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Your situation – as that of the original Australian Media Doctor (MD) website, which apparently has had to postpone activities altogether – is extremely worrying given the scarcity of such initiatives internationally and the need for them, as well as your tremendous track record of reviewing and outreach activities. MD and Health News Review have been our role models in starting the Swedish KritiKAM service at http://www.integrativecare.se, reviewing Swedish media items on CAM (so far only in Swedish). We hope you are successful in securing funding to continue your important, pioneering work.
You are a source of inspiration for us in Italy, too, and I sincerely hope you’ll manage to secure new funding very soon.
I hope your funding will soon improve. I always use your site when I lecture about disease mongering and the effect of media on health perception more generally. I do this regularly at medical schools, pharmacy and journalistst trainings in the Netherlands. Thanks for your inspiration, MvE
I write a “Health News You Can Use” column for our nonprofit consumer health library and rely on your site for ideas and inspiration, as well as help in knowing which news articles to shun.
I hope funders will soon realize your impact is amplified far beyond those who actually visit your site.
Dear Gary, I sincerely hope you find news funders soon. You are a source of inspiration for us in Brazil. Good luck! Cláudia Collucci
Please don’t stop publication. This information is far too valuable. Plus, you’re teaching people critical reasoning skills — something the main stream media doesn’t care about. Would crowd-sourcing help? How can those of us who care help you continue to make a difference? Please advise. Thanks.
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