Being Fooled by Empty Diet PromisesEveryday we are hit with weight loss promises. From dietary supplements to the latest miracle pill, weight loss scams are on the air, on the airwaves and on-line.
Weight Loss Fraud: Don't Be a Victim—"Not FDA approved"A message from the FDA warning about the dangers of weight loss fraud and misconceptions consumers have about weight loss products." Go to www.fda.gov/weightlossfraud for more info. [vpdrugs]
Don't Be a Victim (You could lose so much more than weight)A message from the FDA warning about the dangers of weight loss fraud with tips on how to protect yourself. Go to www.fda.gov/weightlossfraud for more info. [vpdrugs]
Not All Imported Products Sold as “Supplements” Are SafeHealth fraud scams are everywhere, but underserved populations—including those with limited English ability – are often more vulnerable than others. This video educates consumers about the most common health fraud scams and alerts them to seek medical advice. The video is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Korean.
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How to Avoid Health FraudBeware of products making unproven health claims. Talk to your health care provider about safe and effective treatments for any serious condition or disease. Learn more at https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/6-tip-offs-rip-offs-dont-fall-health-fraud-scams
Health Fraud Scams - Weight LossHealth fraud scams are everywhere including TV, radio, and the internet. Don't be fooled by bogus claims and promises of miracles cures. Watch this video to learn about common scams used to fool you. [vpagency]
Warning on Body Building Products (Consumer Update)In this Consumer Update video, FDA Product Safety Expert Deborah Autor, J.D., helps explain the agency's warning to stop using body building products that claim to contain steroids or steroid-like substances. Learn more at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm173739.htm
Health Fraud Awareness (Consumer Update)FDA urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions, including the H1N1 flu virus. In this Consumer Update video, FDA health fraud expert Gary Coody demonstrates fraudulent products removed from the market, and provides advice on how to spot and avoid health fraud. Learn more at
Diabetes Products -- Don't Fall for False PromisesBogus diabetes products are flooding the marketplace, especially the internet. Be cautious when you see bold product claims which make unrealistic promises. Watch this video to learn more.
Don't be Fooled by "Exotic Fruit Juice" ClaimsDon't trust "exotic fruit juice" products that promise to cure a wide range of unrelated conditions. Using these products can cost you lots of money and can lead to delays in getting the treatment you need. If it sounds too good to be true it's probably a scam.
Health Fraud Scams - Don't Let This Happen to YouHealth fraud scams are everywhere including TV, radio, and the internet. Don't be fooled by bogus claims and promises of miracles cures. Watch this video to learn about common scams used to fool you. [vpagency]
Ear Candling: Ineffective and RiskyFDA is warning people not to use ear candles because they can cause serious injury. An ear candle is a hollow cone about 10 inches long made from a fabric tube soaked in beeswax or paraffin. Ear candles are promoted and sold in health food stores, health spas and salons, flea markets and on the Internet.
In use, the candle is placed in the outer ear and lit while the person lies on his or her side or sits upright. The burning candle supposedly creates a vacuum that draws ear wax and "toxins" out of the ear canal. Claims for these devices include relief from headaches and ear infections, improved hearing, and even "blood purification."
But studies have shown that ear candles produce no vacuum in the ear, and they don't remove ear wax. In fact, FDA has found no scientific evidence that ear candles are effective for any medical purpose, and has taken action against manufacturers of these products.
Most importantly, ear candles can be dangerous. In addition to being a fire hazard, they can cause burns to the face and ears, perforate the eardrum, and plug the ear canal with candle wax. FDA is particularly concerned that these products are being advertised for use in children, who may be especially prone to injuries and complications.
So the bottom line is simple -- don't use ear candles.
FDA Patient Safety News: February 2010
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Improper Use of Decorative Contact Lenses May Haunt You (Consumer Update)FDA reminds people, in time for Halloween, that non-prescription decorative contact lenses may harm their vision. Learn more at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048902.htm