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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Feb 16 2016

Peter Popoff’s ‘prosperity gospel’ letters in full

Last year, we published details of our lengthy investigation into the faith healer Peter Popoff, including our undercover footage taken at his London show and a summary of the letters he sends out to those who sign up for his ‘miracle spring water’. Also, last month Icelandic broadcasting authority, which oversees one of the channels …

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Feb 12 2016

Ask your vet to speak out against using homeopathy for animals

Anyone who is familiar with the arguments used in the promotion of homeopathy will have heard on the assertion that homeopathy cannot be merely placebo, because it works in the treatment of animals, who “are not susceptible to the placebo effect”. This is, of course, entirely untrue: the placebo effect is on the pets’ owners, …

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Feb 09 2016

Have your say on NHS Homeopathy funding in the Wirral

Last year, we challenged NHS Liverpool CCG over their decision to spend over £30,000 per year on homeopathic remedies. Given that homeopathy has proven to be nothing other than placebo, we argued that spending any money at all on this treatment was unjustifiable and possibly unlawful. We are expecting the results of the consultation soon, …

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Feb 01 2016

Good Thinking’s complaint against Peter Popoff infomercials upheld

Last year we reported on our lengthy investigation into Peter Popoff and his current business soliciting donations from members of the public via false promises of miraculous health and wealth. Part of our investigation involved complaints about the broadcasting of infomercials in which Mr Popoff advertises his ‘miracle water’, some of which are broadcast via …

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Jan 29 2016

Liverpool doctors offer support for our homeopathy campaign

Last year we began a successful challenge to NHS Liverpool CCG’s decision to continue funding homeopathy in spite of the conclusions own consultations, which strongly advised an end to the service. The re-consultation is currently drawing to a close, and we expect to hear more in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we contacted a number of …

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Jan 27 2016

Greater Manchester Skeptics Society and Richard Dawkins Foundation donate £1,000 to Good Thinking

As a registered charity, we massively appreciate the support of the skeptical community and the donations we receive from individuals and organisations who want us to continue our work. With this in mind, we would like to thank the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) and Richard Dawkins Foundation (RDF) for their generous and hugely-appreciated donation …

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Dec 03 2015

Princess Alexandra Hospital withdraws Reiki and Spiritual Healer role

In early October, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust posted a job advertisement for a part-time reiki and spiritual healer. The post would have involved working within the Breast Cancer Unit at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, and the salary for the position was to be funded via charity rather than by NHS resources. The advertisement quickly …

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Dec 01 2015

Good Thinking Supporters December 2015 Newsletter

Our campaign to blacklist homeopathy, and a call to action in challenging NHS homeopathy. Over the last eighteen months, our NHS homeopathy campaign has sought to identify and challenge NHS spending on homeopathic remedies. With limited resources available to the NHS, we feel it’s crucially important that patients have access to the best treatments, which …

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Nov 13 2015

Good Thinking Society welcomes Department of Health consultation on ‘Blacklisting’ homeopathic treatments

Simon Singh and the Good Thinking Society have today welcomed the decision of the Department of Health to consult on adding homeopathic remedies to the NHS ‘Blacklist’. Following a proposed judicial review by the Good Thinking Society(1), the Department of Health have announced a consultation to consider including homeopathic products in Schedule 1 to the …

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