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How 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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