Quackwatch Mission Statement
Quackwatch Mission Statement
Quackwatch is an international network of people who are concerned about health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud (Allentown, Pennsylvania), it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. Our activities include:
- Investigating questionable claims
- Answering inquiries about products and services
- Advising quackery victims
- Distributing reliable publications
- Debunking pseudoscientific claims
- Reporting illegal marketing
- Assisting or generating consumer-protection lawsuits
- Improving the quality of health information on the Internet
- Attacking misleading advertising on the Internet
- Consumer Health Digest, a free weekly e-mail newsletter
- The healthfraud discussion list, which has about 600 members
In 2008, after Dr. Barrett moved to North Carolina, the corporation was dissolved, but the network's activities will continue as usual.
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The Quackwatch Web site was launched in December 1996. Our other sites are:
- Acupuncture Watch (started 2/05): The skeptical guide to acupuncture history, theories, and practices
- Allergy Watch (8/07): Your guide to questionable theories and practices.
- Autism Watch (7/04): Your scientific guide to autism
- Cancer Treatment Watch (8/05): Your guide to sensible cancer treatment
- Casewatch (7/04): Your guide to health fraud- and quackery-related legal matters
- Chelation Watch (7/04): A skeptical view of chelation therapy
- Chirobase (10/98): Your skeptical guide to chiropractic history, theories, and practices
- Credential Watch (2/05): Your guide to health-related education and training
- Dental Watch (6/02): Your guide to intelligent dental care
- Device Watch (7/04): Your guide to questionable medical devices
- Diet Scam Watch (11/04): Your guide to weight-control schemes and ripoffs
- Fibromyalgia Watch (1/11): Guide to the fibromyalgia marketplace
- Homeowatch (11/01): Your skeptical guide to homeopathic history, theories, and practices
- Infomercial Watch (7/04): A critical view of the health infomercial marketplace
- Internet Health Pilot (1/02): Your gateway to reliable health information
- Insurance Reform Watch (4/09): Your guide to an equitable health care system
- Mental Health Watch (7/04): Your guide to the mental help marketplace
- MLM Watch (1/99): The skeptical guide to multilevel marketing
- Naturowatch (6/03): The skeptical guide to naturopathic history, theories, and practices
- NCCAM Watch (11/05): An antidote to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Nutriwatch (3/00): Your guide to sensible nutrition
- Pharmwatch (8/05): Your guide to the drug marketplace and lower costs
Dr. Barrett maintains these sites with help from many volunteers.
- Members of our advisory boards review articles upon request.
- Our chief counsel is Michael K. Botts; 1629 K. St., N.W., Suite 300; Washington, DC 20006 (202-204-2236)
- Our web-page design was developed by Marty Mapes of Boulder Information Services.
- Dr. Barrett's son Daniel Barrett, a software engineer, provides general technical support.
- Our Internet Service Provider is 10types, which provides outstanding equipment, service, and technical support.
- Programming of the WebGlimpse search engine is maintained by Adam Baratz.
- Robert King edits our audio and video segments.
- Gina Smith of CabbageTree Solutions transcribes audio and video recordings.
- Our sites are registered with DomainSite, which provides reasonable rates, a very efficient account-management interface, and outstanding customer service.
- OnlyMyEmail provides SPAM protection.