Charlatan hunter: People want immediate results, then they believe in pool chemistry “treatment”

Maroš Rudnay, young doctor who disproves health-related hoaxes, explains which of them are especially dangerous and why.

(Source: Pavol Funtál, TASR)

Have you ever heard of treating cancer with baking soda, vaccination-induced diseases or homeopathics as an answer to everything?

Young doctor Maroš Rudnay started the Lovci šarlatánov (Charlatan Hunters) website where doctors like him disprove these and other medical-related hoaxes.

The Slovak Spectator (TSS): How did the idea of the website Lovci Šarlatánov come into being?

Maroš Rudnay (MR): The idea came some time ago, when me and my colleagues were still students, some of us graduates in medicine. It was spontaneous, we wanted to start a website that would point out the nonsense claims related to medicine. There were several websites that published enormous nonsense, and we wanted to respond. In the beginning, we worked on Facebook, later we started the blog.

TSS: How do you choose the topics to write about?

MR: There are about ten people on the team, everyone has a free choice for a topic. Every story is checked by several other authors – like a peer-review that should ensure the best information value. Unfortunately, there are not so many stories these days, as we all work as doctors or medical staff, many also as researchers and teachers so there is not so much time for writing blogs.

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