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

Recent news

On 1st May 2014, Tesco contacted people who had written to them about WDDTY to confirm that they will no longer be stocking it.

However, on 1st October 2014, Lynne McTaggart reported that WDDTY is back in Tesco and is now “banned” by WHSmith.

Waitrose announced on 14th October 2013 that they will no longer be stocking the magazine (see tweets here and here). In November 2013, Sainsbury’s also confirmed (on Twitter) that the November issue would be their last – and  even removed copies from shelves following customer complaints. However, it since made a return to the shelves and in some cases, has even been a recommended read.

On 1st November 2013 , a website dedicated to “debunking the fountain of stupid that is WDDTY” was launched,  What “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” Don’t Tell You.

The Times published a second article on WDDTY on 2nd November 2013, which included comments from Professor Paul Pharaoh at the University of Cambridge and from Cancer Research UK.

Overview

Media coverage

Editors and contributors

Problematic articles

Problematic advertisements

Libel threats

Retailers

Contact with WDDTY and their Facebook page

Ridicule

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47 responses to “WDDTY: My Master List

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  4. Cheers for that!
    PS: The Lynne Noble links are bust

  5. I get so angry about WDDTY and its quacks. Sometimes I’m near tears with their wickedness.
    I am in treatment for a tumour in UK via the NHS. So far the conventional procedures have been good, prompt, logical & well explained. They look very promising. I believe/hope it will be OK. Surgeons are supplemented by very caring Macmillan specialist nurse-advisors, the process could not be bettered.
    I feel confident that my outcome will be the best possible and I cannot express what I would like to to do to these horrible, selve-serving, money-grubbing filth! I believe they prey on people at the time of their greatest need, with little to offer beyond what real medicine can do while making money from distress.

    How dare they impute such bad motives on the fully-trained, experienced practitioners of real medicine. Yes, lots of the our understanding of the practice of medicine has to be continuously tested & challenged. But it must be done with properly supervised science such as double-blind tests (a discipline that no homeopath would dare risking). We may find that what parts of we’ve believed can be improved but that’s science. It mustn’t lead to the throwing out of the baby with the bathwater.

    A plague on WDDTY

    • Nonsense Tim B lots of Good science proves homeopathy and much alternative medicine works as well or often Better than drugs with much less damaaging risk. Do some research before jumping to your bigoted and uninformed views.

      • This is exactly the sort of hurtful, harmful and misinformed attitude that worries me, and which is typical of supporters of What Doctors Don’t Tell You.

        It may not be what homeopaths tell you, but the fact is that no good science proves homeopathy works, at least not any better than placebo. The overwhelming majority of “alternative” medicines are either unproven or disproven.

        You are telling a cancer patient that quackery works better than drugs and more safely. You are doing this in an aggressive and condescending manner. I suggest you take a deep breath and think about what you’re doing.

      • chris d said

        lots of Good science proves homeopathy and much alternative medicine works as well or often Better than drugs with much less damaaging risk.

        For instance?

      • You couldn’t have made @Tim B’s point better. “self serving money grabbing filth” indeed. Are you a homeopath by any chance.

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  26. …but what do you do when conventional treatments, well meaning but utterly devastating, still don’t work & you are watching a loved one die in front of you – the intentions of the doctors are good, but they simply can’t help at all in many cases, look at the death rates of cancer.
    What do we do as a society, give up & stop searching & investigating?
    I will not give up on my wife’s cancer just because the powers that be have.

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  29. To me, the level of bias and misinformation in this article is far worse than the magazine it purports to criticise. What nobody here seems to apprehend is that there is not a level playing field for natural and alternative medicine. Substantive randomised clinical trials cost millions of pounds to undertake, and as natural products cannot be patented such an undertaking cannot be contemplated, as there is simply no-way to recoup the massive investment needed.

    I became a convert to natural medicine for one reason, and one reason alone – because it works – profoundly, remarkably, and completely.

    With every health condition I’ve experienced, I have indulged my doctor and his prescription remedies with little or no effect. On every occasion, I’ve gone on to research and identify a natural remedy that has completely cured and reversed my condition, while modern medicine has entirely failed me.

    Let me give you just one quick example of what I mean. Science has yet to conclude a substantive study which proves outright the benefits of the Echinacea herb. Yet after suffering severe bronchitis every year for 10 years I stepped out on a limb and gave it a try. As a result, I’ve completely eliminated bronchitis for the last 9 years running. No more Christmas’s ruined by the misery of painful coughing and wheezing due to a terrible infection. Result – one very happy camper!

    If you want to wait until the benefits of Echinacea have been completely substantiated, go right ahead. For me, I prefer to make my own mind-up and live healthily and happily now, thank you very much. I’ve now cured and reversed every condition from IBS to heart disease. I literally owe my life to natural medicine – and have often been led toward the cure by articles such as those you are so ready to criticise and condemn. Call me crazy – but I believe articles like these are doing more good for the health and wellbeing of our nation than the entire medical establishment combined (who admittedly do much good). And I will continue to invest my money and my faith in natural remedies – because they work – full stop. A fact which is a far cry from the barrage of synthetic chemicals produced by corrupt drug companies which are deliberately designed to do nothing more than mask and ameliorate the symptoms of disease. If you care for your health and that of your loved ones, I sincerely hope you leave your bias under you seat long enough to discover this happy truth for yourself.

    And the good news is that as high quality natural supplements pose no risk to your health, you can experiment and try them out for size until you find one that gives you the results you’re looking for. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of pharmaceutical drugs. Death due to adverse drug effects is now estimated to be the fourth leading cause of death in the world.

    Unfortunately, due to the dynamics of modern medicine, natural medicine will be forced to remain the poor brother to the pharmaceutical industry – and those of us who have experienced the life-changing benefits of natural medicine will have to continue to rely on tradition and small scale studies to uncover the truths of nature’s miraculous remedies.

  30. Max Stirling said:

    To me, the level of bias and misinformation in this article is far worse than the magazine it purports to criticise.

    Please feel free to point out any errors in the article, along with your reasoning and evidence for your position.

    What nobody here seems to apprehend [sic]is that there is not a level playing field for natural and alternative medicine.

    I entirely agree: so-called natural and alternative ‘medicines’ get a very easy ride. For example, hundreds of homeopathic products are registered or authorised by the medicines’ regulator without having to provide one jot of evidence they are in the slightest bit effective for anything. I hope you’ll agree with me that this double standard is intolerable and demand a level playing field?

    Substantive randomised clinical trials cost millions of pounds to undertake

    Well, no, it appears they don’t. Even the Homeopathy Research Institute seems to think they can do a trial of homeopathy for IBS for a mere £5,000: IBS trial fundraising appeal update. Anyway, there are many ways of raising the necessary funding for trials if the will to do them was actually there: Paying the price of homeopathic research

    there is simply no-way to recoup the massive investment needed.

    On the contrary. Indeed, Boiron have a market capitalisation value of just under 1 billion Euros. Just think what their turnover could be if they actually had good evidence for the products they make?

    Then you spoil your argument (such as it was) with your own personal anecdote…

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  32. I have never found an over the counter solution to my hyperhidrosis problem. I will not inject myself or have any other surgery to fix this or lasers or whatever else they come up with. I have been taking SAGE tablets and have never been so happy. This is a natural solution to my problem. I encourage everyone to seek alternatives if needed. Do your research.

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  38. Saw WDDTY in Tesco, Hampton, Peterborough last weekend. Hid them.

  39. The irony….I’m surprised the newsstand didn’t catch fire.

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