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Updated: 3/18/2013 6:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The Food and Drug Administration has a warning for you: health fraud scams are everywhere and can do more than waste your money; they can make your health problems worse.

Dr. David Frid, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, says he agrees with FDA researchers who say to be wary of products that claim to "do it all."

"A product that says it can make you perfect in every way; it can cure cancer, heart disease, it can cure Alzheimer's, it can cure anything out there is something that you need to be suspicious about," Dr. Frid said.

FDA researchers say fraudulent health products promise everything from weight loss to cancer cures.

They will often use personal testimonials, which the FDA says is another red flag.

They warn that success stories are easily made up and are not a substitute for scientific evidence.

Also, be leery of products claiming to be "all-natural."

FDA researchers say they have found numerous "all-natural" products containing prescription drug ingredients.

And the FDA says there is really no such thing as a "miracle cure" or a "quick fix." Dr. Frid agrees.

"There are certain situations we know when people have bacterial infections or certain types of infections, if we give them an antibiotic, that's a pretty quick fix and it's gets them feeling better within a few days or a couple of weeks,” he said. “Most things don't do that because most of the problems that we have are more chronic."
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