Garden for a nutritional circus called the second...

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