can I avoid being a victim of medical fraud?
Millions of dollars are wasted yearly on medical frauds, hoaxes, and
false cures. More likely than not, you are being "taken"
when you buy drugs as a result of television
advertisements or send away for supplements or medical
devices advertised in the back of a magazine. If it
sounds too good to be true, it's probably not true.
Don't fall for testimonials, even when given by a health
professional. In general, reputable providers do not
endorse mega-vitamin therapy, supplements, diet fads,
and other products and services. By definition a false
cure is based on faulty reasoning. Do you really think
that using lamb's embryo is going to make you younger?
If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
about health care products and services before you waste
your time and money.
Gail Carlson, MPH Ph.D., Continuing Medical Education,
School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia
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