China Halts Production Of 104 Inaccurate Healthcare Books
China has halted the publication of over 100 healthcare books which were suspected to be misleading and written by fake doctors and experts.
AsianScientist (Aug. 1, 2011) - China has halted the publication of over 100 healthcare books which were suspected to be misleading and written by fake doctors and experts.
China's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the administrative agency responsible for regulating print, Internet publications, and news in China, has halted the publication of 104 healthcare books that were written by self-proclaimed experts on pseudo-scientific concepts, said a report in China Daily.
"Through a variety of means, some phony doctors and experts have been writing books and misleading the public by spreading their unscientific healthcare methods for quite some time," said GAPP head Liu Binjie.
In a notable hoax last year, Zhang Wuben (张悟本), author of a popular healthcare book entitled "Eat Out the Disease You Have Eaten" (把吃出来的病吃回去), claimed mung bean could cure nearly every disease. His theory convinced so many people that the price of mung bean was driven up in Beijing.
Zhang, whose self-proclaimed title of a senior nutritionist was denied by the Ministry of Health, has been refuted by medical experts and his food therapy-oriented clinic, which demands a registration fee as high as 2,000 yuan (US$310), has been shut down.
In October last year, the GAPP issued a circular urging various publication administrative departments to check their healthcare books and set up a certification system for publishing books in the category.
During a spot check of 50 healthcare books, the GAPP found 24 with substandard editing.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that the country's healthcare publications are scientific and beneficial for the people," Liu said.
The GAPP has urged publication administrative departments to strengthen the supervision of healthcare projects regarding authors' professional background, abilities of editing staff and related statistics.
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