Health & Fitness

Can you trust that ad for a dietary supplement?

Lately, my left knee has been cracking, popping, and locking into place. At some point in our lives, most of us will suffer from aches and pains like these. We might think about taking a health or dietary supplement to help whatever is bothering us.

 

Although some supplements found in pills, powders, and shakes have proven benefits, some don’t. If you’re looking online and you see a site that claims a supplement will cure a disease, stop the aging process, or lose weight fast, be skeptical.

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Avoiding ‘open enrollment’ scams

Open enrollment is here. Whether you’re eligible for Medicare, selecting a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or have private insurance, you have until December 15 to compare plans and make coverage changes. But as you’re keeping an eye out for the best options, also keep an eye out for scammers. Here are a few tips for avoiding scams this open enrollment season.

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Order free FTC publications for your community

Sharing what you know with your community can help others make sound financial decisions, avoid scams, and recover from identity theft. To help you spread the word, the FTC has created nearly 200 free publications on a variety of topics and in multiple languages. Order now — it’s free!

FTC/CDC Twitter Chat on good contact lens wear & care habits

To promote Contact Lens Health Week 2017, the FTC will be a guest on a live Twitter chat hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chat is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 at noon EST.

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Scams affect all of us

How many of us get scam calls? Maybe it’s someone saying they’re the IRS. Or a debt collector. Or tech support. Or a so-called friend in so-called trouble. And they want you to send money. Sound familiar? All of us are targeted for scams. Every one of us. Which is why we created this video to make exactly that point – fraud really does affect all of us, in every community. And we all can do something about it.

 

 

A costly low-cost trial offer

You’ve probably seen online ads with offers to let you try a product – or a service – for a very low cost, or even for free. Sometimes they’re tempting: I mean, who doesn’t want whiter teeth for a dollar plus shipping? Until the great deal turns into a rip-off. That’s what the FTC says happened in a case it announced today.

The defendants sold tooth-whitening products under various names, and hired other companies to help them market the products. These affiliate marketers created online surveys, as well as ads for free or low-cost trials – all to drive people to the product’s website. What happens next is so complicated that we created an infographic to explain it.

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Want cosmetic contact lenses? Get an Rx!

You might want to think twice before buying cosmetic contact lenses – and the reason may surprise you.

What are cosmetic contacts? They’re contact lenses meant to change the way your eye looks, rather than correct your vision. Change can be a good thing – but you’re gonna need a prescription for it.

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Planning to watch the eclipse? Read this first

On Monday, August 21, 2017, sky-gazers across the country will watch the solar eclipse. If you’re planning to watch, you’ll need to use eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Be sure to get the kind that actually protects your eyes.

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Dietary supplement concerns? Tell the FTC and FDA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have enforcement programs to protect consumers from false and misleading claims about the safety and benefits of products marketed as dietary supplements. Both agencies have authority over the marketing of these products.

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Headed to the eye doctor? Take a look at this video

Before you head to the eye doctor, take 30 seconds to watch a new video from the FTC about your eyewear prescription rights.

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