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.  In April I told you that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) came to a proposed settlement of its lawsuit against Health Research Laboratories, LLC, Whole Body Supplements LLC and their owner Kramer Duhon.  The settlement has now been approved and finalized by the FTC.  Under the terms of the settlement  the defendants are permanently barred from advertising or selling their dietary supplements, The Ultimate Heart Formula, BG18 and Black Garlic Botanicals, that they falsely claimed could prevent or treat cardiovascular disease as well as a wide range of other diseases.


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 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 Health Research Laboratories 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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