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"Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions."
Quackwatch's motto.

Quackwatch is a medical skeptical website owned and operated by retired psychiatrist and Center for Skeptical Inquirynote  fellow Stephen Joel Barrett, MD, with the help of volunteer advisors, as well as a self-described "international network of people". It specializes in uncovering, debunking and exposing "medicines" and "alternative treatments" of self-styled "practicioners" of "alternative medicine" (or "alt med"); as it states, it is "concerned about health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies" and specializes "quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere".

Basically, it's the exact opposite of Natural News.

It was founded in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud (LVCAHF), which established the Quackwatch website in 1996; LVCAHF renamed itself Quackwatch, Inc. one year later and was dissolved in 2008 after Dr. Barrett left Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Pennsilvania for Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Its official website is at There are also affiliated sites for some specific "alt meds".

    Affiliated websites 

This is the complete list of affiliated websites (there is a grand total of 26 websites, including Quackwatch itself). First comes the name of and link to the websites (in alphabetical order, except for NCAHF, which comes first because it is the [former and, since it ceased activities in 2002 and formally dissolved its corporate charter in 2011, now extinct] parent organization - the then LVCAHF was a charter member since its 1991 founding), second the motto of the specific website (if existent) and last the names of those who operate the specific website alongside Dr. Barrett (if existent) and, when applicable, says specifically when Dr. Barrett does not operate a specific website.

  • National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) - "Enhancing Freedom of Choice through Reliable Health Information"
  • Allergy Watch - "Your Guide to Questionable Theories and Practice"
  • Autism Watch - "Your Scientific Guide to Autism"
  • Acunpuncture Watch - "The Skeptical Guide to Acupuncture History, Theories, and Practices"
  • BioethicsWatch - operated by Elizabeth Woeckner (not by Dr. Barrett)
  • Cancer Treatment Watch - "Your Guide to Intelligent Treatment" - operated by Peter Moran, MB, BS, BSc(Med), FRACS
  • Casewatch - "Your Guide to Health-Related Legal Matters" - operated by Robert S. Baratz, M.D, DDS, PhD
  • Chelation Watch - "A Skeptical View of Chelation Therapy"
  • Credential Watch - "Your Guide to Health-Related Education and Training" - operated by William M. London, EdD, MPH
  • Chirobase - "Your Skeptical Guide to Chiropractic History, Theories, and Practices" - operated by Samuel Homola, DC
  • Consumer Health Sourcebook
  • Dental Watch - "Your Guide to Intelligent Dental Care" - operated by Robert Baratz, MD, DDS; and John Dodes, DDS
  • Device Watch - "Your Guide to Questionable Medical Devices"
  • Diet Scam Watch - "Your Guide to Weight-Control Schemes and Ripoffs"
  • Fibromyalgia Watch - "Your Guide to the Fibromyalgia Marketplace"
  • Homeowatch - "Your Skeptical Guide to Homeopathic History, Theories, and Current Practices"
  • Infomercial Watch - "A Critical View of the Health Infomercial Marketplace"
  • Insurance Reform Watch - "Your Guide to An Equitable Health Care System" - operated by John Hammond, PhD
  • Internet Health Pilot - "Your Gateway to Trustworthy Health Information" - operated by Robert S. Baratz, MD, DDS, PhD
  • Mental Health Watch - "Your Guide to the Mental Help Marketplace"
  • MLM Watch - "The Skeptical Guide to Multilevel Marketing"
  • Naturowatch - "The Skeptical Guide to Naturopathic History, Theories, and Practices" - operated by Kimball C. Atwood, IV, MD
  • NCCAM Watch - "An Antidote to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine"
  • Nutriwatch - "Your Guide to Sensible Nutrition" - operated by Manfred Kroger, PhD
  • Pharmwatch - "Your Guide to the Drug Marketplace and Lower Prices"
  • Robocall Watch - "Your Guide to Stopping Illegal Robocalls"

There is also a newsletter: Consumer Health Pilot, edited by Dr. Barrett with the help of William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H..

The Society for Science-Based Medicine Wiki is a Wiki version of Quackwatch which has other, non-Quackwatch, content. It is operated by the Society for Science-Based Medicine, to which Dr. Barrett donated the Quackwatch archives, and needs Wiki Magic.

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