This quack cure is basically a silver-containing water solution. It's been touted by snake oil salesmen as a disinfectant, a cure for AIDS, and even a cancer-preventing chemical. They suggest drinking it, applying it to the skin for wounds, and other manners of intake. In reality, it should never be consumed, simply because it can cause people to turn blue for the rest of their lives.
Remember back in the early 2000s, how people bought magnetic bracelets claiming that it helped with joint health? Yeah, it's actually still popular. It's a shame that it's been repeatedly proven to be a placebo at best...
In 1925, a woman by the name of Johanna Brandt wrote a book stating that eating tons of grapes would cure aging, cancer and a slew of other diseases. Now, we're starting to see similar quackery happen once more with resveratrol supplements being sold online. Though resveratrol can work in theory, it is by no means a cancer cure or an anti-aging miracle, making it still a quack cure to many.
These belts were infamous and found in spas and gyms across America earlier in the 20th century. The way they worked was simple: they were supposed to shake up the fat cells and destroy cellulite. Now, these are making a comeback, despite ample evidence that they don't work.
You might have remembered that Skechers had to settle a false advertisement suit a couple of years ago after they lied about their shoes being able to provide weight loss. Believe it or not, shoes that supposedly had health benefits or weight loss benefits have been around for decades...and they always were proven to be the footwear version of snake oil.
You know how most people would tell you that radon is bad for you? Well, back in the day, people would sell radium water and radon gas as a therapeutic beauty treatment. The practice was banned by the FDA as false advertising and unfounded claims. Now, it's starting to make a comeback in certain parts of the world.
Note: There have been some studies that suggest certain forms of radon therapy work, but the fact is that this is still extremely controversial.
7. Magical Gazes
There were a number of healers in the past who were believed to be able to heal with a gaze. Obviously, none of these healers have ever had scientific evidence. Now, it's becoming a big fad once more with a man by the name of Braco. We have no words...
Faith healing has been around since the dawn of mankind, but that doesn't mean that there's much evidence that it works outside of the placebo effect. The fact is that faith healing is still very popular throughout the world, and is often performed by charlatans who want nothing more than to bilk the ill out of their money.
Reiki was technically invented or "rediscovered" in the 1960s, but it has experienced waves of popularity since then. Sadly, everything points to it being pure quackery ”” including studies that show that reiki is no better at curing illness or relieving pain than a placebo.