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.

Natural News


National Vaccine Information Center

Gary Null's Natural Living

Quackpot Watch

The Bolen Report

Generation Rescue

Red Flags


Aspartame Victims Support Group

International Advocates for Health Freedom

Orthomolecular Medicine Online



Vaccination News


Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients

TALK International

Burzynski Clinic

Educate Yourself

California Citizens for Health

Progress in Medicine Foundation

Dr. Clark Research Association

Any more nominations for this list?



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

Peter Bowditch has a nice category system for nutty websites

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