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Nov 02 2017

Chiropractor raises concerns about physiotherapy advertisers, but physios appear to be much more evidence based than chiropractors

We regularly monitor chiropractic and osteopathy websites and urge regulators to act against practitioners making misleading claims. Should we be looking at physiotherapy too? A chiropractor emailed us recently explaining that he thinks our work should be across the board for manual therapists. He also highlighted five physiotherapy websites, all of which were making misleading …

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Jul 26 2017

ASA upholds our complaint against osteopath claiming to treat paediatric conditions

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld our complaint against osteopath Nicholas Handoll (t/a Hereford Clinic of Osteopathy and Complementary Medicine). He has continued to make misleading advertising claims regarding a range of infant and childhood conditions, despite clear warnings from regulators. A page entitled “Infants and Children” stated: Osteopaths are first-contact practitioners, trained to undertake …

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Oct 12 2015

“Inside Harley Street” practitioners continue to make unsubstantiated claims

  In May of this year we investigated each of the complementary and alternative medicine practitioners who had appeared on the BBC’s Inside Harley Street programme. All seven of them were making misleading and unsubstantiated claims on their websites so we reported them all to the Advertising Standards Authority. Our complaints were reported in the …

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Jun 23 2015

2015 ESC Podcast: Episode #00

A sneak-peek at the official podcast of the 2015 European Skeptics Congress, taking place in London on 11-13 September, 2015. Hosted by Michael Marshall, each episode of the show will feature an interview with one of the speakers from the conference, taking a look at what led them to skepticism and what issues they really care …

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May 10 2015

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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Dec 16 2014

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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Dec 12 2014

Donate to support Good Thinking’s work

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The Good Thinking Society is a small charity, and we need your support to carry on the work we are doing. We aim to encourage curious minds, promote rational enquiry, challenge NHS homeopathy funding, spread critical thinking about those who claim to be psychic, investigate claims of miracle cancer cures and much, much more – …

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Dec 09 2014

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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Nov 21 2014

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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Nov 18 2014

‘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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