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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.)

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Debunking Thought Field Therapy (Brandon Gaudiano)

Diet and Cancer Prevention

"While there are no miracle foods, an overall healthy diet is an important cancer-prevention goal."

Diffusion Radio

"If you like a good, broad mix of Science – new science, hard science, pop science, historical science and very silly science, listen to Diffusion"

Diluted Thinking in Australian Health Care (Christine Bayne)

"a website looking at pseudoscientific, non-evidence based healthcare in Australia"

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

The Drug Industry Document Archive

(DIDA) contains thousands of documents and resources about pharmaceutical industry clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.

Most of these previously secret internal documents were made public as a result of lawsuits against a number of pharmaceutical companies including: Merck & Co., Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert, Wyeth, and Pfizer. For further information on documents connected to these lawsuits, please consult The Documents.

" is a comprehensive Web site featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers".

Edzard Ernst (Dr Edzard Ernst)

During the last 25 years, Prof Ernstís research focused on the critical evaluation of (almost) all aspects of so-called alternative medicine (SCAM). He does not aim to promote this or that therapy; his goal is to provide objective evidence, reliable information and critical assessments. This ambition does not endear him to many believers in SCAM.

Evidence, Please. (Jo Alabaster)

"Records and reflections of a layperson skeptic with an interest in evidence based medicine"

Facts Versus Fears (ACSH)

Federal Trade Commission

Fighting Spurious Complementary & Alternative Medicine (SCAM)

Food and Drug Administration

Fragrance Allergy & Sensitivity: Symptoms Prevention and Treatment

"Fragrance sensitivity. It sounds fairly innocuous, but for those who experience the symptoms, it can be debilitating, life-changing, even life-threatening. Fragrances both natural and synthetic are everywhere in the modern world and can cause a plethora of health problems."

Free Medical Journals

Friends of Science in Medicine

Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) is an association of concerned scientists, clinicians and members of the public who support a rigorous application of the best science to any health-related profession and oppose health education and practice not based on convincing scientific evidence.

Good Thinking (Simon Singh)

Hahnemann's Organon Of Medicine

Read what the inventor of homeopathy thought about medicine. Wonder at how little has changed in homeopathy in 200 years.

Health Care Complaints Commission (NSW)

Health Fraud Scams

"Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Health fraud scams waste money and can lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment. They can also cause serious or even fatal injuries. "

Health Information (Loretta Marron)

Free access to evidence-based medicine and research


"Healthline's mission is improve health through information"

Healthwatcher (Terry Polevoy)

Dr Polevoy is reviled almost as much as Dr Barrett, and has joined with him in several legal actions against frauds and quacks.

Healthy Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Healthy Skepticism

"Improving health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion"

Hell's News Stand

"Because Crazy Never Sleeps"

How does homeopathy work?

The Infectious Diseases Society of America

"IDSA's purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases".

Information for Consumers (Drugs)

International AIDS Society

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Keeping Kids, Pets, and Seniors Safe from Cigarette Smoke at Home

Kids Health

"KidsHealth is the #1 most-trusted source for physician-reviewed information and advice on children's health and parenting issues. For parents, kids, teens, and educators, in English and in Spanish."

Kimball's Biology Pages (John Kimball)

An online version of John Kimball's biology textbook. The first edition of Kimball's general biology text was published in 1965. Since that time it has gone through five revisions, the most recent being the sixth edition which appeared in 1994. He has also published books on cell biology and a widely-used text on immunology. His biology books have also been published in Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Korean and Indonesian versions.


Laetrile is often offered as a cure for cancer. See the truth about cyanide pills here.

The Lancet

Levels of Evidence for Human Studies of Cancer – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

"A classification system has been developed by the National Cancer Institute's PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board to allow the ranking of human cancer treatment studies according to statistical strength of the study design and scientific strength of the treatment outcomes (i.e., endpoints) measured. This classification system has been adapted to allow the ranking of human studies of complementary and alternative medicine treatments for cancer"

The LymphoSite (Tom Sidwell)

Magnet Therapy: A Billion-dollar Boondoggle (Bruce L. Flamm)

The Measles & Rubella Initiative

The Medical Journal of Australia

MEDLINEplus: Medical Encyclopedia

The Adam Health Illustrated Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.


The Merck Manuals

Metaphysical Dictionary Contents (Jack Raso)

Published in January 1998, the Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare describes over 1200 healthcare methods having a mystical or supernaturalistic basis. Most of the descriptions are not evaluative, because few unnaturalistic methods have been the object of scientific experimentation and by their nature they are generally not amenable to objective validation. However, by conveying the central ideas of these numerous methods, the information compiled by Mr. Raso provides valuable clues as to the efficacy of metaphysical healthcare methods.

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (Bob McCoy)


myDr is an Australian healthcare Web site dedicated to providing Australian consumers with the most comprehensive and relevant health information resource in Australia.

Narconon Exposed

Narconon is an international drug rehabilitation organisation which claims a presence in 26 countries around the world. This website offers a critical examination of Narconon's claims, contrasting them with the strong body of opposing evidence.

The National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute – News releases

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