Scams And Fraud In The Health Industry

Scams And Fraud In The Health Industry

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Scams And Fraud In The Health Industry
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Scams. Fraud.

They are everywhere, even in the health industry.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, then you may have taken medication to help you recover. This medication may have claimed to do any of several things: improve your health and cure various ailments. And, you may have been a victim of a scam or a fraud, because many of these claims are unsubstantiated– its all false advertising.

If you or someone you know took what is known as homeopathic medication in lieu of real medication, then both of you have probably allowed your condition to worsen and decline.

This article will address the scams and fraud that have always been a part of the health industry by answering four pressing questions the public is now faced with in light of recent trends:

  1. What is homeopathic medicine?
  2. What are some common types of homeopathic medicine?
  3. Is homeopathic medicine dangerous?
  4. What should I do if I have taken homeopathic medicine?

What is homeopathic medicine?

The American Medical Association does not accept nor reject homeopathy, which the Concise Encyclopedia defines as the following medical phenomenon:

“[A] system of therapeutics founded in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemannon on the principle that “like cures like.” That is, substances that in healthy persons would produce the symptoms from which the patient suffers are used to treat the patient. Hahnemann further stated that the potency of a curative agent increases as the substance is diluted. When it was introduced, homeopathy was a mild, welcome alternative to heavy-handed therapies such as bleeding, but it has since been criticized for focusing on symptoms rather than causes. With the rise of alternative medicine, it has seen a resurgence.”

Homeopathic medicine is medicine that is made from a number of sources, including the following:

  • Animals — deer.
  • Plants — camilia.
  • Minerals — silver, sugar, and salt.

In addition, treatment with homeopathic medicine is prescribed based on a person’s symptoms and personality. (This alone should raise your eyebrows.)

What are some common types of homeopathic medicine?

There are many types of homeopathic medicines on the market, and they all claim to solve many common problems:

  • Hair Essentials by NaturalWellbeing.com claims to stop hair loss.
  • Dial for Men Magnetic™ by The Dial Company claimed that pheromones contained in soap make you more attractive to members of the opposite sex.
  • Mega-T Dietary supplements: Green Tea Extracts by CCA Industries claims that their product has the ability to cause weight loss.

There are countless homeopathic medicines on the market– all of them making claims that are unsupported by research or biologically impossible– all of them targeted at every gender, race, and age from teething babies to bodybuilding teens to aging grandparents.

Is homeopathic medicine dangerous?

In short, yes, homeopathic medicine is dangerous.

Doctors have noted that homeopathic medicine is seldom effective:

“Collodial silver, deer velvet, arnica and an assortment of other treatments classified as homeopathic remedies are a waste of time and money, and can sometimes be harmful.”

In addition, Dr. Shaun Holt has stated:

“Silver does have some anti-microbial actions, but not only is there no clinical evidence of an efficacy for these serious indications, products have been shown to contain widely variable amounts of silver and can cause argyria– dangerous and un-treatable silver poisoning.”

The public, however, always in need of a quick fix, rarely listens to this medical advice.

What should I do if I have taken homeopathic medicine?

If you have taken homeopathic medicine, then you have several avenues:

  • Stop taking anymore homeopathic medicine before injury occurs or worsens.

If injury has already occurred, then file a lawsuit or join one of the many class action lawsuits against homeopathic medicine in existence today.

Jennifer Machie writes for Matt Kyle, who practices personal injury law at the Kyle Law Firm.