Asserts that the charlatan healers don't really help the desperate beyond giving them attention. Massage; Herbal remedies; Why the old snake-oil salesmen were popular; Excerpted from the television series 'Healing and the Mind.'
By William T. Jarvis published September 1, 1994 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016
'The charlatans don't really help the desperate beyond giving them attention. Massage feels great, but what does it do inside? Herbal remedies can have natural stimulants and tranquilizers, but people think something special is going on inside their bodies. The old snake-oil salesmen used to lace their potion with opium or alcohol, and people liked that too."
By William T. Jarvis, Ph.D., president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, in "Healing and the Mind," a television series