What is arthritis quackery?
Like many people with chronic ailments, sufferers of chronic arthritis are potentially vulnerable to proponents of heavily marketed "cure-all" treatments. These "quick fix" treatments are promoted as having great benefits, but in reality have no right to such claims.
Quackery (the business of promoting unproven remedies) is recognized as a billion dollar industry. We feel the buyer should beware!
Consumers should be especially cautious when products come with marketing claims such as "will cure," "ancient remedy," "has no side effects," "revolutionary new scientific breakthrough."
What are unproven arthritis remedies?
The following remedies and tests have no scientific proof of benefits related to arthritis:
|Aloe vera||Macrobiotic diet|
|Ant venom||Mandell arthritis diet|
|Ascorbic acid||Natural and organic foods|
|Bark teas||Nightshade vegetables|
|Chinese herbs, such as Chuifong toukuwan (potentially dangerous)||Panax|
|Clay enemas||Powdered ant|
|Clemantis||Propolis, royal jelly|
|Cod Liver oil||Rhus toxicodendron|
|Coenzyme Q-10||Rose hips|
|Copper bracelets||Shark cartilage|
|Cytotoxic testing||Snake venom|
|Dismutase (superoxide dismutase)||Spanish bayonet|
|Dong diet||Spanish fly|
|Fit for Life diet||Teas (alfalfa, feverfew, ginseng, sassafras)|
|Germanium||Volcanic ash fast|
|Green-lipped mussel||Wood spider|
[Now you've heard it from Alfalfa to Zinc. Beware when you take care!]
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