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Free Newsletter: Consumer Health Digest

Consumer health encompasses all aspects of the marketplace related to the purchase of health products and services. Positively, it involves the facts and understanding that enable people to make wise choices. Negatively, it means avoiding unwise decisions based on deception, misinformation, or other factors. Consumer Health Digest is a weekly e-mail newsletter edited by William …

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Frequently Asked Questions about Quackwatch

Who funds Quackwatch? Is everyone mentioned on Quackwatch a quack? Is lack of mention on Quackwatch a sign of legitimacy? How do you pick your topics? Are your articles peer-reviewed? Why are some article referenced and others not? How should we regard the fact that some articles were posted or last revised many years ago? …

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Tips for Navigating Our Web Sites

Quackwatch and its many affiliated sites can be navigated by either browsing or searching. Their home pages list hundreds of major topics. New and significantly revised articles are are listed on the Recent Additions and Major Updates page. The list below enables browsing through lists of articles in major categories on several of the sites. …

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Who Funds Quackwatch?

Quackwatch is now maintained by the Center for Inquiry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Some people wonder whether Quackwatch or my other activities are a “front” for the American Medical Association, the pharmaceutical industry, the “medical establishment,” food companies, …

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Nasty Comments from Quackwatch Visitors 

Many people feel deeply offended when their beliefs are challenged. Here’s a selection of nasty e-mail comments I have received from such people during the past few years. Most were sent anonymously; the rest were edited remove identifying information. I find it interesting how people who disagree with something I write assume all sorts of …

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A Special Message to Cancer Patients Seeking “Alternative” Treatments

Don’t let desperation lead you to try things just because someone advises you to do so. Read the information on this web site thoroughly. We strongly recommend that you avoid any “alternative” cancer treatment discussed on Quackwatch. If you or someone you know investigate or pursue any such treatment, please share your experience with us. …

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Recent Additions to Quackwatch

This page provides a brief description and quick access to the newest information on Quackwatch and its subsidiaries. Together, these have over 4,700 pages and cover thousands of topics. Checking this page weekly will enable you to identify new postings and major updates, many of which are not listed on the home pages of these …

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Quackwatch Mission Statement

Quackwatch is a network of Web sites and mailing lists developed by Stephen Barrett, M.D. and maintained by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Their primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Dr. Barrett’s activities include: Investigating questionable claims Answering inquiries about products and services Advising quackery victims Distributing …

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Frequently Asked Questions about My Activities

Frequently Asked Questions about My Activities Stephen Barrett, M.D. What got you interested in fighting quackery? What promoted you to start the Quackwatch Web site? What qualifies you to write on so many topics? Do you yourself follow a healthy lifestyle? What are your goals? What is the status of your medical license? What would …

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Cheers and Jeers from Quackwatch Visitors

Comments from Quackwatch Visitors Here’s a selection of e-mail comments received by Quackwatch. Although most of the comments we receive are favorable, this page contains a higher proportion of unfavorable ones because I think they are more instructive. Some have been edited to remove identifying information and, in some cases, to make them read a …

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