Beware of Health Scams

Who wouldn't want to take a pill and quickly lose pounds and inches?
But be careful: glossy magazine ads with before and after pictures are often doctored or two entirely different people.

Another claim to be careful of is the "30 day money-back guarantee."

Online shopping scam expert Michelle Madhok says, "This should just read as rebill or auto ship scam. You just keep getting billed and good luck trying to call them and stop it. Where's the customer service?"

Other phrases that may trip you up are products that claim they are "pharmaceutical grade." Experts say there is no such thing.

Other catchwords to be aware of: "FDA-approved labs," when doctors say the Food and Drug Administration does not approve labs.

If you want more information on how to spot these scams you might want to check out the Dr. Oz show Thursday right here on KKTV11.
Dr. Oz tackles the top seven health scams.

Among his finds are fish oil capsules with Omega 3s, which don't pack the punch they promise.

Dr. Tod Cooperman with Consumerlab.com found, "They failed for either containing too little of the Omega 3s, much less than they listed, or for being spoiled...even though when we purchased them they were well packaged, and we tested them before they even had their expiration date come up."

Remember scams come in many forms. Don't be fooled by health products that are nothing more than empty promises made by guys in white lab coats. Get your facts from real doctors and those who have done bonafide research.


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  • by Crazy RN Location: COS on Oct 6, 2011 at 12:25 AM
    Unfortunately...Dr. Oz is one of the biggest scammers out there...he should have stuck with cardiology. FWIW...
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