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Health Fraud

Health fraud falls into two broad classes – telling people lies that may kill them or someone else, and stealing from people by selling bogus medicines. The sites listed here provide useful information in the battle against quackery and for people just wanting to find out more about how real medicine works. (A list of sites offering suspect or fraudulent medical advice, products and services can be found at The Millenium Project.)

Articles and other comments in The Millenium Project relevant to health fraud and quackery.

Some articles by other people.

books about Health Fraud.

Books with reviews:

Books relating to other categories can be found here.

My state government has set up a committee to look at medical quackery. You can see some of the reactions here.

There are sites listed in this category. Please click here for a condensed listing without descriptions of the entries.

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125 Fake Cancer 'Cures' Consumers Should Avoid

The 22 Best Ways to Quit Smoking

90% of all claims about the problems with medical studies are wrong (Scott Alexander)

Quacks will tell you that "90% of all medical research is wrong" according to research by John Ioannidis. No, it isn't, and he didn't claim it is.

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

This web site provides objective information for oncologists and healthcare professionals, including a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems. Evaluations of alternative or unproved cancer therapies are also provided.

Advocates for Children in Therapy

"Advocates for Children in Therapy (ACT) is a non-profit organization concerned about the methods used in the treatment of children's mental health. Specifically with respect to psychotherapy, parenting techniques, and other mental-health practices applied to children, ACT advocates humane, non-violent and scientifically validated treatments, and seeks to eliminate inhumane, abusive and unvalidated practices".

Alternative Medicine and Cancer (Peter Moran)

Alzheimer Myths (dental amalgam, aspartame, ...)

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Council on Science and Health

Founded in 1978, and directed and advised by the world's leading scientists, physicians, and policy advisors – ACSH is a non-profit, consumer education organization dedicated to providing the public with mainstream scientific information on issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health.

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics

Americans for Medical Progress

"Americans for Medical Progress is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect society's investment in research. To that end, we promote public understanding of and support for the appropriate role of animals in biomedical research so that scientists are able to continue their quest for cures and improved methods of treatment for illness, injury and disease".

Are you a quack?

Are Your Kids Protected from Cancer Caused by HPV?

The Aspartame Home Page

This site has been developed to provide comprehensive information about Aspartame and serve as a reference for sound, scientific data.

Australasian Science magazine (Peter Bowditch)

109 articles I wrote over 16 years for Australasian Science magazine.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Australian Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System

In this system, you can report a case of a suspected adverse reaction in association with a medicine (including complementary, OTC or prescription) or a vaccine.

Australian Clinical Trials

"Clinical trials are the future of our health care. New interventions for all diseases – including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma – have been developed through clinical research. Clinical trials are helping to develop new interventions that will help people live longer and have less pain or disability"

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian False Memory Association

"The Australian False Memory Association abhors child abuse. It is concerned about the serious individual and social effects of Recovered Memories. This includes the impact on the accusers, those who recover false memories of child abuse, and individuals and families devastated by false accusation. All are victims of memory".

Australian Family Physician

The official journal of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. It is a peer reviewed journal publishing original articles and reviews dedicated to meeting the ongoing educational requirements of general practitioners.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Go here to check on the registration status of a health provider (or even a quack providing pseudohealth) or to report someone doing bad things while doing medical treatment.

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

"The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) is an online register of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. The ANZCTR includes trials from the full spectrum of therapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventive measures, lifestyle, devices, treatment and rehabilitation strategies and complementary therapies"

The Australian Nutrition Foundation Inc (Nutrition Australia)

Australian Prescriber

"Australian Prescriber is an independent publication providing readily accessible information about drugs and therapeutics. It covers topics assisting doctors, dentists, pharmacists and students"

Australian Skeptics Blog at Yahoo!7 (Peter Bowditch)

38 articles I wrote for Yahoo!7.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

"ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC estimates that an average of 1 in 150 children in the U.S have an ASD. CDC is working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs"

Bad Science (BG) (Ben Goldacre)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to improving people's lives by sharing advances in health and learning with the global community.

Biomedical Search – Medical Research and Health Resources

"The goal of is to provide free access to a massive collection of authoritative documents relating to the biomedical field. Our mission is to make these important works available to the community in a way that is fast and easy, while still offering the advanced features demanded by power users such as portfolios, collaboration features, bibliographical citation export, alerts, and more."

Blue Mountains Critical Thinking Group

Join my friends and I as we try to introduce some good thinking into one of the most woowoo infested regions in Australia.

British Medical Journal

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.)

Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.) is a non-profit national membership organization established in 1983 to protect children from abusive religious and cultural practices, especially religion-based medical neglect. CHILD opposes religious exemptions from duties of care for children.

Chirobase (Stephen Barrett)

A skeptical guide to chiropractic history, theories, and current practices

Clinical Trials – TGA

These documents describe the regulations for allowing patients access to unapproved medicines or medical devices by participation in a clinical trial in Australia

Clinical Trials Register

" is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world"


Search for conditions, procedures, drugs, and more

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world's best medical research studies, and are recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

The Cochrane Library (Australian access)

Free access to the Cochrane Library for Australian residents

Code of Conduct for health providers in NSW

The Code of Conduct for health care practitioners in the state of New South Wales, Australia, applying to persons who are not registered medical practitioners or who are acting outside the ambit of their registration. This means YOU, quacks.

The Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health

Communicable Diseases Intelligence

CDI aims to disseminate information on the epidemiology and control of communicable disease in Australia.

Complaining to the HCCC

How to complain to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission about the conduct of both real doctors and those who pretend to be doctors.

Concerns about practitioners (AHPRA)

If you have some concerns about someone calling themselves a "medical practitioner" or "health practioner" in Australia, here is where you can go to tell someone about it. Note that "medical practioner" is a protected title and can only be used by real doctors and nurses.

Current Issues in Alternative Medicine

CINAM is a Christian based information and resource organization which seeks to educate the church as well as the wider audience of health consumers about issues which occur with "alternative" and other fringe health practices. CINAM evaluates alternative health practices, products, and promoters, considering both science and the spiritual / philosophical issues. Of particular interest is mis-information, quackery, health fraud, and spiritual world view.

David Ramey, DVM

"Dr. Ramey is a vocal advocate for the application of science to medicine, and, as such, for the welfare of the horse. Thus, he has been a frequent critic of practices that lack good science, such as the diverse therapies collectively known as "alternative" medicine, needless nutritional supplementation, or conventional therapies that lack scientific support"

DC's Improbable Science (David Colquhoun)

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