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General Observations/Conceptual Frameworks

Quackery: How Should It Be Defined?

How Quackery Sells

Twenty-Six Ways to Spot Quacks and Vitamin Pushers

How Quackery Harms Cancer Patients

Health Freedom

More Plots That Can Fool You

"Research" Associated with the Promotion of Questionable Theories, Products, and Services

Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

Common Misconceptions About Quackery

Vulnerability to Quackery

How People Are Fooled by Ideomotor Action

Endorsements Don't Guarantee Reliability

The Power of Coincidence: Some Notes on "Psychic" Predictions

Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience

Science Needs to Combat Pseudoscience: A Statement by 32 Russian Scientists and Philosophers

Why Health Professionals Become Quacks

Why Quackery Persists

Victim Case Reports

Nonvictims of Quackery

Ten Ways to Avoid Being Quacked

Signs of a Quack Device

How to Spot a "Quacky" Web Site

Pro-Quackery Legislation

Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal (1984)

Senate Hearing on Anti-Aging Quackery

Incisive Comments

Lessons from the History of Medical Delusions (Worthington Hooker, MD, 1850)

The Medical Messiahs: A Social History of Quackery in 20th-Century America

The Toadstool Millionaires: Social History of Patent Medicines before Federal Regulation

Propaganda Techniques Related to Environmental Scares

Spontaneous Remission and the Placebo Effect

Why Strong Laws Are Needed to Protect Us

Some Notes on the Nature of Science

Why Bogus Therapies Often Seem to Work

Fifteen Ways to Spot an Internet Bandit

Common Questions About Science and "Alternative" Health Methods

Response to an Alt-Muddled Friend


My Experience With "BioEnergetics"

My Strange Encounter With Chiropractic Screening

Science-Based Medicine Links

Basic Principles

The Medical Literature



Conceptual Frameworks

Ethics, Law, Education, and Media

CAM Concepts