In order to avoid being a victim of health fraud, consumers ought to learn tips on how to evaluate health-related claims. “I advise customers to avoid sites offering fast and dramatic cures for serious diseases,” says David Elder, director from the FDA’s Office of Enforcement. “Recognize the warning signs and constantly consult a fitness professional before using any product or treatment.”

Consumers must be watchful about

  1. Statements that this method is a simple and effective cure-all or perhaps a diagnostic tool to get a wide array of ailments. “Beneficial for cancer, ulcer, prostate problems, heart trouble, plus much more …”
  2. Statements that suggest the item can treat or cure diseases. “Shrinks tumors, cures impotency …”
  3. Promotions designed to use words like “scientific breakthrough,” “miraculous cure,” “secret ingredient,” and “ancient remedy.”
  4. Text which uses impressive-sounding terms honestly: “hunger stimulation point” and “thermogenesis” for the weight-loss product.
  5. Undocumented case histories or personal testimonials by consumers or doctors claiming amazing results. “After eating a teaspoon of the product every day, my pain is totally gone …”
  6. Limited availability and advance payment requirements. “Hurry! This offer is not going to last.”
  7. Promises of no-risk money-back guarantees. “If after 30 days you haven’t lost four or five pounds per week, your uncashed check will likely be delivered to you.”
  8. Promises of your “easy” fix.