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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Open letter to Autism Directory about having CEASE Therapy offering homeopaths in their listings

I sent this text on 7 July 2019 via Twitlonger (a third party app which will send out a tweet for you containing a link to where the text is stored). Authorise the app, write your text and it will do the rest. If you begin the text with an @ it will send it as a reply (in which case don't fill in the title bit as that'll ruin the reply format).

As of 18 July 2019 the listings remain.


https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1squjpj

@AutismDirectory @GWT82 Re: https://www.theautismdirectory.com/listing/homeopathy-cease-therapy

Please remove listings* for CEASE Therapy from your directory as the treatment cannot help people with autism and is exploitative. The acronym stands for "Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression" (itself a misleading statement).

The treatment involves supplements and vitamins, at much higher doses than recommended by the NHS, and can result in diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Tinus Smits (the inventor of CEASE) celebrated diarrhoea as being some sort of 'evidence' of detoxifixation of vaccines https://twitter.com/UKHomeopathyReg/status/1109070117223235585

There have been various efforts to stop misleading claims made by people offering CEASE (and in some non-UK cases to stop CEASE practice) as this treatment does not work and is effectively a form of medical neglect with potential harms to autistic kids.

1. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA, UK) has sent Enforcement Notice to 150 homeopaths offering CEASE treatment to remind them of permitted and non-permitted marketing claims https://www.asa.org.uk/news/cease-therapy-claims-must-stop.html. Some of these homeopaths who have failed to comply have been referred to Trading Standards.

2. The Federation of Holistic Therapists (UK) will not accept onto its register any homeopath offering CEASE therapy (or homeoprophylaxis - which means offering homeopathic remedies as a [non-functional] alternative to vaccination) - see Section 3.4 in this PDF https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/accredited-registers/panel-decisions/annual-review-panel-decision-fht.pdf and general "not endorsed" info on their page https://www.fht.org.uk/therapies/homeopathy. Their register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA, who report to Parliament).

3. The Society of Homeopaths (SoH) still permits CEASE-offering homeopaths onto their register though the PSA has been working with them over the last two years to try and reduce the risk to the public from this https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/27/more-than-120-homeopaths-trying-to-cure-autism-in-uk. They were re-accredited in 2018/2018 with some restrictions then, controversially, the PSA (re)re-accredited their register in 2018/2019 https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/docs/default-source/accredited-registers/panel-decisions/society-of-homeopaths-annual-review-2018.pdf

4. Last week The Good Thinking Society submitted a request for a Judicial Review of the PSA's decision (to re-accredit the SoH) "to keep autistic children safe from homeopaths who offer harmful CEASE therapy" https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/gts-cease-psa/ (also https://goodthinkingsociety.org/good-thinking-files-judicial-review-over-psa-reaccreditation-of-society-of-homeopaths/)

5. Many CEASE practitioners have a listing on an official CEASE website which the Dutch equivalent of the ASA has found to be in breach of advertising standards http://ukhomeopathyregulation.blogspot.com/2017/10/more-on-cease-therapy.html

6. Naturopaths in British Columbia, Canada are not allowed to advertise or offer CEASE therapy, nor are they allowed to offer anti-vaccination materials or advice, nor claim that vaccination can cause autism https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/naturopath-college-outlaws-therapy-promising-complete-elimination-of-autism-1.4682714

7. Homeopaths are working with vulnerable children without having a DBS check and those who are not members of a Society (registered or otherwise) have no particular oversight for safeguarding. This is effectively a feral treatment (the treatment and advice are often offered via Skype).

In response to the many, many concerns about CEASE and about the regulatory changes some homeopaths are using alternative names (eg EASE for "Easing Autistic Spectrum Expression") or the more general "homeopathic detox" - but cynically the underlying 'treatment' is the same. Please watch out for this.

CEASE Therapy has been around for a while but has only recently become prominent in the last couple of years and as such it wasn't included in the UK's Westminster Commission on Autism publication about Harmful Interventions for Autism https://westminsterautismcommission.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/a-spectrum-of-harmful-interventions-web-version.pdf

Please do not promote this pointless but harmful treatment to people with autism or parents of autistic children.

*These are the homeopaths listed on your page who offer CEASE, please remove these listings.

• Acorn to Oak Health
• Liesje Cochrane
• Paula Lattimer
• Gill Marshall Homeopathy
• Roberta Young
• Jak Measure
• Dr.Joshi's Center for Autism
• Miranda Parson's Homeopathy
• Alison Roberts Homeopathy

Thank you
Jo



I've created a Wikipedia page for the Society of Homeopaths

A few months ago I spotted that the British Homeopathic Association (BHA) and Faculty of Homeopathy (FoH) had Wikipedia pages but the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) didn't and I'd been meaning to create a page to redress that. It's been interesting revisiting some of their activities and with their recent re-accreditation by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Judicial Review into that decision that has been requested by the Good Thinking Society I thought it was time to get a move on, so here it is: Society of Homeopaths.

The BHA's page begins with a paragraph about when the association was formed and by whom, then highlights that homeopathy is an unevidenced pseudoscience before going on to highlight two examples of BHA's activities. The first is about the quality (apparently not great) of the evidence they submitted to the House of Commons Evidence Check on Homeopathy from 2009, the second is about their failed Judicial Review of NHS England's decision to top funding homeopathy.

I followed the same pattern for the SoH page and so far I have the following information in there.
  • An Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) adjudication against the SoH in 2013 for engaging in false advertising and discouraging people from seeking essential treatments
  • SoH considered legal action in 2016 against the ASA after it wrote to UK homeopaths to remind them of the rules for marketing material, but they were advised against it by their legal advisor
  • In 2017 skeptics* complained to the PSA about the SoH as their members were offering CEASE therapy for autism. The PSA put some obligations on the SoH in place but re-accredited them. One of the obligations was to publish a position statement on CEASE (and monitor risks from member homeopaths offering this).
  • In May this year there was an undercover interview by The Times with a number of homeopaths one of whom was both a member of the SoH and also offering 'homeoprophylaxis' (an alternative to vaccination, which doesn't offer any protection). Rather than bring about disciplinary proceedings the SoH defended the member and said they would complain to the press regulator.
  • As a result of the PSA re-accrediting the SoH (on 1 April no less) the GTS has filed a request for a Judicial Review to be undertaken of that decision, you can read more about that here (and donate to the crowdfunder).
*the term skeptics refers not just to bloggers and activists by doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals and patients who are concerned about health claims.

Next to investigate, write, reference and add are
Obviously I want the Wikipedia article to be reasonably encyclopaedic (kind of the point!) but I don't think it's necessary to itemise every single thing. Here are some things I've not added, or only lightly referenced.
  • I've added the latest (as at Sep 2018) official number of society members (according to PSA's accreditation document) but struggled to make sense of the membership numbers overall so haven't included further information. Their current 'About us' website page has 1,200. In their 2009 submission to the HoC EvCheck they give it as 2,500, in 2013 it was 1,300.
  • Probably I won't add anything about the problem of Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University letting the SoH have their conference and AGM on site despite concerns about legitimising homeopathy, not to mention how the university's autistic students might feel about that happening. 
  • Also there's some stuff about alleged links between a (former) SoH staff member and the long-since debunked MMR-autism controversy but that might require legal considerations, so probably best left out for now.
  • The SoH has today published a news article on the fact that members can add additional therapies to their insurance package. Some SoH members offer a range of services, including homeopathy, but the standard insurance covers them only for homeopathy. Whether or not society members are underinsured might be a bit niche for Wikipedia.
The purpose of this post then is to combine some stuff that's on Wikipedia with stuff that isn't. I think it's important and helpful to have overview information of a topic, particularly where something involves many years of historical skeptic activism. It's easy to forget things and so useful to keep it all together.



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Suggestion: [schol-sci-com], a mailing list for scientific and scholarly communication, a companion to @psci_com

Summary: I think we need a "schol-sci-com" mailing list as an accompaniment to the psci-com list, for jobs and events that are scientific but not public-focused.

Or does this list or group already exist and I just don't know about it? Perhaps several do - where are they? It needs to be an email list so that emails can be forwarded and people can sign up very easily. (I'm on LinkedIn in only the vaguest, technical sense, perhaps there are suitable groups there too but they're not very emailable from outside the group... are they?).

About psci-com
Psci-com is a public mailing list for science communicators and those working in or interested in public engagement with science. It currently has just under 4,500 subscribers (who receive emailed posts and can post things to the list themselves) and messages to the list include job adverts, events listings, requests for advice, and general discussion. It's been in existence since at least 1998 (originally created by Wellcome I believe) and I've been its owner since Autumn 2012.

The 'problem'
Regarding the job advert side of things there has been a recent noticeable increase in the number of job adverts coming in to its moderation queue that don't fall within the list's remit of public engagement with science. The list's focus is the intersection between science and the public so posts need to be relevant to both.

Some jobs straddle 'scicomm' and scholarly comms - for example a Health-condition Charity might want a research officer whose role involves liaising with researchers to peer-review the research they fund, so that in itself is not particularly scicomm. But there may be opportunities for the post-holder to give public talks about the research, or to write plain-English summaries, or help answer public enquiries - those sorts of jobs are likely more relevant to the list. [Also charities often have lay members on their research committees]

Each post is considered on its own merits by me, as fairly as I can manage it. Where possible I try and work with the person emailing me to 'bring out' the public engagement-y bits of a job advert. In short, I try and get any job ad posts tailored to the list (much as you'd tailor your CV and cover letter if you were applying).

But for some job ads it's really a struggle to find their inner psci-com and I can't let them through as they're just not relevant. This doesn't make me happy as I know there'll be those on the list who'd welcome the info, but I don't want to make the list an 'anything vaguely sciencey' free for all so I try and keep non-remit posts to a minimum.

A proposed solution
I'd like to propose the creation of a new schol-sci-com type of mailing list that caters for jobs, events, conferences and discussions that relate to the communication of science to scientists in industry and academia, rather than to or with the public. When non-remit jobs come in to psci-com I'd like to be able to say that it's not suitable for the psci-com list but would they mind if I forwarded on to schol-sci-com instead. That doesn't have to be its name though!

While I can set up and run this list alongside psci-com myself it might be something for someone else to do so I'm opening this up publicly as first refusal. There's no pay. I'm not paid to run psci-com but it's interesting and fun and means you get to hear about all sorts of cool stuff. You do actually get a bit of exposure ;) ("Oh you're Jo, I'm on psci-com!" - though so far it's not paid the rent!)

Also I'm really not an expert in scientific publishing, scholarly comms, science business marketing and things like that.

There are lots of platforms available. Jiscmail is the path of least resistance for the 'psci-com sister group' concept, however there's a restriction in that you need an ac.uk email address to be the group's owner. But I think it should be something where people can send an email to an email address (rather than having to submit posts to LinkedIn or however it works).

A note on terminology
The term science communication is generally restricted to public communications, with the term scientific communication for scholarly type comms. It's not exactly ideal in terms of avoiding confusion though!

Here's what Wikipedia has to say -

Science communication

"Science communication is the practice of informing, educating, sharing wonderment, and raising awareness of science-related topics. Science communicators and audiences are ambiguously defined and the expertise and level of science knowledge varies with each group."




Sunday, 26 May 2019

Homeopathy company in Germany issues lawyerly notices to skeptics for saying homeopathy doesn't work

Yesterday I read a new post from Edzard Ernst highlighting that a homeopathic company in Germany, Hevert Arzneimittel, had sent legal letters to homeopathy skeptics asking them to stop saying that homeopathy doesn't work and to sign an agreement to that effect or they'd have to pay just over 5,000 euros to the company.

A couple of the German skeptics affected have tweeted copies of their letters. Some Twitter apps / platforms have a 'translate' button below tweets, if not you can paste the text into Google Translate and select German to English.

In early May another homeopathy group reported Bernd Kramer to the German press association for his criticisms of homeopathy, which he tweets, and he adds updates to his thread eventually leading to the tweeted legal letter from Hevert shared on 16 May 2019.

On 24 May Natalie Grams (herself a former homeopath) tweeted her own legal letter (English translation), by which time tweeted responses to @HevertNatur's Twitter account had become robustly critical and mocking, and voluminous.

As far as I'm aware people who received the letters had not been critical of the company itself, they'd just pointed out that homeopathy doesn't work.

Given the phenomenon of the Streisand Effect (drawing even more attention to something when seeking to remove some small level of attention already received, see also Verschlimmbesserung) it seems an odd action to take, as lots of people are now sharing info about the legal action. As a consequence they are now criticising the company as well as reiterating that homeopathy does not work with the rallying cry "Homöopathie wirkt nicht über den Placebo-Effekt hinaus" or "Homeopathy does not work beyond the placebo effect".

Today Hevert has published a statement on its Facebook page (though not mentioned at time of writing on its Twitter page) explaining the action it has taken in trying to prevent criticism of homeopathy in Germany. It's interesting to note that they specifically acknowledge the effectiveness of UK skeptics^ in getting legal restrictions introduced on homeopathy* in Britain, which followed from commentary that was critical about homeopathy (a pattern they are hoping to avoid occurring in Germany). Again the (over 200) comments on the page are now critical of the company's actions and asking for evidence that homeopathy is more effective than placebo.

The comments on Edzard's post are interesting and helpful and put things into context in terms of German law. Commenter Joseph Kuhn suggests that the company may be able to assume that, legally, authorised homeopathic products are considered effective: "The German law on drugs assumes efficacy for authorised homeopathic remedies (remedies with an indication)" and so perhaps it's not unreasonable to expect people to respect that assessment.

Eppur (non) si muove, however.

^this includes scientists, doctors, patients - not just bloggers
*For example homeopathy has largely been removed from the NHS and is no longer allowed as a first line treatment by vets. There's also been a tightening of permitted marketing claims and much greater scrutiny of them.




Saturday, 18 May 2019

On the overreach of homeopaths and why homeopathy now finds itself in difficulty



There's a scene in Family Guy where Peter (the dad) asks to see the newspaper (Brian the family dog is reading it) and expresses surprise at the lack of mention of a certain ornithological piece. As Brian starts to ask Peter what he means Stewie (the baby) tries to stop him, but too late, Peter starts singing Surfin' Bird.

I can't help wondering if my poor friends think the same whenever homeopathy is mentioned in my earshot ;)

To most people homeopathy is a harmless pastime, you feel a bit under the weather, you take a pill 'for' it (or 'for' you - it's never entirely clear), you get better. If asked they might ascribe the getting better to the homeopathy and ignore the possibility that they'd have got better anyway. Friends of skeptics probably wonder why we get so exercised about this. Here's why.

If homeopaths and homeopathy stuck to "helping people feel a bit better when they're under the weather" - let's call that Moderate Homeopathy - I'd expect you'd not hear much of a peep from doctors, nurses, vets, scientists, patients, skeptic activists and anyone who's ever given a sideways look at a homeopath opining that they can cure or prevent a serious disease - let's call that Extremist Homeopathy.

As is often the case Extremist Homeopathy flourishes in the vacuum of Moderate Homeopathy's utter failure to call it out. It's incredibly rare to hear a homeopath correct or criticise another homeopath's ideas or pronouncements and I can only think of one example (if you know of others please let me know). Peter Fisher (a doctor and homeopath who sadly died last year in a cycling accident in London) strongly criticised those homeopaths who were claiming that homeoprophylaxis (the preventive wing of homeopathy) could stop people from getting malaria if they took homeopathic vaccinations or pills. It can't. He was pretty cross about them having said this (as part of a BBC undercover operation(1)) because it was a harmful thing to say (people could become very ill) - and of course it did the reputation of homeopathy no favours at all.
"I'm very angry about it because people are going to get malaria - there is absolutely no reason to think that homeopathy works to prevent malaria and you won't find that in any textbook or journal of homeopathy so people will get malaria, people may even die of malaria if they follow this advice." - note, a senior homeopath said that homeopathy could not prevent malaria - it's not just skeptics who said that.
Since 2006 several homeopaths (who would probably consider themselves Moderate) have been sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority for making claims that homeopathy can help people with asthma, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, menopause and so on. Unfortunately this is veering into Extremist Homeopathy territory as homeopathy cannot help with any of these. The quality of evidence is not in homeopathy's favour though no-one should deny that people might feel better after talking with a kindly homeopath who is able (thanks to charging for it) to spend time listening to the person and make them feel supported.

The most-obviously Extremist Homeopaths are now offering homeopathy to treat or prevent autism. The mistaken notion that vaccination can lead to autism has led to a three-pronged approach to try and prevent or reverse this - in short a money-making scam which can leave children unvaccinated or harmed by ridiculous protocols.

1. Tell the parent not to vaccinate the child (or, more accurate, create a culture of fear in which parents become reluctant to vaccinate and provide a 'safe haven' for them to come to you) and offer them homeoprophylaxis - a non-existent homeopathic alternative to vaccination.
2. For parents who have vaccinated and are now worried about future autism, offer them a Homeopathic Detox Therapy package where the imagined bad effects of vaccination can be undone with homeopathy.
3. Where a child has autism, imply that it was caused by vaccination or other 'toxins' and that homeopathy and high-dose supplements ('CEASE therapy') can now detox the child and reverse autism(2). There is no requirement (and no-one even to require it) for these homeopaths to be DBS (formerly CRB) checked and no safeguarding of children.

These types of claims, several made by members of the Society of Homeopaths, have made critics of homeopathy sit up and take particular notice and act on their concerns.

Homeopaths seem to believe that they should be in charge of their own regulation (which is a privilege not a right) but until they collectively stop putting people's health at risk their claims are always going to be closely scrutinised by the same people who've gradually helped to cause the public mood to shift away from seeing homeopathy as being harmless or benign.

Homeopaths will not listen to advice from skeptics but in case this can reach any of them here's my attempt nonetheless at telling homeopaths why they now find themselves in defensive-mode and what I think they need to do:

Homeopathy is its own worst enemy. It has massively overreached in its claims. Doing so means skeptics* have taken notice and acted coherently to try address it. Success has been slow going but is very definitely heading in that direction. The evidence is not in favour of homeopathy so when doctors and pressure groups ask the NHS to defund it they are knocking at an open door. Claiming to cure or prevent diseases while being unable to do so is harmful (directly and indirectly) and until homeopaths have the courage to call out other homeopaths over this you can probably expect greater scrutiny, tighter regulation and more unfavourable news articles.  Any annoyance you feel at skeptics for curtailing your claims and activities is because you've failed to regulate yourselves and you put people at potential risk from active or passive harms.

There was probably a case to be made for homeopathy on the NHS, but homepaths blew it by exploiting its presence on the NHS as a cover for more harmful notions. It is true that doctors are not always able to help patients and some doctors had said they found it useful to be able to refer those patients to what could have been just a harmless distraction (the patient would still be under proper medical care and in little danger from having no real treatment if monitored). Losing them to private homeopaths risks losing that oversight and puts patients at risk from dangerous ideas and bad advice.

If homeopaths had stuck to offering people support without making wild claims I probably wouldn't have written a single blog post or tweet, or written to regulators (I've been in touch with the Advertising Standards Authority, three different Trading Standards branches, Professional Standards Authority in the UK as well as regulators in Ireland and the US). I'd not have signed or shared petitions or lent my voice to calls for homeopathy to be defunded by the NHS (successful) by insurance companies (partially successful) or removed as a first line treatment for vets (successful), and I'd not have welcomed the attitudinal change among newspaper editors and TV producers in several countries which means articles and programmes now actively criticise the dangerous claims made, instead of advertising homeopathy clinics as they used to (still do, but to a lesser extent).

*Not just bloggers like me but doctors, nurses, vets, scientists, angry patients, health activists and skeptic bloggers.

References
(1) Malaria advice 'risks lives' (BBC News) 13 July 2006
(2) Homeopaths ‘treat’ autistic children with rabid dog saliva (The Times) 14 April 2019

See also
How homeopaths push useless alternatives to crucial vaccines (The Times) 4 May 2019

The Times view on homeopathic treatments: Dangerous Quackery (The Times) 4 May 2019
Homeopathic alternatives to the measles vaccine pose a risk to public health



Friday, 26 April 2019

Slightly strange ICC Cricket emails from ExAccess Group

Seeing Action Fraud's tweet just now "Looking for tickets to the Men's Cricket World Cup? They can only be purchased directly from the official ticket website: Tickets for sale on other platforms may not be genuine and could leave you out of pocket" reminded me that I'd meant to post something about emails I received on the topic a few weeks ago.

I've no interest in cricket (or watching sport generally) and wouldn't use my work email address to sign up to anything like that so was a bit surprised to get this email on 8 March 2019.

"Subject: England vs Australia - ICC Cricket World Cup - Last Table

Good afternoon,

I have a note to keep you posted on any Cricket deals that come up and I was just wondering on your plans for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

We've just had a private table for 10 guests with full hospitality come in for the sold out England  vs Australia fixture taking place at Lords on Tuesday 25th June 2019.

We can offer you this private table for just £599 per person (+VAT).

Package includes:

  • A Q&A session with former international cricketers
  • Unique views of the players’ practice area
  • Breakfast, three-course lunch and afternoon tea
  • Complimentary drinks, including Champagne
  • Lower Mound Stand or Lower Grand Stand seats (Category 1)
  • Match day programme

Sample itinerary:
  • 9.00am Gates open, breakfast is served
  • 10.30am Play starts
  • 2.00pm Three-course lunch with selected fine wines and coffee
  • 2.45pm Play resumes
  • 6.15pm Scheduled close of play
  • 6.45pm Bar closes
  • 7.15pm Nursery Pavilion closes, guests depart

Demand for hospitality at the World Cup has been unprecedented, with only a limited number of packages remaining available, so if you have an interest please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,"


The email ended with a name, phone number and link to the Exclusive Access Group website which you'll need to copy, paste and delete the ^ to visit: www^.exaccess^group.^co.uk

I asked why I'd been emailed as I'd never signed up and didn't hear back. Then I received an identical email on 18 March 2019 from another person working there. At which point I played along, indicated my interest and - of course - someone got back to me. They didn't know how my work adress had been added to their database but eventually promised it would be removed, though it took several emails until 10 April 2019. I also tried the phone number (020 7157 9511) but no-one answered. Perhaps they are a genuine company but it was an odd series of exchanges and when buying sports tickets I'd be extra cautious about where you buy them from.




Thursday, 25 April 2019

The Professional Standards Authority has re-accredited the Society of Homeopaths - CEASE therapy for autism

Reaccreditation document (PDF)

This one is a little surprising. A number of us have been expressing concern to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) about the response by the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to those of their members who are offering "CEASE" therapy for autism.

The SoH keeps a register of its 997 members (at Sep 2018, all of whom are allowed to use the term RSHom in their marketing material) and the PSA accredits a variety of society registers, including SoH's. SoH therefore runs an Accredited Register (AR) of homeopaths, though accreditation isn't meant to imply that homeopathy works.

Last year the PSA re-accredited the SoH with some provisos that the society would need to satisfy some additional monitoring requirements about those of their members offering CEASE.

Yestesrday the PSA published the latest accreditation and I've not read it all yet but wanted to add something here about it as I've written several times on this topic.

The 21 page PDF from the PSA is here - Society of Homeopaths Annual Review 2018

What surprised me is that the PSA highlighted a problem with members of an AR offering any treatment (whether real or bogus) that claims to treat a protected characteristic such as autism. The SoH still has members offering this, with a range of claims.

Thanks to @UKHomeopathyReg for alerting me.

Also of interest and relevance is that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has referred five homeopaths (I don't know if any of them are SoH members, no reasons to assume that any are) to Trading Standards for further investigation. Last year the ASA sent an Enforcement Notice to 150 UK homeopaths who were making misleading claims to treat or cure autism. Homeopaths should not write CEASE out in full (it stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) as the full name is an implied health claim, which is misleading.

Why so-called CEASE Therapy claims to 'cure' autism really have to stop - Guy Parker, CEO ASA




Saturday, 13 April 2019

Open air cinema screenings in London 2019

Last updated: 13 April 2019

Every year I get terribly excited at the prospect of open air movies in London and trawl the various listings, trying to capture them all. It's almost impossible to succeed because there are so many (hooray!). If you know of one I've not listed please let me know @JoBrodie on Twitter.

For the last couple of years I've made the list as a Google Spreadsheet as it's easy to sort and manipulate, though not very searchable on Google and other search engines so I do an additional blog post. I miss doing it on Storify but it closed.

The current list lives at Open air cinema screenings in London 2019 and will be updated throughout the year; the 'season' generally runs from late April to late September. There are free screenings too, some during the daytime (using screens unaffected by bright sunlight) and some screenings are part of other events.

Table of Contents
1. General advice
2. List of films so far
3. List of venues so far
4. Previously...

1. General advice - think about bringing the following
Tickets! Make sure you print in advance, or have the e-ticket visible on your device - and make sure you know where the venue actually is (!)
Something warm to wear (even if it's boiling hot in the day it can be surprisingly cool when sitting outside at 10pm)
Something to sit on (plastic bag as a minimum, blanket or cushion better) as you could be sitting on damp grass or hard stone / concrete or pavement
- Pop Up Screens let you bring camping chairs but many other venues don't (some venues already have seating) - check
• Something to avoid rain (umbrellas are generally a bit of a no-no, I'd recommend rain hat or one of those 'pac a mac' things)
• Something to eat and drink and something to eat it off / drink it out of (most films are in public spaces so you can bring your own picnic, check though as venues like Syon Park and Alexandra Palace might not, always check the website's FAQ) - don't forget a bottle opener if you need one
• A plastic bag to take away rubbish / and for sitting on grass
• Loo roll (public toilets being as they are...)

2. List of films so far
10 Things I Hate About You
50 First Dates
A Star is Born
An American Werewolf in London
Aquaman
Aquaman
Back to the Future
Beauty and the Beast
Bend It Like Beckham
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody (sing-along)
Bridget Jones' Diary
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cars
Casablanca
Clueless
Coco
Crazy Rich Asians
Cruel Intentions
Dirty Dancing
Dumbo
ET The Extra-Terrestrial
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Finding Dory
First Man
Forrest Gump
Frozen
Game of Thrones (TV)
Grease  
Grease (sing-along)
Green Book
Highway Rat
Hook
Hop
Jurassic Park
Labyrinth
Legally Blonde
Leon: The Professional
Les Miserables
Lost in Translation
Love, Simon
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns (sing-along)
Mean Girls
Moana
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Moulin Rouge!
Notting Hill
Pretty Woman
Pulp Fiction
Raging Bull
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Romeo + Juliet
Shakespeare in Love
She's All That
Sing
Some Like It Hot
Spice World
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Stan & Ollie
Tangled
The Big Lebowski
The Breakfast Club
The Devil Wears Prada
The Favourite
The Godfather
The Greatest Showman
The Gruffalo
The Incredibles 2
The Jungle Book
The Lego Movie 2
The Little Mermaid
The Lost Boys
The Meg
The Notebook
The Young Victoria
Top Gun
True Romance
Up!
Us
Withnail and I
Zog
Zootropolis
Carmen (opera)
The Marriage of Figaro (opera)
Romeo and Juliet (opera)
Angora Love (Laurel & Hardy)
You’re Darn Tootin’ (Laurel & Hardy)

3. List of venues so far
Alexandra Palace
Arena Square (Wembley Park)
Battersea Park  
Bussey Building (Peckham)
Chiswick House and Gardens
Crystal Palace Park
Danson House (Bexley)
Dulwich Park  
Fulham Palace  
General Gordon Square (Woolwich)
Hampton Court Palace
Horse Hospital Stables Market (Camden)
Kensington Palace  
Kenwood House (Hampstead)
Lyric Square (Hammersmith)
Merchant Square: The Lawn (Paddington)
Morden Hall Park  
Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich)
Opera Holland Park  
Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch)
RAF Museum London (Hendon)
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre  
Roof East (Stratford)
Station Square (Herne Hill)
The Scoop (London Bridge City)
Tooting Common  
Trafalgar Square  
Victoria Embankment Gardens (Embankment)
Victoria Tower Gardens (Westminster)
Wandsworth Park  
Westminster Abbey  
White City (Shepherd's Bush)
Wimbledon Park

4. Previously...   




Thursday, 4 April 2019

Google could warn people who are searching for "how to buy bitcoin" about scams like this email

I've just received another one of those 'warning' scam emails telling me that some malware has been added to my computer to monitor my activity and a video of me is to be sent to all my contacts unless I pay up. It's twaddle.

These emails all ask for payment in bitcoin and include a search suggestion to find out how to do that as presumably most people have no idea (I don't). I ran the suggested search for "how to buy bitcoin" and was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a warning from Google to let people know that this search is often related to scams.

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From: annmariereid@c.anopost.ga
Subject: Fwd: ❗ ATTENTION! You are screwed now Jo Brodie...

Do I have your attention?
You are really screwed now and you better read this... !

Your device was recently infected with a software I developed,
and now you have a problem you need to solve,
because it has gone too far..

You probably noticed your device is acting strangely lately.
That's because you downloaded a nasty software I created
while you were browsing the Ƿornographic website...

The software automatically:
1) Started your Ƈamera and begun recoding you,
uploading the footage to my server...
2) Recording your device screen
3) Copied all your contact lists from mail program, facebook
and your device chain
4) Started logging what you write

The problem is that it has cought you while you have been
ʍasturbating.. and I didn't plan to see that.. but I did.

I now have the Jo Brodie.mp4 file with you
ʍasturbating to this hardcore stuff... ugly!! :((


Let me get straight to the point.

If you do not do what I ask you now, I will upload this
ugly video file with you ... and the stuff you were watching
to several video upload sites and I will send the links
to all your friends, family members and associates.

I am sure they will not like what they will see and I am
also sure you don't want me to do that, right ?


So do you want me to uninstall the nasty software from
your device and stop recording you?
Do you want me to forget about this whole issue??

I think 2,000 USD is a fair price for my silence. I know you
can handle to send me this money - and it is enough for
me to get lost. So how do you send the cash?? Bitcoin.

I checked right now and 1 Bitcoin is worth 4,960 bucks.
So...

Send exactly 0.409482 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet.

This is my Bitcoin wallet address:
3HSiUV[redacted]QLb4tbaVf2SgWbhi

If you do not know how to send cash using bitcoin,
type 'how to buy bitcoin' in google. There's plenty
of guides.

Ok.. so what if you decide not to pay ?
Well if you want to test my patience - go on.
I will destroy your social life, you can count on that.

You think that visiting Police is a good idea ? Nope.
I don't live in your country and I know how to stay
Anonymous. I will send the compromising video to
everyone you know!

Just send me the 2,000 USD and we forget about
the whole thing. I have family to feed too.

***********************************************
Send 2,000 USD worth of bitcoin to this address:

0.409482 BTC
to this address:

3HSiUV[redacted]QLb4tbaVf2SgWbhi

(copy and paste it - it's cAsE sensitive)
***********************************************

After you send the money to my wallet (exact
amount!) - I will see it and I will remove the video
and deactivate the rec software.

I give you 5 days only to send the transfer..

The time starts ticking after you open this letter
(I included a pixel in this message and I will
know when you read it).


Don't try to contact me - I am using an untracable
email to deliver this message to you.

I am waiting for your cash.
And don't forget the shame if you ignore me.

Annmarie




Friday, 22 March 2019

CEASE Therapy for autism in the UK news today - it doesn't treat or cure autism

1. Listen
The BBC will run a piece* early this afternoon on Radio 4's You and Yours about a bogus treatment for autism, called CEASE Therapy aka 'Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression'.

Listen to it on BBC Radio 4 from 12.15pm today Friday 22 March 2019, or catch up later
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003d81

Read You and Yours' post about the story "Advertising watchdog rules fake autism 'cure' adverts must stop" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47666939


CEASE rests on the false idea that vaccination causes autism and uses homeopathy and supplements to try and "detox" children from the imagined negative effects of the vaccines. Not only is it nonsense it's also harmful and medically neglectful (encourages diarrhoea as a process to eliminate toxins),  a safeguarding concern (vulnerable children and families involved) and offensive (implying that autism should be eliminated). There is no need for it, and it's great that awareness is being raised.

2. Watch
The BBC also referenced CEASE on their Breakfast television show. You can watch it again on iPlayer (you may need to register) until tomorrow (Saturday, at 9.15am), from 19 minutes into the programme (6.18am on the programme itself).
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003fvb/breakfast-22032019

3. ASA
The Advertising Standards Authority's CEO Guy Parker published a blog post today about the action the ASA has been taking against homeopaths who are offering CEASE therapy and who are referencing it in relation to autism. Last year the ASA sent out an Enforcement Notice to 150 CEASE homeopaths pointing out the problems with offering the therapy, this notice has also been published today. Five homeopaths have been referred to Trading Standards but not yet added to their Referrals page.

Why so-called CEASE Therapy claims to 'cure' autism really have to stop
https://www.asa.org.uk/news/cease-therapy-claims-must-stop.html

Metro have also picked up the story.
Guardian too.

The ASA have previously adjudicated against two practitioners offering CEASE therapy - Teddington Homeopathy
and Elle Fox (trading as Bubbling Life).

4. SoH / PSA
The Society of Homeopaths is one of several membership societies for homeopaths but is the only one regulated by the Professional Standards Authority. SoH members are already required to adhere to ASA's guidelines but last year the PSA had to step in and address problems with some members' claims about CEASE.

The response by the SoH to the ASA's action has been described as "staggeringly inadequate" because there have been "discussions taking place on how the therapy might be renamed" instead of addressing the underlying nonsense. This merely "(e)ncourages CEASE quacks to continue as before, while hiding from ASA." 

Today (and over the weekend) Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall is hosting the SoH's AGM and conference (on fertility and pregnancy).

5. See also
CEASE Therapy on Wikipedia
• Westminster Autism Commission (PDF) on other harmful interventions on autism (CEASE not included)

*"We report on what's being done to stop a bogus treatment which claims to cure autism in children. The Advertising Standards Authority has told You & Yours it’s served enforcement notices on 150 homeopaths who offer so-called CEASE therapy. The treatment claims to purge heavy metals, vaccines and antibiotics from a child’s system. The National Autistic Society says there's no cure for autism and it's wrong to claim it can be cured. We speak to a mother who tried the treatment for several months and now regrets it. The Society of Homeopaths say there are discussions taking place on how the therapy might be renamed to make claims aren't made that can't then be substantiated."





Friday, 8 March 2019

List of Twitter traditions

On Christmas Day 2018 I created a new page on Wikipedia to celebrate the List of Twitter traditions. The page lasted until late February when it was tagged for discussion re: possible deletion as not satisfying Wikipedia's requirements for lists. Sadly it didn't survive the discussion but a copy of the page is preserved here.

List of Twitter traditions


The list of Twitter traditions includes examples of annually repeated 'events' on the internet micro-blogging service Twitter, usually linked to a hashtag or a particular account.

#DuvetKnowItsChristmas - Christmas Sleeping Arrangements

In December 2011 musician and writer Rhodri Marsden found himself sleeping in his sister's old room[1] during the Christmas holidays, tweeting to his Twitter followers that "I think it's time for a photo meme of grown adults in single beds in their parents' house."[2] His tweet unleashed a flood of responses from those staying in childhood rooms (now turned into offices or used as storage spaces) who shared photos of incongruous bed linen and undignified sleeping arrangements. The hashtag #DuvetKnowItsChristmas was widely adopted in 2016 after Twitter user CrouchingBadger suggested "Also, can we refer to this as #duvetknowitschristmas?"[3] (though user 'Hashithappens' used the tag in 2015[4] in a reply) and it continues to be a popular annual Twitter event.[5][6] In 2018 Twitter partnered with Shelter to encourage those sharing images on the hashtag to donate to the charity in support of those without a room at Christmas.[7]

#JoinIn

Comedian Sarah Millican sent a tweet on Christmas Day 2012 reminding her followers that they were not alone and encouraging them to share what they were doing: "And if circumstances mean you're on your own today, remember, you're not! We are here. I'll post up what i'm up to and join in if you like".[8] A little later she followed this up with a tweet suggesting a hashtag[9] (#joinin), which let people keep track of the shared conversations.[10]

#SuperbOwl

During the NFL's annual championship 'Super Bowl' game advertisers, unless authorised to use the official trademark, must use a different term (such as 'The Big Game') to refer to the event. Comedian Stephen Colbert used the technically permitted phrase "Superb Owl" in 2014 and others adopted this term with #SuperbOwl being used on Twitter to share photographs of owls. Twitter does not distinguish between the hashtags #SuperBowl and #SuperbOwl so tweets from fans of the game and fans of owls overlap.[11]

John Lewis and John Lewis retail

For a number of years the UK department store John Lewis used the Twitter name of JohnLewisRetail (now @JLPartners)[12] however this did not stop customers from sending customer service-related tweets to @JohnLewis[13], a man living in North America who merely shares the same name. The tweets 'to' him peak in the Christmas season in response to John Lewis' annual Christmas advert.[14][15] His good-humoured and helpful responses have become a popular internet tradition resulting in his account being verified[16] and his own appearance in a Twitter UK video advert in December 2018.[17]

Ed Balls Day

On 28 April 2011, Ed Balls, urged by an assistant to search Twitter for a recent article about him, accidentally entered his intended search term in the wrong box and sent a tweet reading only "Ed Balls".[18] The tweet has never been deleted and the incident is now celebrated as Ed Balls Day every 28 April, with followers retweeting his original message and commemorating the occasion in other ways.[19][20]

International "When's International Men's Day?" Day

On International Women's Day in 2013 (8 March) comedian Richard Herring tweeted "International women's Day? When are we going to get an International MEN'S day? ... On November 19th. Hope that answers your question"[21] after noticing a tendency among some people on Twitter to ask "When's International Men's Day?" in response to the existence of a day celebrating women. The following year he continued[22], quote tweeting a variation of his response to hundreds of people asking the same question, and this tradition has continued.[23] In 2018 he raised £150,000 for the charity Refuge by spending the day answering everyone who asked.[24]
 
Category:Social media Category:Twitter-related lists Category:Annual events

References
  1.  "Christmas: When people return to their childhood bedrooms". BBC. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  2.  ""I think it's time for a photo meme of grown adults in single beds in their parents' house."". Rhodri Marsden on Twitter. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  3.  ""Also, can we refer to this as #duvetknowitschristmas?"". Crouchingbadger on Twitter. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  4.  ""or....#duvetknowitschristmas"". Hashithappens on Twitter. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  5.  ""#DuvetKnowItsChristmas is a brilliant Twitter tradition where people Tweet @Rhodri to share their often hilarious seasonal sleeping arrangements. This year we've partnered with @Rhodri and @Shelter to tell the story. Not everyone has a home at Christmas, please give what you can."". Hashithappens on Twitter. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  6.  "This man has been sharing the weird sleeping arrangements people have to endure over Christmas". The Telegraph. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  7.  "#DuvetKnowItsChristmas returns to show the reality of people's sleeping arrangements over Christmas". Metro. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  8.  ""And if circumstances mean you're on your own today, remember, you're not! We are here. I'll post up what i'm up to and join in if you like"". Sarah Millican on Twitter. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  9.  ""Let's use a hashtag. #joinin if you're joining in with me."". Sarah Millican on Twitter. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  10.  "Sarah Millican's #JoinIn campaign is here to help if you're lonely this Christmas". Metro. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  11.  "Why is r/Superbowl about owls?". Reddit. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  12. "jlpartners". John Lewis Partners on Twitter. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  13.  "John Lewis". John Lewis on Twitter. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  14.  "Man called John Lewis bombarded with messages by confused Twitter users again as Christmas advert comes out". Mirror. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  15.  "American Man Named 'John Lewis' Responds To Christmas Ad Hype". LadBible. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  16. ""HEY! I've been verified!"". John Lewis on Twitter. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018. 
  17.  "Man named John Lewis is revealed as star of Twitter's UK Christmas film after he gets bombarded with tweets every year that are intended for the retailer". Evening Standard. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  18.  Balls, Ed (28 April 2011). "Ed Balls". Twitter. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  19.  Collins, Lauren (28 April 2014). "Happy Ed Balls Day". The New Yorker.
  20.  Sini, Rozina (28 April 2016). "Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day". BBC News. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  21. ""International women's Day? When are we going to get an International MEN'S day? ... On November 19th. Hope that answers your question."". Richard K Herring on Twitter. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2018. 
  22. ""Is it International "when's international men's day?" again already?"". Evening Standard. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2018. 
  23. "Relax, guys – it's International Men's Day (the official one)". The Guardian. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2018. 
  24. "International "When's International Men's Day? Day"". Just Giving. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018. 




Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Some encouraging regulatory news on CEASE therapy for autism - #homeopathy

Summary: the PSA has already taken on board skeptics' concerns about some of the Society of Homeopaths' members who use homeopathy and CEASE therapy in treating (and claiming to treat) autistic children. In January 2019 the PSA added an additional point to consider, which is that the treatment "seeks to ‘eliminate’ a characteristic that not everyone would think necessary or desirable to eliminate" and is a safeguarding concern.
CEASE therapy is a bogus treatment for autism. It stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression and consultations are regularly offered by homeopaths via Skype, widening the pool of possible patients to anyone around the world. CEASE relies on the incorrect idea that it's possible to detox from vaccinations by using high dose vitamins, other supplements and homeopathic remedies.


The Society of Homeopaths is aware that some of their members offer CEASE and that the marketing of the intervention is often deemed problematic. There have been adjudications by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) against homeopaths who've made misleading claims about the treatment and it's generally considered that writing CEASE out in full itself makes a marketing claim.

For the last couple of years the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) have had their register of members accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). Skeptic bloggers (including me) have been regularly in touch with the PSA to express concerns about the problems that promoting CEASE therapy entails. The PSA has taken some promising action.

In February 2018 the PSA re-accredited the SoH but with provisos attached that they monitor CEASE-offering members' advertising material, put a position statement on their website about the treatment and what can't be claimed for it and review the risks of the treatment.
• More detail on this can be found here Better monitoring of homeopaths advertising CEASE therapy for autism in the UK - hooray (28 Feb 2018)


A fellow skeptic has just alerted me to the recently published outcome from a Board Meeting the PSA had on 16 January 2019. It covers all of their accreditation processes but specific mention is made of the PSA's own concerns about CEASE therapy / homeopathy, raising a new issue that I confess hadn't occurred to me (Equality Act, see first para in the quote below).
• More at Update on Accredited Registers (19 Jan 2019), a 6-pg PDF.


Point 6.12 on page 5 of 6 says (emphasis added by me)
"...In the light of our experience with considering the issues involved in CEASE therapy we would highlight one additional point. Whilst we addressed this primarily from a safety perspective, it also raised an ethical issue under the Equality Act in so far as the therapy seeks to ‘eliminate’ a characteristic that not everyone would think necessary or desirable to eliminate. Since we already consider observance with the Equality Act within our assessment process we do not think we need to amend the principles.

We consider the safeguarding legislative gap to present an ongoing risk to the public and we will continue to raise this matter with the DHSC and Ministers. This year we will focus our assessment activity on accredited registers risk management procedures, which will include reviewing their safeguarding arrangements and if this continues to highlight a problem, we will present our findings to DHSC to strengthen our call for action."
From
Update on Accredited Registers (19 Jan 2019)DHSC = Department for Health and Social Care
Encouragingly the Society of Homeopaths has already appointed their first safeguarding officer (Sep 2018) which is a positive move, but there are still a number of their members whose websites make claims about autism that shouldn't be made. More on that in the next couple of months or so.

As for the SoH's current accreditation? Along with a couple of other members' registers their status is "Annual review under assessment"...


Further reading
Pic credit: Schüssler tablets homeopathy




Friday, 18 January 2019

Who have the ASA referred to Trading Standards and what happened next?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK keeps a page of non-compliant online advertiers - people are added to the page, and eventually fall off it. I thought I should keep a closer eye on changes to that page and set up a post to do that, but this post looks at the Referrals page. This outlines the activity where a non-compliant advertiser is referred to Trading Standards for further action.

There are curently 62 cases listed, however you have to keep pressing 'show more' to see them so this shows the full list all at once.

Bold text in yellow highlights what happened next after referral.

  • iPhoneIMEI.net

    • 09 January 2019
    • Unlocking iPhone and iCloud service
    • Referred
  • 97maxx.co.uk

    • 02 January 2019
    • 97maxx.co.uk
    • trainers
    • Referred
  • 95max.co.uk

    • 23 October 2018
    • 95max.co.uk
    • Trainers
    • Referred
  • D Smith

    • 06 September 2018
    • Contactthedvla.co.uk / dvla-contact-number.co.uk
    • Call forwarding service
    • Referred
  • Travel Affairs Ltd

    • 23 August 2018
    • ehic-e111-card.org
    • Copycat website (EHIC)
    • Referred
  • Kellys Vegies Ltd

    • 23 August 2018
    • My Farm Fresh Box
    • Grocery box subscription
    • Referred
  • UK Official Records Ltd

    • 23 August 2018
    • ukofficialrecords.co.uk
    • Copycat website (Replacement certificates)
    • Referred
  • Holistic Energy Advanced Learning Ltd

    • 20 August 2018
    • Allergy Testing UK
    • Allergy and food intolerance testing
    • Referred
  • www.point-less.co.uk

    • 07 August 2018
    • www.point-less.co.uk
    • Point-Less
    • Website taken down
  • PDQ Estates Ltd

    • 24 July 2018
    • PDQ
    • Estate agent
    • Referred
  • kenyaairway.co.uk

    • 14 May 2018
    • kenyaairway.co.uk
    • Travel agent
    • Website taken down
  • Online Central Reservations Ltd

    • 30 April 2018
    • Central Reservations
    • Hotel bookings
    • Website taken down
  • Goodwin Development Trust

    • 09 April 2018
    • Oxypod
    • Referred
  • George Smith

    • 24 January 2018
    • UK Directory Services
    • Call forwarding service
    • Website taken down
  • ETA and E-Visa Service

    • 12 January 2018
    • us-esta.uk
    • “Copycat” website
    • Website taken down
  • Thermalogica Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Thermalogica Health Screening
    • Thermal imaging
    • Website taken down
  • herdress.co.uk

    • 04 January 2018
    • HerDress
    • Dress for formal events
    • Referred
  • Sky Number

    • 04 September 2017
    • skynumber.co.uk
    • Call forwarding service
    • Ceased trading
  • Marie Atlas Ltd

    • 12 May 2017
    • marieatlas.co.uk
    • AtlasProfilax Therapy
    • Trader now compliant
  • FreeFusion Ltd

    • 07 April 2017
    • www.iphonespecialist.co.uk
    • Mobile phone repair
    • Prosecuted
  • Threechings.com Ltd

    • 21 February 2017
    • Three Chings
    • Trader now compliant
  • Ticket4Football

    • 02 February 2017
    • Ticket4Football
    • Referred
  • Premier Events

    • 01 February 2017
    • Premier Events
    • Referred
  • Novum Publishing gmbh

    • 26 January 2017
    • United P.C. Publisher
    • Referred
  • Britannia Campaigning Ltd

    • 24 January 2017
    • Britain First
    • Trader now compliant
  • Lionheart GB

    • 24 January 2017
    • The Patriot Store
    • Clothing
    • Trader now compliant
  • Halcyon Bracelets

    • 01 January 2017
    • Halcyon Bracelets
    • Halcyon copper bracelets
    • Trader now compliant
  • Dr Jin

    • 01 January 2017
    • Traditional Chinese medicine
    • Trader now compliant
  • Zeetech Services Ltd

    • 01 January 2017
    • Canterbury Spine and Health Practice
    • Chiropractic Services
    • Website taken down
  • Nature's Range Ltd

    • 01 January 2017
    • Nature's Range
    • ProstEase, JointEase, Pernol
    • Referred
  • Easy Consulting SL

    • 01 November 2016
    • Direct Resorts International The Ultimate Holiday Package
    • Holiday accommodation
    • Trader now compliant
  • Meridian Consumer Research Private Ltd

    • 01 November 2016
    • drivinglicenceguide.co.uk, incomesupportguide.co.uk
    • Call forwarding service
    • Trader now compliant
  • -Limit Ltd

    • 01 October 2016
    • www.europeanhealthcard.org.uk
    • “Copycat” website
    • Ceased trading
  • Chinese Clinics (Balham) Ltd

    • 01 September 2016
    • The Chinese Clinic
    • Traditional Chinese medicine
    • Website taken down
  • Crystal Healing Light Ltd

    • 01 September 2016
    • Crystal Healing Light
    • Crystal therapy
    • Website taken down
  • Ron Prescott ND

    • 01 September 2016
    • www.ronprescottnd.co.uk, www.mecures.co.uk & www.smileqigong.com
    • Alternative therapies
    • Trader now compliant
  • XT-Tec Ltd

    • 01 August 2016
    • pcbattery.co.uk
    • Laptop Batteries
    • Website taken down
  • missydress.co.uk Inc

    • 01 July 2016
    • www.missydress.co.uk
    • Dresses
    • Website taken down
  • top-battery.co.uk

    • 01 June 2016
    • www.top-battery.co.uk
    • Laptop Batteries
    • Website taken down
  • Kitchen Units Cardiff

    • 01 June 2016
    • www.kitchenunits-cardiff.co.uk
    • Kitchens
    • Website taken down
  • Finitro

    • 01 February 2016
    • Finitro
    • Finitro Forte Plus
    • Trader now compliant
  • Dr Alyssa Burns Hill

    • 01 January 2016
    • www.alyssaburns-hill.com
    • Hormone Testing and Holistic Health Advice
    • Referred
  • Tiny Tinklers

    • 01 December 2015
    • www.teethingnecklace.co.uk
    • Amber teething necklaces
    • Website taken down
  • ATN-UK Company

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.amber-teething-necklaces.co.uk
    • Amber Teething Necklaces
    • Website taken down
  • Bamboo Textiles

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.bamboo-textiles.co.uk
    • Bamboo Textiles
    • Trader now compliant
  • Live Blood Test

    • 01 August 2015
    • Errol Denton
    • Live Blood Test
    • Referred 

    This person is also behind Fitalifestyle Ltd and was prosecuted and fined under the Cancer Act 1939 and two years later again under trading laws (and again fined) and is currently subject to a Community Behaviour Order - Jo
  • Howard Bult

    • 01 August 2015
    • Howard Bult
    • Bowen Therapy
    • Trader now compliant
  • Cascade Financial Ltd

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.daddycashforgold.co.uk
    • Financial
    • Website taken down
  • Kitchen Factory Ltd

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.the-kitchenfactory.co.uk, www.kitchendesign1.co.uk, and www.uk-fittedkitchen.co.uk
    • Kitchens
    • Website taken down
  • Fitalifestyle

    • 01 August 2015
    • seemycells.co.uk - see comment for Live Blood Analysis above, Jo
    • Liquid Chlorophyll
    • Referred
  • Paul Godber

    • 01 August 2015
    • IronHorseHouse (IHH)
    • Software add-ons for a train simulator game
    • Website taken down
  • SeaMaple (HK) Ltd

    • 01 August 2015
    • Urdress.co.uk
    • Formal dresses
    • Website taken down
  • The Tanning Hut

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.thetanninghut-huntingdon.co.uk
    • Sunbeds
    • Trader now compliant
  • LifestrengthUK

    • 01 August 2015
    • LifestrengthUK
    • Lifestrength wristbands
    • Website taken down
  • London Natural Therapies

    • 01 August 2015
    • www.londonnaturaltherapies.co.uk
    • Live blood
    • Trader now compliant
  • Philip Martin's

    • 01 August 2015
    • Philip Martin's
    • Philip Martin's Organics
    • Website taken down
  • Sonic Reflex

    • 01 August 2015
    • Waterboost
    • Waterboost
    • Trader now compliant
  • Kidz 5 A Day Ltd

    • 01 August 2014
    • Kidz 5 A Day Ltd
    • Powdered Drink
    • Ceased trading
  • Attitude Holidays

    • 01 August 2014
    • Attitude Holidays Ltd
    • Holidays
    • Website taken down
  • The Linden Centre

    • 01 August 2014
    • The Linden Method
    • The Linden Method
    • Now in Primary Authority Partnership
  • Systek Marketing Group

    • 01 August 2014
    • Prospect Email
    • Email address lists
    • Website taken down
  • Electronic Healing

    • 01 May 2014
    • Electronic Healing
    • BobBeck Protocol / Liquid Oxygen Drops
    • Prosecuted