snake oil


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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 challenges your clients face are complex and difficult, which means preparing yourself to earn their trust and offer the right advice is even "complexer" and "difficulter." No, it's not easy, but commit to doing the hard work while your competition stands around rubbing the snake oil wherever it is you're supposed to apply snake oil.
Determining whether the app has accurate information and can be trusted (or whether it's modern-day snake oil) is the difficult part.
Premiere of this Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, took place on May 31st, 2014 at Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California.
Devotees who flock to Quiapo church for the Black Nazarene procession listen as Boyet De Guzman demonstrates the "healing effect" of his product snake oil. (Ron B.
It occurred to me that education, particularly since No Child Left Behind, has more than its fair share of modern-day snake oil salespeople.
The snake oil industry of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which caused commercial depletion of this and other rattlesnake species, is explored in Chapter 5, as is the recent and disturbing demand for poisonous snakes in the pet trade.
From snake oil to medicine; pioneering public health.
EasyJet to buy UN-backed carbon credits The carbon-offset market is riddled with "snake oil salesmen" hoping to glean profits from green-minded travelers, according to EasyJet.
They also demand that snake oil be included in chemistry classes.
The regulation of medical practice has important benefits, including being charged with protecting the citizenry from charlatans, hucksters, and various sellers of snake oil. However, a narrow, biased, or uninformed interpretation of charlatanism by state medical boards can increase the risk that citizens will be denied access to the kind of healthcare they desire.
There maybe such buyers of snake oil in rich countries, but developing country practitioners know better.
Kids may learn to be a little less gullible when they read of the journalists, kings, famous Americans like Franklin and Lincoln, generals and snake oil salesmen who have deliberately tricked people into believing falsehoods for sometimes good, sometimes evil, and often financial ends.