May 08 2017

Our submission to the Charity Commission’s CAM charities review

Last month we wrote about the consultation by the Charity Commission on the charitable status of organisations that promote complementary and alternative therapies, such as those that promote homeopathy to treat HIV patients in Africa. The consultation, which came as a result of our correspondence with the Charity Commission last September, is an opportunity for the …

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May 03 2017

eBay removes listings for dangerous cancer ‘cure’ after investigation by Good Thinking

eBay has removed all listings for black salve after an investigation by Good Thinking revealed that the dangerous (and ineffective) alternative cancer ‘cure’ was not only available for purchase from the company’s website, but could be delivered via their ‘Click and Collect’ service to a large number of high street stores. After spotting Black Salve for …

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May 01 2017

Good Thinking Supporters May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter: the Charity Commission want your thoughts on alt-med charities; our investigation ends eBay sales of black salve; our thoughts on the proposed homeopathy ban by NHS England; and more.

Apr 23 2017

Charity Commission consultation on CAM charities

Last year, after prompting by Good Thinking, the Charity Commission promised to hold a consultation regarding their policies on accepting the registration of charities which exist for the promotion of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). That consultation is now open, and the public are invited to submit their thoughts on the Charity Commission’s approach to …

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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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Mar 13 2017

Good Thinking’s response to the Charity Commission’s CAM consultation

Earlier today, the Charity Commission announced a consultation regarding their approach to organisations promoting complementary and alternative medicines. The consultation comes after lawyers acting on behalf of Good Thinking wrote to the Charity Commission in September 2016, challenging their refusal to revoke the charitable status of charities promoting homeopathy and other unproven or disproven modalities. The announcement …

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Mar 01 2017

Good Thinking Supporters March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter:  universities lending credibility to quackery events – our appeal to institutions for responsible booking policies; and more

Feb 24 2017

A black plaque for Ramanujan, Hardy and 1,729

Simon Singh, on the new commemorative plaque at 2 Colinette Road, Putney, jointly funded by Good Thinking and the British Society for the History of Mathematics. If you have read The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, then you will know the that final chapters are all about the mathematics hidden in Futurama. I discuss the repeated …

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Feb 16 2017

Who Wants To Be A Mathematician – UK Final

On Feb 9, 2017, we held the first UK final of Who Wants To Be A Mathematician, in front of an audience of several hundred maths students attending this year’s Maths Fest. Congratulations to the six finalists, who fought through two rounds of online testing, and well done to winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar …

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Jan 20 2017

Acupuncture Report – Expert Response

The report has been informed through consultation with international experts including: Sir Richard John Roberts, PhD FRS, Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: “From everything I have read about acupuncture I have to conclude that the evidence for efficacy is just not there.  I …

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