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Apr 04 2017

BBC upholds our complaint against Look North report on chiropractic for animals

The BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit has upheld our complaint against a BBC1 Look North (North East) news item on the treatment of animals by chiropractors. The introduction to the piece stated that it is becoming more common for vets to recommend chiropractic for animals. Throughout the report, animal chiropractic was presented in an undeservedly positive …

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Dec 02 2016

Regulators issue new advertising guidance for osteopaths

The Advertising Standards Authority has teamed up with the General Osteopathic Council to send new guidance to over 4,800 registered osteopaths. The guidance relates to marketing claims for pregnant women, children and babies and provides examples of what kind of claims can, and can’t, be made for these patient groups. We have been concerned for …

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Jul 19 2016

BBC acknowledges that Farming Today homeopathy coverage did not meet editorial standards

Following our complaint, the editor of BBC Radio 4 Farming Today has acknowledged that an item about the homeopathic treatment of farm animals did not meet editorial standards. The programme team was reminded of the need for accurate and balanced reporting in relation to scientific matters. The finding was published today by the BBC Editorial …

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Jul 18 2016

BBC upholds our complaint against Steve Wright in the Afternoon’s Lynne McTaggart interview

The BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit has upheld our complaint about BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. In an interview broadcast last December, Steve Wright and Janey Lee Grace chatted to Lynne McTaggart, editor of the magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You. It was not made clear at any point during the programme that …

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Apr 06 2016

Tesco closes loss-making NutriCentre

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced the closure of its NutriCentre business – the in-store health and wellbeing chain we previously criticised for peddling quackery. Earlier this year, NutriCentre MD Jessica Frame admitted that the business had become beset with structural and distribution problems. She also acknowledged that NutriCentre needed to address regulatory compliance issues with …

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Oct 12 2015

“Inside Harley Street” practitioners continue to make unsubstantiated claims

  In May of this year we investigated each of the complementary and alternative medicine practitioners who had appeared on the BBC’s Inside Harley Street programme. All seven of them were making misleading and unsubstantiated claims on their websites so we reported them all to the Advertising Standards Authority. Our complaints were reported in the …

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Jun 23 2015

2015 ESC Podcast: Episode #00

A sneak-peek at the official podcast of the 2015 European Skeptics Congress, taking place in London on 11-13 September, 2015. Hosted by Michael Marshall, each episode of the show will feature an interview with one of the speakers from the conference, taking a look at what led them to skepticism and what issues they really care …

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May 10 2015

Our concerns about “Inside Harley Street” alternative therapies

UPDATE 02/09/15 Our complaints have all now been resolved. The complaint against Susan Kennard was upheld. The complaints against Michael Culp (Natural Health and Wellness Centre),  London Leech Therapy and Lesley Parkinson (Brainhealth) were all informally resolved. The practitioners in question have all assured the ASA that they will amend their websites to bring them …

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Dec 16 2014

Trading Standards instruct Oasis of Hope UK to remove cancer claims from website

A week ago, Oasis of Hope UK was instructed  to remove claims from its website following our complaint to Nottingham Trading Standards under the Cancer Act (1939). All content was removed from the website yesterday. Oasis of Hope is a controversial cancer clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, which offers a range of unproven treatments for advanced …

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Dec 12 2014

Donate to support Good Thinking’s work

The Good Thinking Society is a small charity, and we need your support to carry on the work we are doing. We aim to encourage curious minds, promote rational enquiry, challenge NHS homeopathy funding, spread critical thinking about those who claim to be psychic, investigate claims of miracle cancer cures and much, much more – …

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