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...

Egyptian Government Duped by Nonsense HIV Detection Machine

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:52:05 +0000

This morning, the Egyptian State Information Service has issued a press release announcing that President Adly Mansour and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have been presented with the “first system for discovering and treating Hepatitis and AIDS patients.” This is despite…

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Conflict of Interests at the General Chiropractic Council

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:43:21 +0000

A few years ago I wrote how the McTimoney College of Chiropractic was in deep trouble after the University of Wales collapsed. The University had been accrediting the chiropractic college along with international degrees from some very dubious colleges. Without the…

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Ten Reasons why the Society of Homeopaths Should not Receive PSA Accreditation

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:38:36 +0000

The Society of Homeopaths are applying to become accredited as a voluntary professional register with the Professional Standards Authority. Should the PSA approve their application, it will mean that the PSA, rather than ensuring standards in health care, has become a…

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Fitzpatrick on WDDTY

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:59:44 +0000

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, a trustee of Sense About Science, has written an article, in online magazine Spiked, criticising the detractors of magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You. In the article, Even Quacks Must Have Free Speech, Fitzpatrick says Simon Singh…

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Boots Selling Dubious Philips BlueTouch Pain Relief Patch

Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:15:39 +0000

For £275.00, Boots will sell you a sort of torch that it claims offers a “natural, drug-free way to treat back pain”. Made by Philips, this device uses some blue LED lights that it claims “stimulates the body’s natural healing process.”. This…

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WDDTY: An Evil Agenda

BBC Uphold My Complaint About Jo Good on Barking Hour

Professional Standards Authority Gives Accreditation to Ofquack

Call to Action: Tesco and WDDTY

Kevin Wright and the Cancer Charities that Harm Children.