Welcome to the Quackometer

WHAT IS THE QUACKOMETER ALL ABOUT?

L0031546The quackometer is a project based around the automation of debunking quack medicine on the web. The web is full of pages supporting dubious medical claims and inflated capabilities for cures. The freedom that the web gives us to express our views, entertain and do business also gives quacks a way to make a living by promoting nonsense treatments to unsuspecting people.

Spotting these web sites appears to be easy when you know what to look out for. If it is that easy, can the process be automated? The quackometer project intends to find out.

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RECENT QUACKOMETER BLOG ENTRIES...

Medical Innovation or Quackery?

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:51:58 +0000

One of the common marketing messages behind alternative medicine is that is represents true innovation in healthcare. Using one Prince Charles’ favourite words, it tries to offer “integrative” services by combining the best of ‘Western’, or orthodox, medicine with ancient…

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Nutritional Therapists Call for Equal Statutory Footing with Dieticians.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 23:28:43 +0000

In a surprise move, the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) have formally written to the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) requesting that the register of dietitians is modified to allow for the entry of nutritional therapists.…

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Soil Association Trustees Resign over Homeopathy Attacks

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:11:34 +0000

The Soil Association is the marketing organisation behind so-called Organic Farming.  It’s stated aims are to campaign for “healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.” However, it is routinely criticised for embracing pseudoscientific and dogmatic ideas about farming…

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Have Homeopaths Reached Peak Stupid?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:23:05 +0000

Remove hot drinks and sharp objects from your immediate vicinity. Across the world, homeopaths today are trying to ‘heal the oceans’. To do so, British homeopath, Grace DaSilva-Hill, has been writing to appeal to other homeopaths to drop some homeopathic…

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Society Warns Homeopaths not to Talk About Ebola.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:33:56 +0000

This blog believes that accredting the Society of Homeopaths was a mistake by the PSA. However, I can accept that some benefits may come of it. One is that the Society now needs to watch very closely its public profile…

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Homeopath Finds a Cure for Ebola: Violin Music

The Society of Homeopaths Have Achieved PSA Accreditation

Government forced to reveal what they knew about racism and bullying in Steiner Schools

Tredinnick at Glastonbury – Homeopathy and Astrology

Ottolenghi and the Quack HIV Homeopaths in Africa