The Appeal of Snake Oil

The Appeal of Snake Oil

Why do people fall for ‘snake oil’ products, those claimed to provide miracle cures and quick fixes for various problems, perceived and real: excess weight, wrinkles and other cosmetic ravages of aging, and of course, pain? Yet, such claims are not supported by...
Drowning at the FDA

Drowning at the FDA

If one of our fellow citizens is drowning, is it proper to throw him a life preserver if it has not yet been approved by the U.S. government? Or should we tell him to wait for approval? New legislation would throw a lifeline to individual terminally ill patients,...