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    Health Quackery: Spotting Health Scams

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    If you have questions about a product, talk to your doctor or contact one of the organizations below. Get the facts about health products and protect yourself from health care hoaxes.

    National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS)
    Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
    TTY: 1-800-332-8615

    National Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NIAMS)
    1 AMS Circle
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    Phone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (1-877-226-4267 - toll-free)
    TTY: 301-565-2966

    Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
    4200 Wilson Boulevard
    8th Floor
    Arlington, VA 22203
    Check the telephone book for the number of your local chapter.

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
    600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20580
    Phone: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357-toll-free)
    TTY: 1-800-326-2996

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD 20857-0001
    Phone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332-toll-free)

    U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPS)
    Office of Investigation
    Washington, DC 20206-2166
    Check the telephone book for the number of your local postal inspector.

    Quackwatch, Inc.
    Quackwatch, Inc, is a nonprofit corporation making information available to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

    For more information on health and aging, contact:
    National Institute on Aging Information Center
    P.O. Box 8057
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8057
    1-800-222-4225 (TTY)

    To order publications (in English or Spanish) or sign up for e-mail alerts, visit .

    The National Institute on Aging website is

    Visit ( ), a senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. The simple-to-use website features popular health topics for older adults. It has large type and a "talking" function that reads the text out loud.

    National Institute on Aging
    U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
    National Institutes of Health
    September 2002 (Reprinted August 2005)

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