How to Spot a "Quacky" Web Site

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

The best way to avoid being quacked is to reject quackery's promoters. Each item listed below signifies that a Web site is not a trustworthy information source. The hyperlinks will take you to articles on Quackwatch that explain why. The same criteria can be used to identify untrustworthy books, talk-show guests, etc.

General Characteristics

False Statements about Nutrition

False Statements about "Alternative" Methods

False Statements about Other Issues

This page was revised on September 6, 2006.