How to stay up-to-date on medical scams, quackery, deadly treatments

Posted on 25 February 2019

By Erin Blakemore February 23 2019

Washington Post

A “cure” that seems too good to be true. A doctor who profits from ineffective or dangerous “treatments.” A product that doesn’t do what it says. All three are health-care frauds – and they can cheat you out of more than money.

But how can you arm yourself against these hucksters and scams? The Food and Drug Administrations’s Health Fraud Scams website is a good start.

The site offers information on all sorts of medical scams, from unlawful sales of medication to new products and common consumer boondoggles. It collects news bites and news releases from the agency, including statements on the FDA’s newest product warning letters and updates on criminal investigations.

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27-Year-Old Died After Using a Common Bodybuilding Supplement

Posted 05 October 2017

Supplements may be easily available, but that doesn’t mean they’re risk-free. Matthew Dana, a 27-year-old New York State Sergeant who died in August, overdosed on a supplement called kratom, according to a recent autopsy, calling into question how safe these types of pills really are.

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Kratom, an addict’s alternative, is found to be addictive itself

Posted 04 January 2016

Kratom is derived from Mitragyna speciosa (Wikipedia), a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malaysia floristic regions. Its leaves are used for traditional medicinal properties. It is psychoactive, and leaves are chewed to uplift mood and to treat health problems.

It is available in South Africa*. A recent article in the New York Times argues that it is as addictive as heroin, for which is was used as a recovery from heroin addiction.

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