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Obtain objective information about the therapy. Besides talking with
the person promoting the approach, speak with people who have
gone through the treatment--preferably both those who were treated
recently and those treated in the past. Ask about the advantages and
disadvantages, risks, side effects, costs, results, and over what time
span results can be expected.

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Isadora B. Stehlin is a staff writer for FDA Consumer.
How to Approach Alternative Therapies
The NIH Office of Alternative Medicine recommends the following
before getting involved in any alternative therapy:

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Two of the defendants fled to Great Britain, but the other two
pleaded guilty and served time in U.S. federal prisons.
The bottom line in deciding whether a certain treatment you've read or
heard about might be right for you: Talk to your doctor. And keep in
mind the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Ozone generators, which produce a toxic form of oxygen gas, have
been touted as being able to cure AIDS. To date this is still unproven,
and FDA considers ozone to be an unapproved drug and these
generators to be unapproved medical devices. At least three deaths
have been connected to the use of these generators. Four British
citizens were indicted in 1991 for selling fraudulent ozone generators
in the United States.