Laura Thomason

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General Osteopathic Council warns its registrants against unsubstantiated advertising claims

Back in April, with very little searching, our undercover investigator found four different osteopaths making unjustified claims regarding colic. The phone calls with each of the osteopaths can be heard by visiting the investigation page. We reported each of the osteopaths to the General Osteopathic Council, and urged the GOsC to act quickly in addressing …

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Trading Standards action on ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ conference in Surrey

As we highlighted in our warning last week, the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing seminar took place last weekend in Farnham, Surrey at an undisclosed location. This organisation promotes ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ – a form of industrial bleach –  as a treatment for a wide range of health conditions including cancer, malaria and …

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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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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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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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Let’s congratulate WHSmith for deciding not to stock “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”

In October, WHSmith stopped selling the magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Although we are not aware if this was as a result of complaints from those who support evidence-based medicine, we applaud this decision heartily. What Doctors Don’t Tell You has since been campaigning for a return, untruthfully claiming to have been “banned” following …

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Tesco embraces NutriCentre and peddles quackery

The controversial magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You is now back in Tesco despite warnings from doctors that it is dangerously misleading. This, however, is not the only link between Tesco and quackery: the supermarket giant now seems happy to be associated with the harmful products and bad advice offered by NutriCentre. Located on the …

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‘Cancer – There is Hope’ seminars reported to Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers have contacted venues in Manchester and Milton Keynes warning them against possible breaches of the Cancer Act (1939). Dr Francisco Contreras of the Oasis of Hope clinic in Mexico is to discuss his “innovative integrative programme” in London, Milton Keynes and Manchester. After hearing of the planned seminars, I wrote to Trading …

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“What Doctors Don’t Tell You” survey

The June issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You first hit the shelves on 28th May. Have you seen this magazine? To take part in our survey, please look in your local stores and then email laura@goodthinkingsociety.org with the following information: Name of store Branch Date of visit Issue availability (May / June / not …

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Response to the Saatchi Bill consultation

The public consultation on the Medical Innovation Bill (‘Saatchi Bill’) closed on Friday 25th April. The Good Thinking Society submitted the following response:   Question 1: Do you have experience or evidence to suggest that the possibility of litigation sometimes deters doctors from innovation? No. Under current laws, it would not be negligent of a …

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