WDDTY: My Master List

I thought it might be useful to keep a organised list of articles on the controversial and misleading alternative health magazine, What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

I aim to add new links to this post as they arise.

Last updated 09/10/14

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Burzynski blogs: My Master List

Last updated 17/07/14

Here is a summary of information on #Burzynski – which will hopefully be of use to those daunted by the sheer quantity of links on my Stanislaw, Streisand and Spartacus post.

UPDATE 30/04/13 Many of the links are to the 21st Floor, which is now offline. Most of these can also also be found here, by searching for “Burzynski”.

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“Dr” Harald Gaier’s website ruled misleading by ASA

“Dr” Harald Gaier practises from a rented room on London’s Harley Street.
As one of their editorial panel, he also writes regularly for the controversial and misleading magazine What Doctors Don’t Tell You, where he is described as “arguably the UK’s most knowledgeable practitioner of the major alternative medical disciplines”.

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled today that Gaier must remove misleading and unsubstantiated claims from his website and must not imply that he is a medical doctor.

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Image taken from Harald Gaier’s website earlier today

The complainant challenged whether:

1.  the ad misleadingly implied that the advertiser was a medical doctor rather than a practitioner specialising in complementary and alternative medicine;

2.  the claim “Scientifically proven medical alternative medicine, paired with orthodox diagnostic tests” was misleading and could be substantiated, because they did not believe that the treatments and diagnostic tests were either scientifically proven or orthodox; and

3.  the claims for the efficacy of the three diagnostic tests described by the advertiser were misleading and could be substantiated.

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Tesco drops What Doctors Don’t Tell You

Tesco will no longer be stocking the misleading and controversial alternative health magazine, What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

As reported in The Times last October, scientists, doctors and patients condemned shops for continuing to sell a magazine which gives dangerously bad advice on vaccination and which has claimed that Vitamin C is a suitable treatment for measles and AIDS. Continue reading

Unlicensed herbal medicines must now be removed from UK shelves

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is reminding herbal companies and retailers that, as of 1st May 2014, unlicensed manufactured herbal medicines without a traditional herbal registration (THR) or product licence (PL) can no longer be sold to consumers and must be removed from shelves. Continue reading

Live blood quack Errol Denton handed court bill for £19,000

UPDATE 11/10/14

On 10th October 2014, Denton lost his appeal against his conviction. He said he is now bankrupt and has no means of paying the £7,000 in fines and costs.

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Live Blood Analysis quack Errol Denton was handed a £19,000* court bill today.

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Healthy Evidence for tackling unhealthy news

Sense About Science have joined forces with NHS Choices Behind the Headlines to launch Healthy Evidence, a new online forum to help people understand the science behind health claims and connect them with expertise.

The Healthy Evidence online forum is a place for people to discuss health stories and share insights and useful sources to sort the beneficial from the bogus, the likely from the doubtful. Join the community here: https://healthunlocked.com/healthyevidence

Please encourage everyone to join the community to share insights on the science behind the health stories that hit the news.

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Food intolerance test sellers try to cash in from BDA’s fad diet list

I’ve just spotted this news and thought I’d post it here as an afterword to yesterday’s post on dodgy food allergy/intolerance tests.

The British Dietetic Association recently published their annual list of the Top 5 Celebrity Diets to Avoid in the New Year. They have now heard that some are using the surrounding publicity in an attempt to sell food allergy/intolerance tests. Continue reading

Wowcher promote useless hair analysis tests

Wowcher are promoting dodgy diagnostic tests that have no scientific basis.

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The ad relates to a bioresonance hair analysis test from BMT Food Tests.

Hair analysis is not a valid way of diagnosing coeliac disease or any kind of food allergy or intolerance. If you think you might have any of those conditions you should consult your GP who can refer you for tests.

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