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...

Disaster for British Homeopathic Association after Judicial Review fails over Provision of Homeopathy on NHS

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:13:53 +0000

Like many parts of the NHS, Lothian Health Board had recently made the sensible decision to stop funding homeopathy. It made this decision after an extensive public consultation. However a 73 year old woman with arthritis called for judicial review of…

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Professional Standards Authority Speaking at Quack Autism Conference.

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:10:07 +0000

Just what is Christine Braithwaite of the Professional Standards Authority doing speaking at a homeopaths’ conference on treating children with autism with sugar pills? The Society of Homeopaths is holding it annual conference with a theme based around treating children with autism.…

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Libel Case: A Statement. Steve Paris & Angel Garden vs Andy Lewis & Melanie Byng

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:10:17 +0000

Three years ago, in February 2012, Angel Garden tried to leave a comment on my first post on Steiner Schools. That comment was held up my moderation queue as it contained a number of external links. Within a short space…

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Theresa May Exempts Homeopathy from Farcical Psychoactive Substances Bill

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:26:42 +0000

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is to introduce new ligislation banning any substance that might be considered a ‘legal high’. In her Psychoactive Substances Bill, any sustance that can “affect[s] the person’s mental functioning or emotional state” will be banned unless it is…

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Maurice Saatchi’s Zombie Quack Bill To Be Rushed Through Parliament.

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000

Lord Saatchi’s so-called “Medical Innovation Bill” which has the aim of removing patient right’s to sue doctors if they use unproven treatments in ways that no responsible body would endorse was blocked from proceding through parliament during the last session.…

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Big Legal Blow for NHS Homeopathy

The Professional Standards Authority is a Threat to Public Health

How to Get Bad Law That Nobody Supports Through Parliament

Medical Innovation or Quackery?

Nutritional Therapists Call for Equal Statutory Footing with Dieticians.