Monday, February 14, 2011

Beware of False Advertising

I was recently sent an e-mail with a link to a site that advertised "common kitchen cures" to colds, the flu, sore throats, etc. This website is either on the other side of the law, or rapidly approaching it when they announce "cures" as opposed to "possible remedies for symptoms".  I believe in simple remedies for symptoms, but they are not cures...not should they make people think they are.  to What got me started on this subject was their announcement that Chocolate syrup cured sore throats as harmless as it sounds.  

Same thing across the board, especially with joint supplements. Beware of the product advertised to "cure" this or that. With food products, being advertised to treat to help degenerative disease, you should be the caveat that "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

The FDA is not in the market to evaluate food or nutrients for potential treatment or supplementive treatment of any diseases.

Research institutes can make claims based on studies that use words like "this nutrient has shown promising results in reducing joint pain or whatever the particular disease may be that the nutrient is claimed to help alleviate.

Having said all that I still stand by the concept that proper nutrition and a nutritional approach to medical problems should always be considered either as an initial, less invasive approach or as part of a combined approach.  Even then proper nutrition is a life time treatment plan as opposed to doing it for four weeks and eliminating your symptoms or disease.  

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