This year, we Americans will spend billions of dollars on products that do
nothing for us - or may even harm us. And we'll do it for the same reason people
have done it since ancient times... We want to believe in miracles. We want to
find simple solutions and shortcuts to better health. It's hard to resist. All
of us, at one time or another, have seen or heard about a product - a new and
exotic pill, a device, or potion - that can easily solve our most vexing problem.
With this product, we're told, we can eat all we want and still lose weight. We
can grow taller or have bigger breasts. Or we can overcome baldness, age,
arthritis, even cancer. It sounds too good to be true - and it is. But we're
tempted to try the product in spite of all we know about modern medical science
- or perhaps because of it. After all, many treatments we take for granted today
were once considered miracles. How can we tell the difference?
Not all advertisements for health products are false, of course. In fact,
the vast majority aren't .So just what is quackery? Simply put, quackery is the
promotion of a medical remedy that doesn't work or hasn't been proven to work.
In modern times, quackery is known as health fraud. But call it quackery or call
it health fraud, the result is the same - unfulfilled wishes, wasted dollars,
endangered health. Often quack products are fairly easy to spot, like the magic
pills you are supposed to take to stay forever young. But sometimes the products
are vaguely based on some medical report that you may even have heard about in
the news. In general, when looking over ads for medicines and medical devices,
watch out for those that seem to promise too much too easily. Quack cures rob us
of more than money. They can steal health away or even take lives. Quacks may
lure the seriously and often desperately ill, such as people suffering from
arthritis and cancer, into buying a bogus cure. When people try quack remedies
instead of getting effective... [continues]
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