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. Its activities include:

Background History

The Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud (Allentown, Pennsylvania) was founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 and became a nonprofit corporation in 1970.. In 1997, as the Internet developed, Dr. Barrett changed the corporation's name to Quackwatch, Inc. and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. In 2008, after Dr. Barrett moved to North Carolina, Quackwatch, Inc., was dissolved (and is no longer a legal entity). But he has continued the above activities, and people throughout the world who share his concerns have continued to supply information and offers of help.

Web Sites

The Quackwatch Web site was launched in December 1996. Dr. Barrett's 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

Service Providers for the Web sites

  • Volunteer experts review articles upon request.
  • Attorney Michael K. Botts, Esq., of Alexandria, Virginia, provides legal services.
  • The 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.
  • Programming of the WebGlimpse search engine is maintained by Marc Kreidler
  • Robert King edits audio and video segments.
  • Gina Smith of CabbageTree Solutions transcribes audio and video recordings.
  • OnlyMyEmail provides SPAM protection.

Sources of Income

The total cost of operating the sites and and purchasing research materials runs about $5,000 per year. Dr. Barrett has never had any salaried employees. The sites are operated with minimal expense, subsidized mainly by small individual donations, commissions from sales on two other sites to which we refer, and profits from the sale of publications. If these amounts fall below what is needed for the research, the rest comes out of Dr. Barrett's pocket. Except for the sales commissions, Dr. Barrett has no financial tie to any commercial or industrial organization.

How to Donate

PayPal enables donations of any amount. If you do not have a PayPal account, a credit card can be used instead.  

Payment by check or money order can also be sent directly to:

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
287 Fearrington Post
Pittsboro, NC 27312

These donations will support research, writing, and legal actions that can protect many people from being misled.

This page was revised on May 2, 2019.

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