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|Skeptical About the Pagano
Dear Ed: I've been reading the archived mail on your website since I found it a couple weeks ago. I've had this incurable affliction known as psoriasis for a while now.
Recently, I've been reading a lot about this disease and what people do about it. One thing I've read about, that I am quite skeptical of, is the John O. A. Pagano Book/Diet [see Thoughts on the Pagano Diet]. On the cover of his book, it says that this "Dr." is a "chiropractic physician," not an M.D.
Of course I am skeptical of any "cure" being sold on the Internet, so I went to www.quackwatch.com to search for any mention of this book or its author. I didn't find any mention, but I did find a link to www.chirobase.org , a website that exposes quackery in the chiropractic profession. After reading many articles linked from that website, my skepticism seems to have been well placed.
The following link from the www.chirobase.org website seems to indicate, in my opinion, that such claims are ridiculous.
Thanks for your time. I am enjoying your website very much. -Justin
Ed’s Response: Thanks for sharing your research with us, Justin. I did read the article you linked from chirobase.org and found it enlightening. For one, it’s the most understandable definition of "leaky gut syndrome" I’ve read so far. The author, Stephen Barrett, M.D., writes convincingly ... but then, so evidently does Dr. Pagano.
It’s also revealing that you can’t find any direct accusations of quackery in reference to Pagano. I would have been surprised if you could. Too many people have braved Pagano’s savage regimen and lived to rave about it. I don’t have the nerve to call Pagano’s claims "ridiculous," even after reading Barrett’s article. What I would call ridiculous — and for assorted reasons — is the prospect of me, personally, undertaking Pagano’s regimen.
Share with us whatever else you discover out there, Justin! -Ed
From the archives: Pagano’s Diet Works