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Doctors also used snake oil to treat arthritis, Dr. Tavel points out.
His snake oil helped take the United States’ right-wing political fringe to dizzying heights.
The allegations shouldn't be a shock to anyone who has been around an incestuous sport laden with snake oil shoe salesmen, millionaire coaches and sleazy recruiters.
Son of a snake oil salesman, the spindly, pious Baptist grew up to found Standard Oil in Cleveland, become the world's richest man and help make Standard one of the world's largest companies.
But research on the placebo effect suggests that even snake oil can have benefits for those who believe.
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Definition of snake oil for English Language Learners
: something that is sold as medicine but that is not really useful or helpful in any way
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