The best way to avoid being fooled by illegitimate organization and pseudo-masters is to stay away from them; however, quackery is not sold with a warning label. Moreover, the dividing line between what is quackery and what is not is by no means sharp. Pseudo-masters who use ineffective techniques may also use some effective ones. The power of pseudo-masters lies in the promise, not the product. Always be skeptical of things that do not seem right. When a pseudo-master proposes something that opposes nature, common belief, or scientific thought, then the proposal is probably bogus. Here are ten strategies to avoid being fooled by pseudo-masters:
- Remember that pseudo-masters do not always look outlandish. Pseudo-masters often use scientific terms and quote (or misquote) from scientific references. Some actually have reputable scientific training but have gone astray.
- Ignore any "master" who says that most diseases are caused by faulty nutrition or can be remedied by taking his or her supplements. Although some diseases are related to diet, most are not. Moreover, in most cases where diet actually is a factor in a person's health problem, the solution is not to take vitamins but to alter the diet.
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