Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall – Project Director Co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-organiser of the QED skeptical conference, 'Marsh' was the project leader and figurehead of the 10:23 Campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of homeopathy - resulting in international coverage and worldwide skeptical involvement. With a background in marketing and communications, his skeptical activism has included testing psychic claims, trialling sports performance wristbands, interviewing proponents of alternative beliefs and exposing the influences of PR in journalism.

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Good Thinking welcomes new Standards from the Professional Standards Authority, and the withdrawal of the Society of Homeopaths

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has announced new Standards for voluntary registers of healthcare providers, causing the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to withdraw from the accreditation scheme. The PSA – the government body which oversees and accredits healthcare bodies – has included in their new Standards a ‘public interest’ test, which will weigh up whether the …

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The Good Magic Award Winner 2021 announced

This year, it was decided that the Good Magic Award’s £2,000 prize would go to support a new and innovative project that promotes the art of magic. The judging panel selected James Green to receive the award.

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The Good Magic Awards – 2021

The Good Magic Award has been set up by psychologist and magician Professor Richard Wiseman in collaboration with The Good Thinking Society.

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Professional Standards Authority suspends the Society of Homeopaths

The Professional Standards Authority has suspended the Society of Homeopaths’ accreditation, after the SoH failed to meet conditions imposed upon it.

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Ministers join our call to change legislation to better protect cancer patients from quackery (Telegraph)

Following the exposé of thermography clinics giving dangerously false information to cancer patients, MPs Anthony Browne, Maria Eagle and Barbara Keeley have backed our calls to strengthen the Cancer Act and to better protect vulnerable patients. 

How crowdfunding cash can be turned to quackery (Telegraph)

The Telegraph looks at how crowdfunding campaigns for health treatments can have a sinister side, and how the pandemic has caused a surge in “scammers” who are copying the accounts of cancer sufferers in order to take the money for themselves. 

Vitamin dosing via bluetooth? Physicist warns don’t waste your money on Healy (Radio New Zealand)

A month after saying a dietary supplement could prevent Covid-19, Orewa psychic Jeanette Wilson now claims a bluetooth device she’s selling can dose vitamins “vibrationally”. But Medsafe, the Commerce Commission and a physicist are warning consumers to be wary of the claims. A self-proclaimed spirit medium, healer and “psychic surgeon” who recently said a dietary …

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Is there a future for newspaper astrologers in the era of fake news? (Press Gazette)

Astrology’s claims that the position of the sun, moon and planets at our birth informs our character and future are without evidence, and yet horoscopes continue to be published in national newspapers.

‘Thermographic scans gave my son false hope’ (BBC)

When Sean Walsh was told his cancer had returned, he rejected conventional treatment. A well-known figure on Liverpool’s music scene, he documented his search for alternative ways of managing his condition for his followers. He also used thermography, heat images of the body, which are promoted by some as an alternative to conventional scans.

False Hope? Alternative Cancer Cures (BBC Three)

Sean Walsh was 20 when he found out his cancer was back. He’d been in remission for less than two years and was determined that this time round, he would not have conventional treatment. He turned down chemotherapy in the hope that he could cure his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma through an alternative approach, including a vegan …

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