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Quackery (Overview)

Quackery refers to false, ineffective medical treatments or medications that are deceptively advertised or sold. Quackery may also apply to specific people who falsely claim to be able to heal or cure certain diseases using non-scientific methods.


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What is medical quackery?

What is medical quackery?

A quack: A quack is a charlatan. Someone who professes to know medicine but doesn't. Medical quackery is the promotion of untrue / fraudulent practices. Beware of all forms of medical quackery. ...Read more

Quackery (Overview)

Quackery refers to false, ineffective medical treatments or medications that are deceptively advertised or sold. Quackery may also apply to specific people who falsely claim to be able to heal or cure certain diseases using non-scientific methods.


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Should I try it, or is it just quackery?

If you like: It can't hurt but dont donate or stop doing other things. ...Read more

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What is an example of quackery and self-fulfilling phophecy?

Suggestibility: If you are told that if you pray long and hard good things will come your way. Soko gokai. ...Read more

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Why do practitioners and believers of quackery spell so badly?

Why do practitioners and believers of quackery spell so badly?

Ignorance: Probably reflects the population from which they are drawn. When all else fails, and you cannot make it in school - why not try some magical practice to help treat people. And the public is more than anxious to spend their money on such nonesense. ...Read more

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Apart from adolf hitler and radovan karadzic what other genocidal war criminals are into quackery?

Most: Most war ciminals have alternative medical beliefs due to their lack of scientific knowledge and wanting magic. This includes fortune tellers. ...Read more

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Does chiropractics really heal or is it all just quackery?

Does chiropractics really heal or is it all just quackery?

Not logical: Chiro offers a strenuous massage which frequently feels very good. It cannot diagnosis anything, and offers no cure for anything. To be fair, most chiros are educated a schools of chiropractory at which place the professor tells them this stuff works. Would they doubt such an authority figure? And it is lucrative. ...Read more

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Are juice cleanses good for you or are the quackery?

Are juice cleanses good for you or are the quackery?

Depends: I advocate for juicing to help patients with energy and getting their 7-9 servings of fruits/veggies. I don't think you necessarily have to go on a juice cleanse unless an integrative physician recommends it. I think its better to eat natural, try elimination of foods that don't agree with you and a green drink or two daily to replenish (kale, spinach, cucumbers, apple, banana, ginger/lemon). ...Read more

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Are juice cleanses good for you or are they just quackery?

Are juice cleanses good for you or are they just quackery?

Overrated, dangers: Our body does a perfectly good job of getting rid of toxins on its own. There’s no evidence that these types of diets are needed. There are possible risks from lengthy or repeated fasts: vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems. The report, fruit juice drinks tied to diabetes: american diabetes assn. Ties fruit juices to diabetes was published in nutrition news 7-24-08 #105. ...Read more

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Apart from keeping hypochondriacs and other attention seekers out of gps' offices, what good does quackery do?

Warmth: Some of these practitioners are self-deceived, and all offer warmth, caring, concern, attention, and time that in our dysfunctional health care system, physicians cannot offer so extensively as the charlatans do. It's what keeps them in business. ...Read more

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