Definitions of Inappropriate Healers


"An intentional perversion of truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing . . . ; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conducts, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceived or is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it . . ." Black's Legal Dictionary, 4th edition, 1968.


"Untrue or misleading information." Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, 1972


"Anyone who promotes medical schemes or remedies known to be false, or which are unproven, for a profit." U. S. House of Representatives, 1984.


"Promoting" health products, services or practices of questionable safety, effectiveness or validity for an intended purpose." National Council Against Health Fraud, 1986.


"To contribute to the growth or prosperity of; to present for public acceptance through advertising and publicity." Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1975.


"Health fraud is the promotion, for financial gain, of fraudulent or unproven devices, treatments, services, plans or products (including but not limited to, diets and nutritional supplements) that alter or claim to alter the human condition. Those who promote such medical remedies that do not work or have not been proven to work are called "quacks." The Assembly Republican Task Force on Health Fraud and the elderly, New York State Assembly, June 1986.