Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

QuackSites: Most unreliable health websites

QuackSites: Most unreliable health websites

These websites are characterized by a number of different things, among them grotesque ignorance of scientific knowledge, anti-medical propaganda, promotion of quackery and healthfraud, spread of dubious information, promotion and sale of questionable products and methods, conspiracy theories, demonization of anyone who disagrees with them, deception, lies, etc. Some sites are guilty of only a few of the mentioned problems, while others are totally rotten.

Precisely which label(s) apply to which websites is a matter for discerning healthcare consumer protection advocates to decide. I won't make that decision for them. No matter what the decision, every single one of these websites is untrustworthy in one way or another, and much of their information is highly suspect. In fact, they are so misleading that those who regularly use them as sources of information risk losing trust in reliable and authoritative sources of information, and may end up considering them to be part of a vast conspiracy. Even solid scientific research that disagrees with these unreliable sites becomes suspect. This ties them even closer to these unreliable sources of information and they become immune to rational discussion.

Mercola.com
http://www.mercola.com/

CureZone
http://curezone.org/

Gary Null's Natural Living
http://www.garynull.com/

Dr. Clark Research Association
http://www.drclark.net/

Quackpot Watch
http://www.quackpotwatch.org/

The Bolen Report
http://www.bolenreport.com/

Save Dr. Clark
http://www.savedrclark.net/

Red Flags
http://www.redflagsweekly.com/

DORway
http://www.dorway.com/

Aspartame Victims Support Group
http://www.presidiotex.com/aspartame/index.html

International Advocates for Health Freedom
http://www.iahf.com/

Orthomolecular Medicine Online
http://www.orthomed.org/

WHALE
http://www.whale.to/

DoctorYourself.Com
http://doctoryourself.com/

National Vaccine Information Center
http://www.nvic.org/

Vaccination News
http://www.vaccinationnews.com/

AidsMyth
http://www.aidsmyth.com/

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients
http://www.tldp.com/

TALK International
http://www.talkinternational.com/

Burzynski Clinic
http://www.cancermed.com/

DrWhitaker.com
http://www.drwhitaker.com/

Educate Yourself
http://educate-yourself.org/

California Citizens for Health
http://www.citizenshealth.org/

Progress in Medicine Foundation
http://www.treatmentchoice.org/

NewsTarget.com
http://www.newstarget.com


Any more nominations for this list?



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Tip:

One of the quickest ways to get an idea of the quackiness of a website is to go directly to the "Links" page:

"Show me your links, and I'll tell you what you believe."


Here's the way Cure Zone squelches critical thinking and discussion
http://curezone.com/forums/troll.asp


Peter Bowditch has a nice category system for nutty websites
http://www.ratbags.com/rsoles/categories.htm

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