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Health Fraud

Health fraud falls into two broad classes - telling people lies that may kill them or someone else, and stealing from people by selling bogus medicines. The sites listed here provide useful information in the battle against quackery and for people just wanting to find out more about how real medicine works. (A list of sites offering suspect or fraudulent medical advice, products and services can be found at The Millenium Project.)

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The Drug Industry Document Archive

(DIDA) contains thousands of documents and resources about pharmaceutical industry clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education.

Most of these previously secret internal documents were made public as a result of lawsuits against a number of pharmaceutical companies including: Merck & Co., Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert, Wyeth, and Pfizer. For further information on documents connected to these lawsuits, please consult The Documents.

" is a comprehensive Web site featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers".

Evidence, Please. (Jo Alabaster)

"Records and reflections of a layperson skeptic with an interest in evidence based medicine"

The Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare, Alternative Medicine, Paranormal Healing, and Related Methods (Jack Raso)

Published in January 1998, the Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare describes over 1200 healthcare methods having a mystical or supernaturalistic basis. Most of the descriptions are not evaluative, because few unnaturalistic methods have been the object of scientific experimentation and by their nature they are generally not amenable to objective validation. However, by conveying the central ideas of these numerous methods, the information compiled by Mr. Raso provides valuable clues as to the efficacy of metaphysical healthcare methods.

Facts Versus Fears (ACSH)

Federal Trade Commission

Fighting Spurious Complementary & Alternative Medicine (SCAM)

Food and Drug Administration

Free Medical Journals


Mainly about Jehovah's Witnesses and The Watchtower Society

Friends of Science in Medicine

Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) is an association of concerned scientists, clinicians and members of the public who support a rigorous application of the best science to any health-related profession and oppose health education and practice not based on convincing scientific evidence.

Good Thinking (Simon Singh)

Hahnemann's Organon Of Medicine

Read what the inventor of homeopathy thought about medicine. Wonder at how little has changed in homeopathy in 200 years.

Health Care Complaints Commission (NSW)

Health Information (Loretta Marron)

Free access to evidence-based medicine and research


"Healthline’s mission is improve health through information"

Healthwatcher (Terry Polevoy)

Dr Polevoy is reviled almost as much as Dr Barrett, and has joined with him in several legal actions against frauds and quacks.

Healthy Skepticism

"Improving health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion"

Hell's News Stand

"Because Crazy Never Sleeps"

How does homeopathy work?

The Immune System and the Nervous System

A large amount of quackery is based on (deliberate?) misrepresentation of what the immune system is and how it works. Here is a brief look at what really goes on.

Immunology index (Kevin J. McElwee)

Infectious Diseases in Children

The Infectious Diseases Society of America

"IDSA's purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases".

Information for Consumers (Drugs)

International AIDS Society

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Kids Come First

The fight against "attachment therapy"

Kimball's Biology Pages (John Kimball)

An online version of John Kimball's biology textbook. The first edition of Kimball's general biology text was published in 1965. Since that time it has gone through five revisions, the most recent being the sixth edition which appeared in 1994. He has also published books on cell biology and a widely-used text on immunology. His biology books have also been published in Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Korean and Indonesian versions.


Laetrile is often offered as a cure for cancer. See the truth about cyanide pills here.

The Lancet

Leandra Smith's Experience with Hulda Clark

Quacks love anecdotes. Here's one they don't like.

Levels of Evidence for Human Studies of Cancer - Complementary and Alternative Medicine

"A classification system has been developed by the National Cancer Institute's PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board to allow the ranking of human cancer treatment studies according to statistical strength of the study design and scientific strength of the treatment outcomes (i.e., endpoints) measured. This classification system has been adapted to allow the ranking of human studies of complementary and alternative medicine treatments for cancer"

The LymphoSite (Tom Sidwell)

MD Consult

The Measles & Rubella Initiative

Media Doctor

Media Doctor is a web site dedicated to improving the accuracy of media reports about new medical treatments.

The Medical Journal of Australia


Software for hospital quality control

MEDLINEplus: Medical Dictionary

MEDLINEplus: Medical Encyclopedia

The Adam Health Illustrated Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

The Merck Manuals

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (Bob McCoy)


myDr is an Australian healthcare Web site dedicated to providing Australian consumers with the most comprehensive and relevant health information resource in Australia.

Narconon Exposed

Narconon is an international drug rehabilitation organisation which claims a presence in 26 countries around the world. This website offers a critical examination of Narconon's claims, contrasting them with the strong body of opposing evidence.

The National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute - News releases

The National Council Against Health Fraud

National Fraud Information Center

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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