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QUACKERY

Quackery
◦ Quackery, a form of a health fraud, is any advertisement,
promotion, or sale of products and services that have not
been scientifically proven safe and effective (Meeks, et al,
2011). It is being operated by a quack. A quack is an
individual that has little or no professional qualifications to
practice medicine. He/She also pretentiously uses
meaningless medical jargon and relies on scare tactics,
paranoid accusations, and quick fixes.
There are three major characteristics of health
quackery (Schaler & Carroll, undated). First, it is a big
business. A huge amount of money is spent on
fraudulent health products and services. Second, it
multiplies and spreads fast. Lastly, it thrives on
individuals who are diagnosed with illnesses that are
known to have no cure.
THREE FORMS OF QUACKERY
◦ The three forms of quackery are:
A. MEDICAL QUACKERY
Medical quackery includes cures, treatments, and remedies of various
health conditions that are drugless or bloodless in nature.
◦ B. NUTRITION QUACKERY
Nutrition quackery involves promotion of food fads and other nutritional
practices that claim to be all-natural. These are believed to have
beneficial properties of multiple plants in one product.
◦ C. DEVICE QUACKERY
Device quackery makes use of miraculous gadgets (such as dials, gauges,
electrodes, magnets, and blinkers) that are believed to cure certain health
conditions.