Index of Questionable Organizations

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Promoters of questionable health practices often form organizations to multiply their effectiveness. How can one tell which groups are reliable and which are not? There is no sure way, but several precautionary questions may help:

Incidentally, neither accreditation nor affiliation with an otherwise reputable university provides any guarantee of reliability. The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes agencies that accredit schools of chiropractic, acupuncture/oriental medicine, and astrology, with little regard to the validity of what they teach. Several universities have centers or institutes that promote health-related nonsense.

The list below includes groups you should distrust that are involved directly or indirectly with dental matters. Most are opposed to fluoridation and/or the use of amalgam fillings. Some are no longer actiuve. If you would like to nominate others, please contact me.

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (AABDB)
American Academy of Environmenal Medicine
American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
American CranioSacral Therapy Association (ACSTA)
American Endodontic Society (AES) (promotes Sargenti technique)
Australasian Society of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (ASOMAT)
Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!)
Environmental Dental Association
Holistic Dental Association
International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT)
International Society for Fluoride Research
Maxillofacial Center for Diagnostics and Research
Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS)

Voluntary Organizations

Americans Against Mercury
Citizens for Mercury Relief
Coalition of Americans against Mercury
Consumers for Dental Choice
Dental Amalgam Syndromes (DAMS)
Fluoride Action Network
National Pure Water Association (NPWA)
National Vaccine Information Center
People's Dental Association
Preventive Dental Health Association (PDHA)

Foundations, Institutes, and Educational Organizations

Foundation for Toxic Free Dentistry
Institute for Dental Wellness
Institute of Natural Dentistry
International Cranial-TMJ Academy
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
Toxic Element Research Foundation
Toxic Exposure Study Trust (TEST) Foundation
Weston A. Price Foundation

This page was revised on December 19, 2015.

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