Erectile Dysfunction Quackery

Extravagant promises of "instant recovery" and "increased virility" from questionable remedies, claiming to cure male impotence, are nothing new to those seeking a cure for sexual dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction quackery is as old as impotence itself.

And despite efforts by government bodies to crack down on such fraudulent practices, it appears they are here to stay.

Let the buyer beware.

The following cautionary warning, written in 1885, appeared in the 6th edition of a book entitled, "Manhood Perfectly Restored - A Quick, Painless, and Certain Cure For Impotence and Lost Manhood."

The writer, in promoting his own healing medicines, warns the reader of fraud, imcompetence, naivety, and what we might call in today's marketplace "erectile dysfunction quackery."


There are many men who are affected more or less seriously with Diseases of the Sexual Organs who are constantly on the look-out for so-called cheap remedies, and in the course of a few years manage to spend upon these cheap and trashy medicines and appliances twice or three times as much money as would have been necessary to thoroughly cure them.

And what have they got to show for it?

Nothing—absolutely nothing, aye, even worse than nothing, i.e., positive injury to the organs, for, in nine cases out of ten, these cheap, clap-trap potions, by over stimulating, imitating and often inflaming the organs, do them actual harm, hasten and aggravate the disease and leave the patient in a much worse condition than if he had taken no treatment at all.

How often have we had cases referred to us for diagnosis and treatment, where irreparable injury had been done by wrong treatment.

Some were in such a state that no treatment, however excellent, could possibly help them; in others we have had to labor for months to eliminate these poisonous medicines from the system and get the Sexual Organs into proper condition to admit of a restorative treatment.

In still others the effect of our usually quick and thorough-going remedies were delayed and interfered with by the ignorance or botchwork of some quack or bungler, or the well-meant but stupid doctoring of some “family physician” who thinks himself competent to treat these diseases.

No more delicate, complicated or easily injured or disarranged piece of mechanism than the Sexual Organs exists.

In health, they must be treated with care and reason—in disease, with the utmost circumspection.

This branch of medicine, least of all, should be the parade ground of ignorance, carelessness or false economy.

A man’s very health, life, happiness and vigor, his power to procreate his species, to perpetuate his name, his ability to make his wife happy and his children strong and vigorous, all depend upon the treatment he selects.

What is worth doing at all is worth doing well, and he who jeopardizes health and happiness, present and future, on the mistaken basis of false economy, is far from wise.

Everything has a value. If a man offers to sell to another a gold watch worth $150 for $5, you would at once set him down as an impostor, and the watch as injured or worthless or fraudulent.

Yet there are thousands of men who try to find for a few dollars a remedy for a most serious and complicated disease.

In medicine, as elsewhere, Common Sense plays an important part. Such remedies cannot possibly do what is claimed for them.

Reputable, honest men, educated and skilled physicians who have spent thousands of dollars in obtaining a proper medical education, cannot afford to waste their time for such slight remuneration.

Hence, unscrupulous scoundrels, who have no reputations either to make or lose, who make most glaring promises in their printed matter, who are willing to guarantee anything to anybody, infest this field.

They know how great is man’s cupidity, and trade upon it willingly, caring nothing for the consequences.

We hold out no False Hopes.

We cure where a Cure is Possible.

Author's Bio: 

The author, M.Welt, offers an in depth look at the causes, symptoms and methods of treatment for erectile dysfunction (conventional and alternative) on his website: