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Chris Kresser

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Fabulous food!
Delectable diets!
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Acupuncture, unlike most drugs, has the potential to cure disease.
—Chris Kresser[1]

Chris Kresser is an American acupuncturist, anti-flu vaxxer, cholesterol denialist and promoter of the paleo diet. Kresser has made a number of dangerous health suggestions, for example, he has argued against flu vaccination and recommends that pregnant mothers drink raw milk and skip the vitamin K shot for their newborns.[2][3] He thinks that everyone should eat a high-fat paleo diet.Do You Believe That?

Kresser advertises himself as a "health detective".[4]

Irrational beliefs[edit]

Acupuncture[edit]

Kresser is a fanatical acupuncture proponent who claims that it has the potential to cure disease. He has written that acupuncture "stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms. And the body’s ability to heal itself far surpasses anything western medicine has to offer."[1] He provides no scientific evidence for this statement. The scientific consensus is that acupuncture is ineffective for a wide range of conditions.[5] It has been impossible to find consistent evidence for acupuncture after more than 3000 trials.[6][7]

Opposition to flu vaccination[edit]

Kresser has received criticism from medical experts for his comments against flu vaccination.[2] He dismisses any positive studies and promotes "natural" alternatives, such as bone broth, fermented cod liver oil, paleo diet and vitamin supplements.[2][8]

Vitamin K injections[edit]

Kresser argues against Vitamin K injections for newborns.[3] He made the false statement that "Vitamin K injections have not been adequately tested for safety." In reality, the injections given at birth are safe and side-effects are incredibly rare.[9][10][11][12]

Cholesterol denialism[edit]

Kresser is a cholesterol and statin denialist.[13][14]

Criticism[edit]

Retired family physician and skeptic Harriet Hall has written:

Why would anyone go to Kresser for advice about vaccines? He's an acupuncturist, for Pete's sake! His whole livelihood is based on a prescientific system of mythological qi and meridians. His website offers inaccurate information and questionable advice on diet, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disorders, skin health, heartburn, and depression. He even offers a paleo detox program.[2]

External link[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chinese Medicine Demystified (Part VI): 5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help You Where Drugs and Surgery Can’t. Chris Kresser.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 An Alternative “Truth” About Flu Shots
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chris Kresser: The Healthy Baby Code
  4. Do You Need a Health Detective?. Chris Kresser.
  5. Ernst E (April 2009). "Acupuncture: what does the most reliable evidence tell us?". Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 37 (4): 709–14.
  6. Acupuncture Doesn’t Work
  7. False Claims for Acupuncture.
  8. RHR: The Truth about Flu Shots (And What to Do Instead). Chris Kresser.
  9. Are the Ingredients in the Newborn Vitamin K Shot Safe?
  10. That Black Box Warning on Vitamin K Shots
  11. Here's The Truth About Vitamin K For Newborns
  12. Evidence on: The Vitamin K Shot in Newborns. "Side effects from vitamin K injection given at birth are incredibly rare and if they are seen, they end up being case reports due to rarity. I could not find any case reports using the most recent version of vitamin K used in the U.S., in which the infant became severely ill or died from it."
  13. The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy. Chris Kresser.
  14. The Truth about Statin Drugs. Chris Kresser.