"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
"No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent." - Abraham Lincoln
The quackwatch.com people are too subjective. Most of their opinions are based on limited personal experience and misunderstanding instead of thorough investigation and study. The worst is that they are all conventional / orthodox/medical / pharmaceutical professionals. They look at other alternative / complimentary methods with too much bias.
Take a look at the interview of Dr. Steven Barrett http://www.quackwatch.com/10Bio/biography.html. All alternative healing methods are quacks, according to him. His comments on acupuncture reflect his medical ignorance on this particular subject. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been around for thousands of years. If you are talking about clinical studies, which conventional clinical procedure or medication can compare with acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine which have been applied on billions of people for thousand of years. Dr. Barrett's single visit to a questionable acupuncturist caused him to deny all the clinical benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can bring. Do you think this is scientific?
I do not want to spend too much time commenting on the other unjustifiable judgments that he makes in his site. If you do more research on any particular subject other than just looking at his site, you will learn that most of them are opinions instead of proven facts.
Going back to Shark Cartilage, NCI National Cancer Institute is funding a study on Shark Cartilage. Do you think NCI will provide the funding if Shark Cartilage has no merit at all?
Yes, there are a lot of health quacks out there but there are also many proven effective alternative healing methods and products out there. The intention of quackwatch.com is great but their investigative work was questionable. As consumers, we cannot just rely on biased judgments. We need to collect more information from different sources and make our own decision. It is our health that is at stake, not theirs.