How big a problem is fake medicine?
It's a $34 Billlion
problem. Imagine if that money went to researching real medicine instead. Heck, let's say you used it for $1 million dollar cancer treatments. You could treat 34,000 cancer sufferers. That's not even counting how many bed nets it could buy to help stop Malaria or some such.
Apparently most fake medicine is used because of back pain. People go get chiropractic, acupuncture, or some other hooey because there aren't any real medicine alternatives besides back surgery or pain medication. I think people just need to realize that hey, your body will hurt when you are old. Since we are upright, bipedal animals, the back is a problem area. There's really not much you can do. At the very least, save your money.