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FDA warns doctor: Stop touting camera as disease screening tool

Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2011
On Dr. Joseph Mercola's popular website, women are warned against getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Instead, the Chicago-area physician touts thermograms—digital images of skin surface temperatures— as an early detection tool for a wide range of conditions from cancer to back pain, from lupus to arthritis. Now Mercola is in a fight with federal regulators about his claims for the Med2000, a thermographic camera that he calls "revolutionary," though science has yet to back his claims. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent the osteopathic physician a warning letter accusing him of violating federal law by marketing the Med2000 for uses not approved by the federal agency.

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