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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:42 pm
Miracle Cure....NOT!
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

With all the talk about rising health care costs and the evil drug companies, people are tempted to try unproven treatments marketed in infomercials, online, and in magazines and newspapers. The marketers claim that they are safe, natural, and guaranteed to cure whatever ails you or your money back. Think again. If it is a "scientific breakthrough" that the "medical establishment" is ignoring, there is a reason. If you want to know more about health fraud scams, check out the Food and Drug Administration's Health Fraud Scams page at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourself/HealthFraud/default.htm. It offers educational videos, press releases about dangerous products, lists of recalled and seized products, and information about its adverse effects reporting program. The site has information for consumers, educators, and health professionals. It has information in Spanish as well. So remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


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