Scams related to cures for various diseases have always been with us.  The claims of medical charlatans are as persuasive to us as they were to  the early American colonists.   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 Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC and its owner James DiGeorgia the makers of the worthless pain reliever Isoprex which was sold by Renaissance primarily through direct mail brochures and websites that falsely touted this pill made up of various herbs and spices as being able to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and rebuild joints better than non-steroid anti-inflamatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen.  Renaissance also falsely claimed to have clinical studies to support its claims and failed to disclose that the endorsers appearing in their advertisements were all paid for their testimonials or were company employees.

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 Renaissance, 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 Renaissance 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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