Features November 2011 Issue

Say ‘No’ to Phony Arthritis Remedies

Useless pills and potions are not only a waste of money—they could also harm your health.

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 Women’s 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. “There’s also a difference between ‘anecdotal’ evidence and scientific evidence.

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