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Please feel free to leave comments on any of the blog entries, or general comments here. I accept comments from all, critical or supportive.

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86 comments for “Contact Me

  1. Ulf
    February 15, 2010 at 12:10 am
  2. February 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hi again Andy

    I still want to know why my website, http://www.keyhypnotherapy.co.uk , is scoring 10 on the quackometer. I have responded to your questions but you have not yet let me know what is unacceptable.

    It is important to me that I do not mislead people and therefore I am asking for your help and advice. If you cannot, in all honesty, find real flaws in the information on my website, then it is incumbent upon you as a scientist to acknowledge that the quackometer is not always a reliable measure of quackery.

    If you can find anything that is truly objectionable I will review it and change it as appropriate.

    I really do applaud what you are trying to do but it distresses me that I still seem to fall into the 10 canard category.

    Please do respond to this email.

    Yours, with bated breath,

    Jenny

    • March 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      Breath still bated but I’m turning blue…

      • March 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

        THE ANDY LEWIS
        CHALLENGE
        _________________

        With no cost,
        Andy Lewis could respond
        to my emails and start to
        shut me up about the
        possibility that his
        quackometer (though its
        heart is in the right place),
        might be flawed.

        It is now

        21 weeks

        since my original
        communication and I am
        still waiting for a response.

      • admin
        March 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

        Jenny – leaving aside how the quackometer works – your site makes all sorts of – well – optimistic claims for hypnotherapy. For all the claims you make, could you back them up with quality research? Asthma? Diarrhoea?

        If I remember, we have been over this before.

        • Allan Paige
          February 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

          You are a government paid troll, and I now have the proof!! You will be hearing more from me soon.

          Cheers!

          • February 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

            I’m sure Andy can’t wait to hear from you, but you seem to have a unique definition of the word ‘proof’.

  3. Colin Kingswood
    February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    So the British medical journal did a study on the Alexander technique and showed that it was effective for back pain in the majority of cases. Your website bases its concusion on the terms presented on one specific website, as they are used “out of place”.

    Do you see the hypocrisy in your methodology?

    Anyway, I will take the peer reviewed journal’s opinion over your own.

  4. gen
    February 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Im sure the big pharmaceutical companies love you!

  5. Myles
    March 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    People like you are always so quick to judge others. Why anyone should EVER hold any stock in what YOU have to say? I will pray for you. I’m sorry… I forgot. You probably don’t believe in that either. I will pary anyway.

    Myles

  6. Antares
    March 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Myles, you made my day. :-D

    Your FIRST comment is accusing Andy about “being quick to judge others”? Hilarious.

    OK, go on praying.
    For me too, if you will.

    Daniel

  7. Nigel
    March 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    To wonder a little from the path of quackery for people it would be interesting if you would take a look at BARF, a growing trend in pet nutritien, see http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/barfdiet_reallysaybarf.shtml

    • ANDREW HARRIS
      July 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Mr Andy Lewis, if thats your real name, The MHRA have made A STATEMENT IN PUBLIC THAT TRIAMAZON IS SAFE AND A VIABLE ANTI-CANCER THERAPY
      As we speak i have instructed a private investigater on my behalf to locate any and all property you have registered at HM Land Registry, now get your lies about triamazon and me off the www or suffer a legal charge placed on your home via a private detective for Liable and Slander, if your shit and lies are not removed within 28 days of this notice allowing you to put the record straight then i will personally be knocking on your front door one day soon.Do not make the mistake of taking me for a prick… THIS IS YOUR VERY LAST CHANCE TO PUT THE RECORD STRAIGHT, Andrew Harris Founder of Triamazon.com
      Andrew Harris www.

      • Antares
        July 5, 2010 at 10:16 am

        Please provide a link to the MHRA statement about the safety and efficacy of Triamazon.

        Thank you.

      • Le Canard Noir
        July 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

        I refer you to the reply given in Arkell and Pressdram.

  8. March 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Andy

    I claim that hypnotherapy can be immensely helpful in dealing with the underlying emotional issues that may exacerbate physical symptoms. Presumably you will agree that an asthma attack can be triggered by anxiety and distress? If clients learn techniques to lessen their anxiety and calm their breathing and also to deal with the underlying triggers for fearful feelings, they empower themselves to manage their condition alongside treatment from GP or hospital doctors.

    I also said that it is a shame there has not been any quality research to back up my claims and that I would be more than willing to enter into a research programme should the opportunity present itself. I have begun asking clients to complete the NHS HPQ9 form before, after and 6 months down the line to audit the efficacy of my work. As a single handed practitioner it will take some time to collate sufficient information though I am encouraging other hypnotherapists to do this as well.

    I make no unreasonable claims and clients understand that I am a facilitator who can enable them to work toward the changes they desire. I feel a real responsibility to clients and could not continue if I failed to see a high response rate. All I can do is work with the evidence my experience has supplied and this is undeniably anecdotal until some serious research has been done.

    Perhaps I just have to bite on the bullet and accept my 10 canards until someone is willing to fund some good research and hypnotherapy is fully integrated into the NHS.

    I will stop hassling you now as I really do admire what you are doing.

    Yours just a tiny bit miffed but resigned

    Jenny

  9. Howard R Gray
    May 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    More of same, a critical site of self importance with little intent beyond suppression of opinions it disagrees with. Read the results of Quackwatch.com in the US, it didn’t end well for the proponent of that site.

    Disagreeing with Homeopathy is neither here nor there in the scheme of things. Most of allopathic medicine, in counterpoint, merely ameliorates symptoms in chronic conditions. Cures for cancer are the exceptions rather than the rule. Much vaunted “cures” in medicine are found, over time, to be less than helpful in so many cases. The number of drugs withdrawn after gross side effects were “discovered” by “scientists” tends to suggest not all is in order in the world of medicine. Most who practice medicine are aware of the art of being a physician, it isn’t all science…. far from it.

    The Quackometer clearly doesn’t fare well, inter alia, for hypnotists, this isn’t surprising. Those hypnotists who submit their sites to assessment by quackometer won’t be satisfied with the results. Any clinical method that doesn’t pass muster with the authority of the quackometer will be most unlikely to be approved. Just accept it for what it is. The author of Quackometer has his opinion and that is that. The method is opinion not science. Ironic really! Trust your patients and clients, if your results are good why worry about approval of petty authorities.

    Keeping libel laws out of science…why? If science is so packed full of truth why worry about libel laws? The truth here is that proponents of sites, such as this one, fear that they may one day be called to defend what isn’t so easy in truth to defend. One, fortunately, doesn’t need to fear keeping libel laws out of science, none of those who propose such an idea have much chance of the law changing; however they may wish it.

    My displeasure with this site is its mean spiritedness and self-righteousness. My wife died from a severe case of breast cancer, I saw firsthand the positive effects of hypnosis in ameliorating severe pain. For me those who set themselves up as an “authority” should be careful not to close doors to alternatives however distasteful to their palate.

    Out of alternatives come new ways to understand and treat disease. Suppression of other opinions by ridicule isn’t beneficial.

    Defunding alternative healing from the NHS will in the long run have unintended consequences, such as collapse of the whole system already creaking at the seams. Attacking alternative methods might seem a good idea, though politically naïve, such defunding may create a constituency of opponents you don’t need if you wish the NHS to survive.

    Anger is the motivation behind this site, beware anger can and does lead to pathology for those who live by it and indulge in it. My wife’s passing made me angry and I was duly punished with IBS, later controlled not by allopathic medicine but by natural healing.

    • Antares
      May 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

      “Most of allopathic medicine, in counterpoint, merely ameliorates symptoms in chronic conditions. Cures for cancer are the exceptions rather than the rule. Much vaunted “cures” in medicine are found, over time, to be less than helpful in so many cases.”

      Well, and the “alternatives”, from Homeopathy to Reiki, simply don’t do anything, except delaying actual treatment. Sometimes until it’s too late. And costing you precious time and money. Sometimes a whole bunch more than you can afford. Oh wait, and sometimes the stuff can just outright kill you. Remember the toxic chinese herbs, for sale high street “all natural pretend-pharmacies”?

      All without proven benefit except the good conscience of “sticking it to the evil medical system”.

      And, for real, Irritable bowel syndrome? Have you tried taking a vacation, a calming walk on the beach or in the mountains? Just anything to get your mind off your loss? If it had worked, would that now make “walking” an “alternative medicine”?

      Oh boy.

  10. May 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Wonderfully well said Mr Gray. I’m so sorry about your wife – I wish you good things in the future, you seem a kind and thoughtful man.

  11. Adele Bongiovianni
    June 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Mr. Lewis,
    I haven’t read enough of your personal quackery to see how much research or personal experience you’ve had with alternative, complementary, or holistic medicine. As a published neuroscientist (my work was funded by the almighty NIH) I am sick and tired of ignoramouses (don’t care if it’s not a word) such as yourself taking up precious webspace. Let people do their own research and educate themselves. Unfortunately some of your previous respondents are correct! Big Pharma loves you and you are probably employed by them, maybe you could tell us more about why you are so sure of big pharma because I’m stuck at Children’s Hospital watching my daughter suffer due to a poison filled vaccine that gave her a disease that I had to diagnose as her physician had no idea and was too busy catering to his “drug dealers” to even refer her. Also, if you need to read up on Einstein and Newton as I don’t believe you understand what “psudoscience” is. Adele

    • Le Canard Noir
      June 26, 2010 at 7:27 am

      Hi Adele and thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. You say you have not read enough of my blog to see how much research I have done. Perhaps you would like to before jumping to conclusions about me. Once you have done that, if you find errors in my work, I would be more than happy to address them.

  12. Emanuel McCray
    July 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Dear Mr Andy Lewis:

    1. Please answer Jenny Lineham.

    2. The fact that no one has taken the Quackery Test is proof that no “quacks” exist. Listen to this COURT PROOF:

    In 1963 the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA) formed its Committee on Quackery (“Committee”). The Committee worked diligently to eliminate chiropractic. A primary method to achieve this goal was to make it unethical for American medical physicians to professionally associate with American chiropractors. Under former Principle 3, it was unethical for American medical physicians to associate with “unscientific practitioners.” In 1966, the AMA’s House of Delegates passed a resolution labelling chiropractic an unscientific cult.

    On September 25, 1987, U.S. Federal Judge Getzendanner issued AN opinion that the AMA violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, and that it had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy in restraint of trade “to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.” (Wilk v. American Medical Ass’n, 671 F. Supp. 1465, N.D. Ill. 1987). The Court issued a permanent injunction against the AMA.

    Both sides cross-appealed, and the district court’s decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on February 7, 1990 (Wilk v. American Medical Ass’n, 895 F.2d 352, 7th Cir. 1990). http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/895/895.F2d.352.87-2777.87-2672.html

    The AMA petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court three times, but each time the Court denied certiorari (on June 11, August 13, and November 26, 1990).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilk_v._American_Medical_Association

    The AMA, to this day, remains under the 1987 permanent injunction.

    Please feel free to contact me here: emanuel.mccray@gmail.com
    http://www.emccray.com; http://www.twitter.com/emanuelmccray; and
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?id=1392371216

  13. Bob
    August 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Keep up the good work Andy. Hopefully one day Governments will do something about all this homeopathy rubbish. Strict controls need to be put into place and only certain treatments should be approved. Herbal treatments at least have a basis in reality but ground up stones and fossils should be outlawed along with the bad, biased medical advice these Homeopaths seem to provide along with their potions.

  14. September 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    See the thought police in evidence. Dr. Peverley will clearly have never seen any adverse reactions to “drugs” then. Never had cases where they did not work. Comments like this from doctors who are supposedly open minded make me angry. If you looked, and Lindy Williams too, you would see positive outcomes, but they would require you to take off your blinkers. Oliver Dowding, organic farmer Shepton Farms

  15. Wendy
    September 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Re: Jenny Lineham

    Dear Mr Lewis,
    I read this thread whilst searching for the link to Ms Linehams website, Key Hypnotherapy.

    I went to see Jenny last year, as an absolute last resort, for some problems that I’d been having. My problems were serious enough to be a very real threat to my health and wellbeing. Doctors and endless specialists had been unable to help me and I was at the end of my tether. Hence, I decided to try hypnosis.
    It is no exaggeration to state that Jenny Lineham was able to sort out for me what many other medical professionals had tried but failed to do.
    I can’t claim to begin to understand how hypnotherapy helped me. I’m just glad that is did!

  16. September 30, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Wow, I just discovered that the UK has its own little Stephen Barrett (the quackwatch.com clown).

    Clearly some wounded scared chap who is now dedicating his energy to fighting against things he opposes rather than growing or supporting something he believes in.

    It’s so easy to criticise and attack Andy, but so much more challenging to promote something you actually believe in.

    All you are doing if feeding fear and promoting it. Notice that your entire website is based upon fear. Do you see that? Probably not. I notice that you don’t advise your readers on a recommended alternative to the alternative methods you are labelling as quackery. So all you are doing is pointing and criticising from a hidden distance. This is fear in action.

    Is this really what you want to be remembered for?

    I recommend some EFT/NLP/hypnotherapy sessions to release that underlying anger/fear/sadness in you and then find some peace in your life. (I’m guessing you were badly bullied at school or by your guardians, and that this website is some form of emotional ‘retribution’ for all that pain)

    There is hope for your heart to open and forgive, everything is possible as there are some excellent therapies now available.

    wishing you peace,

    Gerry

    • Mark Bartlett
      October 20, 2010 at 3:59 am

      The opposition in favour of the homeopathy scam appear the ones in fear here. Please, forgive me, but the surge of criticism of this website almost illustrates to me a sense of “caught red handed”, which one could interpret as desperate pleas as their time is running out.

      Time to cash in the homeopathy shares i feel… hahahah.

      All the best Andy.

      A doctor once asked me if i had ever received (i think received is a little benign….. victim of, i would have said) homeopathy treatment.

      I replied: Yes. I frequently drink water.

  17. December 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Andy, you may want to have a peek at John Benneth latest blog, I seem to have rattled him, so much so that he is now moderating replies.
    Its tedious I know but I have time on my hands and don’t mind poking Mr Benneth.

  18. Steven
    December 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hey your site was named yesterday on blogtalkradio about quackery.

    Is it true that you still get financed by: http://www.lilly.com/ ?

    Can you explain why you receice money from them for your activities?

    Sincerly

    Steven A.

    • Le Canard Noir
      December 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      Do you have an URL for the show and any details about who made this claim?

  19. December 31, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Andy, I thought this might interest you:
    French Nobelist Escapes “Intellectual Terror” to Pursue Radical Ideas in China http://bit.ly/fhdyEw
    Needs subscription access to Science to reach the bit where Montagnier talks about electromagnetic radiation from DNA, and supports homoeopathy…

    Robert

  20. Nac
    January 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Hi, I heard about this site on the Newsnight piece regarding homoeopathy last night – typed “quackometer.com” into address bar and got redirected to this: http://www.drfostersessentials.com/store/index.php

    Cheeky monkeys!

    Incidentally then ran that site through here and it scored 9, so they are clearly very reputable.

  21. Korben
    February 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hi,

    I’d like to know if you’ve had the (mis)fortune to visit the VortexHealing site (http://vortexhealing.org/). I’m sure the site will score very high in your scale. They have all the stuff: chakras, meridians, karma, past lives, divine energy, you name it. Here’s a nugget:

    quote:
    At just the Basic level, the student receives transmissions that enable the channeling of 49 forms of Vortex energy and the consciousness of a divine healing realm. With these, the meridian system can be cleared and harmonized, ‘karma knots’—which are a core support for karmic & emotional issues—can be cleared, and deep clearings can be done through the various energetic bodies, chakras and physical tissues, and the system as a whole can be deeply energized. After the second class, the healer is able to bridge deeply enough into physicality to transform, for example, the sound of musical instruments, improving their sound quality—in less than a minute. At the deeper levels of VortexHealing, the very roots of emotional conditioning and identity, including genetic conditioning, can be transformed.

    endquote

    Looking forward to your comment on this “healing” method!

    Korben

  22. amanda adams
    February 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    The link “pertinent questions” is a 404.

  23. Peebs
    March 2, 2011 at 3:22 am

    It would seem osteopaths have failed to learn anything from the BCA/Simon Singh episode.

    I found this following links from the Dr Le Fanu column in the Sunday Telegraph.

    http://www.naturaltherapyadvice.co.uk/news.detail.inc.php?NID=15

  24. Not-Impressed
    March 13, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I see people coming here, trying to get this shoddilly coded quackometer to remove them or ‘IMPROVE’ the rating the second rate software and author has given them, my advice to those people would be, do not worry about it, because if you are legitimate or not this site will never be able to discern as much because ALL it does is some very simple and flawed tests for keywords/phrases and perhaps a review by an author who knows less than he would like to admit.

    BTW
    I actually agree about getting rid/pointing em out quacks and i think homeopathy aswell as a few other choice ‘treatments’ are total BS too, but this site is causing a bit too much collateral damage IMO, and attemtping to assert itself as some sort of online authority with strawman software redefining what a quack is … i.e mentioning ‘Healing’ and ‘energy’ etc = quack? REALLY?

    it seems to me you want to wage war against any and every treatment that might be in the ‘Alternative’ category, EVEN if they actually do any good to the patients physically, EVEN if you have ANY or NO clue about it what-so-ever

    that’s basically why this site is BS and the code is useless but worse the author seems to try to hold some power over it and the people it goes after without looking at his own site quackery first

    OH AND … Richard Dawkins gets a 3 cannard rating, which points out how unscientific this whole piece of crap QUACKOMETER is.

    This site NEEDS to be a scalpel going after quacks not a f-kin shotgun, and a BIT of real balance to both sides would actually give more credibility to this site rather than a total smackdown attempt at whomever lands in your sites that day, it makes you look as bad as the creationists, homeopathists, astrologers etc …it’s all just YOUR word

  25. Badly Shaved Monkey
    March 13, 2011 at 8:40 am

    ‘Healing’ and ‘energy’ etc = quack? REALLY?

    Looks like you’ve just identified one of the defining characteristics of quacky thinking. 

    it seems to me you want to wage war against any and every treatment that might be in the ‘Alternative’ category, EVEN if they actually do any good to the patients physically,

    Name one example of an “Alternative” therapy that does “any good.”

    • Not-Impressed
      March 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      “Looks like you’ve just identified one of the defining characteristics of quacky thinking.”

      No shit, that’s my point, if you think ALL it takes is some words to condemn something outright then fine, but you’ve descended into quacks spotting quacks it’s hypocritical and actually not effective is all im saying

      “Name one example of an “Alternative” therapy that does “any good.””

      try Chiropractry (spelling?)

      unless i was supposed to just take pain killers as the doctor(s) prescribed when i couldnt get out of bed,breathe or even stand up straight without being in immense pain, then chiropractry has done good

      Lucky for me i knew someone who is a chiropracter, and after 11 days of pain and immobilization he managed to get me standing up straight freely with no pain and all back to normal in ONE session …

      he did what the doctors seemed to have no clue about sorting and they could only prescribe me painkillers for the pain, no solutions so that…you know so i could stand up and walk and breathe without pain …no that took a ‘QUACK’ to fix it

      For people who are supposed to rely on facts and science you guys here can be just as stubborn/stupid as a creationist who’s been told jesus didn’t ride on the back of a MAGICAL liopleurodon

      • Badly Shaved Monkey
        March 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        Oh, OK, so it’s chiro that worked for you.

        Does chiropractic treat eczema, asthma, infant colic or bed-wetting? Or would any claims to do so be mere quackery?

  26. July 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Andy Prof Colquhoun wrote about this guy some time ago, his name Cliff Andrews, at the time he called his work Quantum Shiatsu, now its evolved to New Energy , web site here.http://cliffordandrews.com/
    The first article links to a video here of one of his seminars. I’m afraid its long but fruitful.
    The video here.
    http://blip.tv/luis-palacios/energ%C3%ADa-cuántica-cliff-andrews-zenit-shiatsu-parte-1-2-5283326
    Worth a look I think.

  27. PhilW
    July 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Montagnier appears to have “published” another article on “electromagnetic reproduction of DNA”: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/DNA_sequence_reconstituted_from_Water_Memory.php

    It’s a pity that ISIS publicise this stuff on their web site: some of their other articles are useful (agriculture, renewable energy etc.). They don’t allow critical comments on their articles at all, even very polite ones (I’ve tried).

  28. August 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Wondered if you might spread this link around? Twitter, blogs etc…
    It’s an e-petition to stop NHS funding of Homeopathy. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2159

    Keep up the good work.

  29. Truthseeker
    September 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    You state on your website that many quacks are guilty of being careless with the truth. In the interests of critical thinking, would you please define truth?

  30. Lecanardnoir
    September 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Ahhh. Truth seeker. Why do you ask? Do you have a problem with the concept – despite your handle?

  31. Truthseeker
    September 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Ahh. My feathered friend.
    Why do you ask why I ask? Obviously, I ask because I wish to receive a definition of truth.
    I do not understand your question “Do you have a problem with the concept…?”. I have no problem understanding that there is a concept that many people label as truth. The concept that truth is a concept does not cause me any problems.
    But what is truth?

  32. Lecanardnoir
    September 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I am not a dictionary. That is why i ask why you are asking me. Nor am I into word games. So unless you wish to enlighten me as to the nature of your enquiry then I would politely ask you to seek elsewhere for your truth questions.

  33. Lecanardnoir
    September 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I am not a dictionary. That is why i ask why you are asking me. Nor am I into word games. So unless you wish to enlighten me as to the nature of your enquiry then I would politely ask you to seek elsewhere for your truth questions. If you wish to ask me about why I think quacks have a problem with truth that might be a more fruitful path.

  34. Truthseeker
    September 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Like you, I am a devotee of logical thought and its logical expression. When I read or hear an argument being put forward, I examine its logical structure, in order better to appreciate it.

    You state, on your “About” page: “What most quacks are guilty off (sic), if anything, is a certain carelessness with the truth.” However, because I do not know what you mean by “the truth”, I cannot appreciate your line of reasoning.

    I will therefore rephrase my question. What is “the truth” with which most quacks – if they are guilty of anything – are guilty of treating with a certain carelessness?

    • Truthseeker
      September 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Apologies… When rephrasing my question (at a rather late hour in the evening) I failed to spot a redundant preposition which I ought to have deleted. My re-edited question reads:

      What is “the truth” which most quacks – if they are guilty of anything – are guilty of treating with a certain carelessness?

  35. September 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    That is a better question.

    After a long drive, I do not want to go into to much detail, but.

    A carelessness with the truth stems from what I see in how many quacks treat evidence. Evidence is used to defend prior beliefs. It is never used to challenge beliefs. Evidence that contradicts prior beliefs is ignored. Can you think of any alternative medicine that has been dropped because the evidence showed it was infective?

    I would also say that rhetoric is more important than truth. This can be seen in the way that certain arguments are used by quacks for their rhetorical quality long after they have been show to be faulty. Such as “RCTs cannot be performed on homeopathy because it needs to be individualised”, “Animals cannot respond to a placebo effect therefore the fact that I have seen animals get better after XXX proves it is not a placebo.”, “Quantum physics explains XXX… ” and so on…

    If you want a full exposition of what I mean by this, I suggest ‘Believing Bullshit’ By Stephen Law for an excellent discussion.

  36. anonymous
    October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    http://universalmedicine.com.au/home
    I am curious about this spiritualistic healing group who seem to believe that cancer is the result of someone not living “properly”.
    They are big in the UK and are based in Byron Bay, Australia.

  37. November 5, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I am not sure how you judge people as to just reading their site. I have
    studied for 14 years and worked on some very ill people with amazing
    results. WHAT I DO IS NON HARMFUL.

    I have top doctors coming to see me who certainly understand what I do and
    love it. They also send their patients to me. As they believe as well as
    I do that it all works very well together.

    The remedy I have designed and now sell has been tested by hundreds of
    people over three years before launching it. It is also non harmful and
    has had amazing results.

    Please take me off your site as it is unkind and simply not true. If you
    would like me to send you more references then please tell me. I have
    dedicated my life to helping other people and its not about money for me.
    Its about bringing people into health and awareness. I work hard and
    sometimes to the detriment to my health to help people.

    Best Wishes

    Tina Cutler

  38. Blue Bubble
    November 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    @Tina Cutler:

    after correctly guessing what your actual website is (you missed out an “l”), I think you’re going to be, ahem, “busy” in the near future.

    Your website makes lots of claims that would be easy to prove if they’re really efficacious. Are you ready to do so ?

    • Badly Shaved Monkey
      November 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Might the ASA be taking a look at Ms Cutler’s website in the near future?

      I wonder Ms C, before the ASA write to you, can you see for yourself the claims and statements that will have to be changed. It would be interesting to see you to post your suggestions here and let us have a look.

      Enjoy your homework.

  39. November 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I find it hard to comprehend why someone with any intelligence would set up a site like this, unless they were heavily conditioned into a particular narrow viewpoint. The site is well designed, but the use of the word ‘Quack’ gives away the narrowness of vision. What is more quack-like than the millions of doctors who get away with pushing pills that either don’t work or have dangerous side-effects? Clearly, I can only imagine that dear Andy Lewis (if he exists …. let us admit, there is not much evidence that he does!), is funded by good old Big Pharma. Otherwise, why such a closed view?

    • Mojo
      November 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      “Clearly, I can only imagine that dear Andy Lewis … is funded by good old Big Pharma. Otherwise, why such a closed view?”

      Clearly, we can only conclude that you have been paid by
      Big Quacka to post here. Why else would you be unable to imagine anyone postng stuff on the internet without being paid to do so?

  40. Andrew Gilbey
    November 21, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Dear Andy and readers,

    Want a laugh? Well check out: http://www.ekenpowerbands.co.nz/testimonials/

    The first video had me in stitches. These bands apparently are big in NZ and Aus, but I can’t find any trace of them in the UK.

    Right – it’s time to check the next six videos to see if there’s a testimonial from a tight-rope walker.

  41. Kate Chovanec
    December 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Big Pharma and oncology research has not made much progress in the last 30 – 40 years with their cut, poison, burn standard of care. Whereas, Dr. Burzynski has indeed had a lot of very impressive results.30 – 50% cure rates for childhood brain tumors (survival is best if their brain has not first been fried by radiaton standard of care treatment – which has a less than 1% cure rate and usually they die anyway from the radaiation). Don’t you get it? Big Pharma owns the FDA because they imposed “user fees” in order to get drugs approved quickly – some in as little as 4-6 months without any proof of efficacy. They pay off the FDA to approve new poisons (which is really an alternative treatment if you think about it) so they can keep their trillion dollar cancer treatment industry going. There is way too much to lose by supporting a single doctor with a cure that would put an end to that whole industry. The FDA has been pressuring the Texas Medical Board for many years to try to find some way to put Dr.B. in jail or put him out of business but they can’t seem to find him guilty of
    anything. He has been brought to 5 grand juries with no indictments. The NCI tried to steal his patent and didn’t follow the protocols that he has developed and perfected over many years of
    research and so they botched the trials they ran and didn’t get good results.The FDA has approved
    phase II trials which means the drugs have been shown to be safe and effective. At one of his trials
    the prosecution was quoted as saying “the safety and efficacy of antineoplastons is not of issue”.
    They were trying to get him on interstate commerce laws and anything they can think
    of to put him away. He has been fighting for 20 years. Do you really think he would keep this up for
    this long if he wasn’t on the right track. This is a bit elaborate for a scoundrel just trying to swindle
    some poor cancer victims. Check out some websites. Burzynskipatientgroup.org and Burzynskiclinic.com. Try to see the documentary “Dr.Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business”. Maybe
    it will shed some light. It’s hard to explain so much in a short message.

    • Le Canard Noir
      December 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

      If Burzynski has the cure rates you claim, he would publish them so others could scrutinise them.

      He has not.

      You have swallowed the Dr B propaganda hook line and sinker.

  42. January 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Initially, as you can tell if you read my earlier messages, I was rather hacked off that my website scores 10 on the Quackometer. Now, however, I periodically put myself into the Top Ten and my website is visited by more than a few people who find it there.

    I like to think of them studying it to find the non-existent flaws and I occasionally get a new client from this exposure.

    So… Thanks canard noir for your free publicity! I love the irony.

    If anyone really has any beef with anything on my site I am more than happy to be challenged.

    P.S. I know that there are some ‘therapists’ out there that are less than effective and even, in some cases, dangerous but beware of throwing out babies in bath water.

  43. JimR
    March 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Has anyone ever accused the homeopathic crowd of having too much DHMO contamination in their products?

    More about it at http://www.dhmo.org/

  44. Roger Holman
    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm
  45. JimR
    March 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fct.2012.17.issue-1/issuetoc
    is the URL for the March 2012 issue of Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, a science based CAM journal.

    Quite a few articles on a broad range of CAM components.

  46. Marc Stephens Is Insane
    March 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Science based? Are you effin’ kidding me?

    What a load of crap: homeopathy, chiropractic, aromatherapy and laser therapy?!!!!

    Where’s the article on magiv fairy dust?

    • Chris
      March 31, 2012 at 2:44 am

      Look at it more closely, there are lots of things in it by Edzard Ernst. Read the titles of the homeopathy papers, they are not favorable.

      • JimR
        April 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

        The lead editorial, the other opinion pieces and author’s summaries are not favorable to CAM. In fact this is a supply of RCTs that provided a strong basis for refuting some of the CAM practices.

        I believe CAM won’t like these results.

  47. April 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Tried to email some feedback just now only to be turned away as probable spam!

    I said…

    I don’t really understand your pedigree or mission, but if you’re about debunking pseudoscience then why on earth are you including a blog-stream from Holford Myths. They seem to be a straightforward peddler of just the sort of thing you’re trying to debunk – mindless dietary supplements, no evidence-base etc…

    Cheers — Richard Rodd

    (I have no axe to grind – I jiust stumbled across you and Holford in passing…)

  48. July 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t know what Jenny Lineham is complaining about. My site scored 0 and I’ve put a lot of effort into being as loopy as possible. The quackometer needs recalibrating obviously.

    • August 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Dear Dr N.

      This is clearly where I’m going wrong.
      Now that I see the error of my ways I shall order a large shipment of mixed loops forthwith.
      Perhaps you could give me the heads up on the finest loop emporiums in the land (quality is of the essence).

      Yours approximately

      Jenny

  49. Michael
    August 7, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Love your site! Good work. Lot of quacks, and charlatans out there peddling their “cures”, crying BIG PHARMA at every doubt that is brought forward about their supposed alternatives. Just like Jenny McCarthy and her anti vaccine crusade. She claims that vaccines caused her child to develop autism. She also claims to have “cured” her child of autism through alternative therapies. Her credentials? She is a multiple time Playboy nude model, and was married to some celebrity. Yet she has influenced countless thousands of parents in the USA to not vaccinate their children. This has endangered, sickened, and even caused the deaths of children, because they were sickened by diseases that they should not have had. And, has caused outbreaks of diseases that were well controlled. I worked in the medical profession for 30 years as an RN. I had a great, and rewarding career. There is no place for “alternative medicine”.

  50. HelenMouse
    August 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

    http://henrywronger.blogspot.co.uk/ and Envita Immunotherapy Cancer Treatments

    henrywronger is based in Mumbai, India according to some of his forum profiles (found by checking some of the extensive trace of him on the internet) and IP trace suggests this is likely to be accurate. He is listed on the StopForumSpam website.

    I have serious concerns about the “Immunotherapy” claims in the blogspot and elsewhere, particularly as it is publishing and advertising/promoting Cancer treatments “in the UK”.

    I am intrigued by the statement “A string of published findings have illustrated the effects of adoptive immune therapy in cancer patients.” which are carefully not quoted or otherwise referred to in this blogspot anywhere.

    I have been impressed by the high level of wibble and woo in this blogspot (and elsewhere in various forum postings), including this particular gem, which rates highly (IMO) in using Medical Terms That Sound Good with woo:
    “Envita Natural Medical Center established in Mexico is utilizing NK cells and CTLs in real time as immunotherapy treatment for colon cancer and stage 4 cancer patients. Envita’s proprietary immune therapy vaccine is appropriately labeled AAIT (for autologous adoptive immune therapy,) and there are 4 major cell types involved – the significant majority being natural killer cells and T cells. The types of cells that make up Envita’s treatment include Natural Killer cells, Natural killer T cells, Cytokine-induced killer cells, and Cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

    The vaccine(s) is created by expanding a patient’s own antitumor immune cells into mega amounts. These cells are then analyzed for activation markers and highlighted for their ability to destroy colon cancer and other stage 4 cancer cells under controlled lab conditions, then re-infused into the patient.”

    Envita’s own website: http://www.envita.com/conditions-we-treat/cancer/immunotherapy and http://www.envita.com/about-envita
    “The only clinic of its kind, Envita offers an extensive array of advanced natural treatments from all over the world under one roof. We combine these treatment options with the best of conventional medicine to offer our patients comprehensive and complete treatment programs. By bridging the best of what’s available in both natural and conventional medicine, we provide a cutting-edge approach to care that gives our patients the advantage.” and so on

    I would be grateful if you could cast your informed and learned eye on this organisation and the efficacy (or otherwise) of this “Autologous Adoptive Immune Therapy” as part of your ongoing campaign to help prevent desparate people being separated from their cash or worse

    Best Regards

  51. April 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Andy – the quackometer does not seem to be working at the moment. Sign of ducking out?

  52. Katherine
    June 10, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Has the evidence changed recently regarding Kaloba as a ‘cure’ for colds? Read your article from 2008, but I’ve been seeing it in the newspapers now saying that it has been found to be anti-viral, approved for use in Australia etc.

    • Katherine
      June 10, 2013 at 5:56 am

      Specifically I found this: which doesn’t seem like the most reliable site but has references to some recent studies.

  53. grant
    June 13, 2013 at 4:42 am

    While you are writing about quackery write an article about yourself – you are the biggest quack I’ve read anything from in ages. Guys like you are exactly what is wrong with the internet…misinformed on so many levels yet feeling the need to stand up and spread the word! It’s the old cliche of giving a moron a microphone and an audience. You’re life is sadly boiling down to little more than propagating half truths and ludicrous malicious attacks without becoming informed regarding the research on the topics you chirp about.

    • Andy Lewis
      June 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for your insight, Grant.

      By the way, it is “Your” not “You’re”. Let me give you some examples:

      Your opinions suggest you are deeply deluded.
      You’re [a contraction of You are] obviously very deeply misinformed about everything.

      Hope that helps (on so many levels).

    • June 14, 2013 at 1:50 am

      I never knew a duck chirped. You learn something new every day on the Internet.

    • June 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      “misinformed on so many levels yet feeling the need to stand up and spread the word!”

      I thought I was reading about Steiner schools for a moment there…

  54. qupear
    June 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Looks like quackometer is down or too heavy loaded, because analysis of pages is endlessly long.

  55. July 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Andy, comments@quackometer.net is bouncing my emails:
    “Remote host said: 550 High probability of spam”

    Please could you allow the email address on this message. I have some news that may be of interest (but which cannot yet be published) – and, I promise you, it isn’t spam!

  56. John Davidson
    July 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Something you and your readers might be interested in:

    http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3801081.htm

  57. Jim Christian
    October 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Hi Andy, I just saw a quote from osteopathy’s Dr. Still. Trying to quote it.. “The “Primary Respiratory Mechanism” is an expression of all life, manifested in motion and energy – motion as described as intelligent and persistent in living organisms. “God manifests Himself in matter, motion and mind.” THEN, his fellow osteopath, Dr. W.G. Sutherland, states: “the cerbrospinal fluid bears and transmits the “breath of life”. These teachers maintain that the brain and the spinal cord squirm around – on their own – and these movements can be “detected” by osteopaths who have “skilled perception” (sensing things that cannot be detected by scientific instrumentation!).. and that their “thinking, seeing, feeling, knowing fingers” can then mold the shape of the patient’s head. !! Et cetera.

    Legit???

  58. Campby
    October 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/legal-bid-to-save-homeopathy-on-the-nhs-1-3159793

    British Homeopathic Association tweet asking all followers up and down
    Uk and World Wide to vote in NHS Lothian survey.

    The legal case outlined above is potentially dishonest and a farce -

    The British Homeopathic Association backed the survey until it did not
    go their way -

    See cut and paste of tweet – where is the integrity or trust.

    British Homeopathic @bhahomeopathy 5 Dec
    Don’t forget to partake in #NHS Lothian survey on whether it should
    continue to pay for #homeopathy ends 10th December.
    http://goo.gl/1ZkZd
    Expand

  59. November 5, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Hi Andy,
    This isn’t about Waldorf, but it’s less than a day old and I think it may be of interest to you.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html?_r=0

    All the best… Pete

  60. December 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Dear Andy,

    Wondering why I don’t get updates anymore. Have you crossed me off your list? Could you please advise me on this? if you don’t like this sort of thing going up on this page, kindly let me know by email. Meanwhile I know you like anecdotal evidence about the effects of Steiner education, and I thought you might be interested in this bit: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/why-north-korea-hates-frank-feinstein-20131219-2zly3.html

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