Do You Know The 5 Ways To Spot A Health Product Scam?

Many people believe in ‘alternative medicines’, or are simply looking for cures or pain relief that traditional medicine are unable to offer them.

This has presented an opportunity for companies and individuals to exploit such a need for profit.


A great many companies have entered the market, offering alternatives to prescription medicine, with the intention of helping people as well as making money.

Some, however, are just looking to make money with no regard for whether their products are either an effective remedy, or something that offers value for money.

Ultimately, it is for you to decide upon whether an alternative cure is right for you, though these 5 tips may help you avoid some of the more obvious health product scams –

  1. The drug or therapy comes with a money back guarantee based upon unrealistic, yet hard to prove, claims or promises
  2. The product is touted as a cure or remedy for a large number of medical conditions that are unrelated
  3. The product’s marketing goes against the understanding of modern science and medicine
  4. Product claims have no scientific proof and information about the product can only be found through online web sites and forums
  5. The sales copy is over-reliant upon phrases such as ‘fast relief’, ‘amazing results’ or ‘natural’ and contains a lot of unsubstantiated customer testimonials.

Whilst it’s not inconceivable that effective products can, and do, exist outside the bounds of recognised medicine, hopefully the above tips will at least inject a little skepticism as they are indicative of the common health product scams.

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  1. Seems the shady part is definitely around still. People have to be careful.

  2. Bingo! – “The product is touted as a cure or remedy for a large number of medical conditions that are unrelated.”

    Here’s the one that gets to me. So many products flaunt the wording “Natural” or “All Natural”. When a closer look reveals that some constituent of a lesser degree is only a fraction of the chemical makeup of the product claim. Larger amounts of other ingredients listed are by no means natural in the least. That really makes me believe that no product is natural. I have great reservations when I see that means of advertising.

    • I’ve always associated natural cures, wrongly or rightly, with shady doctors, fraudsters and quacks.

      Then again, I’ve also written about how modern medicines arn’t quite what they seem either.

      So, erm, I guess that either makes me some kind of hypocrite, or else I’m just confused.

      Either way, I’m getting a headache now – pass me an aspirin! 😀


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