Good Thinking About… The Cancer Act (1939)

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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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Good Thinking Investigates: Chiropractic

In 2008, the British Chiropractic Association unsuccessfully sued science writer Simon Singh for highlighting that there is no reliable evidence that chiropractic can treat colic. Six years later, we wanted to find out whether chiropractors would still treat babies suffering from colic. While this conversation has been edited for length, we have taken care to retain …

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Good Thinking Investigates: Sosatec Wellbalancer

Sosatec Bionics Ltd sell pendants and products (“Wellbalancers”) to protect against what they claim is harmful radiation emitted by mobile phones and WiFi – claims which are highly questionable. They claim their products, which sell for £30-£44, are “made of high grade electronic silica programmed with natural botanical frequencies”. The scaremongering around mobile phone radiation …

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Mark Tilbrook explains why he supports Good Thinking

In 2014, skeptic Mark Tilbrook started a campaign aimed at giving audiences at psychic shows a simple leaflet to help them question the information presented by psychics. Soon after his campaign began, Mark found himself threatened by psychic Sally Morgan’s team. He was subjected to verbal, physical and legal intimidation. Fortunately, with the help of …

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Paula O’Brien’s Psychic Pregnancy Predictions

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I firmly believe in the importance of skeptics attending a psychic show, in order to see firsthand how the biggest touring psychics in the country claim to put audience members in touch with the spirits of their dearly departed – for entertainment purposes only, naturally. In seeing such shows up close and witnessing their effect …

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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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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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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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