Who Funds Quackwatch?


Stephen Barrett, M.D.
January 29, 2020

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, or whomever else they might not like. Nearly every week I get e-mails accusing me of this—and worse. Quite frankly, the idea is preposterous.

  • Neither I nor any authors of articles on this site have any conflicts of interest.
  • I have no financial tie to any commercial or industrial organization.
  • My viewpoints are not for hire. Even if they were, none of my imaginary funders would actually have a reason to hire me.
  • Standard medicine and “alternative medicine” do not actually compete for patient dollars. Well-designed studies have shown that most “alternative” methods are used in addition to—rather than instead of—standard methods.
  • The cost of operating Quackwatch and its affiliated sites from 1997 through 2019 has only been a few thousand dollars a year. If donations and other income fell below what was needed, the rest came out of my pocket.

This page was revised on January 29, 2020.