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A popular term for any substance claimed—without substantive evidence—to effectively treat one or more medical conditions

snake oil

A general informal term for a fraudulent PANACEA.
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The release of Gary's second solo album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets (the title refers to two kinds of proverbially worthless items), is sure to thrust him back into the limelight.
I put Mad World on my album, Trading Snakeoil For Wolftickets,' he says, 'and it began to get community radio play in the States.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Davis's latest effort, Skills Mania: Snakeoil in our Schools?
A century ago the American Wild West was chock-a-block with snakeoil salesmen, self-styled "healers" who peddled curious lotions and wondrous potions for everything from footrot to horse colic.
Having lived most of my life in Europe, I am always intrigued by the extent to which "the European health care system" (or "socialized medicine" to its critics) is invoked either as a panacea or a snakeoil remedy for what ails American health care.
Two months later, he had another surprise up his sleeve when his album, the curiously named Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets, won critical acclaim across the board and proved he wasn't just a one-hit wonder but actually a name to watch for 2004.
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