FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness
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Common Types of Health Fraud
- "drop your blood sugar 50 points in 30 days"
- "eliminate insulin resistance"
- "prevent the development of type 2 diabetes"
- "reduce or eliminate the need for diabetes drugs or insulin"
Don't Be a Victim
- claims that a product is a quick, effective cure-all or a diagnostic tool for a wide variety of ailments
- suggestions that a product can treat or cure diseases
- promotions using words such as "scientific breakthrough," "miraculous cure," "secret ingredient," and "ancient remedy"
- text with impressive-sounding terms such as: "hunger stimulation point" and "thermogenesis" for a weight loss product
- undocumented case histories by consumers or doctors claiming amazing results
- limited availability and advance payment requirements
- promises of no-risk, money-back guarantees
- promises of an "easy" fix
- claims that the product is "natural" or "non-toxic" (which doesn't necessarily mean safe)