In my opinion, the appeal to authority is one of the more dangerous red flags to fall for, especially in cases where a health care professional is in that spot. This is why one should try to be as informed as possible with their own health issues. This way you can work WITH your doctor. I do this with my doctor. I tell him of my research into the issue and what is his advice.
So this brought about the question....why do some health care professionals turn to psuedoscience health initiatives