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...

Big Legal Blow for NHS Homeopathy

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:05:41 +0000

That the NHS spends money on homeopathy is a red flag to many thinking people. If the publicly funded health service is to operare efficiently and fairly, how is it that it can spend money on this egregious quackery? Furthermore,…

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The Professional Standards Authority is a Threat to Public Health

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 22:27:52 +0000

The Professional Standards Authority has published a report about how it has performed with its Accredited Registers Programme. This scheme has been trying to provide some sort of quality stamp for the registering bodies of various non-statutorily regulated health workers.…

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How to Get Bad Law That Nobody Supports Through Parliament

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:23:24 +0000

Let us imagine an ex-advertising man called Lord Scratchy. After, his old PR firm, Itchy and Scratchy helped the Tory party win elections, he has now been given a seat in the House of Lords. Still working in PR, with…

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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

Have Homeopaths Reached Peak Stupid?

Society Warns Homeopaths not to Talk About Ebola.

Homeopath Finds a Cure for Ebola: Violin Music

The Society of Homeopaths Have Achieved PSA Accreditation