Blog | Friday, September 17, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Taking aim at fake diseases


Ever heard of adrenal fatigue? Wilson's temperature syndrome? If not, there's a good reason: They exist only on the Internet. The Hormone Foundation, an affiliate of the Endocrine Society, recently issued two fact sheets for patients debunking these so-called conditions, which were "apparently conceived only in an effort to sell products promoted to treat them," the LA Times reported. No medical evidence supports either faux disease and there are no tests or treatments for them, but patients still try to alleviate them with supplements, some of them potentially dangerous, the Times said. Adrenal fatigue is characterized by such "symptoms" as having salt and sugar cravings and needing coffee to get you through the day, while the man who discovered Wilson's temperature syndrome also coincidentally promotes a product to treat it, according to the Times. (Hormone Foundation, LA Times)