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Before agreeing to an alternative

For all the promise of some alternative therapies, there are still many others whose promises are hollow, unfounded—even dangerous. Until the day comes when scientists have fully researched all the alternative methods of medical treatment, you’re wise to be skeptical. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, beware:

  • Do the advocates of a certain therapy rely solely on customers’ or “doctors’” testimonials to promote its claims of effectiveness?
  • Have you been unable to find any authoritative articles, discussions or clinical trials of the therapy?
  • Are proponents of the alternative therapy claiming that “the government” or “the medical establishment” doesn’t want the public to learn about the treatment?
  • When speaking of diseases like cancer, do the proponents of a treatment claim that certain foods, vitamins, herbs and nutrients have “cured” others or sent the disease into remission?
  • Are the treatments touted as completely safe, pain free and having no side effects?
  • Do promoters make other blanket claims concerning their therapy’s reliability and effectiveness?
  • Do the therapy’s proponents claim it’s based upon secret formulas or ancient secrets known only to them?