Archive for April, 2011

Quack Watch

04/20/2011

Quackwatch is a non-profit organization that aims to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct. It is affiliated with the National Council Against Health Fraud. The website, quackwatch.org, has been on the internet since 1996, during which time it has issued warnings to the public about numerous unproven or ineffective medical products, practices and treatments.

According to the site, Quackwatch uses the services of over 150 scientific and technical advisors. Many reputable professionals contribute to the site in their field of expertise. There are no salaried employees, and the entire operation is funded mainly by small individual donations, with additional income derived from sponsored links.

The site contains many articles written for the non-specialist consumer. These discuss health-related products, treatments, and providers which Quackwatch considers to be fraudulent, ineffective, or even dangerous or life-threatening. Also included are links to resources that contain information for further study. The site is especially critical of products and services in areas such as homeopathy, acupuincture, herbal medicine, kinesiology, faith healing, magnet therapy, hair analysis, and growth hormones.

To visit this site, go to Quackwatch. In addition to reading the articles, a visitor can ask questions, report suspected frauds, participate in a forum, and subscribe to a news letter.

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