Let me digress here for a moment and say that I don't believe in the concept of "alternative" medicine, sometimes disguised as "complementary" medicine, or the even more-insidious "integrative" medicine, which is some kind of chimeric monster employing so-called alternative therapies in conjunction with real, evidence-based, medicine. Let's clarify this. There is unproven medicine, there are untested medical treatments, and there is quack medicine. "Alternative" medical treatment that is proven to work should be called "medicine." If it fails scientific scrutiny, it should figuratively be stuck in a place where only the proctologist's light shines--and I really mean that figuratively--medically proven suppositories should be used as directed.
Ahem. Back To Dr. Barrett. Quackwatch is certainly not about only the efforts of one person. According to the Quackwatch Wikipedia entry Quackwatch has "150 scientific and technical advisors: 67 medical advisors, 12 dental advisors, 13 mental health advisors, 16 nutrition and food science advisors, 3 podiatry advisors, 8 veterinary advisors, and 33 other scientific and technical advisors." And this was in 2003 when they stopped listing specific names because, I would guess, of privacy concerns. It has since grown even larger.
Remarkably, since Quackwatch is composed entirely of volunteers, their operating costs are an astonishingly-low $7000 per year, funded mostly by small donations, proving that you can make quite an impact on the world with a very modest budget. You can donate here.
Here is a sampling of a couple of articles that I like; "Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science" by Robert L. Parks Ph.D. and "Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience" by Rory Coker Ph.D. But I encourage you to poke around the Quackwatch site and make use of the useful search utility to research topics of your own interest.
Alas, not everyone is pleased with being criticized and Dr. Barret is being sued. This is an extract from his list-serve, the Consumer's Health Digest, which is freely available to anyone, "Continuing request for help from Dr. Barrett. In June 2010, Doctor's Data, Inc. sued Dr. Barrett because it didn't like what what he wrote about them on Quackwatch and in this newsletter. In November, 2011, about half of the allegations were dismissed, but discovery has been permitted for more than a year. The rest of the suit will probably be dismissed soon after discovery ends, but the proceedings have been time-consuming and very expensive." Contributions to the defense fund can be made by mail or through the web.
So, in summary, let's all give a toast to Dr Barrett and his collaborators at Quackwatch. Thank you and congratulations to you as our Rational Hero of the Week.