Avoiding Fraud

When you have a loved one who is ill you’ll do whatever you can to get them better. Unfortunately, some people who want to help don’t know how to, and some sinister people prey on the chronically or terminally ill and their families. That’s why it’s important to critically evaluate claimed cures or treatments, especially ones offered by people with no medical background.

Here are some warning signs of a questionable treatment:

  • Proudly asserting the system isn’t known to or used by medical professionals. There’s probably a reason for that. The medical establishment, the Food and Drug Administration, and similar are not in the habit up suppressing effective treatments for illness
  • Blaming all ills on poor nutrition. While your diet certainly affects your overall health, as well as your ability to fight illness, some diseases, such as many cancers and autoimmune disorders, are entirely independent of what you eat.
  • Testimonials rather than statistics. Testimonials are certainly an encouraging sign, and in fact the human brain is wired to find personal stories disproportionately convincing. However, the mark of an effective treatment is not that one person thinks it worked for them, but that it has been scientifically shown to work in most cases.
  • Unsourced claims. If a treatment works, there’ll be studies. You should be able to find these studies from someone other than whoever is offering the treatment, and the research should be in reputable journals. You can also check the treatment against databases of fraudulent treatments, such as this from the FDA, but these lists cannot be exhaustive, since new quackery is being created almost daily.

In short, if something seems too good to be true, that’s a strong indication that it is, and medical treatments are used because they’ve been shown to normally work. Don’t let desperation lead you to try something that won’t help, and may even cause harm.

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