Beware of Quack Gout Cures!
January 3, 2013 by Mayank.
Gout is a really painful condition, one that can often drive people to despair. So severe is the misery that sufferers will resort to almost anything to relieve the excruciating symptoms. This makes them easy prey for quacks and scammers who use this vulnerability to sell products that are usually embellished with miraculous qualities. However, when you come right down to it, they do very little to ease the pain or fight the root cause of the problem.
Beware of such unscrupulous people and sham claims. Not only are they a waste of money, they can be dangerous as well. Besides, when you have your hopes pinned on a 'wonder' product, and it doesn't live up to expectations, you could end feeling even more desperate, leading you straight into the arms of yet another quack cure, and then another, and then another…
To prevent that from happening, keep a sharp lookout for people trying to sell you hope inside a bottle. Here are a few things that should set warning bells ringing:
- Treatments that are promoted using the following words - 'SECRET', 'EXCLUSIVE', 'MIRACLE', 'BREAKTHROUGH', and 'OVERNIGHT CURE'
- Products that are endorsed by ex-gout sufferers providing touching 'before and after' stories as testimony for how well the product worked.
- Medicines that suggest a conspiracy perpetuated by medical establishments and corporate organizations.
- Products that promise a complete cure with a guarantee of no side effects.
- Treatments that are sensationalized in tabloids or magazine ads.
- Products that contain a string of complicated medical terms, fancy jargon, or scientific explanations to make them sound legitimate.
- Proposed treatments that have no scientific data or clinical trials to back them up.
Most gout cure scams are perpetuated online. Therefore, it's important to be twice as careful when buying from the Internet, since it is notoriously populated by fraudulent products that have not received proper approval. These are usually hyped with words like "Limited Offer" or "100% Money Back Guarantee". So, it is advisable that you proceed with utmost caution when transacting online.
If you should come across a quack gout cure, in addition to avoiding it like the plague, you could also send out warning signals to other consumers by reporting it to both consumer protection agencies and watchdog sites. Start by getting in touch with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is their duty to regulate products and drugs that treat (or claim to treat) medical conditions.
They are equipped to take necessary actions against people or companies selling worthless remedies. You could also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). If the same company is flagged for scams time and again, it receives a poor score, which alerts consumers. Finally, you could write a report on local/national watchdog sites or complaint boards to get your warning out to a larger audience.
At the end of the day, awareness, education, and caution are necessary to recognize scam products. Also, it's essential to get a green signal from your doctor before trying out any new cures for gout. Failing to do so will only result in placing yourself in unnecessary danger.
Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Treatment and Prevention.
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