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On Mon, 26 Jul 1999, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> "Detoxification" is one of the buzzwords that marks a charlatan, so
> any "information" on it is fraudulent and probably dangerous. More
> good info can be found at <http://www.quackwatch.com>.
There are quite a few buzzwords like that. I've been using some as exclusion terms in my customized search links on GerOL. There are probably many other uses for bullshit exclusion. Here's my collection of words that automatically make a website suspect (add yours, if you have any):
Life sciences specific exclusion terms:
cure for cancer
Terms that I've seen on legitimate sites (therefore not suitable as exclusion terms), but usually have a strong correlation with BS:
fountain of youth
I exclude the .com domain from my searches altogether to skip the hundreds of pill-pusher sites out there, but this is probably too drastic a measure since it may exclude real research organizations. Maybe to compile a list of fraudulent sites, in the same way as lists of spam-sites are compiled? What would be good criteria for categorizing a site as fraudulent?
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