People have been selling fake medical miracles for a long time. This 1950’s PSA warned elders about some of the most common scams of the time.
If X-Rays are good, shouldn’t Z-Rays be better?
I would say that the main difference between the scams being mocked in the PSA and the scams we see today is that today’s con is less obvious and vastly more dangerous. Today we are all being told that…
More Treatment Is Always Better Than Less Treatment
Drugs Always Do More Good Than Harm
Both of these statements are false. The widespread belief that they are true is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year along with the terrible, but not fatal, suffering of millions of others. I would amend those statements to read.
The Best Treatment Is Like Goldilocks— Not Too Little, Not Too Much— Just Right
Drugs Are Like Razor Blades, They Are WONDERFULLY EFFECTIVE and TERRIBLY DANGEROUS.