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- Overall, we rate AltHealthWorks a quackery level pseudoscience website based on the promotion of dangerous unproven alternative medicine. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and the publication of false information that is opposed to the consensus science.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2012 by Nick Meyer, AltHealthWorks is a website that reports news on alternative health, holistic practices, and nutrition. According to their about page Meyer states “I began AltHealthWORKS in May 2012 with the simple mission of telling the many incredible stories of the growing holistic and natural health community, stories that had slipped through the cracks of the traditional media.
Funded by / Ownership
AltHealthWorks is owned by Nick Meyer through Alternative Health Works LLC. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, AltHealthWorks publishes news related to alternative health. Articles are broken down into categories such as GMO, Monsanto, Natural Treatments, and Alternative Medicine. When reporting on GMOs they are often negative and deviate from the consensus of science such as this Farmer Conducts Experiment Using GMO and Non-GMO Corn, Discovers Sobering Truth That Animals Know and Humans Don’t. In another article titled 10 Documented Reasons GMOs are Anti-American they promote the debunked 2012 study by Gilles-Éric Séralini, which was retracted from the Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal the “following year after a detailed review following criticism from scientists and regulatory bodies, which found a pattern of bias and design flaws. The study used cancer-prone rats, shoddy controls, and the data cherry-picked (e.g. data showed some rats fed glyphosate had few tumors, which the authors did not highlight in their commentary).”
AltHealthWorks also promotes miracle cures such as eating a Non-GMO diet that cures just about everything including autism: Mothers Break the Silence: How Feeding Their Kids a Non-GMO Diet Healed Everything From Autism Symptoms to Autoimmune Disease. Speaking of autism they also go against the consensus of the science in claiming that vaccines cause autism as well as promoting that autism can be cured, which is not true: “There is No Better Feeling:” Child’s Autistic Symptoms Miraculously Disappear After Doctor Makes One Simple-Yet-Profound Change.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate AltHealthWorks a quackery level pseudoscience website based on the promotion of dangerous unproven alternative medicine. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and the publication of false information that is opposed to the consensus science. (D. Van Zandt 7/20/2016) Updated (3/6/2020)