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MU expert offers cautions on Internet health information

A hundred years ago, traveling medicine shows passed through town after town peddling magic elixirs to cure what ails you. Today’s sellers of snake oil travel the Internet promoting their “miracle cures” for everything from arthritis to weight loss.

Maryellen Sievert, a retired University of Missouri faculty member and an expert on medical information, warned consumers to beware of Internet charlatans making grandiose claims.

“There are some very scary things

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