May 25 2015

Daily Telegraph: “MPs call for police inquiry into bogus ‘cancer cures’”

Earlier this month, we worked with Tom Bruce from Brighton Skeptics in the Pub in order to investigate the Spirit of Health Conference, which took place on the 4th of May in Sussex. Today, the Daily Telegraph have reported extensively on Tom’s findings and video recordings: Cancer patients are being offered “fake cures’” by unscrupulous alternative medicine practitioners, …

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May 10 2015

Our concerns about “Inside Harley Street” alternative therapies

Episode 3 of the BBC2 series Inside Harley Street, broadcast on Monday 27th April, explored complementary and alternative therapies. It is still available on iPlayer in the UK. While it might not have been the intention of the programme-maker, the documentary shone a light on the large number of alternative treatments available in the Harley …

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May 07 2015

General Dental Council warns against misleading mercury claims

We contacted the General Dental Council (GDC) last year explaining that we are aware of a significant number of “mercury free” dentists who appear to be making misleading and unsubstantiated claims regarding the safety of amalgam fillings. It appears that these dentists are misleading patients and carrying out procedures for which there is no clinical …

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May 06 2015

Homeopathy in the UK: The NHS and Beyond

In my first year as Project Director of the Good Thinking Society I was able to visit almost 40 different skeptical groups around the country (and, indeed, around the world!) to talk about skeptical activism and the work we are doing at Good Thinking. While I’m still happy to give my ‘Lifting the Lid: Ongoing Adventures …

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Apr 29 2015

Homeopaths: Call me. Let’s Talk

Messsage from Simon Singh, Founder of Good Thinking UPDATE 2 days ago, I invited critics (particularly homeopaths) to call me in order to discuss their concerns, but nobody took me up on my offer. Instead, just more attacks on facebook, blogs and comments. The comments on one post alone call me a bully, mentally ill, …

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Apr 13 2015

NHS Homeopathy Legal Challenge

Simon Singh and The Good Thinking Society have today welcomed the decision of the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reconsider spending money on homeopathy. Chair of The Good Thinking Society and popular science writer Dr Simon Singh said “NHS spending is a major issue, especially in the run-up to the election.”

Apr 08 2015

Good Thinking Investigates: Osteopathy

Many osteopaths claim to treat colic with cranial osteopathy – a therapy with no evidence of effectiveness. Following our recent investigation into similar claims made by chiropractors, we decided to find out what an osteopath would tell a distressed parent seeking advice… While this conversation has been edited for length, we have taken care to retain …

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Feb 18 2015

Good Thinking About… Live Blood Analysis

Are you thinking about trying Live Blood Analysis? Practitioners of Live Blood Analysis claim to diagnose health conditions (e.g. vitamin and mineral deficiencies, food intolerances, allergies and digestive issues) by observing blood cells. Some also claim to identify early warning signs of cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Clients are then encouraged to follow restrictive …

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Feb 16 2015

Will David Tredinnick Help Us Test Astrology?

David Tredinnick, MP for Bosworth and a member of both the Health Committee and Science and Technology Committee, has recently stated a number of times that he believes in the use of astrology for medical purposes: July 25th 2014: Glastonbury festival July 28th 2014: LBC interview October 13th 2014: Channel 4 news (during a discussion …

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Feb 12 2015

Good Thinking About… The Cancer Act (1939)

Although there are plenty of alternative cancer treatments out there, there is very little evidence that any of them actually work. Such‘miracle cures’ offer false hope, undermine confidence in effective medicine and can be dangerous and expensive. The Cancer Act (1939) effectively makes it illegal to advertise such products. There have been over twenty cases …

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