Consumers spend approximately $2 billion annually on unproven arthritis remedies that are not backed by adequate science, according to recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The commission urges individuals with arthritis to add a dose of skepticism when seeking treatments for their condition because health fraud trades on false hope. Susan Joy, MD, director of Womens Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic, says the advice is important. I advise people to try to recognize the difference between science and advertising, she says. Theres also a difference between anecdotal evidence and scientific evidence.