Mission Statement

Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. Our activities include:

Web Sites

The Quackwatch Web site was launched in December 1996. Our other sites are:

Dr. Barrett maintains these sites with help from many volunteers.

Service Providers

Sources of Income

The total cost of operating all of Quackwatch's sites is approximately $7,000 per year. Quackwatch, Inc., has no salaried employees. It operates with minimal expense, funded mainly by small individual donations, commissions from sales on other sites to which we refer, and profits from the sale of publications. If its income falls below what is needed for the research, the rest comes out of Dr. Barrett's pocket. Except for the sales commissions, neither Quackwatch nor Dr. Barrett have any financial tie to any commercial or industrial organization.

There are two convenient ways to donate online. Either takes only a few seconds:

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Payment by check or money order can also be sent directly to Quackwatch, P.O. Box 1747, Allentown, PA 18105.

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

This page was revised on May 2, 2007.

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