Scams related to cures for various diseases have always been with us.  The claims of medical charlatans were as persuasive to the early American colonists as they are to us today.  Often these scammers take advantage of people desperate to find help for whatever medical condition they may have and the scammers can be very persuasive.  Recently the Federal Trade Commission settled a case it had brought against Dr. Bryn Jarald Henderson and his companies Regenerative Medical Group and Telehealth Medical Group for deceptive advertising of a phony therapy Dr. Henderson called “amniotic stem cell therapy” which he claimed could successfully treat Parkinson’s disease, autism, macular degeneration, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, strokes, kidney disease and heart disease.  Dr. Henderson even claimed that his therapy restored the eyesight of a “101 year old lady once blind for 7 years.”  Henderson had no scientific evidence to support his claims, however his scam victims paid between $9,500 and $15,000 for initial injections and then between $5,000 and $8,000 for follow-up booster treatments.   Henderson advertised his phony therapy on his website.  Now the FTC is mailing partial refund checks to victims of his scam.

If you were a victim of this particular scam and want to get more information, check out the “FTC Scam Refunds” tab in the middle of the first page of www.scamicide.com. The FTC has started mailing refund checks to the victims of this scam.  Refund checks should be deposited or cashed by June 29, 2019.  There is no cost or fee to file a claim or get a refund.  Anyone who tells you differently is trying to scam you.

TIPS

Check with your physician before embarking on any medical treatment.  As for supplements, you cannot trust any advertisement for any supplement that indicates that it prevents or cures any disease because federal law outlaws such claims.    Many medical scammers, like Dr. Henderson, use websites with phony claims and phony endorsements.  Be skeptical of such websites in general and certainly be very skeptical of medical therapies that promise to cure so many medical issues as Dr. Henderson claimed.  It is also important to remember that even if you see an advertisement for medical cures and products on legitimate media, such as newspapers, radio, television, magazines or the Internet, you cannot be confident that the medicine or treatment being advertised is legitimate.  Media companies do not investigate the efficacy of the products  or services sold through their advertisements.

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