Snake oil is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat joint pain. However, the most common usage of the phrase is as a derogatory term for compounds offered as medicines which implies that they are fake, fraudulent, quackish, or ineffective....(Wikipedia)
Originally Posted by chris10
Originally Posted by pookie769
Is this simply a "snake oil salemen" or not?
The product is snake oil...
gave you a link to some information I once posted for someone who was in a similar position as yours. In that post I suggested that they check out an online group of people who are already managing the health of their CRF kitties - many of them, for many years.
In that post, I also said
It's one thing to get generalized info from people in a general forum....it's life changing to get the real goods from people who are dealing with the same thing day-to-day.
About a year ago, I joined the online practical support group mentioned in that same post - not because I have a CRF kittie, but just to learn what I could...with (now) 6 cats, chances are I will have to deal with this in 2 of them eventually.
I have seen the value in being there, in sharing problems and receiving answers from others far more experienced. I have seen people suddenly realize that the combined experience and knowledge of the group far outstrips that of their individual Vets.
I would encourage you to join up and - if nothing else - just read the back-and-forths, and judge for yourself if it is likely to benefit you. I suspect it will.
The first part of Wiki's definition is what most
people will understand to be "snake oil".
been the experience of people who I have "seen" participating in that group. People have and do use it. I have not read negative comments.
The woman who manages that online group also owns what has become the reference "bible" for CRF info http://felinecrf.org
Here's what she has to say about Astro's Oil
The expression is also applied metaphorically to any product with exaggerated marketing but questionable or unverifiable quality. (Wikipedia)
That's the rest of Wiki's definition...as I indicated, none of those daily caregivers has expressed that either.
, I would say, I guess it isn't snake oil.