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Monday September 12, 2016
Snake Oil, the Cure for Parkinson's. Ask a Snake Oil Salesman!

Did you know that Snake Oil will cure Parkinson’s Disease? It’s absolutely guaranteed! I see some of you furrowing your brows and looking at me all squinty-like, as if you don’t believe me. Oh ye of little faith! In spite of my hurt feelings, I will nevertheless be glad, eager even, to correct your sad paucity of vision, your cynical lack of faith.

Let’s confront this head on. Have you ever seen a snake with Parkinson’s? Of course not. These agile reptiles can move with great speed, and cover large distances, even without feet! No PD here, case closed.

But how can one spot genuine snake oil, and where does one get some? Have no fear, there are many people out there who will sell you snake oil for your PD. Step right up, friends, step right up! Here is how to find and obtain it.

Blog Illo 31 Snake OilsmFirst, there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. This is widely agreed by those who take the time and trouble to actually study this completed, difficult subject. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, numerous universities and drug companies world-wide are working on this, but not one of these paragons of research has dared to claim to have found the cure. That there is no cure means the claim a product will cure Parkinson’s is evidence it is snake oil. So look for those words “A Cure for Parkinson’s Disease” before you buy. As of this writing, you can be confident the stuff advertised is real Snake Oil.

The Better Business Bureau has the following four tips on verifying if a claim for a cure is legitimate:
 
• Be suspicious of "miracle cure" claims. If a real cure for a serious disease were discovered, it would be widely reported through the news media and prescribed by health professionals - not buried in emails, print ads, TV infomercials and websites.

• A red flag should go up if one product says it does it all. Be suspicious of products that claim to immediately cure a wide range of diseases. No one product could be effective against a long, varied list of conditions or diseases.

• Beware the line “It’s all natural." Just because it's natural does not mean it's good for you. All natural does not mean the same thing as safe.
 
• Check with your doctor: If you're tempted to buy an unproven product or one with questionable claims, check with your doctor or other health care professional first.

Not satisfied that the steps above establish that what you are being offered is genuine Snake oil? Ask the person pushing the remedy how it works. They should have a plausible description of how the proposed treatment fits into the known pathways of how Parkinson’s damages the body. If they cannot provide a credible explanation of why their wonder-cure works, Snake Oil, baby!

Also indicative of Snake Oil, a lack of a good-sized, randomized “double-blind” study, one in which neither those conducting the test nor those undergoing it know which subjects are getting the test substance or a placebo “sugar pill”. This is the only way to sort out whether or not a substance truly has an affect on the disease. Anything else is likely, you guessed it, Snake Oil.

Where do you find Snake oil in boundless, if not cheap quantities? The internet, of course. Web Sites, blogs and straight-ahead advertising all offer Snake Oil that you may shop for at home and have delivered to your door. As fast as a snake can carry it.

Peter Dunlap-ShohlPeter Dunlap-Shohl
NWPF Blogger

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