Mind Over Miller: Seniors: Lose weight without exercising and grow your hair back!
These companies know that as seniors our eyesight is failing, our backs and knees hurt, and our contemporaries are succumbing to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. They know that we are worried. What they don't know is that some of us have medical degrees and don't believe their fraudulent and ridiculous lies. This week, for example, I received the following junk mail claims:
1. "All natural. Stops hair loss in days and grows hair back. Money-back guarantee. No chemicals."2. "Ultimate prostate relief. Risk-free, money-back guarantee. Natural. Safe. Proven. Avoid a medical nightmare." [Please note: If the supplement causes hypertrophy it's an enhancement, but if it causes atrophy it's relief.]
3. "Don't starve yourself. It's easy to lose weight without changing your diet and exercising. A free gift with every order. A natural [important word] way to lose weight."
4. "It's not your fault. Your weight problem is due to cortisol, and this all-natural, nonprescription formula will neutralize your excessive cortisol levels." [Strange! I was taught that weight gain was the result of higher calorie intake than output.]
5. "Arthritis pain? Avoid costly and unnecessary surgery. This all-natural, nonprescription formula will relieve knee, back, hip, neck, and shoulder pain. Your money back if it doesn't work. Safer than prescription drugs."
When will the FDA crack down on this out-of-control industry? Supplements are invaluable to be sure, but a naïve public must be protected against unscrupulous and irresponsible providers.
Robert M. Miller, DVM, is an author and a cartoonist, speaker, and Veterinary Medicine Practitioner Advisory Board member from Thousand Oaks, Calif. His thoughts in "Mind Over Miller" are drawn from 32 years as a mixed-animal practitioner. Visit his Web site at http://www.robertmmiller.com/.