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Resolve to watch out for health fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to help consumers recognize and avoid being taken in by products bearing fraudulent health claims. To that end, it has produced a snazzy video to teach us what to look for.

The video alerts us to commonly misrepresented products, such as bogus cancer cures and ridiculous weight-loss products. It also offers tips on how to spot disreputable Web sites.

Some of this should be obvious: It's difficult to imagine falling for a product advertised for fixing flat feet or a shampoo said to combat H1N1 influenza. But as Victorian-era banker David Hannum (not P.T. Barnum!) said, there's a sucker born every minute. Don't be one of them, OK? Let's make 2010 the year we all refuse to get suckered.

Have you fallen for a fraudulently advertised health product? Please tell us your tale.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  General Health , The Business of Health  
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Comments

Health is much like farming... there are NO quick results that have any lasting effects. Health is a process of making the right choices on a CONSISTENT basis while focused on the bigger prize... being HEALTHY.

A good health plan should consist of following the recommendations of the book, Blue Zones. This book looked at parts of the world where people live long healthy lives. Why reinvent the wheel when we can learn much from those who are already doing it?

In American culture we also need to spend some time in meditation. YOu don't have to chant or say anything but just time where our minds are still while we are conscious. This allows the mind to rejuvenate itself and has been shown to have many health benefits including reducing hypertension and helping kids with ADD.

Massage can also be beneficial to ease tension from tight muscles. Yoga is also a good part of a Wellness plan as well as Chiropractic care.

Posted by: wwwdrjoewoodcom | December 29, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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