17 Quack Cures Still Used Today

Modern medicine has come a long way since the days of bloodletting and leeching and continues to make incredible advancements every day. Despite the incredible array of effective treatments available to us, “quack cures” that aren’t supported by the scientific method are still commonly used. Although some may have a placebo effect, experts say these folk treatments do more harm than good, as they can prevent people from seeking effective treatment to combat their very real illnesses.

Here are 17 quack cures, therapies and practices to watch out for:


The sun gives us light and warmth and makes life on earth possible, so it’s no wonder the ancients believed it also had healing properties. Turns out that despite knowing what we know now — namely that the sun is a sizzling scare ball that shouldn’t be looked at or basked in for too long — the ancient art of sun-gazing is experiencing a modern revival.

That’s right; people stare into the sun and claim that it gives them enough nutrients so that they no longer have to ingest food. Maybe it’s easier to diet when you can’t see the fridge?

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While research has found that colors can affect our moods and behavior, can they really heal us from the inside out?

Colorpuncture is a form of alternative medicine that involves using different colors of light to stimulate acupuncture points. Alternative medicine watchdog group Quackwatch lists this emerging therapy as a “questionable treatment,” but Olivia Newton John’s compelling infomercial testimonial (which she totally didn’t do just the for money) might sway you to give it a try.

Conversion therapy

In spite of what Pyramid-expert and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson might think, being gay is not a choice and there’s plenty of science and personal testimony to support it. Sadly, gay conversion therapy, which is said to “cure” homosexuality, is still rampant in America and beyond. The American Psychological Association has called conversion therapy “harmful” and laws banning such treatments have even been rolled out in some states.

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