Quack Watch: Top-10 worst anti-science sites listed

from Dr. Stephen Barrett, M.D. Consumer Health Digest

Brian Dunning has updated his list of Top-10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites, five of which provide low-quality health information and advice:

  • Natural News (promoted conspiracy theories that medical industry secretly wants to keep everyone sick, and conspires with the food industry to make people unhealthy, all driven by a massive plot of greed to sell poisonous medicines)
  • Mercola.com (aggressive promotion of “quack medical products”)
  • DoctorOz.com (his web site is little more than “clickbait luring people . . . who might be looking for actual health advice to click on ads for Dr. Oz’s “trusted sponsorship partners.”)
  • Foodbabe.com (her advice is “a crap shoot of common knowledge, fearmongering, gross scientific illiteracy, misinformation, and ideological nonsense.”)
  • Chopra.com (“claiming ayurvedic medical benefits from what amounts to little more than spiritualist word-salad mumbo jumbo, ” including “‘detoxification’ . . . an implausible spiritual solution to a nonexistent physical problem.”

Mercola’s activities were recently detailed in a report from the Genetic Literacy Project, which indicates that he has donated more than $1 million to groups that promote unfounded health-related ideas.

UPDATE Linux Mint 17.3 ‘Rosa’

“The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. (…)
It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
It’s both free of cost and open source.
It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.

Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
It’s safe and reliable.(…)”
“To upgrade from Linux Mint 17, 17.1 or 17.2, please wait for a few days while we release a new version of the Update Manager to you.” Home:

Updating Mint is a lot quicker than downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updates.

Perhaps Linux Mint is the best Linux distro for M$ Windows refugees. I would advise new users to have a good look at the various desktops (Cinnamon, Mate; KDE, Xfce).