Quackwatch featured on dating advice site

Posted 12 December 2017

DatingAdvice has posted a feature article about Quackwatch and Dr. Stephen Barrett.  In addition to providing tips on how to spot and avoid quackery, Dr. Barrett notes that big difference in health beliefs can wreck relationships and therefore learning a prospective partner’s beliefs is important.

[Brooks A. Quackwatch explains how health misinformation can affect your life & relationships., December 11, 2017]

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Historian’s view of quackery 40 years ago posted

Posted 23 November 2016

Quackwatch has posted previously unpublished observations about quackery written in 1974 by James Harvey Young, Ph.D. [Young JH A historian’s view of quackery in 1974 with comments by Stephen Barrett, M.D. Quackwatch, Nov 14, 2016]

The article describes how quackery thrived during the previous 100 years and the gradually increasing but insufficient efforts of our government to curb it. Dr. Young, whose books included  The Toadstool Millionaires and The Medical Messiahs, was considered the foremost authority on the history of quackery.

Source: Consumer Health Digest #16-43, November 20, 2016

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Antiquackery classics posted

Posted 29 June 2015

Quackwatch has posted the complete texts of two volumes of Nostrums and Quackery: Articles on the Nostrum Evil, Quackery and Allied Matters Affecting the Public Health; Reprinted, With or Without Modifications, from The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Volume I was published in 1912.
Volume II was published in 1921.

The books, which total more than 1,500 pages, are no longer copyrighted.

Some extracts:

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More Ploys That Can Fool You

Posted 2 February 2014

This article written by Drs Stephen Barrett and Victor Herbert and published on Quackwatch in 2007 has great relevance for South African consumers and therefore we post it below.

“Alternative” promoters are reaching people emotionally. What sells is not the quality of their products, but the ability to influence their audience. Their basic strategies are to promise the moon and knock the “competition.” To one and all, they promise better health and a longer life. They offer solutions for virtually every health problem, including some they have invented. To those in pain, they promise relief. To the incurable, they offer hope. To the nutrition-conscious, they say, “Make sure you have enough.” To a public worried about pollution, they say, “Buy natural.” For ailments amenable to scientific health care, they offer “safer nontoxic alternatives.” And they have an arsenal of ploys for defending themselves against criticism. To Read the rest