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).

Saturday, June 11, 2005

10th Skeptics' Circle

In the Quackery section at the 10th Skeptics' Circle, you can find my two entries. You should read the whole thing. Some excellent reading. Here's what Skeptico wrote:


What do you call alternative medicine that works? Medicine. An old joke, but a relevant point highlighted by our anti-quackery bloggers. Confessions of a Quackbuster sounds like the sort of blog that knows a lot about exposing quackery, and sure enough has two items for us today. The first is a lighthearted look at that old canard The Memory of Water quacks will not forget (haha - had to get that one in). He considers where water from your tap has actually been and speculates on what it might remember. Not for the squeamish! The second is Effectiveness & Evidence: The Cornerstones of Modern Medicine. Here he criticizes the recent bmj “ABC of complementary medicine” that attempts to define sCAM, and that claims “There is a growing body of evidence that certain complementary therapies are effective in certain clinical conditions”. Well, that was news to me too. Blurring the difference between evidence based medicine (EBM – aka medicine), and sCAM, can aid the general acceptance of therapies that don’t work. A comprehensive read.

The Skeptics' Circle hub site is found here: