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Introduction to Healthy Skepticism Inc

What?
Our main aim is improving health by reducing harm from misleading health information.

Why?
Because misleading health information harms health and wastes resources.

Who?
We have 214 members who live in 31 countries. Many of us are health professionals but everyone is welcome to become a member if they support our aims. Naturally this includes the general public (patients, consumers, users).
We also have 15674 subscribers who live in 215 countries.

Where?
Mostly this website and email groups but we also have some meetings in person at many locations around the world.

How?
We share information via our website, forums, email discussion lists, academic journal publications and informing the media. Members may join task groups.

When?
Since 1983.

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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909