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Maria MacLachlan

Accolades & Quackolades

"There are ~20 published reviews of my book, but this one must be THE BEST! THANK YOU."
Edzard Ernst

"Best blog of the day IMHO."
Simon Singh

"This blogpost is simply brilliant."
Mark Burnley

"You are a rude argumentative bully. You are a typical "skeptic" - not sceptical at all."
Andrew, anti-vaxer

"Your piece about House of Commons Science and Technology sub-Committee’s ‘evidence check’ on homeopathy was one of the best I’ve seen. Strength to your elbow."

" individual calling themselves ‘scepticat’ or ‘sceptikat’- a highly volatile dictatorial site run by a wannabe megalomaniac. A truly disturbed person with a anger management issue venting via their little site to their own personal herd of sycophants."
Centella, one of Dr Andrew Jones personal herd of sycophants.

"Excellent report, which I can vouch for completely."
Jack of Kent

"The ludicrous nature of the complaint, and some of the responses by Dr Ranj and the BBC, has already been expertly documented on the Skepticat UK blog".
Dean Burnett

"Choke on your own vomit and die in agony..."
r wesley edwards, aka @CommonCormorant, author

"A very good rebuttal…"
Anna Watson, anti-vaxer Arnica UK

"A staggering amount of pathological disbelief allied with a staggering amount of arrogance."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"I just love this blog, and this post is a fine example of it’s content – ‘Inside the spine wizard’s den’ – Skepticat. Why do some of us feel that we are above challenging argument and peer review? I just wish that I could write as well as some of these bloggers!"
Jonathan Hearsey, osteopath

"Skepticat is a particularly venomousness (sic) skeptic, a humanist who lives by the "golden rule", she refused to let me follow her on twitter because I am "bonkers" which may endear her to many in the chiropractic profession..."
Richard Lanigan, chiropractor

Facebook image helpfully captioned by Sandra A Hermann-Courtney (@brownbagpantry)

"Die Die die die!"
r wesley edwards, aka @CommonCormorant, author

"Loved that article. It really shows what chiropractors are really all about. What I call the "chiro show" Exposing people to totally unnecessary X-rays should be criminal. Thank you!"

"I think skepticat is plain mad at not having children of her own. Hatred projected out to the world. It's sad to see someone with so much self hatred, destroying themself internally without even realising it."
Bebo, chiropractor (Note: In fact I'm the proud mother of two brilliant children, whom I mention frequently. Glad of the excuse to do so again.)

"Hooray for Reason! Just want to thank you for writing this. Even though the arguments presented are tired, and played out, they still must be refuted."

"I understand that you have been traumatised by your experience and that this is your way of coming to terms with the emotional scars."
Stefaan Vossen, chiropractor

"All you really seem interested in is banging your repetitive drum and preaching to the converted."
Rick, osteopath

"All the entries I’ve read are excellent. I’ll be coming back to read more. Love the cat logo as well."

"Research in Homeopathy Conference - Skepticat's hilarious account. She went to it."
David Colquhoun

"Her site is Skepticat UK... she wouldn’t know a punchline if it raped her. Or maybe she’d thank it."
Scott Cappurro, comedian

"I rather love the lunacy of the anti-Homeopathists, such as yourself."
James Pannozzi, acupuncturist & would-be homeopath

"Good blog from a skeptic which examines the "science" of Homeopathy in a very detailed way. Skeptics will love this. Proponents of homeopathy? Not so much."

"I really shouldn’t waste my valuable time with someone who obviously has at the very least a borderline personality disorder."
Erika Alisuag, homeopathist

"I’m finding it difficult to come up with some suitable words to say how good and interesting your stuff is. So, in the absence of suitable hyperbole can I say what a very well written and presented blog you have here. Really well thought out and researched. And passionate about it too! Complimenti!"

"You’re whole life is worthless because you lack reason."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"Great stuff Skepticat."

"When you have learnt some big words and also studied your history books you’ll find that the world was once thought to be flat…by people just like you."
Sarah Hamilton, homeopath

"Thanks for keeping the banner of reason flying high."
John Willis Lloyd

"This is just a general comment. I love this well-written an unfussy little blog (I don’t mean little in a derogatory way, but in the sense it’s not bombastic, self-important and posturing). Excellent material and a worthwhile focus, keep up the good work."

"Her website is a temple to diatribe – I have no sympathy for the homeopaths, etc, with whom she battles, but she clearly gets off on confrontation."
JF Derry

"Skepticat is strictly logical and attacks in unparliamentary words what she deems to be “quackery” – or suggestions that she sounds a little strident."
Andy Reporter

"LOVE the badass attitude! Seriously...KEEP IT UP!"

"You were a playful little diversion for a. moment, but I do have better things to do with my time than waste more than half an hour of it stooping down to play your ego supporting self delusional mind games……"
Susan Elizabeth, homeopathist

"An excellent read, thanks for taking thr time to compose it."
Alan C

"You need to do a course in anger management."
katenut, nutritionist

"FWIW I think you manage your anger rather well...mostly by focusing it into a thin, narrow beam of incisive rage which you then use to inscribe words on screen. ;)"

"Excellent description of the events."
Simon Perry

"You seem to be of probably well-meaning, but bigoted and fundamentalist disposition, just parroting slogans from others without any really knowledge or insight yourself."
Neil Menzies

"Superb, as usual"

"You seem only interested in ranting against an enemy which you are apparently still struggling to come to terms with “fifteen years” later."
Rick, osteopah

"Bravo, great post!"

"One day if you are not very careful you will be left behind in the dark ages. I’m sure this will not be printed..but hope it is read by you poor little scaredy cats."
Sarah Hamilton, homeopath

"Brilliant piece!"

"While you babble on like a total airhead about Myhill, you ignore the real doctors who are a danger in the UK".
struck-off doctor, Rita Pal, 'NHS whistle-blower'

"I sincerely hope I never get to your stage of wilful ignorance. You know absolutely diddly squat about the subject but you think your opinion is the only opinion."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"Keep up the spin, you manky old chicken's foot."
JB, chiropractor

"I am forced to conclude you are blogging on behalf of a specific entity that does wish to remain anonymous."
Antony J Palmer, homeopath

"The person writing all this negative press on homeopathy must be getting a big fat check from one of the pharmaceutical companies who would dearly love to push homeopathy off the map."
Erika Alisuag

"Such reporting lands you clearly in the realm of fundamentalist extremism–much noise, no substance, and money from those who have something to sell. It is so unfortunate that your listening skills are in need of repair."
Tanya Marquette, homeopath

"She seems to revel in presenting the many insults that she has attracted as a column of “Quackolades” on her site, as if war wounds on display,"
JF Derry, self-publicist

"Oh shut up SK. You write hot air and spew rubbish as usual."
Rita Pal again.


Title Date
The Ostensible Trial of Tara Wolf 12 May 2018
Truth is the new Hate Speech 16 March 2018
In solidarity with Helen Steel and against 'anarchists' who suck. Skeptics too. 05 November 2017
When vicious entitled thugs attack, I fight back! 27 September 2017
BHA vs BHA 28 June 2015
A Scientist in Wonderland 18 April 2015
The truth about the Advertising Standards Authority 12 March 2014
On Irma Kurtz, rape and drunken women 29 January 2014
Dr Sarah Myhill exploited patients' lack of medical knowledge by arousing ill-found fears for their health, say GMC 06 January 2014
A bad week for homeopaths but a great one for the Nightingale Collaboration 03 July 2013
Holland & Barrett's Ask Our Owls: a PR Success? 17 June 2013
A review of 'Melanie's Marvelous Measles' 06 January 2013
Daft complaint to the BBC by anti-vax activists 30 December 2012
Dear Anti-vaxxer 28 November 2012
An alliance of playground bullies 20 December 2011
Up both of yours, Marc Stephens and Stanislaw Burzynski 28 November 2011
All you need to know about Martin J Walker's Dirty Medicine The Handbook 01 November 2011
Coming soon to a theatre near me... 15 July 2011
First we went for the homeopaths... 13 May 2011
Humanists reap what they sow and not in a good way 04 February 2011
The Mass Libel Reform Blog — Fight for Free Speech! 10 November 2010
There you go, fixed it for you 01 November 2010
An angry witch and a charge of religious hatred 04 October 2010
Witchcraft is homeopathy 28 September 2010
Don't be skeptical of skeptics 15 August 2010
Watch your backs, homeoquacks 12 July 2010
What do you get if you visit a chiropractor? 10 June 2010
Dr Sarah Myhill and that 'witch-hunt' 30 April 2010
Epic fail: Scientific Research in Homeopathy Conference 2010 18 April 2010
Let's all point and laugh at the BCA 15 April 2010
Up yours, BCA! 01 April 2010
The importance of being Ernst (2) 27 March 2010
The importance of being Ernst 26 March 2010
Bugger the burkha 09 March 2010
Inside the spine wizard's den 03 March 2010
Why internet discussion boards are fab and Dawkins is wrong 26 February 2010
My complaint to Boots about their Learning Store website 24 January 2010
Homeopathy: there’s nothing in it. Part 3 22 January 2010
Homeopathy: there's nothing in it. Part 2 31 December 2009
Homeopathy: there's nothing in it. Part 1 29 December 2009
Quack blogger censors inconvenient truth 18 December 2009
How the spine wizards tried to trap me 10 December 2009
Confession time for Boots the chemist: homeopathy is crap 26 November 2009
No Sharia here, then? 03 November 2009
Chiropractic is crap 27 October 2009
In defence of humanist funerals 20 October 2009
The BCA v Simon Singh Pt 3: Time the quacks quacked off 14 October 2009
EDL, UAF...WTF? 10 October 2009
The cervical cancer vaccine saves lives, actually. 07 October 2009
Scott Capurro: the cremation 23 September 2009
The magic powers of Adrian Pengelly 21 September 2009
Hurray for female quackbusters 25 August 2009
WHO needs to grow a pair? 21 August 2009
The power of prayer to kill a child 04 August 2009
Sense and Solidarity: Beware the Spinal Trap 28 July 2009
Thought for the Day has had its day 20 July 2009
Homeopathy is still crap 19 July 2009
The night Scott Capurro died 12 July 2009
Glasgow's shame 08 July 2009
Those quacks and their anecdotes 07 July 2009
Pride and prejudice 05 July 2009
Andrew Wakefield is such a liar 04 July 2009
Dialogue with Islam? No thanks! 21 June 2009
Loony Islamists mistake Humanist Centre for mosque 18 June 2009
Chiropractors running scared 10 June 2009
Homeopathy, hissy-fits and how to catch malaria 28 May 2009
Adam Deen at it again 24 May 2009
The BCA v Simon Singh Pt 2: The nerds are revolting 19 May 2009
The British Chiropractic Association v Simon Singh 08 May 2009
Alternative therapies do more harm than good 07 May 2009
Lesley Regan's Medicine Cabinet 27 April 2009
The Muslim activist, his God and objective morality 18 April 2009
The Jenny McCarthy body count 15 April 2009
A new chapter in Bad Science 10 April 2009
Deliver us from whingeing atheist-bashers 06 April 2009
It's my life and I'll end it when I want to 03 April 2009
Part 3: The one about Wakefield's weird addendum 25 March 2009
The case against Dr Andrew Wakefield: Part 2 18 March 2009
The case against Dr Andrew Wakefield: Part 1 16 March 2009
Deborah 13: Servant of God 14 March 2009
Homeopathy is crap 10 March 2009
Do alternative therapies work? 08 March 2009
Why do people use alternative therapies? 08 March 2009
Why I am qualified to comment on alternative therapies 08 March 2009
No Sharia: One Law for All! 08 March 2009