Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2010 / Article

Commentary | Open Access

Volume 7 |Article ID 413258 | 2 pages | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nen089

Winnowing the Chaff of Charlatanism from the Wheat of Science

Received03 Nov 2008
Accepted17 Dec 2008

Abstract

Experts and lay people alike can sometimes find it difficult to demarcate the absurd. Here I propose a set of criteria that may be helpful in achieving this in the realm of healthcare: falsifiability, plausibility and some hallmarks of pseudoscience. Applying this method is unlikely to be fool-proof but it might be a valuable aid in discriminating credible from incredible health claims.

Copyright © 2010 E. Ernst. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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